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George in the wicket-taking groove for Deeping; Bourne win high-scoring clash

Jamie Morgan led Market Deeping to victory with 28 runs at Alford.
Jamie Morgan led Market Deeping to victory with 28 runs at Alford.

A five-wicket haul from Dan George - which included a hat-trick - helped steer Market Deeping to crucial Lincs Premier Division victory over Alford on Saturday.

George returned 5-28 from an 11-over spell as Deeping ended a four-match losing streak with a comfortable six-wicket success.

Alford, who had been bowled for 21 last week at Boston, had elected to bat first after winning the toss and were soon in trouble when James Hook bowled Rikki Bovey with just eight runs on the board.

George then got into the groove with a terrific treble to dismiss Michael Honman, Sam Lempard and George Gregory.

Two wickets came courtesy of catches from Sachithra Perera and wicket-keeper Dave Sargeant with the hat-trick ball bowling Gregory to leave Alford reeling on 18-4.

Hook then dismissed Lucas Kelly for just one before George broke up a 20-run stand between Andrew White (24) and Tom White (7).

Alford, on 47-6, then just lost two more wickets for just four runs with George completing his five-wicket bonanza by having William Allis caught by Hook.

Perera then picked up the final two Alford wickets to dismiss their hosts for 58 as the Sri Lankan returned a miserly 3-1 from 5.5 overs.

The Deeping reply stuttered early on as Josh Smith and Sargeant were both dismissed to leave the visitors on 14-2.

However, Connor Gillett (10) and Jamie Morgan (28) put on 38 runs for the third wicket to move Deeping closer to their victory target.

Despite both Gillett and Morgan being dismissed, Ross Barnes and Hook took over the mantle to see Deeping to a vital victory.

While runs were in short supply in Deeping's game, Bourne beat Lindum after a high-scoring clash at the Abbey Lawn.

The hosts made 288-7 from their 50 overs with Lindum falling just 28 runs short in their reply.

Bourne, after being put into bat, lost a couple of early wickets to the bowling of Elliott Dalton who accounted for Jack Berry and Jordan Temple.

However, a third wicket partnership of 109 between Sam Evison (93) and Quewin O'Connor (27) laid the foundations for Bourne.

Evison smashed 15 fours and a six in his innings before Carl Wilson (37) and Pete Morgan (23) took over proceedings.

When Morgan was dismissed with Bourne on 210-6, Tom Dixon dominated late on after plundering six fours and two sixes to reach his half-century in just 22 balls.

Robert Dunn remained unbeaten on 22 as Bourne closed on 288-7 from their 50 overs.

Lindum set off well in their reply with opener Pierce Morley-Barnes picking up where the Bourne batsmen had left off.

Morley-Barnes blasted 19 fours and a six in his 133 which included a 135-run stand for the third wicket with Charles Tomlinson (59).

However, once Morley-Barnes was caught by O'Connor off the bowling of Berry, Tomlinson followed soon after with Evison holding onto a catch from Dan Bandaranaike's bowling.

Lindum then slumped from 226-4 to 260 all out as Dixon completed a cracking all-round performance.

He returned 3-42 from a 9.4 over spell and also executed a run out as Lindum lost their last six wickets for 34 runs as Bourne claimed their second success of the season.

Results: Woodhall Spa 200 (Jayawardene 104), Grantham 204-3 (Hickford 63); Bourne 288-7 (Evison 93, Dixon 50), Lindum 260 (Morley-Barnes 133, Tomlinson 59); Louth 235-5 (S Darke 102no), Scunthorpe Town 201-9 (Singh 60); Boston 200-6 (Jayarathna 89no), Sleaford 117; Bracebridge Heath 372-7 (Houston 58, Price 182), Grimsby Town 141 (Price 5-10); Alford 58 (George 5-28 inc hat trick), Market Deeping 59-4.

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