Bourne skipper Peter Morgan hit a stunning century as they earned a winning draw over plucky Spalding Town in the Lincs ECB Premier League on Saturday, while Jonathan Cheer’s ton helped leaders Woodhall Spa dispatch Market Deeping.
Starting at the Abbey Lawn, Morgan’s 130 from 134 balls was the best individual total of the day – in what proved to be the highest scoring match.
His knock included seven fours and five sixes and, with Robert Bentley, the duo put on 141 for the first wicket.
When Bentley went for 43, caught and bowled by new Spalding signing Nabeel Bhayla, Conrad Louth continued the onslaught, making 87 from 61 balls with 12 fours and a six.
The innings ended on 298-6, with three of the wickets falling to Warren Nel.
Town’s talented all-rounder starred with the bat, too. He came to the crease with the Spalding score on 39-2 – and with the help of Josh Newton and Tim Norris, Nel saw the total to 134-3.
However, when Norris was out for 37, the South African number three could only watch as the wickets began to tumble at the other end.
When Nel was finally out for 65, Spalding were 158-7, but Ansar Hussain and Jack Barratt answered the SOS call, adding 65 for the eighth wicket.
Hussain was dismissed for 36 but Barratt ended unbeaten on 25 as the visitors reached 225-8 to claim maximum batting points and an extra three points for the draw.
This leave Bourne and Spalding locked together in eighth place on 110 points.
Meanwhile, Deeping were left to rue their luck as they fell to a 121-run loss against Woodhall Spa.
The hosts racked up 269-3 batting first, with Cheer (107) and Sam Evison (71) doing most of the damage. But it all could have been very different, with Cheer twice dismissed off no-balls.
Deeping’s reply fell way short as they were all out for 148, David Gillett hitting a top score of 62.
That result leaves Spa some 15 points clear at the top, with Deeping 28 points behind in fourth.
More cricket in Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press.
• Results: Lincs ECB Premier League: Louth 176 (S West 64, Bariwala 7-36), Skegness 179-5 (Bariwala 90); Grimsby 184 (Crossley 64, Morris 6-50), Sleaford 188-1 (McIntosh 80no, Shorthouse 83); Bourne 298-6 (Morgan 130, Louth 87), Spalding 225-8 (Nel 65); Woodhall Spa 269-3 (Cheer 107, Evison 71), Market Deeping 148 (Gillett 62); Haxey 163-8 (Attenborough 54, Robinson 6-39), Lindum 156 (Wright 66, Savage 5-30); Hartsholme 185-7 (Wooldridge 58), Bracebridge Heath 136 (Rush 8-47).
• South Lincs & Border League: Premier Division: Sleaford 2nd 82 (Deans 5-10), Boston 86-5; Billingborough 159-6 (Hollingworth 68), Lindum 102; Bourne 2nd 257-6 (Creaney 81, Murdoch 83), Welby 120; Belton Park 103-9, Woodhall Spa 2nd 90; Skegness 2nd 116, Grantham 117-8.
Division One: Friskney 232-8 (Grant 51), Baston 130; Thomas Cook 164-8, Long Sutton 168-7 (A Wright 52); Blankney 108 (Braithwaite 5-21), Heckington 63; Spalding 2nd 190 (Klompas 62, Cox 6-42), Billingborough 2nd 174 (Stanley 65); Moulton Harrox Sunday 155, Boston 2nd 110.
Division Two: Long Sutton 2nd 101 (Shore 60), Cavaliers 105-9 (Baker 5-26); Freiston 128, Claypole 129-8; Timberland 253-7 (Blankley 76), Welby 2nd 202 (Bottomley 56, Durward 5-39); Grantham 2nd 154-9 (Shaw 70), Spalding 3rd 157-4; Lindum 3rd 160-7, Boston 3rd 91; Freiston 240-7 (Saeed 105no), Pinchbeck 60 (Atkinson 5-20).