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CRICKET: Bourne win a thriller after delayed start

Rain may once again have affected the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League programme but Abbey Lawn nevertheless produced a nail-biting finish.

In a game that began 90 minutes late and was reduced to 40 overs a side, Lindum were invited to bat by Bourne who scored immediate success through Colin Cheer who took the first two wickets for just 15 runs.

But this brought skipper Rob Cook out to join Pierce Morley-Barnes and this pair halted the slide with a stand of 107. Cook was out for 55 but Morley Barnes went on to make 73 and help the final total to 181 for six.

Play was delayed by a downpour. (10668018)
Play was delayed by a downpour. (10668018)

Matthew Kidd took 3-34 off 9 overs, Cheer 2-32 off 9 and Tom Dixon 1-40 off 8.

Bourne got off to a better start, losing their first wicket on 52, openers Jack Berry and Jordan Temple scoring 28 and 27 respectively. But when Sam Evison was out for 38 the score of 136 for four quickly became 143 for six. Peter Morgan hit 34 and Rob Dunn (12) and Tom Dixon (17n.o) dug in but on 159, two wickets fell to Cook to give him five.

Play was delayed by a downpour.
Play was delayed by a downpour.

When the ninth went down, Bourne still needed 13 to win with Dixon and Cheer (4n.o) at the crease and the overs running out.With two balls remaining the scores were level and off the fifth ball of the final over the winning run came to give Bourne the slenderest of victories.

Woodhall Spa, meanwhile, were going on a run spree at Jubilee Park against Market Deeping, Harsha Vithana and Ross Dixon both making 55 as the total reached 271 for eight off 50 overs.

Play is under way.
Play is under way.

For Deeping, Ali Sharp took 2-36 off 8 overs, Sachithra Perera 2-53 off 14, James Hook 2-72 off 11, Daniel George 1-41 off 6 and Mehul Adatia 1-64 off 11.

Tom Caswell and Alex King then combined to take the first six Deeping wickets for 69 runs, James Hook scoring19 and Dave Sergeant 13. Sam Malton got 15 but it wasn’t until skipper Jamie Morgan arrived at the crease that the slide was halted. Daniel Goerge got 14 but when Morgan was last man out for 49, the Deeping innings ended on 152.

A four from Johnny Temple.
A four from Johnny Temple.

Sleaford avoided the rain and having invited Bracebridge Heath to bat, saw the 2018 champions put on 40 for their first wicket.However, the next two fell for only 11 runs before Brett Houston and Will Carter added 38.It was slow going for the visitors with Carter top-scoring with 35 and after 50 overs, the total had reached on 158 for eight.

Sleaford have a new opening pair this year – 17-year-old Aayush Patel and 18-year-old Dakota Rodgers – and this pair steadily built a partnership of 64 before Rodgers was out for 37.Tom Shorthouse joined Patel to take the total to 112 then it was the turn of Sri Lankan Chamara Kapugedara to defy the bowlers as Sleaford claimed an eight wicket win, Patel batting through for a fine 53.

Jack Berry batting for Bourne.
Jack Berry batting for Bourne.

Grantham moved to the top of the table after bowling Alford out for 62 at Train Fen Holt, Dan Freeman taking his tally of wickets to 20 for the season with figures of eight for 28.Grantham then lost two wickets before reaching their target.

Only 12 overs were possible at Boston where Louth were the visitors before torrential rain washed out the game.

Results: Woodhall Spa 271-8 (Vithana 55, Dixon 55) beat Market Deeping 152 by 119 runs;

Alford 62 (Freeman 8-28) lost to Grantham 63-2 by 8 wickets; Lindum 181-6 (Morley-Barnes 73, Cook 55) lost to Bourne 182-9 (Cook 5-39) by 1 wicket; Bracebridge Heath 158-8 lost to Sleaford 159-2 (Patel 55no) by 8 wickets; Boston 41-3 v Louth – rain stopped play.


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