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Five wickets for Stroud before Keast inspires rapid success

Bourne 2nds continued their stunning start to the new South Lincs and Border League season with a derby drubbing of Billingborough on Saturday.

They raced to a nine-wicket win for their fifth successive Premier Division victory of the campaign which keeps them hot on the heels of early season pacesetters Spalding.

Bourne blitzed their hosts by bowling Billingborough out for 91 after winning the toss and electing to field.

Ben Stroud takes the last Billingborough wicket. (10805718)
Ben Stroud takes the last Billingborough wicket. (10805718)

Aaron Pullum (25) and Jonathan Parrish (26) were the only Billingborough batsmen to make double figures as Ben Stroud and Xanti Xipu made the most of the favourable bowling conditions.

Stroud struck five times to return 5-13 from 6.4 overs while Xipu claimed 3-20 from a miserly 12 overs.

Bourne then made light work of chasing down their target which took just 12.1 overs to reach despite the early loss of Tom Patchett who was bowled by Jed Humphries.

Ben Keast cracked 11 fours and two sixes in a swashbuckling 66 with James Tickler unbeaten on 15 at the close of Bourne’s success.

James Tickler and Ben Keast at the close. (10805724)
James Tickler and Ben Keast at the close. (10805724)

Billingborough 2nds were also on the receiving end after being stunned by the young guns of Spalding 3rds in their Division Two clash.

Thirteen-year-old Olly Dring hit his maiden senior half-century to help Spalding post 152-8 from their rain-reduced 30 overs.

Ben Stanley claimed 3-44 from seven overs for Billingborough while Mark Simpson (2-32) and Mark Pilgrims (2-41) both picked up a brace apiece.

Bill Sadler (44), Simpson (20) and Henry Gale (18) were the top scorers in the Billingborough reply, but Spalding took wickets at regular intervals to leave the visitors 46 runs short.

Market Deeping 2nds' home match with their Spalding counterparts in Division One was cancelled due to the wet weather.

Uffington were awarded the 20 points from their Division Two fixture with Freiston 2nds who were unable to raise a side.

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