MARKET Deeping finally found some form as they handed Lincs ECB Premier League leaders Skegness a surprise beating on Saturday.
The home side put their recent poor batting behind them to blast the day’s top score of 239-6 at Outgang Road, with Jamie Morgan falling just seven runs short of a century.
Aussie import Tom Atallah then took five wickets to help inflict on a second loss of the season for Skegness, who slipped off top spot as a result.
Morgan’s knock of 93 was the shining light of the Deeping innings, but there were solid cameos from skipper Dave Gillett (37) and Chris Jones (23 not out) too.
Atallah then worked hard for his 5-80, bowling a hefty 16.5 of Skeg’s 37.5 overs. Matt Rose (3-30) also chipped in, as Deeping moved level in the standings with rivals Bourne.
That’s because they were hammered by a superb Sleaford show.
Batting first on home soil, Sleaford racked up a formidable tally of 234.
Christian Burgess top scored with an unbeaten 47 not out down the order, while there were also cracking contributions from Oliver Burford (43) and Thomas Shorthouse (38).
Bourne chipped away with the ball, with Darren Cousins (3-53) and Robbie Gow Kleinschmidt (3-51) the pick of the pack.
They did lose the previous week’s match-winner Jack Berry for a duck early on in their reply, while skipper Peter Morgan, Matt Creaney and Tom Binns also failed to trouble the scorers.
Conrad Louth did his best to get the run chase going, but his 31 was one of just four double-figure scores.
Both Bourne and Deeping are now some 45 points behind new leaders Haxey and face an uphill task to get involved in the title race.
This Saturday sees Bourne host Skegness and Deeping visit Woodhall Spa.