Bourne extend their advantage

Tom Dixon took six wickets
Tom Dixon took six wickets

Bourne extended their lead in the Readers Lincs Premier League to 13 points with a seven-wicket victory at Grimsby on Saturday.

The start was delayed by two-and-a-half hours but that was better than any other match in the Lincs Premier or South Lincs and Border League achieved as all the others fell victim to the weather.

The match was reduced from 50 to 32 overs-a-side and the hosts got off to a positive start after being put into bat by Bourne skipper Pete Morgan.

Despite going into the game in a lowly ninth position, they put on 60 for the first wicket as they looked to build on last week’s first win of the campaign.

Tom Dixon made the breakthrough as Joe Farmery fell for 27 off his bowling, with skipper Morgan taking the catch.

Just 16 more runs had been added when James Gunthorp removed Mavinder Singh with Dixon taking the catch and the hosts lost their third wicket two runs later as Conrad Louth took the catch off Dixon’s impressive bowling.

Dixon went on to finish with impressive figures of six for 34 as Grimsby ended on 125-7.

Morgan did the bulk of the early scoring as Bourne set off in reply. They made a solid start and Morgan had scored 31 of the 40 runs on the board when he was bowled by Bailey Mawer.

Ben Stroud was next to go as he went for 27 with the score on 83 and new signing Matthew Owen added Stuart Airey for a duck.

Despite the rain delaying the action, Bourne got home with more than eight overs to spare.

Conrad Louth (31 not out) and Carl Wilson (24 not out) completed the job butBourne lost at Barnack 24 hours later in Rutland League Division One.

They recovered from a shocking start, which saw them on 9-4, and reached 171 with Wilson hitting 53 but Barnack just edged victory by one wicket.