Market Deeping became the latest team to fall foul of the Lincs Premier Division table-topping jinx.
Deeping’s second stint as number one this summer again lasted just a week as they were surpisingly beaten by Skegness at home, while reigning champions, and title favourites, Bracebridge Heath were winning by four wickets at home to Bourne.
Deeping were flayed from pillar to post in the opening stages of their game at Outgang Road.
Skegness openers Pradeep Chanditha and Dylan Labuschagne accepted Deeping skipper Dave Gillett’s invitation to bat first on a scorching day by smacking 50 in the first five overs and charging to 125-0 in 20 overs.
It’s to Deeping’s credit that they dragged it back and dismissed their visitors for 198 as main men Meli Adatia (4-16) and Lee Peacock (4-76) bowled with skill and determination.
But ultimately the damage was done as Deeping, whose batting has been frail all summer, were bowled out for 169 to complete a 29-run defeat.
“They batted very aggressively and rode their luck,” Gillett stated.
“We were hampered by a back injury to Zac Simmonds which stopped him bowling as I would have switched to spin much earlier if it was possible.
“Meli Adatia also has a bad shoulder.”
Deeping lost three early wickets to Skegness speedster Ray Jordan before losing seven wickets to slow bowler Saeed Bariwala.
And unfortunately for Deeping, Bourne couldn’t press home advantages in both innings at Bracebridge.
Carl Wilson (62) and Jack Berry (52) took Bourne to 87-1, and captain Pete Morgan (37) helped his side to 149-3, but the rest didn’t contribute and the locals had to settle for 211 all out.
The home side were reduced to 5-2 by Colin Cheer, but they fought back again to win by four wickets with over five overs to spare.
Crucially Bourne had handed their hosts nine extra overs after getting bowled out in just 40 overs and one ball.
Bracebridge are now back on top with Sleaford also moving above Deeping into second.