Bourne earned a thrilling tie with Grimsby Town in the Lincs ECB Premier League on Saturday, while Spalding Town secured their survival despite a hefty 207-run loss at Woodhall Spa and Market Deeping clinched fifth place with a winning draw over basement boys Hartsholme.
Starting with a remarkable match at the Abbey Lawn, all three results were possible on the final ball of Bourne’s innings.
Bourne’s last-man Alex Graham needed two runs to guide his team to victory, but chipped the ball up in the air in the direction of a Grimsby fielder. But he dropped the dolly, allowing the hosts through for a single.
Not content with a draw, Graham and Darren Cousins attempted to scramble a second...but were run out to leave the scores level.
Earlier, the explosive Conrad Louth cracked 95 as Bourne chased Grimsby’s 263-7. Harry Warwick (79) top scored for the visitors, with Bourne’s James Keywood (4-91) the pick of the home bowlers.
Skipper Peter Morgan cracked 48 from 42 at the top of Bourne’s reply, while Louth’s 95 came off just 97 balls.
Meanwhile, Spalding can look forward to a second season in the county top flight despite their heavy beating against the league leaders.
Sri Lankan Test player Prasana Jayawardena hammered an unbeaten 119 in Woodhall’s 355-6, before Town’s South African ace Nabeel Bhayla top scored with 41 in their 128 all out.
But, with just one more game to go – a home date with Bourne this Saturday (noon) – they are 23 points clear of the bottom two.
Deeping made a decent-looking 268-5 against Hartsholme, with Chris Jones (49), Mehul Adatia (48) and Jamie Morgan (40).
That tally looked under threat when Henry Rush (76) and Louis Kimber (65) guided the hosts to 139-0, but Adatia (3-67) and Kamran Raza (2-90) pegged them back to 242-6 at the close.
That earned Deeping a winning draw (7) and sealed fifth place for them, which is one better than last year.
• Results: Woodhall Spa 355-6 (Cheer 68, Evison 77, Jayawardene 119no), Spalding 128; Lindum 196-9 (Wright 64, Robinson 57), Bracebridge Heath 133 (Miller 5-29, Bansal 5-45); Sleaford 263-9 (McIntosh 103), Skegness 233 (Butler 103, Epton 74, Morris 8-39); Louth 219, Haxey 223-8 (Attenborough 96no); Market Deeping 268-5, Hartsholme 242-6 (Rush 76, Kimber 65); Grimsby 263-7 (Warwick 79), Bourne 263 (Louth 95).