It was a day to remember for Market Deeping’s Emile Kriek in the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League.
Kriek cracked his highest score of the season in the competition with 104 in Deeping’s 219-8 at Sleaford.
And the South African followed that up by returning his best bowling figures of the campaign, 4-15 as Sleaford were dismissed for 195.
It was a welcome return to form for Deeping who had lost their two previous matches to fall out of title contention.
They placed their faith in an opening bowling attack with a combined age of just 30 and 16 year-old Patrick Brown dismissed Sleaford’s former New Zealand Test opener Tim Macintosh, a scorer of regular big hundreds at club level, in his first over for just five. Nick Green (14) picked up the wicket of the other Sleaford opener.
Second-placed Woodhall Spa were held to a home draw by bottom club Spalding who had the worst of the game but provided the best two individual displays as Nuwan Jayasena bagged 8-41 before Luke Hollingworth’s unbeaten 61 enabled them to reach safety on 168-7.
Bourne were struggling on 105-6 chasing 177-9 against Lindum but a 63-run stand for the seventh wicket between Tom Dixon (35) and Sam Evison (28no) enabled them to sneak home by two wickets – staying just behind Deeping.