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Bourne blitzed by Bracebridge

Jack Berry blasted 54 for Bourne in their defeat against Bracebridge Heath on Saturday. Photo: TIM WILSON (3191785)
Jack Berry blasted 54 for Bourne in their defeat against Bracebridge Heath on Saturday. Photo: TIM WILSON (3191785)

A season's best haul of 7-41 took Sachithra Perera to the top of Lincs Premier Division bowling averages as Deeping defeated Louth by eight wickets on Saturday.

The Sri Lankan took his total for the season to 39 wickets with a match-winning display that moved Deeping up to sixth spot in the Premier Division standings.

His haul helped dismiss Louth for 144 before an unbeaten 60 not out from opener James Hook helped Deeping to a comfortable victory.

Louth had made a promising start to proceedings after winning the toss and electing to bat first at their London Road base.

Laurence Scott (20) and Paul Martin (60) put on 64 for the first wicket before Deeping switched from the pace of Hook and Lee Peacock to the guile of Perera and Mehul Adatia.

Perera made the first breakthrough to trap Scott leg before and then held onto the catch which dismissed Russell Xander-Pitchers off the bowling of Adatia.

That sparked a flurry of home wickets to tumble as Perera picked up Martin, Sebastian Darke, Jason Collinson, Stewart West, Graham Bell and Henry Tye to leave Louth reeling on 118-8 after losing seven wickets for 54 runs.

Adatia then collected another two wickets to finish with 3-25 from 13 overs as Louth were skittled out for 144.

Deeping lost Connor Gillett early in their reply, but Dave Gillett joined Hook and took the visitors from 14-1 to 63-2 before he was caught by Tye off the bowling of Scott.

Dave Thomas (42no) then came to the crease to join Hook and they put on an unbeaten 82 for the third wicket to see Deeping home inside 28 overs.

Bourne were unable to halt the relentless title charge of perennial champions Bracebridge Heath who romped to an 120-run win at the Abbey Lawn.

A century from Bracebridge skipper Brett Houston proved crucial after Bourne had kept the other batsmen in check.

Colin Cheer made an early breakthrough to have Vikram Atri caught by Tom Dixon with the score on just 11.

But Houston joined David Whapplington (44) for a 109-run second wicket partnership which put Bracebridge in control.

After Whapplington had been bowled by Joey Evison, Dixon collected a couple of cheap wickets to leave Bracebridge on 165-4.

However, after a steady start, Houston found his run groove and smashed 23 boundaries before being caught by Matt Kidd off the bowling of Jack Berry for 121.

Berry then bagged the wickets of Kit Spence (37) and James Kimber to finish with 3-50 before Cheer returned to the attack to claim two further wickets and finish with 3-46 as Bracebridge closed on 253-9 from 50 overs.

The visitors made a vital early breakthrough when they claimed the crucial wicket of Joey Evison with the Bourne score on just six with brother Sam then departing for nine.

Berry continued to score well at the other end as he blasted four fours and three sixes in his 54 before being caught by Alex Willerton off Alex Moor.

Moor and Joseph Price then ripped the heart out of the Bourne batting as they slumped from 87-3 to 105-7.

Dan Bandaranaike battled valiantly with an unbeaten 15 while Dixon made 14, but Moor's 5-58 coupled with Price's 3-30 saw Bourne dismissed for 133 as they dropped down to ninth place in the Premier Division table.

Results: Grantham 270-6 (Freeman 117no, Keast 68); Alford 123; Boston 242-7 (Jayarathna 68, Holland 58), Grimsby Town 113; Bracebridge Heath 253-9 (Houston 121), Bourne 133 (Berry 54, Moor 5-58); Scunthorpe Town 69 (Wright 5-41, Dewhurst 5-24), Lindum 72-3; Louth 144 (Martin 60, Perera 7-41), Market Deeping 145-2 (Hook 60no); Woodhall Spa 188, Sleaford 189-7.

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