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Bourne Cricket Club's Sam Evison scores his maiden Lincolnshire Premier League century in the victory over Woodhall Spa




Sam Evison struck his maiden Lincolnshire Premier League century as Bourne roared to an emphatic victory at Woodhall Spa on Saturday.

Evison made 103 after smashing 11 boundaries in his 132-ball innings as Bourne extended their unbeaten streak with a 100-run success.

They made the most of their decision to bat first after winning the toss by making 266-4 from their 50 overs.

Sam Evison. (48168946)
Sam Evison. (48168946)

It was Bourne's highest total of the Lincolnshire Premier League campaign so far this season, bettering their opening day haul against near neighbours Market Deeping by just two runs.

And it showed their liking for Woodhall's Jubilee Park track as they had racked up 276 runs from 40 overs in the National Club Championship meeting between the two sides last month.

They did lose opener Jordan Temple with just 12 runs on the board, but Evison joined Jack Berry to forge the first of two century partnerships.

They put on 118 runs for the second wicket until Berry was dismissed for 66 which included which eight boundaries.

Ben Wright then arrived at the crease to continue to pile on the runs for Bourne as he and Evison added a further 126 for the third wicket.

Evison eventually departed after his superb innings with Bourne putting a further 10 runs on their final total with Wright unbeaten on 75 after blasting three fours and four sixes in his 72-ball innings.

Woodhall - who have yet to register a league victory this season - were never in the hunt to chase down such a sizeable score as the Bourne attack took wickets at regular intervals.

After Colin Cheer had made an early breakthrough, Tom Dixon and Berry took over the wicket-taking duties.

Berry had Spa's top scorer Oliver Caswell caught by Evison for 48 while Dixon did likewise to Tom Caswell for 30, courtesy of a Wright catch, as Woodhall slipped to 136-7.

Dixon returned an excellent 4-36 from 10 overs while Berry claimed 2-26 from a similar spell to put Bourne in control.

Cheer then returned to finish his 10-over spell with 2-30 which featured four maidens before fittingly centurion Evison took the final Woodhall wicket to fall as the hosts were dismissed for 166.

The victory keeps Bourne top of the Premier League standings, 32 points clear of Grantham in second spot, ahead of this weekend's home match with third-placed Lindum.

The match is the final part of the first half of the league campaign as Premier Division matches take a two-week break after Saturday with clubs competing in the Winkworth Cup over the weekends of June 26 and July 3.

Bourne have been placed in Group Four of the qualifying stage and will take on hosts Market Deeping and Woodhall Spa.

A superb six-wicket haul from Dan Bandaranaike helped Bourne 2nds topple previously unbeaten South Lincs and Border League Premier Division leaders Skegness on Saturday.

Bandaranaike claimed a sensational 6-15 from nine overs as Skegness were skittled out for 53 by their hosts at the Abbey Lawn.

Bourne had batted first and made 210-6 from their 45 overs after a strong top order showing.

Skipper Jon Howard (32) and James Tickler (27) put on 47 for the first wicket before Ben Stroud joined the latter for a 43-run second wicket stand.

Rob Bentley and Stroud continued to maintain the momentum by adding 51 runs for the third wicket.

Bentley was particularly aggressive in his innings of 61 as he blasted five sixes and two fours while Stroud struck five fours and a six in his 45.

Birthday boy Josh Bentley then added a further 23 not out before Bandaranaike got to work on the visitors' reply.

Hie dismissed dangerman Warren Nel for six and then accounted for Carl Abbiss just three balls later before wicket-keeper Howard claimed his second catch to snare Jamie Epton, off the bowling of Rob Bentley, to leave Skegness reeling on 14-3.

Bandaranaike then bowled Reece Brant before sending Henry Sanderson packing and then dismissing Henry Houlden first ball as Skegness slumped to 32-6.

Carl Wall lasted just three deliveries before falling to Bentley before Freddie Arlott trapped Skegness' top scorer Norman Brackley leg before for 28.

Bandaranaike sealed his superb display with the penultimate Skegness wicket to fall before Arlott wrapped up the win moments later.

Arlott took 2-2 from just 14 deliveries while Bentley returned 2-36 from a seven-over stint.

Bourne host the City club tonight (Monday) at the Abbey Lawn in the semi-final of the Stamford Charity Cup.



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