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Last-wicket pairing of Dixon and Cheer secure victory with just two balls remaining

Bourne completed a hat-trick of Lincolnshire Premier League successes after a nail-biting victory over previously-unbeaten Lindum at the Abbey Lawn on Saturday.

Their final pairing of Tom Dixon and Colin Cheer saw Bourne home to a one-wicket win with just two balls of a rain-affected contest remaining.

The match began 90 minutes late due to the wet weather and was reduced to 40 overs per side with third-placed Lindum being put into bat first.

Jack Berry (10668075)
Jack Berry (10668075)

The Bourne bowlers soon started to make an impact with Cheer claiming a couple of early wickets to leave Lindum on 15-2.

But this brought skipper Rob Cook out to join Pierce Morley-Barnes and they halted the slide with a stand of 107 for the third wicket.

Cook was eventually bowled by Dixon for 55 as Bourne began to regain control of proceedings with Matt Kidd then bowling Morley-Barnes for 73.

Kidd then claimed the wickets of Ben Rolfs and Liam Redmond as Lindum closed their 40 overs on 181-6 with Aaron Onyon 16 not out.

Bourne’s reply got off to a solid start as Jack Berry (28) and Jordan Temple (27) enjoyed a half-century partnership off just 66 balls for the first wicket.

Jordan Temple. (10668073)
Jordan Temple. (10668073)

After the opening duo had departed within 12 runs of each other, Courtney Kruger lasted just nine balls before being bowled by Cook to leave Bourne on 71-3.

Sam Evison (38) and in-form Bourne skipper Pete Morgan (34) then moved the match back into the home side’s favour with a 65-run stand for the fourth wicket.

However, when Evison was bowled by Cook, 136-4 quickly became 143-6 as Cook claimed the crucial wicket of Morgan before Steven Crossley was caught by Morley-Barnes off the bowling of Rolfs.

Rob Dunn (12) and Dixon (17no) added 16 runs for the seventh wicket to take Bourne within 23 runs of their victory target.

But Dan Bandaranaike was out first ball as Cook completed his five-wicket haul courtesy of catch from Richard Bishop.

Kidd added a further seven runs but, with the Bourne total on 168, he was caught by Redmond off Rolfs leaving the last wicket pairing of Dixon and Cheer to find 14 runs for victory with the overs running out.

They managed to level the scores with two balls of the contest remaining before hitting the winning run off the fifth ball of the final over to give Bourne the slenderest of victories.

They make the trip to face early league leaders Grantham on Saturday before facing Lindum again on Bank Holiday Monday in the second semi-final of the Winkworth Cup at Sleaford CC.

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