CRICKET: Home loss for Town as Deeping win well

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It was a mixed day for our three teams in the Lincs ECB Premier League on Saturday as Spalding Town were beaten by Louth, Market Deeping defeated Skegness and Bourne earned a winning draw over basement boys Hartsholme.

Starting with Spalding, John Medler hit 80 in Louth’s total of 243 batting first after they won the toss. But hosts Town did at least get bowling points for dismissing their visitors in the final ball of the innings.

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Louth were toiling on 180-7 at one stage, but Richard Limmer hit 30 off 20 balls to take their tally close to 250.

Michael Kearns (3-56) was pick of the bowlers for Spalding, with Warren Nel and Charlie Kearns grabbing two wickets apiece.

Spalding were all out for 195 in reply, with Warren Nel (60) again top scoring. Town almost held on for a losing draw, with Ansar Hussain (21) and Jack Barratt (19 not out) putting on defiant stand for the final wicket.

But Hussain was given out with just four balls to go, giving Louth the win.

Deeping were victors at Skegness after bowling the seasiders out for 144, Tom Andrews taking four wickets. Andrews then hit 58 and Mehul Adatia made an unbeaten 65 as Deeping claimed a five-wicket win.

Bourne made the day’s highest total of 286-7, but saw Hartsholme finish on 167-8 and hang on for a losing draw.

Rob Bentley (56) and Matt Haken (69) top scored for Bourne at the Abbey Lawn, with Tim Brown’s unbeaten 60 key for the visitors.

• Results: Skegness 144, Market Deeping 148-5 (Adatia 65no, Andrews 58); Bracebridge Heath 215-5 (Cook 81, Attenborough 5-58), Haxey 61 (Carter 8-30, incl four in four balls); Louth 243 (Medler 80), Spalding 195; Bourne 286-7 (R Bentley 56, Hawken 69), Hartsholme 167-6 (Brown 66no); Lindum 236-7 (Wright 97), Sleaford 221 (Roberts 96); Grimsby 145 (Wood 51, Sargeant 8-50), Woodhall Spa 146-6 (Sargeant 60no).