Bourne beat Market Deeping in Lincolnshire Premier League clash
A magnificent 92-run eighth wicket stand between Rob Dunn and Tom Dixon helped table-topping Bourne maintain their unbeaten start to the Lincolnshire Premier League season on Saturday.
The Abbey Lawn side were reeling on 95-7 after a dominant opening display by derby rivals Market Deeping.
But Dunn hit an unbeaten half-century with Dixon 43 not out at the close as Bourne recovered to post 187-7 from their 50 overs.
Deeping were then dismissed for 168 in their reply as Bourne triumphed to maintain their 32-point lead at the top from second-placed Grantham who defeated Boston.
Bourne had been put into by their near neighbours and lost a flurry of early wickets with Shahzad Amir in fine form for Deeping.
Amir accounted for the prolific trio of Jack Berry, Sam Evison and Ben Wright to leave Bourne struggling on 16-3.
Deeping had fielded Worcestershire star and home-grown Outgang Road ace Pat Brown in their ranks and he bowled seven overs for the concession of just 17 runs.
Recent recruit Hayatullah Niazi - a Norwegian international cricketer - was then brought into the Deeping attack and he dismissed home skipper Courtney Kruger before Alex Green grabbed the wicket of Pete Morgan.
When opener Jordan Temple then fell to Niazi for 33, Bourne looked in real trouble at 60-6 but Brandon Diplock joined Dunn at the crease and they rallied with a 35-run stand before the Zimbabwean was run out by Josh Smith for 18.
The recovery then continued with Dunn and Dixon defying the Deeping attack with a patient innings each.
Dunn took 102 deliveries for his 53 not out while Dixon was unusually reserved in his hitting as his 43 came off 70 balls and only included two sixes as Bourne bounced back to post a defendable total.
Deeping made a steady start in their run chase through the top order efforts of Smith (14), Connor Gillett (27), Dave Sergeant (13) and Sam Malton (33).
But Bourne continued to pick up crucial wickets at vital times which prevented Deeping from building any momentum with big partnerships.
They made their way to 102-6 before Malton and Niazi put on 48 runs for the seventh wicket which gave them hope of victory.
However, Matt Kidd collected both of their wickets to finish with 3-15 from a terrific 10-over stint as the Deeping tail then failed to wag.
They lost their final three wickets for 17 runs as Colin Cheer claimed 2-19 from 4.5 overs to wrap up Bourne's ninth success of the season.
Berry had earlier bowled superbly to finish with 2-12 from 10 overs while Wright struck twice with Diplock taking the first-class wicket of Brown.
Bourne travel to Sleaford on Saturday while Deeping host title challengers Grantham at Outgang Road.