Bourne earned an impressive winning draw against Lincs ECB Premier League leaders on Saturday, while Spalding Town managed a losing draw with relegation rivals Haxey and Market Deeping edged out Grimsby.
Having languished in the lower reaches of the table all season, Bourne hit the day’s top total with 267-8 before restricting their hosts to 228-9 to take 16 points to Woodhall’s 11.
Ben Stroud (88) and Carl Wilson (56) were superb with the bat at the Abbey Lawn, while Colin Cheer took 5-59 – including the prized wicket of ex-Sri Lanka Test player Prasanna Jayawardene for 91.
Spalding, meanwhile, were set a target of 224-6 by hosts Haxey after Graeme Attenborough smashed 105. Warren Nel, Charlie Kearns and Mike Kearns all took two wickets apiece for Town.
Although they only lost five wickets in their reply, Spalding closed just shy of their target on 191-5 with Chris Dring unbeaten on 48.
Haxey close the gap on third-from bottom Town to 33 points in the process.
Deeping had no such trouble chasing down a target, as they beat Grimsby by three wickets. Ross Carnelly made 80 for Grimsby in their 195-9 at Outgang Road, before Alex Wheatley hit 57 in Deeping’s 196-7.
The win leaves fourth-placed Deeping just 37 points behind leaders Woodhall.
More cricket in Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press.
• Results: Grimsby 195-9 (Carnelley 80), Market Deeping 196-7 (Wheatley 57); Hartsholme 204-7 (Kimber 101, McIntosh 5-58), Sleaford 210-2 (McIntosh 104no, Burford 72no); Haxey 224-6 (Attenborough 105), Spalding 191-5; Bourne 267-8 (Stroud 88, Wilson 56), Woodhall Spa 228-9; Skegness 229-9 (Houghton 83, Epton 51), Bracebridge Heath 234-4 (Houston 82, John 52, Poundall 50no); Louth 206-6 (Ahmed 80), Lindum 207-4 (Wright 79, Robinson 58).