Lincolnshire cricket round-up

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Bracebridge Heath got back to winning ways and blew the top of the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League table wide open once again with a convincing win over last week’s leaders Woodhall Spa.

This victory lifted Paul Cook’s team back to the top, on equal points with Bourne, while Woodhall are now just two behind in third.

Matt Bradley’s five wickets helped bowl the visitors to Cross O’ Cliff Court out for 132 of which Jack Luffman made 44.

Hymie Bentley then made an unbeaten 53 as the home side went on to win by six wickets.

Bourne also won by the same margin, Tom Dixon taking six for 42 as Grantham were bowled out for 175.

Dan Webb made 60 for the visitors while Conrad Louth hit 82 in Bourne’s reply.

Louth finally got a victory under their belts and moved out of the bottom two with a 99 run win over Market Rasen.

Amila Wettasinghe made 59 to help Louth recover from 36 for three to 172 all out, Matt Rutherford taking four wickets.

The Sri Lankan then took two wickets and Andy Carrington three to reduce Rasen to 55 for five before six overs for 15 year old Nic Keast brought him figures of four for 11 that helped bowl the visitors out for 73.

Grimsby suffered a similar fate at Lindum who lost their last wicket on 166, David Carr claiming four victims.

But Lindum were also on good bowling form, Jake Benson finishing with five wickets as Grimsby were all out for 78.

The only game where scores topped 200 was at Sleaford where New Zealand international Tim McIntosh was back among the runs after a lean spell.

Skegness batted first and Chris Graser (58) and Wymanga Perera (52) shared a stand of 96 for the second wicket, the 50 overs closing on 214 for eight.

In reply, McIntosh opened with Louis Kimber and this partnership had 158 on the board before Kimber was bowled for 67.

This was to be the seasiders’ only success as McIntosh hit an unbeaten 127 to take his side to victory.

Market Deeping’s new signing, former Cambridgeshire Minor Counties captain Ajaz Akhtar contributed 71 runs to his new team’s victory after Tom Andrews had taken seven Spalding wickets.

The home side were all out for 165, a total Deeping overtook for the loss of four wickets.

Deeping are now fourth in the table, 10 behind Woodhall Spa and three ahead of Lindum.

Results: Louth 172 (Wettasinghe 59), Market Rasen 73; Woodhall Spa 132 (Bradley 5-33). Bracebridge Heath 133-4 (Bentley 53no); Grantham 175 (Webb 60, T Dixon 6-42), Bourne 176-4 (Louth 82); Lindum 166, Grimsby 78 (Benson 5-22); Skegness 214-8 (Graser 58, Perera 52), Sleaford 218-1 (McIntosh 127no, Kimber 67); Spalding 165 (Andrews 7-43), Market Deeping 168-4 (Akhtar 71);

Boston saw their lead at the top of the South Lincolnshire & Border League Premier Division cut to 10 points after defeat at the hands of Billingborough.

And Sleaford Seconds moved into second place after fellow challengers Bourne Seconds went down to Stamford Town.

In Division One, Market Deeping’s 14 year old prospect Nick Green hit an unbeaten 132 and took four wickets as his side extended their lead at the top while in Division Two, Baston caught up their game in hand with a victory that puts them just two points behind leaders Claypole.

Paul Goodwin hit an unbeaten 51 to take Billingborough to 173 for seven before Nathan Garfoot’s five wickets helped bowl Boston out for 122.

Bourne were all out for 162 chasing Stamford’s 213 for nine while Sleaford bowled Grantham Seconds out for 98 and went on to win by eight wickets.

Matt Haslam recorded the day’s best bowling figures of 10 overs, seven maidens, six wicket for three runs in Woodhall Spa’s nine wicket win over Spalding Seconds and Lindum Ramblers and Long Sutton also won, beating Belton Park and Moulton Harrox respectively.

Nick Green was one of two century makers for Market Deeping in Division One – Ryan Hyman hit 137 as the home side notched up a huge 336 for two off their 45 overs before Green’s four wickets contributed to victory as Grantham Thirds were bowled out for 147.

Heckington are now in second place after beating Lindum Thirds by four wickets with Skegness Seconds just one point behind following their victory over Long Sutton Seconds.

Welby moved off the bottom after making 131 then bowling fellow strugglers Billingborough Seconds out for 77 and Cavaliers went down to Boston 2nd by five wickets.

Baston retained their unbeaten Division Two record with an 82 run win over Graves Park while Belton Park Seconds beat Spalding 3rd by a similar margin.

And at Burgh & District, Terry Wilkinson passed a significant milestone for his club – his 900th wicket.

Wilkinson took two Pinchbeck wickets for 12 runs off eight overs while Tony Beardsley claimed five for 22 in Burgh’s second victory of the season.

Premier Division: Moulton Harrox 135-8, Long Sutton 138-8; Stamford Town 213-9 (Andrew 66, Peck 66), Bourne 2nd 162 (Binns 71); Lindum 209-5 (Lilley 60no, Watkins 57), Belton Park 90 (Smith 5-32); Billingborough 173-7 (Goodwin 51no), Boston 122 (Garfoot 5-41); Grantham 2nd 98, Sleaford 2nd 99-2; Spalding 2nd 78 (Haslam 6-3), Woodhall Spa 2nd 79-1; Division One: Cavaliers 105 (Bell 5-35), Boston 2nd 106-5; Skegness 2nd 218-4 (Jacobs 62, Sylvester 50no), Long Sutton 2nd 107 (Jackson 5-20); Welby 131, Billingborough 2nd 77; Market Deeping 2nd 336-2 (Green 132no, Hyman 137), Grantham 3rd 147; Lindum 3rd 139, Heckington 143-6 (Glendinning 61no); Division Two: Baston 183-5, Graves Park 101; Burgh & District 171-8 (Owen 67, Langford 5-38), Pinchbeck 57 (Beardsley 5-22); Belton Park 2nd 167, Spalding 3rd 83; Grantham 4th conceded to Timberland.