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Defeat for Deeping sets up crunch clash this weekend

Jack Berry hit a century off 89 balls for Bourne at the weekend. Photo: TIM WILSON (3674276)
Jack Berry hit a century off 89 balls for Bourne at the weekend. Photo: TIM WILSON (3674276)

A rapid century from Jack Berry blasted Bourne to back-to-back Lincs Premier Division victories at the weekend.

Berry took just 89 balls to reach his ton as Bourne breezed to a seven-wicket success over Scunthorpe at the Abbey Lawn.

The visitors had been bowled out for 154 with Tom Dixon taking 4-38 and Colin Cheer claiming 3-29.

Berry had struck early to remove opener Jamie Brumby for seven and then bowled Mason Hilldrith to leave the visitors on 35-2.

Last week's eight-wicket hero Dan Bandaranaike then bowled Arbind Singh as Scunthorpe struggled to 48-3.

Dixon was then brought into the Bourne attack and he trapped opener Garmesh Chand leg before for 42 which sparked a flurry of wickets.

Wicket-keeper Carl Wilson took his second catch to help Dixon dismiss Ben Brumby second ball and Daniel Cliffe departed soon after to leave Scunthorpe on 78-6.

This brought Scunthorpe skipper Karanjit Bansal to the crease to join Ian Snowden (32) and they steadied the ship with a 74-run partnership for the seventh wicket.

Snowden was eventually bowled by Cheer following his return to the Bourne attack and this sparked another Scunthorpe collapse as they lost their last three wickets for just two runs.

Cheer accounted for both Declan Toyne and Ben Crew before Dixon had Bansal caught by Bandaranaike after he had reached his half-century.

Scunthorpe struck early in the Bourne reply with Ben Brumby bowling Jordan Temple for two and then Sam Evison went for six to leave the hosts on 34-2.

However, Berry was belligerent form as he put on 73 runs for the third wicket with Joey Evison (23).

That took Bourne to 107-3 with Carl Wilson (8no) then joining Berry to see Bourne past their victory target.

Berry's blitz included nine fours and five sixes as his exploits helped Bourne move up to seventh place in the league standings with four matches remaining.

Market Deeping are still looking nervously over their shoulders after a five-wicket away defeat against Woodhall Spa.

They are currently just 12 points clear of the drop zone ahead of this weekend's crunch clash with second-from-bottom Alford.

Deeping were dismissed for 118 on Saturday as Ross Dixon took 4-26 for the triumphant Spa side.

Deeping had made a solid start through the efforts of Josh Smith (15) and Connor Gillett (29), but then started to lose wickets cheaply as they slumped to 56-5.

Jamie Morgan (16), James Hook (11) and Sachithra Perera (14) briefly rallied the middle order, but Dixon took the final four wickets to leave Deeping with an uphill task.

They got off to a flying start in the Spa reply with Lee Peacock picking up two wickets to leave the hosts reeling on 1-2.

However, Oliver Caswell (18) and Prasanna Jayawardene (22) put on 52 runs for the third wicket until their partnership was broken up by Perera.

Mehul Adatia then dismissed Jayawardene in the next over to leave Woodhall rocking on 53-4.

However, an unbeaten 40 from Joe Irving and Brandan Laurenzi's 19 took Spa to the brink of victory until Perera struck again with the scores level.

The inevitable Woodhall win soon followed though as Jack Hughes hit a boundary off his third delivery to seal Spa's success.

Results: Boston 169 (Jayarathne 96), Alford 157 (A White 80, Elleray 7-44); Bracebridge Heath 263 (Houston 101, Atri 57), Grantham 180; Scunthorpe 154 (Bansal 50), Bourne 155-3 (Berry 101no); Lindum 243 (Morley-Barnes 82, Lindsay 52), Sleaford 148; Market Deeping 118, Woodhall Spa 122-5; Louth 249-6 (Pitchers 100no, Scott 72), Grimsby 189-9 (Warwick 116no).

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