CRICKET: Bourne undone by Woodhall Spa in low-scoring contest at Abbey Lawn
Bourne were leapfrogged in the Lincolnshire Premier League standings by visiting Woodhall Spa after losing a low scoring contest at the Abbey Lawn on Saturday.
Pete Morgan’s men were bowled out for just 71 and dropped down to fifth place in the league table as Spa surged above them with a four-wicket win.
After sterling work from groundsmen Clive Brown and Ian Greenfield had ensured the match went ahead despite the week-long downpours, Woodhall won a crucial toss and put Bourne into bat.
Jack Berry (17) and Jordan Temple (15) made a steady start by putting on 31 runs for the first wicket, but that was as good as it got for the home side.
Berry was the first wicket to fall after being bowled by Alex King who then repeated the feat to dismiss Sam Evison second ball.
Alfie Lindsey then had Temple caught by wicket-keeper Jack Timby before trapping Courtney Kruger leg before to leave Bourne on 51-4.
King claimed the vital wicket for Morgan for five in the next over before Tom Caswell and Harsha Vithana blitzed the rest of the Bourne batting.
Caswell claimed 2-15 from 3.5 overs while Vithana returned 2-2 from three overs as Bourne lost their last five wickets for 20 runs to finish on 71 all out.
Colin Cheer gave Bourne hope of defending their low score with a stunning start to the Spa reply.
Cheer had Timby caught by Rob Dunn second ball and then trapped Vithana leg before with his next delivery to leave Woodhall on 0-2.
Oliver Caswell got Spa off the mark with a boundary, but then edged a delivery from Matt Kidd to wicket-keeper Steven Crossley to leave Spa struggling on 4-3.
Kidd then struck again, courtesy of a Berry catch, to oust Matthew Sargeant for five with Cheer chipping in to have Jack Hughes caught behind by Crossley.
This left Spa on 16-5, but Henry Wilson and Ross Dixon mounted their recovery with a 25-run partnership for the sixth wicket.
Dixon was trapped leg before by Dan Bandaranaike for 10 which brought 17-year-old WJ Muller to the crease to join fellow teenager Wilson.
Needing 32 runs for victory, the two youngsters proved equal to the task, batting steadily to reach their target in 25 overs.
Wilson finished unbeaten on 27 with Muller 14 not out at the close after defying a Bourne attack which saw Cheer claim 3-8 off seven overs, Kidd take 2-31 off 11 and Bandaranaike bag 1-20 off six.
Bourne, after two consecutive defeats, will be looking to bounce back on Saturday when they visit Alford while Market Deeping - who had a bye week at the weekend - host Scunthorpe Town.