Bourne Cricket Club are winners of the Lincolnshire Premier League
Bourne Cricket Club were crowned Lincolnshire Premier League champions despite suffering a shock defeat in their penultimate match of the season.
Courtney Kruger's side were beaten by 23 runs on Saturday against bottom of the table Woodhall Spa at the Abbey Lawn.
However, despite the defeat, they still claimed the seven points required from the match to lift the title ahead of second-placed Grantham who were eight-wicket winners against Louth.
Woodhall had elected to bat first after winning the toss and made a healthy 235-7 from their 50 overs.
Their opening partnership of Karan Parmar and Oliver Caswell laid the foundations with 115-run stand for the first wicket.
Caswell cracked nine boundaries in his 64 before being the first wicket to fall after edging a Colin Cheer delivery to wicket-keeper Pete Morgan.
Parmar and Jack Hughes took the Woodhall total past the 150-run mark until the opener fell after reaching his half-century with Morgan again showing a safe pair of hands from Ben Wright's bowling.
Hughes made 25 before Wright struck again, courtesy of a Matt Kidd catch, as Bourne began to assert their authority on the match.
They took three wickets for just 10 runs as Spa slipped from 177-3 to 187-6 with Jack Berry, Kidd and Brandon Diplock all striking.
However, Woodhall rallied again with skipper Matthew Sargeant and Tom White adding 35 runs for the seventh wicket.
Wright had White caught by Sam Evison to finish with 3-42 as Sargeant steered Woodhall to their final tally with an unbeaten 30 from just 22 deliveries.
The Bourne reply was soon in trouble as they slumped to 36-4 with Berry making 21 and Evison 10 while Jordan Temple and Kruger both failed to score.
Wright and Morgan rallied the hosts with a 49-run stand for the fifth wicket until the former fell for 21.
Morgan was then joined by Rob Dunn and they revived Bourne's hopes with a 76-run partnership that saw both reach their half-centuries.
Morgan had made 59 - which included nine boundaries - when he fell with Diplock departing shortly after for seven.
It was then left to Dunn and Tom Dixon to try and take Bourne to victory but their chase fells 23 runs short.
The duo added 45 runs for the unbeaten eighth wicket with Dunn 52 not out and Dixon undefeated on 28 at the end of the 50 overs.
Despite the loss being Bourne's second of the season, they had still done enough to ensure the league title returned to the Abbey Lawn for the first time in seven years.
They complete their campaign at the weekend when they travel to Lindum.