There was joy for Market Deeping, but despair for Bourne as the Lincs Premier Division season finally started yesterday (April 23).
After the first scheduled weekend was washed out completely, Deeping made the long haul to Grimsby and returned with a four-wicket win under their belts thanks to a solid all-round team display.
But Bourne found no comfort at home to Grantham who left the Abbey Lawns as convincing winners by 122 runs.
Deeping would have enjoyed a far greater margin of victory, but for dropping home century-maker Neil Snell early in his innings.
Snalle cracked 109 of Grimsby’s 187 all-out. No other home batsman managed more than 19 as spin twins Meli Adatia (3-43) and Zac Simmonds (3-51) bowled well. Worcester Cricket Academy pupil Patrick Brown chipped in with two wickets.
Deeping sent in Ali Sharp to pinch-hit from the start and after his quickfire 23 (16 balls) had ended, Alex Wheatley (47), Patrick Harrington (42) and David Sargeant (35) helped the visitors to recover from 40-3 to claim victory with almost five overs to spare.
Bourne hardly fired at all in their first action of the summer. Grantham opened up with a stand of 104 and pretty much kept going well throughout their 50 overs to post a formidable total of 278-7.
Opener Ross Carnelly (74) and Ben Powell (72no) top scored for Grantham as only only new Bourne off-spinner Ben Collins (4-76) found any sort of form with the ball.
Bourne then lost Archie Stroud in the first over of their reply before Robert Dunn (35) and captain Peter Morgan (30) at least ensured some respectability before they were dismissed for 156.
BOURNE lost to GRANTHAM by 122 runs
Grantham 278-7 (R. Carnelly 74, B. Powell 72no, J. Dobson 48, B. Collins 4-76).
Bourne 156 (R. Dunn 35, P. Morgan 30, J. Peck 3-34, N. Stevenson 3-47, D. Freeman 2-28).
GRIMSBY lost to MARKET DEEPING by 4 wkts
Grimsby 187 (N. Snell 109, M. Adatia 3-43, Z. Simmonds 3-51, P. Brown 2-49).
Market Deeping 190-6 (A. Wheatley 47, P. Harrington 42, D. Sargeant 35, A. Sharp 23, L. Charlton 3-53).