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Uffington lose six wickets for nine runs to suffer opening defeat

Unbeaten Bourne 2nds continued their strong start to the new South Lincs and Border League season with a 42-run away success at Freiston on Saturday.

It was a third successive Premier Division triumph for the Abbey Lawn side who are hot on the heels of Long Sutton and Spalding in the early standings.

The match was reduced to 35 overs per side as Bourne posted 121-5 with Tom Patchett (15), Richard Hewitt (42no) and Tom Hames (36) their chief contributors.

Xanti Xipu took five wickets for Bourne 2nds. (9742564)
Xanti Xipu took five wickets for Bourne 2nds. (9742564)

Xanti Xipu and Patchett were then in tremendous form with the ball as Freiston were skittled out for 79.

Xipu claimed 5-22 from nine overs while Patchett took just 3.5 overs to claim 3-15 as only three Freiston batsmen made double figures.

Billingborough are at the other end of the early Premier Division table after their winless start continued in a seven-wicket away loss at Skegness.

They were bowled out for 93 by their hosts with just Ellie Stanley (18) and Richard Wells (21) reaching double figures as 'extras' top-scored for Billingborough with 28.

Wells took two Skegness wickets in reply with Callum Scott chipping in with the other, but the seasiders saw themselves home to a comfortable win inside 21 overs.

Baston got off the mark at the third attempt in Division One after a four-wicket home win over Pinchbeck in a low-scoring contest at the Shrine.

They bowled out their visitors for 69, but then lost six wickets in reply as they successfully chased down their target inside 23 overs.

David Conlon had led the Baston charge with 4-28 from his nine over spell while Liam Davies delivered 2-27.

Jules McAlpine then returned a remarkable 2-0 from four overs to mop up the Pinchbeck tail with opener Mike Knight their top scorer after making 46 of their 69 total.

Baston opener Andy Keen then led from the front to steer his side to victory with an unbeaten 35 not out which included four fours and six.

Davies also hit 13 as Baston defied three batsmen failing to trouble the scorers to claim a much-needed victory.

Dave Gillett made 79 for Deeping 2nds. (9742675)
Dave Gillett made 79 for Deeping 2nds. (9742675)

Market Deeping 2nds and Boston 3rds were unable to finish their match at Outgang Road as bad light stopped play with just six overs remaining.

Deeping had batted first and, after several rain delays, elected to declare their innings on 199-6 after 43.2 overs.

An inspired mid-innings partnership between Dave Gillett (79) and Ross Barnes (59) helped Deeping post a decent score on a difficult day for batsmen.

They then took wickets at regular intervals throughout the Boston reply thanks to the efforts of Nick Andrews (2-7), Karl Green (2-23) and Richard Witt (2-42).

But, after opener Rowan Evans had top-scored for the visitors with 28, Boston rallied lower down their order with Dan Fox (14no) and Rizwan Qudir (21no) unbeaten at the close with Boston on 118-7.

Uffington opened their Division Two campaign with a nine-wicket away defeat at Newborough.

They were bowled out for 62 after a batting collapse which saw Newborough's Nick Lawton take a sensational 6-7 from six overs.

Harry Carter (24) and James Genever (20) had earlier steadied the Uffington ship with a 45-run partnership for the fourth wicket after they slumped to 8-3.

However, Lawton then dismissed both and proceeded to work his way through the lower order as Uffington crashed from 53-4 to 62 all out after losing six wickets for nine runs.

Newborough needed just 12 overs to reach the required target with Jak Garner grabbing the only wicket to fall following a catch from Kristian Ramsier to dismiss Chester Hercock for 10.

Andy Walker (13no) and Jason Marchant (24no) then saw Newborough home to put them top of the early standings.

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