LINCS PREMIER DIVISION: Captain Morgan slays Sleaford, but Deeping can’t take advantage
Bourne’s master batsman Pete Morgan slayed title challengers Sleaford in the Lincs Premier Division today (July 30).
Morgan’s blistering unbeaten 108 from just 98 balls completed a six-wicket win with almost 10 novers to spare at the home of the team that started the day in second place.
Morgan cracked 12 sixes and three fours and dominated a third-wicket stand of 137 with Carl Wilson. Wilson was dismissed for 66 (86 balls, one sixe, eight fours), but Morgan stood firm to speed his side past Sleaford’s 225-9.
That total was the result of a fine fightback from Bourne as Sleaford reached 103-1 before spin twins Ben Collins and Ben Stroud got to work.
Collins’ 5-75 included the wicket of the division’s star batsman Obus Pienaar for just seven. Pienaar has already scored over 1,000 runs in the Premier Division this summer.
Stroud finished with 4-53 from 12 overs.
Unfortunately for Market Deeping they failed to take advantage of the Sleaford slip and their title hopes are probably in tatters after a second straight defeat.
Deeping had hosts Woodhall Spa in trouble at 158-7, but the home side escaped to 218-9 in their 50 overs. Half centuries from Jamie Morgan - the younger brother of the Bourne skipper - and Nick Green enabled Deeping to reach 151-3, but they lost their last seven wickets for just 17 to lose by 50 runs.
SLEAFORD lost to BOURNE by 6 wkts
Sleaford 225-9 (M. Mountain 51, A. Hibberd 50, B. Collins 5-75, B. Stroud 4-53).
Bourne 226-4 (P. Morgan 108no, C. Wilson 66, S. Morris 3-30)
WOODHALL SPA beat MARKET DEEPING by 50 runs
Woodhall Spa 218-9 (
Market Deeping 168 (J. Morgan 55, N. Green 54).