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Bourne batsmen find scoring touch before rain wins day; Deeping washed out when finely poised

Bourne's batsmen found their scoring touch - only for the rain to wash out their hopes of victory in Saturday's Lincs Premier Division clash with Woodhall Spa.

The Abbey Lawn side have struggled for runs in their opening couple of games of the campaign, but found their form in style on Saturday.

Stand-in skipper Jack Berry had won the toss and led the charge after electing to bat first.

Berry and fellow opener Jordan Temple enjoyed a cracking century partnership for the first wicket.

Berry needed just 45 balls to reach 69 after smashing 10 fours and two sixes before being bowled by Ross Dixon.

Temple also smashed 11 fours in his 79 before Woodhall rallied with Prasanna Jayawardene claiming four wickets.

The one-time Sri Lankan international followed up Temple's wicket by also snaring Sam Evison for four and Quewin O'Connor for 21.

Carl Wilson and Robert Bentley then joined forces to take Bourne past the 200 mark.

Wilson hit seven fours in a 64-ball 54 while Bentley's blitz included four fours and two sixes in his 42 which came off 27 balls.

Bourne eventually finished their 50 overs on 297-6, but any hopes of landing their first league win of the season were soon dashed as the heavens opened without Woodhall even facing a ball in their reply.

Market Deeping's match at Lincoln was also abandoned due to the rain with the match finely poised.

Dave Sargeant's side were halfway towards their victory target when rain stopped play.

They had restricted Lincoln to 202-9 from their 50 overs with Ali Sharp claiming four wickets.

Sharp returned 4-71 from his 11 over spell after claiming the opening two wickets before returning late on to dismiss the stubborn rearguard action of Jake Benson and Joe Peatman.

Deeping also lost a couple of early wickets in their reply before Sargeant (47) and James Hook (21no) led the revival.

The visitors were 100-5 after 27.5 overs when play was eventually stopped due to the bad weather.

Deeping host reigning champions Bracebridge Heath on Saturday while Bourne visit Grantham.

Results: Grimsby Town 308-6 (Crossley 99), Alford 161 (Bovey 79, Aziz 5-38); Bracebridge Heath 248-8, Louth 189-5 (Pitchers 82no); Boston 201 (Cheer 77, Jayarathna 56, B Brumby 5-45) v Scunthorpe – match abandoned; Bourne 297-6 (Temple 79, Berry 69, Wilson 54no) v Woodhall Spa – match abandoned Grantham 228 (Carnelly 78), Sleaford 133-2 – match abandoned; Lindum 202-9 (Taylor 50no), Market Deeping 100-5 – match abandoned.

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