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Bowlers are dominant as Lindum lose low-scoring clash

In-form Market Deeping extended their Lincolnshire Premier League winning streak with a three-wicket victory at Lindum on Saturday.

Jamie Morgan's men have now won five of their last six league games - last month's clash with Sleaford was cancelled due to the wet weather to prevent a clean sweep - to move into fifth spot in the table.

Lindum had failed to take advantage of winning the toss and electing to bat first after a dominant Deeping bowling display saw the hosts skittled out for 103.

James Hook three wickets in Deeping's victory on Saturday. (13529297)
James Hook three wickets in Deeping's victory on Saturday. (13529297)

The homesters had just three runs on the board when Deeping made their first breakthrough as Aidan Lockwood was caught behind by wicket-keeper Sam Malton off the bowling of James Hook.

Fellow opening bowling Matt Rose was next to strike after having Charles Tomlinson caught by Dave Sargeant for six to leave Lindum on 25-2.

A further 12 runs had only been added when Hook struck again to trap opener Pierce Morley-Barnes leg before for 12.

Hook then claimed his third wicket to have home skipper Rob Cook caught by Morgan for 11 as Lindum slumped to 38-4.

Sachithra Perera ran out Ben Rolfs a run later as Deeping tightened their grip on the contest before Will Taylor and Max Bauer started the home side's fightback.

The duo put on 35 runs for the sixth wicket before Deeping turned to the guile of Perera and Mehul Adatia after the fine opening spells of Rose (1-25 off eight) and Hook (3-39 off nine).

Perera had Taylor caught by Rose for 17 with Bauer following soon after when he was bowled by Adatia for 27.

Adatia then had Dan Taylor caught first ball by Malton to leave Lindum on 90-8 going into the final throes of their innings.

Perera then picked up the final two wickets to finish with 3-17 from 9.3 overs as Lindum were dismissed for 103. Adatia had returned 2-18 from his nine overs.

The Deeping reply mirrored Lindum's slow start as Josh Smith was caught by Bauer off Sophie Munro without scoring.

Munro then saw Tomlinson safely hold on to catches to dismiss Connor Gillett and Hook which left the visitors on 17-3.

Sargeant lasted just two balls until he was caught by Bauer off Rolfs as Deeping crashed to 24-4.

However, Malton (12) and Morgan (20) started the Deeping revival as they closed in on the winning post.

It was left to Rose to hit an unbeaten 22 not out, ably supported by Perera's 27, which eventually saw Deeping to a hard-fought victory inside 39 overs.

They will be aiming to maintain their winning run when Grantham are the visitors to Outgang Road on Saturday. Near neighbours Bourne are without a game.

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