Tom Dixon followed last week’s career-best figures with another superb bowling display as Lincs Premier leaders Bourne recorded a winning draw over bottom-of-the-table Market Rasen on Saturday.
Bourne would have expected to pick up more points at the Abbey Lawn but were unable to get the final two wickets, despite the brilliance of Dixon.
Just seven days after his stunning six for 34 display in the victory over Grimsby, he celebrated a five-wicket performance as Bourne tore into the Market Rasen batting order.
But with reigning champions Sleaford moving back into second place in the table following a 20-point win over Grimsby, Bourne could live to regret the dropped points as their lead was reduced to nine points.
Market Rasen won the toss and invited Bourne to bat, a decision that appeared to have paid off when the first four wickets fell for just 43 runs.
With the outfield slow following the recent rainfall, Bourne’s batting order failed to record the sort of total they would have hoped for but Carl Wilson and Rob Bentley added 63 as the hosts reached 177 for nine.
Wilson, who is enjoying a fine season, finished unbeaten with a hard-fought 63 from 96 balls with four boundaries among his total.
Rasen got off to a better start, with David Papworth and Will Bradford sharing an opening stand of 61 but Dixon made the breakthrough when he caught and bowled Papworth.
Rasen wickets then fell steadily as Bourne sensed victory and Dixon went on to add four more wickets as well as running out Sebastian Darke.
The visitors’ lower order dug in though and at the close they were 125 for eight, picking up six valuable points compared to the nine Bourne received.
Louth moved up to third, despite being bowled out for 101 at Billingborough.
Joe Braithwaite claimed six wickets for Billingborough but the home side’s batsmen were no match for Andy Carrington and Amila Wettasinghe who each took five wickets as Billingborough were all out for 50 in reply.
Bourne 2nds were also in good form on Saturday as they moved up to third in the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division.
Wicket-keeper Jon Howard hit 78 runs as his side won by a massive 144 runs.
Xanti Xipu ripped through the Welby batting, finishing with career-best figures of six for 11 as the hosts were skittled out for just 45.
Division One leaders Market Deeping suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of Grantham 2nd.
Skipper Richard Witt top-scored for Deeping 2nd with 36 but they were all out for 100 with the visitors surpassing that total inside 25 overs.
Deeping stay top, five points ahead of Grantham with Spalding 2nd in third place after their win over Baston.