Market Deeping (110) lost to Bourne (111-7) by three wickets: PACE aces Charlie Hopkins and Fahad Masood inspired Bourne to a derby success over Market Deeping – and allowed the champions to further reel-in the Lincs ECB Premier League leaders.
The in-form pair took four wickets apiece in the Lincs ECB Premier League clash as Deeping were blown away for just 110 at the Abbey Lawn on Saturday.
Second-placed Bourne made a meal of their run chase with seven wickets falling – largely thanks to 5-19 from Tom Andrews.
But a cool 22 not out from veteran David Christmas helped the champions to another 20-point haul.
Batting first, Deeping never looked like amassing a decent total.
Masood (4-42) and Hopkins (4-53) did most of the damage for Bourne, with Tom Dixon picking up the other two wickets.
Lee Peacock top-scored for Deeping with just 24 as the bowlers bossed it.
That theme continued in the Bourne innings, with Andrews’ five-fer putting the hosts on the verge of collapse at 72-7.
But when Bourne needed a hero, out came the vastly experienced club legend Christmas.
He marched to the wicket and took advantage of Andrews’ fatigue – although he was fortunate to survive a ball that struck the stumps but somehow failed to dislodge the bails.
Along with Rob Dunn, the duo saw their side home for no further loss.
The maximum points return proved pivotal for Bourne, with Bracebridge Heath dropping four points against Sleaford.
With five rounds of fixtures left, Peter Morgan’s side must overhaul a 32-point deficit to retain their crown.
Bourne visit Grimsby this Saturday, with Deeping hosting Hartsholme.
Bracebridge host Louth (all games start at 12.30pm).
• Results: Market Deeping 110, Bourne 111-7 (Andrews 5-38); Skegness 137 (Linde 6-29), Grimsby 141-3 (Morgan 61); Boston 287-5 (J Cheer 124, Newton 105no), Nettleham 126; Hartsholme 187-8, Louth 188-3 (S West 78); Bracebridge Heath 288-7 (Atri 85, Cook 64no), Sleaford 175-6 (Brewster 72); Woodhall Spa 244-6 (Evison 132no), Lindum 245-5 (Bishop 100).