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Bourne Cricket Club defeat Market Deeping in the Lincolnshire Premier League

A 124-run partnership between Sam Evison and Pete Morgan helped bring derby delight to Bourne as they defeated near neighbours Market Deeping in Saturday's Lincolnshire Premier Division opener at Outgang Road.

The duo came together with the Bourne innings teetering on 80-4 after the visitors had won the toss and elected to bat first in their maiden league match of the season.

Morgan then smashed eight fours and three sixes in his 72 off just 60 balls while Evison eased his way to 71 as Bourne rallied to post a challenging 264-7 from their 50 overs.

Sam Evison. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Sam Evison. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Matt Kidd then took four wickets with Jack Berry snaring three Deeping batsmen to dismiss the hosts for 169 despite an excellent effort from opener Josh Smith who hit eight fours and a six in his 72.

Smith had earlier accounted for Berry after the Bourne opener had made 32 to leave the visitors on 45-2 following the departure of Jordan Temple who was trapped leg before for two by home captain James Hook.

Bourne newcomer Ben Wright also fell leg before to Mehul Adatia after making 16 while visiting skipper Courtney Kruger went the same way to Tom Anderson for two.

This brought Morgan to the crease to join Evison and they set about rebuilding the Bourne innings.

Their fifth wicket stand moved Bourne past the 200-run mark before Morgan was caught and bowled by Adatia.

Rob Dunn maintained the momentum despite the departure of Evison who became the fourth Bourne batsman to fall leg before when he was trapped by Smith.

Jack Berry. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Jack Berry. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Dunn remained undefeated on 29 at the close while Tom Bentley blasted three boundaries in his 19 before being caught by Joe Malton off Smith who finished with 3-43 off 10 overs.

Adatia was also economical in his 10-over stint which returned 2-23 and also included two maidens.

Kidd then produced a superb opening spell to put Bourne in control of the contest as he ripped through Deeping's top order in their reply.

He bowled Kieran Judd and had both Connor Gillett and Dave Sargeant caught behind by wicket-keeper Morgan.

Deeping debutant Zeeshan Manzoor became Kidd's fourth scalp when he was bowled to leave the homesters reeling on 31-4.

Wicket-keeper Sam Malton joined stoic opener Smith to briefly repel the Bourne onslaught by making 14 until he was caught by Kruger off the bowling of Bentley.

Josh Smith. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Josh Smith. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Bentley then had Hook caught behind by Morgan by four and the writing looked on the wall for Deeping at 78-6.

However, with Smith still at the crease, they were always in with a fighting chance and he was partnered by Sam Malton for their best stand of the afternoon.

They put on 74 runs for the seventh wicket until Smith's innings was finally brought to a close by the safe hands of Bentley off Tom Dixon's bowling.

Malton went 12 runs later for 32 after being bowled by Berry who then swept through the lower order.

He bowled Ibrahim Javed second ball and then caught Adatia off his own delivery to finish his 6.1 overs with 3-24 to secure Bourne's 95-run success.

Kidd had claimed 4-31 from 10 overs, which included three maidens, while Bentley returned 2-30 from a six-over spell.

Ibrahim Javed. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Ibrahim Javed. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Bourne now host Sleaford at the Abbey Lawn next Saturday with their scheduled visitors having recorded an impressive eight-wicket opening day win over perennial champions Bracebridge Heath.

Deeping visit Grantham who were emphatic nine-wicket victors in their match at Boston.

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