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Josh Smith struck an unbeaten century as Market Deeping's superb run of form continued in the Lincolnshire Premier League on Saturday.

Smith scored 100 not out as Deeping secured an eighth successive win with a six-wicket success against Grantham at Outgang Road.

The winning streak has propelled Deeping up into fifth spot in the table, ahead of this weekend's clash with fourth-placed Scunthorpe.

Josh Smith (58194697)
Josh Smith (58194697)
Connor Gillett (58194703)
Connor Gillett (58194703)
Josh Smith (58194706)
Josh Smith (58194706)
Ashar Hafeez (58194717)
Ashar Hafeez (58194717)
Josh Smith (58194731)
Josh Smith (58194731)

Grantham had elected to bat first after winning the toss and made a strong start with openers Joe Kendall (23) and Aqib Afzaal (43) putting on 66 runs for the first wicket.

However, the introduction of Smith and Kester Sainsbury into the home attack swung the match in Deeping's reply.

Grantham slipped from 66-1 to 137-8 as Smith claimed 3-43 with Sainsbury returning a miserly 3-19 from six overs while Ashar Hafeez helped himself to 2-30 from 10 overs.

Seth Roberts did add a further 41 runs to the visitors' total before he was caught by Smith off Khuram Mehrban as Grantham were bowled out for 177.

Deeping did slip to 52-3 in their reply but an excellent stand of 77 for the fourth wicket between Smith and Sam Malton (17) reasserted their authority.

Skipper James Hook then joined the in-form Smith to help Deeping secure victory in the 43rd over.

Hook hit five boundaries in his 30 not out while Smith struck 13 fours and two sixes in his century that came off 117 balls.

Bourne are still the team to catch at the top of the table as they maintained their 30-point advantage with a 41-run home success against Lindum at the Abbey Lawn.

They racked up 268-8 from 50 overs with Pete Morgan. Ben Wright and Rob Bentley leading their charge.

Maxwell Mullings (58194745)
Maxwell Mullings (58194745)
Josh Smith (58194648)
Josh Smith (58194648)
Josh Smith (58194650)
Josh Smith (58194650)
Josh Smith (58194652)
Josh Smith (58194652)
Josh Smith (58194672)
Josh Smith (58194672)
Josh Smith (58194688)
Josh Smith (58194688)
Josh Smith (58194695)
Josh Smith (58194695)

Morgan smashed seven fours and three sixes in his 84 while Wright hit nine fours and two sixes in his 64.

Bentley blasted four fours and three sixes in his 59 to leave Lindum with a testing run chase.

Jack Berry then took 3-40 from his 10 overs as Lindum closed on 227-9 with Brandon Diplock, Bentley, Wright, Colin Cheer and Sam Evison all taking a wicket apiece.

Spalding dropped down to 10th place in the 12-team division after being leapfrogged by Louth who were 56-run winners in their meeting at Seas End Hall.

Remembrance Nyathi had top-scored with 87 as Louth made 243-5 from their 50 overs after batting first.

The wickets were shared out among Barnaby Dring, Mitch Freeman, Josh Lawrence and Nilantha Atapattu who bowled five maidens in a superb spell of 1-10 from 10 overs.

Spalding then lost wickets at regular intervals in their reply with Rajan Sangha top-scoring with 37.

Brandon Andrews then added a run-a-ball 36 in a 56-run stand with Sangha for the eighth wicket but, once that was broken up, Spalding were dismissed for 187 with Andrew White taking 3-33 for the victorious visitors.



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