An unbeaten 68 from Market Deeping skipper Dave Gillett guided Market Deeping to a Lincs ECB Premier League win over rivals Bourne on Saturday, while Spalding held on for a losing draw at Lincoln Lindum.
The derby duel at Outgang Road was the pick of the weekend action, with visitors Bourne batting first. They were bowled out for just 148 though, with Ben Stroud (48) and Conrad Louth (40) top scoring.
Two Deeping bowlers shone, with both Mehul Adatia and Kamran Raza claiming four wickets apiece.
Colin Cheer (3-47) had the hosts struggling at 28-4, but Gillett played a real captain’s knock to steady the ship and see his side home with three wickets to spare.
The win, Deeping’s fourth in six outings, leaves them three points behind leaders Grimsby. Bourne are just outside the bottom two after a slow start that has seen them win just once so far.
Over in Lincoln, in-form Spalding had a long afternoon thanks to some sizzling batting from the hosts.
Karanjit Bansal (78), William Wright (54) and Charles Tomlinson (62) all made half-centuries as Lindum smashed 280-6 batting first.
Pace aces Michael Kearns (3-81) and Campbell Light (2-97) were the Town wicket-takers.
Spalding stumbled to 127-8 from their 50 overs, with Kearns (39) and Ansar Hussain (27) making defiant knocks.
That saw Lincoln collect a winning draw (9), but the small points haul come in handy for Rob Ambrose’s charges – who are 13 points clear of the drop zone.
More cricket in this week’s Lincolnshire Free Press (Tuesday) and Spalding Guardian (Thursday).
• Results: Bracebridge Heath 247, Grimsby Town 227-8; Louth 187-7, Hartsholme 188-5; Skegness 215-5, Haxey 118; Lincoln Lindum 280-6, Spalding 127-8; Bourne 148, Market Deeping 149-7; Sleaford 132, Woodhall Spa 133-2.