Defeats for Bourne and Market Deeping cricket clubs in the Lincolnshire Premier League
Bourne and Market Deeping both fell to eight-wicket defeats in the latest round of Lincolnshire Premier League matches on Saturday.
The Abbey Lawn side were beaten by Boston while Deeping were unable to halt Grantham's unbeaten start to the Division South season.
Bourne made the trip to face a Boston side who had got off to a promising start to the campaign with two victories from their opening three games.
The visitors had won the toss and elected to bat, but were soon in trouble at 34-4 as Boston's opening attack of Scott Elleray and debutant Lewis Skinner asserted their authority on proceedings.
They both bagged a brace of wickets to skittle Bourne's top order of Jordan Temple, Sam Evison, Jack Berry and Courtney Kruger cheaply.
Pete Morgan and Archie Stroud briefly rallied Bourne before their former skipper was dismissed for 14.
Tom Dixon fell shortly after to leave Bourne reeling on 62-6 which then became 85-7 as Stroud fell for 24.
Dan Bandaranaike and Matt Kidd produced Bourne's best partnership of the afternoon by adding 57 runs for the eighth wicket.
However, when Kidd was caught by Skinner off veteran Paul Deans for 26, Bourne added just one more run to their tally.
Elleray returned to have Ben Woodward caught second ball before Chris Good was run out by Skinner for one leaving Bandaranaike unbeaten on 37 as Bourne were bowled out for 143.
Kidd claimed an early success in Boston's reply when he had Tim Norris caught by Dixon off the batsman's fifth ball.
However, home skipper Jon Cheer and opener Tom Poole added 36 runs for the second wicket until the latter was caught by Stroud off Evison.
Cheer though was joined by Mahir Yousuff and they put on an unbroken 106-run partnership to secure the victory.
Cheer was unbeaten on 53 at the close while Yousuff smashed seven fours and a six in his 57 not out as Bourne fell to their second league loss.
Deeping are still searching for their maiden league win after being restricted to 121-9 by an in-form Grantham side.
Mark Footit took 4-15 from a six over spell as Deeping struggled for runs after winning the toss and choosing to bat.
Openers Josh Smith and Kieran Judd made 16 and 11 respectively, but seven other Deeping batsmen failed to make double figures.
Sam Malton made 29 while Dave Gillett top-scored with 33 in their best partnership of 43 for the sixth wicket.
Alex Green put the Grantham reply on the back foot when he trapped Ross Carnelley leg before first ball of their innings.
However, Jaden Fell (39) and Ben Coddington (48no) restored control for the visitors with a 76-run second wicket partnership.
Although Karl Green had Fell caught by Malton, Daniel Freeman joined Coddington and hit an unbeaten 25 in a 46-run stand which secured victory for Grantham inside 19 overs.
Bourne and Market Deeping meet in their first derby duel of the season at the Abbey Lawn on Saturday.