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Sri Lankan sinks Deeping with outstanding individual display

Jamie Morgan made 82 for Deeping in their defeat against Boston. Photo: Tim Wilson. (3558354)
Jamie Morgan made 82 for Deeping in their defeat against Boston. Photo: Tim Wilson. (3558354)

An emphatic eight-wicket haul from Dan Bandaranaike inspired Bourne to a 90-run away win at Grimsby Town in Saturday's Lincs Premier Division duel.

Bandaranaike bagged 8-26 as Grimsby were dismissed for 130 in reply to Bourne's 220 all out.

A stand of 92 between Sam Evison (81) and Rob Bentley (63) had been the mainstay of the Bourne innings after they had been put into bat.

Usman Aziz, who went on to take four Bourne wickets, made the early breakthrough when he caught and bowled Jordan Temple with the score on 17.

Sam Evison joined opener Jack Berry and they added a further 18 runs before the latter was bowled by Hayden Tice.

Joey Evison then linked up with older brother Sam to take Bourne to 73-3 before he was caught by Andrew Pearson off the bowling of Ian Hallam for 16.

Bentley and Sam Evison then asserted their authority on proceedings with the crucial 92-run partnership that moved Bourne onto 165-4.

Evison was eventually bowled by Hallam for 81 after hitting 11 fours and two sixes, however, his departure sparked a late collapse as Bourne lost their last six wickets for 55 runs.

Quewin O'Connor and Rob Dunn fell cheaply before Bentley was caught by Geoff Middleton off Harrison Tice for 63 which included five fours and one six.

Aziz then breezed through the tail end to finish with 4-49 from his 11 over spell as Grimsby maintained their momentum to get their reply off to a solid start.

Neal Snell struck nine fours in his 49 as he put on 42 for the first wicket with Tice who was bowled by Joey Evison to give Bourne their first breakthrough.

Harry Warwick then joined Snell and they added another 42 runs for the second wicket before Bandaranaike was brought into the attack.

He took out both Warwick (27) and Snell within 11 runs of each other and then had Matthew Cliffe caught by Dunn to leave the hosts on 101-4.

Dunn then ran out Steven Crossley which sparked a lower collapse as Grimsby slumped from 111-5 to 130 all out.

Bandaranaike took all five of the remaining wickets, two trapped leg before with the others coming courtesy of catches from Berry, Colin Cheer and Temple as Bourne cruised to victory.

Market Deeping were on the receiving end of a superb individual display from Sri Lankan Ishan Jayarathna as they lost to Boston by 26 runs.

Jayarathna struck an unbeaten 148 to help Boston post 230-5 from their 50 overs before claiming 5-35 from 13 overs as Deeping were dismissed for 204.

He came to the crease with Boston struggling on 13-2 after James Hook and Lee Peacock had collected an early wicket apiece.

The Sri Lankan took charge of a 47-run third wicket stand with Jonny Cheer and, despite Sachithra Perera following up his dismissal of the latter with the run out of Michael Musson, Boston quickly regained control.

Jayarathna helped put on 43 runs for the fifth wicket with Boston skipper Tom Baxter (22) as the visitors reached 130-5 after 41 overs.

The visitors then launched an all-out assault on the final nine overs which yielded 100 runs.

Jayarathna finished with 10 fours and nine sixes in his 148 not out while Luke Gilding was unbeaten on 24 at the close.

Deeping's reply got off to a disastrous start as Jayarathna struck twice in his opening over to leave the hosts reeling on 1-2.

The father-and-son combination of Dave and Connor Gillett steadied the Deeping ship to move them to the half-century mark before Tim Bell struck twice to remove the duo.

Deeping kept the run rate going though, despite losing wickets at regular intervals, but a fine knock of 82 by Jamie Morgan kept their hopes alive.

However, when he was trapped leg before by Jayarathna after hitting six fours and three sixes, Deeping lost their remaining two wickets cheaply and finished 26 runs short.

Results: Boston 230-5 (Jayarathna 148no), Market Deeping 204 (Morgan 82, Jayarathna 5-35); Grantham 210 (Dowman 67, Freeman 54no), Louth 211-3 (Scott 77, Pitchers 73); Bracebridge Heath 184, Woodhall Spa 95; Bourne 220 (S Evison 81, Bentley 63), Grimsby Town 130 (Bandaranaike 8-26); Lindum 177-9, Alford 179-7 (Bovey 64, A White 70); Sleaford 114, Scunthorpe Town 115-4.

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