CRICKET: Masood closes in on league bowling record

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VICTORIES for the top three in the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League saw a gap open up over the chasing pack.

Second placed Bourne gained three points over leaders Bracebridge Heath after the top team failed to bowl Louth out, cutting the deficit to 29 with four games to go.

Bourne picked up 20 at Grimsby after a superb spell of bowling brought Fahad Masood five wickets to take his total to 61 – just six short of the league record.

And Boston stay third after returning home from Skegness with 20 after Matt Ward hit 99 runs and Elliot Wilson took five of the seasiders’ wickets.

Results: Bracebridge Heath 282-3 dec (Atri 105, John 65, Houston 64), Louth 159-8 (Bradley 5-30); Grimsby 182 (Masood 5-56), Bourne 187-4; Sleaford 237-9, Lindum 210-9 (Wright 62, Hornsby 77, Bradford 5-70); Woodhall Spa 321-8 (Milgate 74, Lovelace 61, Hughes 56), Nettleham 152; Boston 228-6 (Ward 99, Newton 54), Skegness 174 (Houghton 65, Wilson 5-52); Hartsholme 263-2 (Nel 169no), Market Deeping 267-4 (Jones 60, Morgan 74, Gillett 61).