SEVEN wickets from Fahad Masood and a stunning century from Ben Stroud earned defending Lincs ECB Premier Division champions Bourne an emphatic win on Saturday.
Bourne beat Nettleham by 138 runs at the Abbey Lawn on Saturday to move up to fifth in the early standings.
After losing their first game of the season, it’s now back-to-back wins for Peter Morgan’s side.
Stroud’s maiden ton at this level was vital for Bourne. Other than his sensational 107, none of their other batsmen managed more than 20 in a total of 226-8.
It proved more than enough though, as Masood’s 7-23 ripped through the away order and skittled them out for just 88.
Market Deeping were also on inspired form in their fine win at Woodhall Spa.
Karl Green, making his first team debut, took four wickets including a hat-trick – but the hosts still made a hefty 262-8 at Jubilee Park.
However, Chris Jones (109) and Jamie Morgan (78) batted superbly as Deeping claimed a six-wicket victory with three overs to spare. They move up to third in the table.
• SPALDING secured their first South Lincs and Border League Division One win of the season by beating Boston 2nd.
Mike Kearns Snr hit 66 not out as Town chased down 186-9 with four wickets left.
Also in the top flight, Deeping 2nd saw off Bourne 2nd at Outgang Road. Ed Davies’ knock of 59 was pivotal for the hosts, who won by 31 runs after defending their 211-8.
Elsewhere, Jack Barnett’s 57 was in vain as Moulton Harrox fell 32 runs short of Grantham’s 182.
One of the most impressive performances of the weekend came from Spalding 2nd in Division Two.
Richard Dale took 5-15 as Boston 3rd were all out for 80 at the Memorial Field. Town easily passed that with five wickets in hand.
Down in Division Three, Baston’s John Lamin put in the performance of the day with 65 runs and six wickets as his side beat Blankney to go top of the pile.
Moulton Harrox Sunday (141) were also winners over North Luffenham (114).