CRICKET: Deeping crash Woodhall’s party, Bhayla sees Spalding home

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Market Deeping denied Woodhall Spa the title on dramatic final day of the Lincs ECB Premier League season on Saturday, while an unbeaten 58 from Nabeel Bhayla guided Spalding Town a derby victory over Bourne.

On a rain-hit day, Deeping’s Outgang Road duel with long-term leaders Woodhall was reduced to 30 overs per side.

The visitors batted first and made 150-9 on a very wet pitch, with Lee Peacock taking fine figures of 5-54.

Deeping toiled in the early overs of their reply, as they were reduced to 3-4 and then 35-6. But, led by Kiwi ace Ben Willemson (55), the hosts rebuilt their innings and toppled the target with two overs and two wickets to spare.

That gave Sleaford the title after they battered Grimsby by 118 runs.

Over at Spalding Grammar School, Town ended their first season in the county top flight with a two-wicket triumph over rivals Bourne.

Tom Dale took 6-50 to knock the visitors over for 139, with only Tom Bentley (29) and Carl Wilson (28) making any kind of score.

Spalding lost star man Warren Nel for a second-ball duck to Darren Cousins, who ended up with figures of 5-47.

Jack Barratt (0), Rob Ambrose (6) and Luke Whitworth (0) also went cheaply in their reply, but South African ace Bhayla - playing his final game for the club - carried his bat to guide them home.

His unbeaten 58 from 98 balls included two sixes and five fours.

Dale (12no) also played a vital part in seeing Town home in the 42nd over.

Results: Haxey 174 (Attenborough 65, Miller 6-70), Lindum 171; Bourne 139 (Dale 6-50), Spalding 140-8 (Bhayla 58no, Cousins 5-47); Skegness 164 (Bariwala 59), Louth 158; Woodhall Spa 150-9 (Peacock 5-54), Market Deeping 151-8 (Willemson 55); Sleaford 196-4 (McIntosh 50), Grimsby 78 (Morris 5-22); Bracebridge Heath v Hartsholme – cancelled.