Colin’s bowling brings more Cheer to Bourne

Colin Cheer was in superb form with the ball for Bourne
Colin Cheer was in superb form with the ball for Bourne
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Colin Cheer took his third five-wicket innings of the Lincs Premier League campaign as leaders Bourne skittled Lindum out for just 66.

The hosts, who had regained the Jaidka Cup three days earlier, had appeared vulnerable when they were dismissed for just 131 but they produced a stunning bowling display with Cheer leading the way.

Bourne skipper Pete Morgan fell with the score on 17 but Conrad Louth hit nine fours on his way to a fine 47 as the league leaders responded.

The in-form Carl Wilson, with 28, was the next highest scorer but it seemed doubtful whether Bourne’s total would be enough.

Bourne hopes were lifted, though, once Cheer had removed both Lindum openers before the visitors got into double figures.

Jack Berry and Cheer again struck further blows to leave Lindum teetering on 11 for four and that became 20 for five when Cheer took his fourth victim.

At that stage, Bourne would have been forgiven for thinking they would finish Lindum off for a smaller total than they managed but the points were secured when James Gunthorp took his second wicket of the match.

Bourne skipper Morgan believes his side can regain the title they last won in 2010 but admits it is a wide open league this season.

He said: “There are probably six sides who are in with a good chance but I would always back us.

“Market Deeping are a very good side and Woodhall Spa have also impressed me but I still fancy us.”

LINCS PREMIER LEAGUE

P W L D NR Pt

Bourne 11 4 0 5 2 152

Bracebridge Heath 11 5 3 1 2 139

Market Deeping 11 6 1 2 2 138

Woodhall Spa 11 3 1 4 3 132

Louth 11 4 2 2 3 119

Lindum 11 3 4 2 2 118

Sleaford 11 3 3 3 2 114

Spalding 11 2 3 4 2 112

Skegness 11 4 4 0 3 105

Grimsby 11 2 5 2 2 71

Billingborough 11 0 6 2 3 60

Market Rasen 11 0 4 3 4 50

n Market Deeping maintained their challenge with an eight-wicket victory at reigning champions Sleaford.

David Sargeant and Mehul Adatia were the not out batsmen as Deeping reached their target with ease, but of more significance was the way they combined earlier to remove the league’s leading player, former New Zealand international Tim McIntosh.

The Kiwi, who set a league record when scoring 1,203 runs last year, was on 44 when wicket-keeper Sargeant caught him off the bowling of Adatia, who added two further wickets as Sleaford ended on 187 for six.

On a day when the league’s bowlers generally had the better of the batsmen, Deeping openers Chris Jones and Jamie Morgan made a positive reply to the Sleaford total.

They put on 156 for the opening wicket before Morgan was run out for 86.

By the time Jones was bowled out they were just 12 short of their target which they reached with ten overs to spare.

n It continues to be a difficult season for Billingborough as their wait for a first victory of the campaign continues.

Woodhall Spa reached 172 for five before dismissing the hosts for 70. Skipper Steve Scott scored 32 but Nathan Mill (11) was the only other Billingborough player to reach double figures.

n Paul Edgeller’s third century of the season wasn’t enough to prevent Long Sutton losing in a high-scoring South Lincs and Border League game at Jubilee Park.

Edgeller hit 107 but couldn’t push Long Sutton as they were bowled out for 191 in reply to Woodhall Spa 2nd’s 225 for five.

Matt Barnett made 74 and Jack Barnett took five wickets as Moulton Harrox made it four wins out of five with a 78-run success against Belton Park.

The results leaves them in fifth, one place behind Bourne 2nd who beat Lindum thanks to half-centuries from Robert Dunn (58) and Archie Stroud (51).

In Division Three, Pinchbeck won a keenly-contested match with Timberlands, winning by 11 runs as skipper James Langford took the final home wicket.

Richard Riley top-scored for Pinchbeck with 38, who are third in the table.