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Sun finally shines on county league




After the wettest start to the season for some years, the sun shone of the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League grounds and the league table began to take shape.

Bracebridge Heath are again at the top with Grimsby Town - one of last season's relegation candidates - second after beating Sleaford who dropped to third.

Bracebridge Heath piled on the runs, hitting 326 for eight at Market Deeping with Australian Joe Price making 75. In reply, Deeping were all out for 159, Jamie Morgan with 55.

Newcomers Scunthorpe Town have made a good start, lying fifth and just two teams, Bourne and Alford, are still without a win.

Bourne's defeat came at the hands of Grantham, a match which saw the only century of the day. Mathew Dowman made 112 and Dan Freeman 92 after Grantham's first two wickets had fallen for only 39 runs. Their third-wicket stand of 207 helped their side to 273 for four, a total Bourne were unable to match against tight bowling from Dowman and Joe Peck, who took four for 22 off eight overs.

Grimsby reached 196 for seven at home to Sleaford, with steady batting from the top order and an unbeaten 50 from Geoff Middleton who shared a fourth-wicket stand of 48 with Neal Snell.

Sleaford lost their first two wickets cheaply, but Hibberd and Shorthouse steadied the ship. However, whenever a stand appeared to be building, Grimsby's bowlers struck, Usman Aziz taking three wickets, Harrison Tice four and Neal Snell coming on to bowl three overs and take two for eight bowl Sleaford all out for 149, Oliver Burford the top scorer with 41.

At Woodhall Spa, the home team were set a target of 216 by Louth, who lost eight wickets, Xander Pitchers making 85. But Woodhall were on good batting form, Harsha Vithana hitting 98 and Henry Wilson unbeaten on 82 as his side claimed an eight-wicket win

Lindum were bowled out for 168 at home to Boston for whom Sam Holland (75) and Jonny Cheer (49) shared a second-wicket stand of 94 to set their side on the road to a seven-wicket victory.

Karanjit Bansal and Arbind Singh both hit 57 in Scunthorpe's seven-wicket victory over Alford, who had earlier been bowled out for 144.



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