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Colin Cheer claims six wickets as Bourne beat Boston while Sachithra Perera tops league bowling averages as Market Deeping defeat Bracebridge Heath in Lincolnshire Premier League




Bourne bowler Colin Cheer revelled on his return to home-town club Boston again on Saturday to ensure his side ended their Lincolnshire Premier League campaign on a high.

Cheer claimed an awesome eight-wicket haul in last season's match at the Mayflower as Bourne breezed to a 125-run success.

And the opening bowler bagged another six-wicket sweep on Saturday as Bourne crushed their bottom-of-the-table hosts by 112 runs.

Kieran Judd. (16303541)
Kieran Judd. (16303541)

The victory secured a third place finish in the league table for the Abbey Lawn side who now play-off for the Wilkinson Family Trophy this weekend.

They will play Bracebridge Heath at Cross o’ Cliff Court on Saturday for a place in the final while Sleaford visit champions Woodhall Spa.

Bourne went into their game at Boston on Saturday in fourth place and were in trouble early on after being reduced to 43-3.

Scott Elleray struck twice to dismiss Ben Stroud - who was making his 600th appearance for Bourne - and Courtney Kruger while Adeesha Thilanchana had Sam Evison caught by Jonny Cheer.

Skipper Pete Morgan had made 10 when he became Elleray's third victim with the Bourne total on 72-4.

Temple was then run out for 40, after hitting six boundaries, before Bourne's lower order produced a rousing rally.

Steven Crossley cracked 40 while Rob Dunn added 32 in a 39-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

Dunn was then joined by Ben Keast and they made a 55-run stand for the next wicket to take Bourne closer to the 200-run mark.

Keast reached his half-century - which consisted of five fours and a six - in a 33-run partnership for the eighth wicket with Matt Kidd.

Kidd was then unbeaten on 21 at the close as Bourne posted 233-8 from their 50 overs.

Josh Smith (16303542)
Josh Smith (16303542)

Cheer and Kidd had Boston under pressure from the start of their reply as they both struck early to leave the hosts on 7-2.

Cheer then claimed the vital wicket of brother Jonny before bowling Peter Mitchell third bowl as Boston slumped to 37-4.

Thilanchana (17) and Mahir Yousuff (35) rallied briefly, but Cheer soon broke up that partnership and then had home skipper Tom Baxter caught behind by Crossley for five.

Dan Bandaranaike took the wicket of top scorer Yousuff before Cheer completed his six-wicket haul by trapping Luke Gilding leg before fifth ball to return 6-55 from his 10 overs.

With Boston now on 82-8, Elleray produced a late onslaught by smashing six boundaries in his 32 off only 20 balls.

But he was eventually stumped by Crossley off Bandaranaike before Stroud fittingly claimed the final wicket in his milestone match of Deans courtesy of a Cheer catch as Boston were bowled out for 121.

Sachithra Perera (16303538)
Sachithra Perera (16303538)

Market Deeping completed a league double over Bracebridge Heath who had arrived at Outgang Road with second place already secured.

Bracebridge had got off to a strong start after winning the toss and electing to bat by reaching 87-2 with Samansiri Hannadige hitting a half-century.

However, once he had been dismissed by Sri Lankan compatriot Sachithra Perera, the visitors quickly collapsed.

Perera produced a sensational spell to take 7-46 from 13 overs as Bracebridge lost their next eight wickets for just 61 runs.

His tremendous haul put him top of the league bowling averages for a second successive season with Tom Anderson providing solid support after taking 2-34 from 13 overs.

Deeping lost Josh Smith early in their reply, but Perera joined Kieran Judd and they added 60 runs for the second wicket.

Despite Perera falling for 38 after being caught and bowled by Will Carter, Connor Gillett (18no) joined Judd to guide Deeping home.

Judd was unbeaten on 87 at the close after blasting nine fours and three sixes in his 110-ball innings which secured a seventh-place finish for Deeping in the 10-team division.


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