Grazette inspires Bourne victory

Ali Sharp bowls out Johnny Cheer during Market Deeping's home defeat. Photo: Tim Wilson
Ali Sharp bowls out Johnny Cheer during Market Deeping's home defeat. Photo: Tim Wilson

Bourne maintained their lead in the Lincolnshire Premier League, despite being pushed hard by basement boys Market Rasen.

Will Bradford hit a century as Rasen reached 207-8 and then had the league leaders in trouble at 78-4 before Pete Morgan’s side rallied to win by three wickets.

Navel Grazette, who had earlier taken 3-39, top-scored with 60 while the consistent Carl Wilson (52) also weighed in with another half-century as Bourne sealed another victory.

Colin Cheer again impressed for the leaders with a four-wicket haul.

Market Deeping were whittled out for just 63 as they went down at third-placed Woodhall Spa.

Teenager Patrick Brown took 4-26 and Mehul Adatia gave support with three wickets but, having restricted the hosts to 162, Deeping’s batsmen never threatened to reach their target.

David Sargent top-scored with a modest 18 in a disappointing batting display.

Spalding’s batsmen also failed to shine as they were removed for just 66 in the club’s defeat at Skegness.

James Hook took four wickets as the hosts were dismissed in their final over for a useful 307 – inspired by a superb 126 from New Zealand ace Brendan Young, who also starred with the ball.

In reply, Spalding failed to fire with the bat with only Charlie Kearns – who scored 29 not out, having earlier taken three wickets – performing with any credit.

Spalding’s top-five order batsmen contributed just 15 runs between them while there were also three ducks among in their depressing scorecard as Young took six wickets in just eight overs.

Billingborough remain second from bottom following their defeat at Louth.

The hosts reached 215-9, thanks to a knock of 66 from Graham West, with Billingborough all out for 154.