South Lincs and Border League round-up as Bourne 2nds and Market Deeping 2nds lead chase for honours
Henry Brewster and Richard Hewitt both took four wickets apiece to keep Bourne 2nds top of the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division.
Their exploits helped bowl hosts Graves Park out for 101 as Bourne bagged an eight-wicket success.
It was their 10th win of the season and keeps them three points clear of second-placed Spalding who were victorious over Belton Park.
Graves Park opener Mitch Griffiths was the only home batsman of offer much resistance to the Bourne bowling attack.
He smashed 10 boundaries in his 59 before becoming Brewster’s first wicket courtesy of a Courtney Kruger catch.
Griffiths’ departure with Park on 84-3 saw the home side lose their next seven wickets for just 17 runs as Brewster bagged 4-12 from 6.3 overs while Hewitt helped himself to 4-9 from five overs.
Bourne took just 17.4 overs to reach the required target despite the dismissal of openers Ben Keast (18) and James Tickler (15).
Kruger cracked 47 not out, which included seven fours and two sixes, and was unbeaten at the close with Tom Patchett on 15.
Market Deeping 2nds are setting the pace in Division One after their experienced side ran out seven-wicket away winners at Claypole.
Dan Jarman led the visitors' attack with 4-31 from his eight overs as Claypole were bowled out for 185.
Lee Peacock picked up two wickets after conceding just 19 runs from his 12 overs while Ross Lowndes and Nick Andrews bagged a brace apiece.
Claypole opener Anthony Richardson was the lynchpin of his side's innings after smashing 10 fours and five sixes in his 106. He was the seventh home wicket to fall after being bowled by Lowndes.
Despite the early departure of Ryan Bainborough. Richard Witt and Paul Bird put on 41 runs for the second wicket.
When Bird was stumped for 29, Dave Gillett was quickly in the run groove to guide Deeping towards the winning line.
Gillett and Witt put on 91 runs flor the third wicket until the Deeping opener was bowled by Wayne Harley for 29.
Gillett was then joined by Joe Malton to secure the success as he smashed 12 fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 91 which came off just 70 deliveries.
Malton made 23 not out at the close after hitting four fours in his 24-ball innings in a 52-run third wicket partnership with Gillett.
The victory keeps Deeping 42 points clear of second-placed Moulton Harrox who have two games in hand.
Harrox hit Stamford 2nds' promotion push after Matthew Barnett inspired their six-wicket success at Broad Lane.
Barnett bagged a superb 6-17 from seven overs as Stamford were dismissed by their hosts for just 55.
Chris Bore (10), Mark Andrew (11) and Muhammad Chaudhary (17) were the only visiting batsmen to make double figures.
Despite Chris Birch claiming a couple of early wickets, with Richard Field and Mark Taylor also taking one apiece, Harrox reached the required target within 29 overs as Stamford slipped to their third defeat of the season.
Billingborough 2nds secured a narrow nine-run home success over Long Sutton 2nds in a tight Division Two tussle.
Charlie Crisp had claimed 6-44 as Billingborough were bowled out for 137 with Jon-Paul Dollery (23) and Ben Stanley (42) their top scorers.
Jed Humphries then took 4-18 from 12 overs and Tom Wesley weighed in with 3-28 from 10 as Long Sutton were bowled out for 128 in their reply.
Uffington conceded their match at Skegness 2nds.