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Round-up of the opening weekend in the Lincolnshire Premier League

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New signings Carl Wilson and Jonny Cheer made an immediate impact as reigning champions Bourne got their new Lincolnshire Premier League campaign off to a winning start on Saturday.

Returning wicket-keeper Carl Wilson made 62, while Cheer contributed 53 on his Bourne bow as the Abbey Lawn side ran out five-wicket winners in their away opener at Louth.

Their hosts had been bowled out for 195 after winning the toss and batting first, with opener Laurence Scott top-scoring with 52.

Jonny Cheer.
Jonny Cheer.

Rob Bentley and Pete Morgan were the pick of the Bourne attack with 3-26 and 3-32 respectively.

Bourne lost openers Jordan Temple and Sam Evision cheaply before Wilson and Cheer put on a match-winning 123-run stand for the third wicket.

Bentley then drove Bourne to victory in the 44th over with an unbeaten 37 to ensure a 20-point opening day haul.

Spalding are expecting a tough campaign in their return to the top flight, and they went down by 10 wickets at home to Sleaford.

Ethan Lawrence made 30 and Brandon Andrews added an unbeaten 25 as Spalding were bowled out for 144 after being put into bat.

Sleaford then needed just 27 overs to secure a convincing win, with openers Shaan Patel (83no) and Aayush Patel (59no) in dominant form.

Market Deeping went down by a narrow three-run defeat in their first match of the season at home to Nettleham.

Their visitors had made 201-9 from 50 overs after batting first, with Josh Smith the pick of the home attack after taking 4-19 from 10 overs.

Smith then led the Deeping charge for victory as he blasted 12 boundaries in his 95 off 126 deliveries.

However, he was the eighth wicket to fall with the score on 194,and Deeping were unable to find a further seven runs to secure the win as Rhett Bridgens bagged 5-27 for the victorious visitors.

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