Bourne go top of the Lincolnshire Premier League as Jack Berry takes five-wicket haul against Woodhall Spa
A five-wicket haul from Jack Berry helped Bourne move into pole position in the Lincolnshire Premier League on Saturday.
Berry took 5-23 from a superb 6.4-over spell as unbeaten Bourne recorded their eighth victory of the season with a five-wicket win at Woodhall Spa.
With early pacesetters Grantham falling to their first defeat of the campaign against unbeaten Sleaford, reigning champions Bourne now have a seven-point advantage at the top of the table.
Their hosts had won the toss and elected to bat first on Saturday, with Colin Cheer claiming the early breakthrough when he had opener Alex Hodson caught by wicket-keeper Carl Wilson for six.
Although Oliver Caswell remained defiant at one end, Bourne continued to collect a flurry of wickets.
Brandon Diplock trapped the dangerous Prasanna Jaywardene leg before, and then bowled Nottinghamshire ace Matt Carter to leave Spa on 49-3.
Berry was then brought into the attack and dismissed both Matthew Ashford and Ross Dixon in quick succession courtesy of catches from Jonny Cheer and Jordan Temple.
The crucial wicket of Caswell was then claimed by Ben Wright when he bowled the Woodhall opener for 47.
It left Spa on 74-6, and three more wickets fell cheaply to Berry and Wright as Woodhall wobbled to 86-9.
Jonny Caswell then joined forces with Alex King for a stubborn last wicket stand before Berry completed his five-wicket haul when he trapped the former leg before to dismiss Woodhall for 101.
Wright finished with 2-12 from six overs, with Diplock delivering his 10 overs for 2-33 while Cheer claimed 1-16 from six.
The Bourne reply looked in trouble at 26-4 as King and Carter ripped through the visiting top order.
Sam Evison was dismissed after two unbeaten knocks for nine, with Temple falling for the same score.
Wright and Pete Morgan lasted just six and nine balls respectively before Jonny Cheer and Wilson led the visitors’ recovery.
They put on a 44-run stand for the fifth wicket to take Bourne to 70-5 until Cheer was bowled by Dixon for 22.
Rob Bentley then joined Wilson, and they guided Bourne home to victory in the 41st over.
Wilson was unbeaten for the second successive Saturday on 34, while Bentley made 19 not out as Bourne maintained their unbeaten start ahead of this weekend’s home clash with third-placed Grantham at the Abbey Lawn.
Bourne have booked their place in the final of the Rutland League’s Stamford Charity Cup after scheduled semi-final opponents Barnack conceded their clash.
Bourne will face the winners of City and Burghley Park - who on Wednesday night - in the final of the 20-over competition.