DEFENDING Lincolnshire ECB Premier League champions Bourne were soundly beaten by Lincoln Lindum on the opening day of the new season.
Returning Pakistani paceman Fahad Masood took five wickets as Lindum were restricted to 238-8 batting first at the Abbey Lawn on Saturday - only for the hosts to be dismissed for 173.
Alex Hornsby and Geoff Middleton hit 62 and 66 respectively for the away side, who racked up a competitive score on a roasting hot day.
Bourne’s reply started disastrously, as they were reduced to 82-5. Conrad Louth (56) and Charlie Hopkins (55) dug in as the champions threatened to battle back, but Bourne fell 65 runs short.
Rivals Market Deeping were also handed a beating in a cracking contest against Grimsby.
Hosts Grimsby were bowled out for 263 in the 50th over at Augusta Street, with Neal Snell (51) top scoring.
Deeping’s reply started superbly, with John McDougall and Chris Jones putting on 40 in eight overs before three wickets fell in quick succession. A stand of 102 between Tom Andrews and 16-year-old Josh Bowers (52no) gave the visitors hope - but after Andrews went for 56, the run rate slowed and the overs ran out.
• Results: Boston 231-7 (J Cheer 81), Louth 210-9 (A Brindle 50, Shiroman 57); Lindum 238-8 (Hornsby 62, Middleton 66, Masood 5-62), Bourne 173 (Louth 56, Hopkins 55); Grimsby 263 (Snell 51), Market Deeping 231-6 (Andrews 56, Bowers 52no); Sleaford 92 (Smith 5-23), Woodhall Spa 96-1; Skegness 244-8 (McCall 76), Hartsholme 168-9 (Nel 87) (match abandoned); Bracebridge Heath 388-6 (Bansal 112, Atri 160), Nettleham 111-6 (match abandoned).
• SPALDING 1st suffered a second successive defeat as their slow start to the South Lincs and Border League Division One campaign continued.
Town managed just 170-7 batting first against Lindum Ramblers, who knocked off the runs for the loss of just four wickets.
Moulton Harrox 1st were also beaten by champions Billingborough 1st, despite a cracking 84 from Jack Barnett.
His knock helped Harrox reach 151-8, which was easily chased down thanks a half century from David Gollop (51).
Meanwhile, Robert Bentley’s unbeaten 100 for Bourne 2nd was the only century of the day - but he ended up on the losing team.
That’s because promoted Stamford surpassed Bourne’s score of 173-8 for the loss of three wickets.
A clean sweep of defeats for our teams in the top flight saw Market Deeping 2nd (126) beaten by nine wickets against Belton Park.
Spalding 3rd were victorious down in Division Three, though. They defeated league newcomers Pinchbeck by four wickets.
• See Thursday’s Spalding Guardian for scorecards, league tables and a full list of results.