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Bourne beaten off the penultimate ball despite Crossley's cracking century

Lee Peacock produced a lethal late onslaught to lead Market Deeping to a thrilling derby victory over near neighbours Bourne on Saturday.

Peacock, batting at number 10, had arrived at the crease with Deeping on 213-8 in pursuit of Bourne's 276-4.

The belligerent batsman then bludgeoned 51 runs off just 22 balls as he smashed three sixes and five fours to move Deeping to the brink of victory.

Cricket Action. Bourne v Market Deeping.. (11578622)
Cricket Action. Bourne v Market Deeping.. (11578622)

Despite eventually being bowled by Sam Evison, his exploits had taken Deeping within eight runs of victory in the Lincolnshire Premier League clash.

And that allowed Sam Malton (10no) and Pat Harrington (8no) to guide Deeping home with one ball to spare and deny Bourne a fourth successive league victory.

The hosts had won the toss and decided to take advantage of the excellent batting conditions at the Abbey Lawn.

Deeping enjoyed some early success though as stand-in skipper James Hook dismissed both Jack Berry and Evison cheaply.

However, Jordan Temple was in top form for Bourne and he was joined by Courtney Kruger to put on a 65-run partnership for the third wicket.

Kruger fell to the bowling of Sachithra Perera for 18 as the Sri Lankan picked up two wickets in quick succession to swing the contest back in Deeping's favour.

Temple was bowled by Perera for 74 after striking 10 fours and two sixes in his innings which left Bourne on 106-4.

This brought home skipper Pete Morgan and Steven Crossley together at the crease and they dominated the Deeping attack.

Crossley cracked his maiden century for the Abbey Lawn club after hitting 11 fours and three sixes in an unbeaten 102 not out which came off just 85 balls.

Morgan made 67 not out in an undefeated 170-run partnership for the fifth wicket which saw Bourne close on 276-4 off their 50 overs.

Cricket Action. Bourne v Market Deeping.. (11578620)
Cricket Action. Bourne v Market Deeping.. (11578620)

Josh Smith (46) and Kieran Judd (14) then got the Deeping reply off to a solid start by putting on 45 runs for the first wicket.

Colin Cheer eventually made the breakthrough, after having Judd caught by Ben Stroud, but Deeping continued their steady reply as Connor Gillett (21) joined Smith to put on 35 runs for the second wicket.

Dan Bandaranaike then started to assert his authority on the Deeping innings as he caught and bowled Smith before having Gillett caught by Berry to leave the visitors on 107-3.

Hook though hit a half-century to move Deeping past the 150-run mark until Bandaranaike struck again to have Dave Sarageant caught by Stroud for 20.

Perera blasted a quick-fire 24 runs off only 17 balls until he was caught by Ben Keast off the bowling of Evison.

Hook was then run out by Bandaranaike for 54 to leave Deeping on 205-6 with Bourne then taking a firmer grip on proceedings as Dan George was caught by Berry off Evison for 10.

Mehul Adatia made just four before he was bowled by Cheer to leave Deeping with an uphill struggle on 213-8.

However, Peacock plundered a spree of boundaries to bring Deeping back into the contest and, although he was bowled by Evison for 51, Malton and Harrington steered Deeping to a memorable victory.

They now host table-topping Sleaford this weekend while Bourne, who remain in third place despite the derby defeat, make the trip to Louth.

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