Cheer’s five-wicket haul helps Bourne move clear

Henry Charlton bowls for Spalding against Sleaford
Henry Charlton bowls for Spalding against Sleaford

A rain-affected day saw Bourne increase their lead in the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League.

Colin Cheer took five wickets to help bowl Skegness out for 114 but Bourne made hard work of their victory, losing seven wickets before claiming their win.

Pete Houghton (24) top-scored for Skegness before Ben Stroud (29) led the reply.

Despite the efforts of Pradeep Chanditha (4-43), Bourne reached their target in the 30th over.

Market Deeping picked up enough points to stay fifth 
despite being rained off at Louth.

Deeping made 198-5 off 39 overs with Jackson Andrews 53 not out, including seven boundaries, when rain stopped play.

David Sargeant added 46 while David Gillett and Alex Wheatley got 27 each as Amila Wettasinghe claimed 3-60.

It was a similar story in the battle at the bottom of the table at Grimsby where Billingborough were once again batting steadily to reach 216 for eight before the game was abandoned after 47 overs.

Nathan Mill (47no) and Jonathan Miles (44) put on 65 for the fifth wicket.

The game was interrupted twice due to heavy rain and the second downpour left the ground waterlogged.

Rain interrupted the game at Spalding, where play continued to almost 9pm and finished with the home side on the losing end of a draw against Sleaford.

The visitors made 276-9 with Spalding finishing on 230-7 to stay just one point adrift of the opponents in seventh place.