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Two wickets fall in final over as Sleaford sneak home by two runs

Bourne fell agonisingly short after an epic run chase on the opening weekend of the Lincolnshire Premier League season.

Pete Morgan’s men were just two runs shy of passing Sleaford’s total when the 50 overs were up after a run-laden clash at the Abbey Lawn.

Sleaford had posted a daunting 292-5 from their 50 overs – the highest score of the first weekend of the season – with Bourne’s bid ending after losing two wickets in the final over as they searched for a remarkable win.

Bourne suffered a narrow two-run defeat against Sleaford on Saturday. Photo: Lee Hellwing (8957158)
Bourne suffered a narrow two-run defeat against Sleaford on Saturday. Photo: Lee Hellwing (8957158)

Bourne had put their visitors into bat after winning the toss and Sleaford openers Dakota Rodgers and Thomas Shorthouse soon set about the home attack.

They took just 73 balls to put on a half-century partnership which came after only 51 minutes with Shorthouse smashing 35 of those runs.

The Sleaford opener then reached his personal half-century off just 51 balls as he and Rodgers took their opening stand past the century mark.

Shorthouse’s ton came up off 84 balls with Rodgers reaching his half-century an over later before Bourne finally started to make a breakthrough.

Matt Kidd had Shorthouse snared by debutant wicket-keeper Steven Crossley after the Sleaford skipper had made 113.

His innings came off 94 balls and included 16 fours and two sixes in an opening partnership of 180 which set Sleaford well on their way to a top total.

Rodgers and Chamara Kapugedara then took over the mantle to ease Sleaford past the 200-run mark.

Kidd then claimed his second wicket shortly after to bowl Rodgers for 67 and leave Sleaford on 205-2.

This brought Andy Hibberd to the crease and he hit six fours and a six on his way to rapid unbeaten half-century.

Wickets did tumble at the other end as Dan Bandaranaike bowled Kapugedara for 33 and then Kidd –who finished with 3-59 off 14 overs - had Charlie Roberts caught by Sam Evison for five.

Scott Tite failed to trouble the scorers after being bowled without scoring by Bandaranaike who finished with 2-38 off 10 overs as Sleaford closed on 292-5.

Bourne suffered a narrow two-run defeat against Sleaford on Saturday. Photo: Lee Hellwing (8957148)
Bourne suffered a narrow two-run defeat against Sleaford on Saturday. Photo: Lee Hellwing (8957148)

The Bourne reply struggled to get going early on as Cameron Hall claimed the wickets of both Jack Berry and Sam Evison for four to leave the hosts on 23-2.

Jordan Temple and Hong Kong international Courtney Kruger then steadied the home ship with a partnership of 49 for the third wicket.

Kruger was then trapped leg before by Angus Youles for 37 which brought skipper Morgan to the crease to join opener Temple.

They produced a terrific 103-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Morgan leading the charge by hitting a half-century off just 44 balls.

Temple was eventually dismissed for Bourne’s top score of 65, which included 11 fours, after becoming Hall’s third victim to leave the hosts on 175-4.

Morgan was then join by Crossley and they continued to chase down the Sleaford total by taking Bourne past the 200-run mark with more than 11 overs remaining.

However, Morgan had made 61 when he was trapped leg before by Youles with Crossley then following 31 runs later after making 33.

Rob Dunn and Bandaranaike then helped Bourne break the 250-run barrier to leave them needing 43 runs to win with five overs remaining.

Their 50-run partnership for the seventh wicket came off just 40 balls and arrived with just three deliveries remaining.

However, their search for the final few runs to take them past the victory post was stalled when Bandaranaike was run out by Shorthouse for 24.

Dunn then followed on the final ball of the innings for 35 after being caught by Hall going for the remaining runs to leave Bourne on 290-8.

Due to Grimsby’s withdrawal from the league, Bourne are without a fixture this weekend.

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