Bourne clinched their first Lincs Premier Division title since 2010 on Saturday, sparking celebrations at the club.
Bourne actually lost their final game of the season at second-placed Lindum, but they had accumulated enough bonus points by tea-time to make sure of top spot. The Lincoln side eventually won the game by two wickets to inflict just a second defeat of the summer on the champions.
Lindum could only pip Bourne to top spot by bowling them out cheaply and then by chasing down their target without losing many wickets. That was never a possibility thanks to steady batting from Conrad Louth (49), skipper Pete Morgan (45) and wicket-keeper Carl Wilson (29no) which took Bourne to 178-5 in their 50 overs.
Ben Stroud claimed 3-39 before Lincoln eased home. The gap between the top two at the end of the season was eight points and Bourne deserve immense credit as they led a competitive division for virtually the entire season.
Inspirational Bourne captain Peter Morgan said: “We have worked hard all year for it. This has been a great team effort and a couple of years in the making.
“The side has been together for two years. Last season was all about building up to this and getting used to playing with each other.
“This year we have gone from strength to strength. We have certainly shown the benefits of that extra year of experience.
“We got on top of the table quite early in the year and we just managed to keep pushing forward.
“We’ve only lost a couple of games and if we were still going for the points then I’m sure we would have pushed a bit harder to avoid defeat on Saturday.
“It has been a fantastic performance all year and it’s not just about one or two people.
“The stand-out performers were Carl Wilson who batted very well and Colin Cheer who bowled very well. But everyone has played their part.
“We thought we would be up there. Looking around the league, we knew we were a good side with depth.
“A few of the other sides have got some good players as well but they don’t have that strength in depth.
“Our overseas player has only managed six or seven games due to injury so that shows how strong we are as a unit when he couldn’t really make a contribution.
“We went back to the club and enjoyed ourselves. Next weekend we will have another big celebration!”