Carl Wilson was in superb form as Lincs PremierLeague leaders Bourne recorded a winning draw at Market Deeping in the top of the table clash at Outgang Road.
The A15 derby proved to be a high-scoring affair with more than 520 runs, including one ton and three half-centuries.
Wilson hit the game’s only century, helped by the fact he was dropped when only on eight, and the wicket-keeper almost clinched victory for Bourne only for David Sargeant’s nick to just elude him.
Bourne, who have not been at their best in recent weeks, ended on 274 for seven.
Rob Bentley, who was also dropped, gave excellent support to Wilson with a knock of 73 as Bourne posted a useful total - helped by the fact Deeping all-rounder Tom Andrews was a late arrival after being held up in traffic.
Deeping openers Chris Jones and Jamie Morgan produced a positive start as they set off in reply, both hitting half-centuries.
Morgan, whose brother Pete endured a miserable day with the bat when out for just a single run for the visitors, smashed a 29-ball half-century before falling to a superb catch by Conrad Louth off the bowling of Ben Stroud.
But once Jones had been run-out, Deeping failed to capitalise on their solid start and they lost wickets cheaply which allowed the visitors to get on top.
Bourne skipper Morgan said: “I’m still slightly disappointed as we didn’t bowl into the right areas early on.
“Deeping are a quality side and they got off to a storming start. If you had asked me three-quarters of the way through the game I would have said it was theirs to lose.
“Getting David Gillett out was important to us as he can be such a big player for them and when we ran Chris Jones out that was also important.
“It would have been an unbelievable catch had Carl got that one in the final over. It was only a half-chance and I’m not sure it carried.”
It proved to be a frustrating weekend for Deeping as they were also knocked out of the Jaidka Cup on Sunday.
Looking to set up another clash with Bourne, who had already reached the final, Deeping lost by 30 runs in a reaaranged last-four clash.
Stephen Shaw starred for the visitors with a knock of 74 in their total of 151 for five and that proved enough as Deeping were dismissed for 121.
Bourne, who have reached their fourth Jaidka Cup final in the last five years, will look to regain the trophy when they take on March in tomorrow’s final at Peterborough Town’s Bretton Gate ground (6pm).
Market Deeping 2nd also went down to a surprise defeat by bottom side Friskney in Division One of the South Lincs and Border League.
Billingborough 2nd are the new leaders following their victory over Woodlands, with Boston 2nd five points behind and Market Deeping 2nd in third, seven behind Boston.
In the Premier Division, Bourne – for whom James Keywood took six wickets - beat Belton Park.