RECORDS rolled in the Lincs ECB Premier League at Outgang Road on Saturday as Market Deeping were involved in a run-fest.
More than 700 runs were scored off 100 overs – the highest overall total recorded in the league – in what proved a feast of attacking cricket.
Four players, two on each side, hit centuries as Skegness came away with 15 points and the home side eight.
Although on the wrong end of the points split, the losing draw was enough to move Deeping back up to second in the table.
Batting first, the visitors amassed an incredible 417-5, which was just 15 short of the league team record.
Paul Butler (119) and Wade McCall (100) were in blistering form with the bat, while Tony Santini added a brisk 57 not out in the mammoth tally.
Undeterred by the enormity of their task, Deeping set about building a substantial score of their own.
John McDougall cracked an impressive 109 and Chris Jones finished unbeaten on 104 as the hosts closed on 297-4 – a score that would usually be good enough for victory.
They do jump ahead of Boston by a solitary point, although Bracebridge Heath are already looking nailed on as champions.
Elsewhere, Bourne rediscovered something like their best form as they breezed past Woodhall Spa.
Skipper Peter Morgan led from the front with a fine knock of 105 at Jubilee Park, while Ben Stroud chipped in with 55 as the defending champions hit 258-9 batting first.
Morgan’s ton came off 117 balls, with the captain cracking a six and 13 fours before eventually falling to Jack Luffman.
It was then over to Fahad Masood and David Christmas to secure the victory with the ball.
Pakistani paceman Masood snared 4-36, while all-rounder Christmas bagged 3-38 to dismiss the hosts for 153.
Opener Luffman did hit 66, but his side never looked like chasing Bourne’s tally down.
The win moves them out of the bottom five and they make the trip to Lindum this Saturday. Deeping host Grimsby (both 12.30pm).