BOURNE slipped to back-to-back defeats in the LIncolnshire Premier League with a heavy loss at home to Hartsholme on Saturday afternoon.
Hartsholme were put into bat by Bourne at the Abbey Lawn where the home side must have fancied their chances against the league’s bottom side.
But Hartsholme closed the gap on Boston to nine points at the foot of the table after an emphatic 145 run win against the 2010 champions.
Matthew Wooldridge made an unbeaten 133 as the visitors reached 235 for five. Martin Shillito then took five wickets as Bourne were all out for 90.
Bourne face Market Deeping at Outgang Road this weekend with Deeping also seeking a return to form.
At London Road, Sleaford were put in to bat by Market Deeping and racked up 316 for two with Matthew Mountain striking an unbeaten 137, Jonathan Adams with 62 and Garry Park hitting 91 off 61 balls.
In reply, Deeping lost both openers for single figures and their innings finishing on 179 for four, Josh Bowers making 70.
At the top of the table, Skegness picked up 18 points against Louth while second-placed Haxey were on the wrong end of a draw at Grimsby.
Skegness extended their lead to 16 points despite being held to a modest 187 for nine by Louth who were then bowled out for 127, Saeed Bariwala claiming five wickets to take his total for the season to 41.
Bracebridge Heath stay third despite once again falling foul of the weather after just 38 overs of play in which Lindum had made 130 for four. At Boston, fourth placed Woodhall Spa where on 174 for six, chasing the home side’s 192 when bad light brought the game to a premature end.