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Round-up of Saturday's action in the Lincolnshire Premier League

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A spectacular batting collapse sent Spalding Town crashing to defeat on Saturday.

They were beaten by three wickets in their Lincolnshire Premier League match at Scunthorpe after faltering following an impressive early stand.

Openers Jon Manton and Mitch Freeman had picked up where they left off in last week’s impressive home win over Grantham.

Jon Manton (57745446)
Jon Manton (57745446)

They put on 98 runs for the first wicket until Freeman fell for 26 following a catch by Jamar Ifill off the bowling of Joshua Knapton.

Manton had then made his way to 73 when he was bowled by Nauman Abid with Spalding on 123-2.

However, they lost their next eight wickets for just five runs as Knapton finished with an impressive 6-18 from seven overs.

Joe Broomfield (12) was the only other batsman to make double figures as six Spalding players failed to trouble the scorers.

Nilantha Atapattu then opened the bowling for Spalding, and produced an excellent spell of 4-37 from his 10 overs.

Brandon Andrews also took 2-40 as Spalding made Scunthorpe work for their win as they tumbled to 33-5.

However, Savraj Nijjar (25), David Brown (24) and Thomas Giles with 31 not out steered Scunthorpe home in the 33rd over.

Bourne bounced back from last week’s first defeat of the season by ending title rivals Sleaford’s unbeaten run.

Their second-placed hosts had gone into the contest on the back of a nine-match winning run and made 246-5 after batting first.

Henry Cooper cracked 16 fours and a six in his 100, while opener Shaan Patel plundered eight boundaries in his 54.

Ben Wright claimed 3-34 for Bourne, who were then set a revised target of 231 following the use of Duckworth Lewis due to the wet weather.

They slumped to 28-3, but a 110-run stand from Jonny Cheer (45) and Carl Wilson (66) brought them back into the contest.

Pete Morgan (48no) and Rob Bentley (29no) then guided Bourne home with an unbroken 51-run stand, which has given the reigning champions a 15-point cushion at the top at the halfway stage of the season.

Market Deeping recorded their fifth successive victory after a six-wicket win in a rain-affected clash with Louth.

Their hosts had batted first and were bowled out for 201, with last week’s six-wicket match-winner Hayatullah Niazi claiming another four scalps.

Niazi returned 4-30 from 9.4 overs, while Matt Mills (2-38), Josh Smith (2-39) and Ashar Hafeez (2-23) all bagged a brace each.

Deeping were set a revised target for 119 from 25 overs in their reply which they reached with four balls to spare.

Opener Connor Gillett top-scored with 37 while Hafeez hit an unbeaten 31, with Niazi completing a fine all-round performance by making 22 not out.

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