Ajaz Akhtar fell two runs short of his first Premier League ton for 19 years as Market Deeping beat Skegness by five wickets at Outgang Road on Saturday.
Moving into Lincolnshire’s top flight for the first time has given Akhtar a new lease of life and his 98 ensured Deeping made light work of a decent Skegness tally of 234-9 in 50 overs.
He enjoyed a century stand for the second wicket with teenager Alex Wheatley (59).
Earlier Meli Adatia (5-59) had kept the Skegness innings under control with 17 overs of accurate off spin.
Deeping still have a considerable gap to make up on top two Bracebridge Heath and Woodhall Spa and the former consolidated their lead with a 73-run win over rock-bottom Spalding.
Ben Smith (64) and Dan Milgate (45) displayed batting defiance as Spalding were dismissed for 202 chasing 275.
Bourne are tucked in behind Deeping in fourth place after their 44-run win over Sleaford at the Abbey Lawn.
Captain Pete Morgan (71) steered Bourne to 224 before Jack Berry (5-57) worked his way through the Sleaford batting order.
Martin Shillito snapped up the prize wicket of former New Zealand Test player Tim McIntosh for just four.