Bourne caused the upset of the day in the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League on Saturday, coming out on top in a high-scoring draw with leaders Woodhall Spa.
Having languished in the lower reaches of the table all season, Bourne hit the day’s top total with 267 for eight before restricting their hosts to 228 for nine to take 16 points to Woodhall’s 11.
This enabled Sleaford to narrow the gap at the top following their victory over Hartsholme but Jack Luffman’s side still have a 23 point advantage at the top.
Bourne moved up to eighth and are now only six points off a top six place after the teams around them all lost.
Louth slipped to ninth when Lindum took just 34 overs to reach their target while Grimsby went down to Market Deeping and Skegness lost to Bracebridge Heath.
A well-crafted innings of 80 from Zeeshan Ahmed, with support from Graham West (40) took Louth to 206 for six but Will Wright came out with all guns blazing, hitting 79 off 76 balls while Luke Robinson made 58 off 44 to help the home side to a six wicket win.
Ross Carnelly made 80 for Grimsby whose innings ended on 195 for nine at Outgang Road. Deeping were then made to fight for their win which came with seven wickets down, Alex Wheatley hitting 57.
Skegness set Bracebridge Heath a challenging total of 229 for nine, Peter Houghton with 83 and Jamie Epton 51. But the home side were in good form, Brett Houston making 82, Nick John 52 and Nathan Poundall winning the game with a six to take his score to 50.
Tim McIntosh put in another man of the match performance, taking five wickets and hitting an unbeaten 104 to help Sleaford to an eight wicket win over bottom side Hartsholme for whom 16 year old Louis Kimber became the youngest player to hit a century in the ECB League.
Graeme Attenborough also made a ton as Haxey opened up the gap over Hartsholme with a winning draw over Spalding who fell 33 runs short of their opponents’ 224 for six.
Grimsby 195-9 (Carnelley 80), Market Deeping 196-7 (Wheatley 57);
Hartsholme 204-7 (Kimber 101, McIntosh 5-58), Sleaford 210-2 (McIntosh 104no, Burford 72no);
Haxey 224-6 (Attenborough 105), Spalding 191-5;
Bourne 267-8, Woodhall Spa 228-9;
Skegness 229-9 (Houghton 83, Epton 51), Bracebridge Heath 234-4 (Houston 82, John 52, Poundall 50no);
Louth 206-6 (Ahmed 80), Lindum 207-4 (Wright 79, Robinson 58)