Spalding experienced last over pain and pleasure as they battled for a losing draw at eight-time champions Bracebridge Heath this afternoon.
Bracebridge skipper Paul Cook made the day’s top score of 117 before being run out and Hymie Bentley hit 51 as the home side reached 268 for eight. But Warren Nel, who had earlier taken four wickets, continued in good batting form, scoring 85, and Mike Kearns hit 73.
Both fell to Matt Bradley, who ended with five for 64 as Bracebridge fought to take the final wicket but there was also disappointment for the visitors who failed by one run to reach the 201 total they needed to stretch their two points to three.
The good news for Spalding is they are now 32 points clear of second-bottom Haxey, who only picked up one point after being bowled out for 122 by Market Deeping for whom Tom Andrews took 5-45. Deeping went on to win by six wickets.
Bourne missed the chance to go two places above Spalding after failing to reach the target of 216-8 set by Lindum at St Giles Avenue. Saikat Sarkar made 76 for the Lincoln side, who bowled Bourne out for 135, Tom Lindsay and Stuart Turner taking four wickets each.
This moved Lindum up to fifth while only six points now separate Louth in eighth place and Spalding in 10th.