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Reigning champions Bourne maintained their impressive start to the season with a fifth successive victory on Saturday.

The unbeaten Lincolnshire Premier League title holders ran out 137-run winners in their match at Skegness.

Bourne had elected to bat first after winning the toss, but suffered an early setback when Ben Woodward – who had been promoted from the second team after some impressive knocks – was dismissed second ball.

Sam Evison.
Sam Evison.

Sam Evison and Jonny Cheer responded with a 48-run second wicket partnership until the lattter fell for 23.

Carl Wilson lasted just six deliveries before Rob Dunn joined Evison and they put on 44 runs for the fourth wicket.

Dunn was dismissed for 14 with Evison falling shortly after for his side’s top score of 62, which featured eight boundaries.

Skipper Courtney Kruger made eight before being bowled by Kallan George, who returned an impressive 5-37 from 9.3 overs.

Bourne were wobbling on 123-6 but Brandon Diplock provided a solid backbone with a crucial half-century.

He made 50 from 51 balls and was given good support by Tom Dixon (19) and Ben Stroud (15) to help Bourne past the 200-run mark.

They were eventually dismissed for 224, with Joshua Greef grabbing 4-55 from 10 overs for the seasiders.

Skegness’ reply was soon in trouble as Colin Cheer dismissed opener Warren Nel second ball, while Diplock had Reece Brant caught behind by Wilson for a golden duck.

Wilson collected his third catch to dismiss Greef, off Diplock, as Skegness stuttered to 11-3.

George Gregory did rally the middle order with 40, but the wickets continued to fall around him with only Carl Abbiss (12) making double figures.

Cheer completed his 10 overs with an excellent 4-36, while Diplock (2-9 from seven) and Dixon (2-24) provided sterling support.

Bourne now turn their attentions to a derby duel with Market Deeping at the Abbey Lawn on Saturday.

Will Naylor.
Will Naylor.

Deeping are still seeking their first win of the season after a nine wicket defeat at Sleaford on Saturday.

They were bowled out for 134 after being put into bat despite a low order rally having slumped to 25-5.

Zeeshan Manzoor (27), Hayatullah Niazi (36) and Matt Mills (30) led the revival, with Scott Tite the pick of the home attack with 5-26 from 10 overs.

Will Naylor claimed the solitary wicket in the Sleaford reply when he had Mason Mansfield caught by Connor Gillett.

However, Thomas Shorthouse smashed seven fours and three sixes in his 77 not out off 56 balls - while Henry Cooper punched a rapid 46 as Sleaford sealed their win inside just 18 overs.

Spalding also struggled to contain the home batsmen as they lost by 118 runs away at Bracebridge Heath.

The Lincoln side racked an imposing 305-2 from their 50 overs as opener Taylor Fell carried his bat for an unbeaten 125 not out.

Vikram Atri added 70 while Alex Willerton was unbeaten on 84 at the close, with Jon Manton and Nilantha Atapattu picking up a wicket each for Spalding.

Manton (38), Mitch Freeman (38) and Josh Lawrence (22) got the Spalding reply off to a solid start.

However, they slipped from 108-3 to 145-9 before a late cameo from Brandon Andrews, who was unbeaten on 33 at the close as Spalding were dismissed for 187.

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