Super Spalding stun league leaders Bourne

Spalding batsman Josh Newton avoids a bouncer
Spalding batsman Josh Newton avoids a bouncer
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Spalding recorded a stunning victory at Lincs Premier League leaders Bourne on Saturday.

Half-centuries from Ben Smith and Henry Charlton, plus quality bowling from Charlie Kearns and Jack Barratt, saw Spalding become the first team to beat Bourne in the Lincs Premier this season.

Skippered by Tim Norris in the absence of the holidaying Rob Ambrose, Spalding saw star openers Thivanka Rajaratne and Warren Nel fall cheaply by their high standards.

Nel hadn’t even got off the mark by the time Rajaratne was caught by Conrad Louth off the bowling of Jack Berry for five in the second over.

Nel was run out for 14 after an almighty mix-up with Josh Newton, leaving the visitors on 43-2.

Berry and Louth again combined to remove Newton for 25 and Colin Cheer then bowled Kearns for a duck.

But Charlton and Smith got Spalding’s innings back on track with an impressive partnership.

Teenager Charlton recorded a knock of 73, his best in the league for three years, before being run-out by Tom Dixon when chasing a quick single.

Smith was in superb form with a career-best of 81 not out as Spalding finished on 239-9, Ben Stroud taking four wickets late on for the hosts.

Bourne’s innings didn’t get off to the start they were looking for as Stuart Airey was caught and bowled for a duck by the impressive Kearns.

That soon became 16-4 as Spalding destroyed the hosts’ top order.

With Stroud, Louth and skipper Pete Morgan all back in the pavilion, Bourne needed to display the impressive batting depth that has got them out of trouble in the past.

Carl Wilson (48) and Rob Bentley (44) gave them the sort of partnership they were looking for, both falling just short of half-centuries, but Bourne were dismissed inside 40 overs.

Kearns took four wickets and Barratt weighed in with three, while teenage wicket-keeper David Thomas took four catches.

Tom Andrews and David Sargeant hit half-centuries as Market Deeping recorded a comfortable win over basement boys Market Rasen.

Batting first, Deeping were all out for 230 with all-rounder Andrews (62) and Sargeant (51) well supported by Alex Wheatley (42).

Lee Peacock then took five wickets as the visitors – featuring six under-17s – collapsed to 88 all out.

Skipper Steve Scott scored 65 as Billingborough lost by six wickets against Skegness.