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Bourne Cricket Club remain top of the Lincolnshire Premier League table

New recruits Ben Wright and Brandon Diplock are making their mark for Bourne after helping the club extend their unbeaten start to the Lincolnshire Premier League campaign on Saturday.

They defeated Louth by 81 runs to record a fifth successive league win and maintain their place at the top of the table.

And both of their summer signings played crucial roles as Wright top-scored with 75 before Diplock took five wickets as Louth were dismissed for 126.

Ben Wright. (47706707)
Ben Wright. (47706707)

Bourne had been put into bat by their hosts and openers Jack Berry and Jordan Temple got off to a steady start with a 41-run first wicket stand.

However, they departed within two runs of each other with Temple being stumped for 10 and Berry caught for 26.

This brought Sam Evison and Wright together at the crease and they added 59 runs for the third wicket until Evison was bowled for 38.

Skipper Courtney Kruger joined Wright to keep the scoreboard ticking over as they put on Bourne's best stand of 82 runs for the fourth wicket.

Kruger fell for 28 and then Wright went just two runs later after an innings of 75 that included four fours and a six.

Tom Dixon then hit a quick-fire 14 as he and last week's match-winner Pete Morgan saw Bourne past the 200-run mark before they closed their 50 overs on 207-6.

Diplock and Colin Cheer opened the bowling for Bourne and they soon started to cause havoc in the Louth top order.

Diplock bowled home opener Andrew White third ball and then Cheer took out Sam Jones to leave Louth on 10-2.

Bourne's stunning start continued as Diplock trapped Laurence Scott leg before and then Cheer had Matthew Hamilton caught fifth ball by wicket-keeper Morgan.

Henry Tye lasted just 10 deliveries before being bowled by Diplock as Louth slumped to 24-5.

Sebastian Darke and Graham West set about rebuilding the innings with a valiant 58-run stand for the sixth wicket.

But, once West was bowled by Berry for 21, the writing looked on the wall for the home side.

Diplock struck again to bowl Stewart West and then claimed the crucial wicket of Darke for 64 to finish his terrific 10-over spell with 5-26.

Wright then wrapped up the win by taking the final two Louth wickets to end his 4.2 over stint with 2-20. Cheer had earlier claimed 2-22 from 10 overs and Berry took 1-23 from a similar spell.

The victory keeps Bourne 16 points clear of second-placed Lindum after their nine-wicket win over Boston who were bowled out for just 30.

Lindum visit third-placed Grantham this weekend while Bourne entertain Scunthorpe at the Abbey Lawn.

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