There was disappointment for Bourne and Market Deeping cricket clubs in the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League on Saturday.
Deeping slipped to fifth with a low-scoring defeat at home to second-placed Sleaford despite a half century for Chris Jones.
Bourne, meanwhile, slipped up away against perennial title contenders Bracebridge Heath.
There was a strange symmetry to the start of both sides innings as both captains – Peter Morgan for Bourne and Paul Cook for Bracebridge Heath – were both caught behind on the first ball of their side’s innings.
Unfortunately for Bourne, while their own innings staggered to 101 all out, Bracebridge recovered to reach 102 for 1 off just 14.1 overs to win by nine wickets.
Conrad Louth top-scored for Bourne with 26 as Matt Carter took 5 for 40 off 12.3 overs with 3 maidens. Bracebridge’s Nick John and Brett Houston each finished on 48no with John scoring 11 4s and Brett 10.
Woodhall Spa also took maximum points as the top three teams all kept up their pace.
Bourne host Haxey, and Market Deeping visit Louth on Saturday.
Results: Louth 96 (O’Brien 6-42), Woodhall Spa 97-3; Bourne 101 (Carter 5-40), Bracebridge Heath 102-1; Market Deeping 144 (Jones 50), Sleaford 147-3 (Shorthouse 79no); Spalding 161-9 (Newton 58, Williams 6-40), Skegness 162-4; Haxey 102, Grimsby 103-6; Lindum 201 (Tomlinson 59, Genge 5-52), Hartsholme 121;