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Morgan makes half-century before Cheer claims four wickets

Bourne claimed their maiden win of the Lincolnshire Premier League season following a 10-run success over visiting Scunthorpe in a rain-affected clash at the Abbey Lawn on Saturday.

The hosts were bowled out for 169 after Bourne skipper Pete Morgan had top-scored for his team with 56.

Scunthorpe were then set a rain-reduced target of 154 off 42 overs after a delay at the start of their innings.

Ben Stroud (9686739)
Ben Stroud (9686739)

But four wickets from Colin Cheer helped Bourne bowl out their visitors for 143 to taste success for the first time this season after a narrow opening day defeat to Sleaford and a free weekend last Saturday following Grimsby's withdrawal from the league.

Bourne had been put into bat by their visitors who had won the toss and Scunthorpe soon had an early breakthrough as Jordan Temple was caught by Scott Nicholson off the bowling of Ben Brumby with 13 runs on the board.

Fellow opener Ben Stroud then followed five runs later when he was trapped leg before by Daniel Cliffe to leave Bourne on 18-2.

Sam Evison (22) and Courtney Kruger (17) helped stabilise the home innings as they took Bourne past the 50-run mark inside 12 overs.

Both hit three boundaries apiece before Kruger was caught by Josh Knapton off Jamie Brumby with Evison then seeing wicket-keeper Nicholson claim his second scalp of the afternoon from Mason Hildrith's delivery to leave Bourne on 79-4.

Morgan (56) and summer signing Steven Crossley (23) added a vital 55 runs for the fifth wicket until Harrison Tice had the latter caught by Jamie Brumby.

Scunthorpe skipper Karanjit Bansal then brought himself into the visiting attack which soon reaped its rewards.

Bansal dismissed both Rob Dunn (3) and Dan Bandaranaike (8), courtesy of catches from Ben Conroy and Ian Snowden, while Morgan completed Nicholson's triple haul off the bowling of Tice for a fine innings in tricky conditions which consisted of eight fours and a six.

Tice and Bansal then sealed their three-wicket hauls each by dismissing Matt Kidd (8) and Ben Keast (5) to bowl Bourne out for 169.

Ben Stroud and Jordan Temple. (9686743)
Ben Stroud and Jordan Temple. (9686743)

After an inevitable delay for rain at the start of the Scunthorpe innings, Bourne soon got to work in the field with Kidd claiming the early wicket of Nicholson for one to leave the visitors on 13-1.

Cheer then got in on the act by bowling Hildrith for five with Kidd catching Snowden leg before as Scunthorpe stuttered to 22-3.

Bansal added just six until he was out leg before to Bandaranaike which brought Ben Brumby to join opener Jamie Brumby at the crease.

They helped Scunthorpe to 62 until Jamie Brumby became the third leg before wicket to fall as Bandaranaike claimed his second scalp.

Knapton lasted just four balls before edging Cheer's delivery behind to Crossley which left Scunthorpe on 70-6.

A 40-run stand for the seventh wicket between Ben Brumby (23) and Cliffe (26) showed that Scunthorpe were still in the contest.

But Stroud struck in quick succession to dismiss both - courtesy of catches from Crossley and Dunn - which put Bourne back in control again at 111-8.

However, Tice (20no) rallied the tail end by adding 32 runs for the eighth wicket with Ben Conroy (8).

Jordan Temple. (9686747)
Jordan Temple. (9686747)

They had steered Scunthorpe to within 11 runs of their victory target when Cheer came back on to claim the two vital wickets.

He had Conroy caught by Stroud before last man Darren Quibell faced just four balls until clipping a delivery to Crossley for his third catch of a successful afternoon for Bourne.

Cheer finished with 4-51 from 10 overs while Stroud took 2-19 from five with Kidd (2-39) and Bandaranaike (2-27) also playing crucial roles in the success.

The victory will provide a vital boost for Bourne ahead of Saturday's trip to perennial champions Bracebridge Heath who are already top of this season's fledgling standings having won all three of their matches so far.

Market Deeping's match at Boston on Saturday lasted just 3.1 overs before it was abandoned due to the wet weather.

Boston, after being put into bat by their visitors, had reached 12-0 when the heavens opened and ended the afternoon's play.

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