Lincolnshire cricket round-up

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Bracebridge Heath and Woodhall Spa remain locked in battle at the top of the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League, just two points between them.

But reigning champions Bourne slipped to fourth after going down to near neighbours Market Deeping by five wickets, a victory that moved Deeping into third, just 10 points off second place.

At the foot of the table, only seven points separate the bottom three after Spalding scored their second win of the season while Grantham and Grimsby lost.

Spalding were involved in a nailbiter at Skegness, having batted first and been bowled out for 213, Luke Hollingworth hitting 53 and Brendan Young taking five wickets.

Skegness then made steady progress towards their target but were still two runs short when the final batsman was dismissed.

Nick John hit the day’s highest total of 97 at Market Rasen where leaders Bracebridge finished on 275 for seven, Paul Cook making 50.

Rasen’s reply stuttered from the start as Himesh Silva dismissed four of the home side’s top order for just 16 runs.

Matt Carter then joined the attack to take five for 20 as Rasen were all out for 88, putting them on level points with Skegness in eighth place.

At Market Deeping, Patrick Brown took five for 53 to help bowl Bourne out for 194.

In reply, Alex Wheatley made 63 and Ajaz Akhtar 51 as the home side claimed a valuable victory.

Lindum won the toss and elected to bat at Woodhall Spa - but only one player made double figures.

Charlie Tomlinson hit 71 out of his side’s total of 108, Luke Smith taking five wickets for 21 runs, four of them clean bowled.

Woodhall lost four wickets, three of them to Jonny Miller, before reaching their target in the 28th over.

Andy Carrington took six wickets at Grantham as the league newcomers looked like threatening their visitors’ total of 196 for seven.

Amila Wettasinghe (58) and Matt Hamilton rescued Louth’s innings which had slipped to 86 for four, putting on 51 for the fifth wicket.

Wettasinghe and Carrington then reduced Grantham to 70 for five before Rohan Nurse and Jamie Brumby added 92.

Both then fell to Carrington, Nurse making 59, and the lower order had no answer to the Louth skipper’s bowling, the last wicket falling on 177.

This keeps Grantham two points above bottom side Spalding and five behind Grimsby whose bowling restricted Sleaford to 179 all out.

Connor Hawkins reduced the visitors from 64 for one to 76 for five before Oliver Burford (52) joined Andy Hibbert in a partnership of 72.

Hawkins took six for 58 off 17 overs but once again Grimsby’s batting proved to be their weak point, the first wicket going on 20 followed by a steady procession back to the pavilion, only Joe Farmery and Lee Charlton putting up real resistance as the home side were all out for 104.

Results: Bracebridge Heath 275-5 (John 97, Cook 50), Market Rasen 88 (Carter 5-20); Lindum 108 (Tomlinson 71, Smith 5-21), Woodhall Spa 109-4 Louth 196-9 (Wettasinghe 58), Grantham 177 (Nurse 59, Carrington 6-46); Bourne 194 (Brown 5-53), Market Deeping 196-5 (Wheatley 63, Akhtar 51); Sleaford 179 (Burford 52, Hawkins 6-58), Grimsby 104; Spalding 213 (Hollingworth 53, Young 5-43), Skegness 211;

Boston got back to winning ways in the South Lincolnshire & Border League and now lead the Premier Division by 11 points over Sleaford Seconds, who in turn are 11 up on Bourne Seconds.

Boston racked up a massive 371 for seven, Ben Vella hitting 127 off 79 balls against Moulton Harrox who were bowled out for 128, Tom Baxter bowling 12 overs with 10 maidens and taking five for seven.

Sumit Puri also took five wickets as Sleaford held Billingborough to 173 for nine, a total the home side overtook for the loss of two wickets.

Bourne also topped the 300 mark, finishing on 303 for seven, Josh Bentley hitting 128, but were unable to bowl Grantham 2nd out, Simon Oakes making 98 before being run out to help his side to 198 for eight.

Belton Park defeated Stamford Town by six wickets after chasing their opponents’ 209 for six while Lindum Ramblers went down by seven wickets to a strong Woodhall Spa Seconds XI.

The closest game in the division saw Spalding Seconds clinch victory over Long Sutton with just one wicket still standing, Chris Dring hitting 79 and James Wright taking five wickets for Long Sutton.

A high scoring match in Division One saw opener Mark Stanley make an unbeaten 119 for Billingborough Seconds and put on 103 for the first wicket with Mark Pilgrim (53) to help his side to 218 for seven.

But Cavaliers were also on good batting form and steady scoring down the order saw the Peterborough side reach their target with two wickets remaining.

Long Sutton Seconds also had a century maker in Jamie Taylor who was unbeaten on 112 which came off 78 balls against Welby who were bowled out for 167.

However, Taylor was the only player in double figures, eight wickets falling before he took his side to victory.

Leaders Market Deeping were without a game but still have a 33-point advantage over Skegness Seconds, who moved into second place with a seven wicket win of Lindum Thirds.

Newly-promoted Freiston are third after a comprehensive victory over Grantham Thirds with Boston Seconds in fourth following their nine-wicket win over Heckington.

In Division Two, Claypole suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of Timberland allowing Baston to move to the top after Liam Davies had hit 100 not out to help his side to a seven-wicket win over Boston Thirds.

Claypole made 196 for nine, Dan Sullivan scoring 66 but Timberland overtook this total for the loss of only four wickets to move into third place, 11 behind Claypole.

Pinchbeck lie fourth following their win over Spalding 3rd in which Lee Eyett took five wickets and league newcomers Graves Park are holding their own in mid-table after defeating Belton Park Seconds.

Premier Division - Bourne 2nd 303-7 (J. Bentley 128, Temple 52), Grantham 2nd 198-8 (Oakes 98); Billingborough 173-9 (Puri 5-39), Sleaford 177-2 (Sneath 51, Bulmer 53no); Stamford Town 209-6 (Peck 52no), Belton Park 213-4 (J Law 59no); Boston 351-7 (Vella 127), Moulton Harrox 128 (Baxter 5-7); Lindum Ramblers 117, Woodhall Spa 120-3 (Sargeant 59); Long Sutton 175-7 (Barnes 66), Spalding 2nd 176-9 (Dring 79, Wright 5-56); Division One - Billingborough 2nd 218-7 (Stanley 119no, Pilgrim 53), Cavaliers 221-8; Heckington 78, Boston 2nd 80-1 (Musson 50no); Lindum 3rd 148 (Reilly 56), Skegness 2nd 152-3 (Redgard 86no); Welby 167, Long Sutton 2nd 170-8 (Taylor 112no); Freiston 227-8 (Paul 84, Goodfellow 61), Grantham 3rd 42; Division Two - Grantham 4th 163-7 (Robinson 97), Burgh & District 134-9; Boston 3rd 135, Baston 136-3 (Davies 100no); Graves Park 202, Belton Park 2nd 131; Pinchbeck 180-9 (Crook 78), Spalding 3rd 131 (Butcher 56, Eyett 5-37); Claypole 196-9 (Sullivan 66), Timberland 197-4.