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Six of the best from Perera unable to prevent home loss




Market Deeping suffered a fourth successive Lincs Premier Division defeat following an 83-run reversal at home to Woodhall Spa on Saturday.

Sri Lankan ace Sachithra Perera had claimed six wickets to help restrict Woodhall to 221-7 from their 50 overs.

However, Deeping's recent run of poor form with the bat continued as they were skittled out for 138 by their visitors.

Deeping had been bowled out for 97 in last week's defeat at Boston and have only passed the 200-run mark once this season in their opening day derby victory over Bourne.

They had won the toss at Outgang Road on Saturday and decided to put their visitors into bat.

Woodhall had just 30 runs on the board when James Hook had Henry Wilson caught by Dan George for 10.

However, Oliver Caswell (69) and Harsha Vithana (39) steadied the Spa ship with a 75-run partnership for the second wicket until Perera swung into action.

He had Vithana caught by George and then followed that soon after with skipper Dave Sargeant stumping Prasanna Jayawardene for five.

Joe Irving joined 15-year-old Caswell to take Woodhall past the 150-run mark before Spa's talented teenager was trapped leg before by Perera after scoring his maiden Premier League half-century.

Perera continued to cause problems for the Spa batsman with Irving being bowled for 16 and then Jack Luffman going for 13 following Tom Anderson's catch to leave Spa on 186-6.

However, Brandan Laurenzi (19no) and Ross Dixon (19) put on 34 for the seventh wicket to take Spa past the 200-run mark before Perera - who finished with 6-51 from his 14 overs - had the latter caught by Jack Martin as the visitors closed on 221-7.

Deeping's reply was soon in trouble as Irving and Alex King ripped through the top of the home batting line-up.

Dangerman Josh Smith was bowled by King for five and fellow opener Connor Gillett followed in the same fashion for a similar score.

Sargeant was trapped leg before by Irving for six to leave Deeping struggling on 21-3.

Hook (8), Patrick Harrington (9) and Martin (0) were also dismissed rapidly by the Irving-King combination as Deeping limped to 45-6.

Perera (16) joined top scorer Ross Barnes (33) to offer some resistance before the Sri Lankan was caught by Alfie Lindsey off Dixon's bowling.

George (11) and Barnes added a further 17 runs for the eighth wicket as Deeping edged their total into three figures.

Last man Lee Peacock then smashed two sixes in a final wicket partnership of 27 with Barnes who was the final man out when snared leg before by Vithana as Deeping were dismissed for 138.

King finished with 3-23 from 12 overs for Spa while Irving returned 3-34 from a similar stint.

This defeat leaves Deeping just one point clear of the two relegation places ahead of Saturday's crucial clash at second-from-bottom Alford.

Alford were bowled out for 21 by Boston on Saturday, breaking the league record for the lowest total which had been held by Caistor since 2002 when they were dismissed for 24.

Bourne's match away at Scunthorpe on Saturday was cancelled due to heavy rain in the north of the county despite Pete Morgan's men having made the 130-mile round trip.

Results: Boston 151 (Cheer 65), Alford 21 (Elleray 5-12); Bracebridge Heath 194-8 (Price 102), Grantham 107; Sleaford 184 (Hibberd 50, Rolfs 5-44), Lindum 168-8; Woodhall Spa 221-7 (Casswell 67, Perera 6-51), Market Deeping 138; Grimsby Town v Louth – no play; Scunthorpe v Bourne – no play.



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