Title bid dashed with half a season to play

Mehul Adatia took three wickets and top-scored in Market Deeping's defeat at Lindum.
Mehul Adatia took three wickets and top-scored in Market Deeping's defeat at Lindum.
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The title hopes of Bourne and Market Deeping could well be over in the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League with half a season still to go.

Both lost on Saturday to drop further behind those setting the pace at the top.

Reigning champions Bourne were humbled by seven wickets at current leaders Bracebridge Heath.

Conrad Louth top-scored with 51 for Bourne as they were dismissed for 183 – a total they never looked likely to defend.

Deeping’s batting failed them for the second week in a row as they slipped to a disappointing 45-run defeat at Lindum.

Deeping’s spinners Jackson Andrews (3-13) and Mehul Adatia (3-42) restricted the hosts to 159-9.

Despite a 37-run opening stand between Ajaz Akhtar and Chris Jones, Deeping were rushed out for just 114. Adatia top-scored with 23.

Deeping are now fourth, two points ahead of Bourne, but Spalding would swap places with both of them.

Spalding are now 17 points adrift at the bottom after losing by 64 runs at Louth. That was tough on Dan Milgate who bagged 7-67 in Louth’s 225.