CRICKET: Louth and Christmas take charge for Bourne

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BOURNE earned a winning draw against Woodhall Spa at the Abbey Lawn yesterday courtesy of a century from Conrad Louth and a knock of 97 from David Christmas.

The pair struck the bulk of Bourne's 239 runs after the home side won the toss and decided to bat first.

Skipper Pete Morgan returned to the pavilion for just two runs and wicket keeper Carl Wilson was out for duck. Ben Stroud added 17 and Tom Dixon 10 but a fifth wicket partnership of 178 between the unbeaten Louth and Christmas, who was caught just three short of his century, saved Bourne, establishing a defendable target.

Ricky Lovelace (35), Sam Evison (41) and Daniel Hegarty (40no) all settled for Woodhall but Bourne kept taking regular wickets and Woodhall finished on 218-8.

Darren Cousins was the pick of Bourne's bowlers, taking four wickets for 71 runs from his 17 overs.

Bourne play away at Bracebridge Heath next weekend.