Bourne become first side for nearly two seasons to beat Bracebridge
An unbeaten century from skipper Pete Morgan helped Bourne to a brilliant win over reigning Lincolnshire Premier League champions Bracebridge Heath on Saturday.
Morgan's majestic 104 not out helped Bourne become the first side for nearly two seasons to beat the reigning league champions.
Bourne had been the last side to defeat the Lincoln club in July 2017 and produced an excellent effort on Saturday to claim a 36-run victory against the 12-times league champions.
Bracebridge - who took the league title last season without losing a game - had won the toss and put Bourne into bat with the damp weather throughout the week expected to keep run-rates down.
And the hosts got off to a perfect start as Brett Houston made an early breakthrough when he bowled Jack Berry after just three deliveries of the Bourne innings.
Sam Evison came out to join Jordan Temple and they added 39 runs for the second wicket until Houston took his second scalp by having Temple caught by Will Carter for 10.
Courtney Kruger lasted only four balls before a reversal in the Carter/Houston combination saw him caught out for one.
Evison and Morgan added a further 18 runs for the fourth wicket before Bracebridge struck again in quick succession.
James Kimber had Evison caught behind by Carl Stubbs for 41 and then two balls later bowled Steven Crossley to leave Bourne on 60-5.
This brought Rob Dunn to the crease alongside Morgan and they joined forces for a match-winning 104-run partnership with the skipper leading the charge.
Dunn made a patient 27 before being bowled by Alex Moor as Morgan continued to score freely at the other end.
The Bourne captain thumped eight fours and four sixes to reach his century off 111 balls as he closed on 104 with Tom Dixon unbeaten on 12 as Bourne posted 204-6 off 50 overs.
Bracebridge, who have won the league for the past four seasons, were soon in trouble in their reply as Colin Cheer bowled Moor first ball after Vikram Atri had got them off the mark with a single.
Berry then had Houston caught by Dan Bandranaike to leave Bracebridge on 8-2 with the Bourne bowler striking again 20 runs later to have Samansiri Hannadige caught by Dunn.
Opener Atri had made just nine off 47 balls when he was then trapped leg before by Bandaranaike as Bracebridge fell to 40-4.
But Will Carter and Kit Spence brought Bracebridge back into contention with a 73-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Spence was eventually run out by Cheer for 39 with Stubbs then joining Carter to take Bracebridge to the 150-run mark when the latter was caught by Dunn off the bowling of Cheer who quickly followed that by having Andy Carter caught by Bandaranaike to finish with 3-39 from 14 overs.
Dixon then delivered the crucial wicket of Will Carter for 64, courtesy of an Evison catch, before Berry returned to the Bourne attack to bowl James Kimber for six and wrap up his 13-over stint with 3-27 which left Bracebridge still 37 runs shy of their target with just one wicket remaining.
They could only add a further run for the final wicket as Dixon had Olly Humphreys caught by Kruger to secure a memorable 36-run win for Bourne who host Lindum at the Abbey Lawn on Saturday.
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