Bourne stormed to the top of the Lincs Premier Division with a thumping nine-wicket success over Skegness at the Abbey Lawns on Saturday.
Captain Pete Morgan’s merry men are determined to make amends for last season’s poor showing in the league and a five-game unbeaten start has set them on their way. Morgan led from the front yesterday with an innings of 70 in an opening stand of 121 with Ben Stroud who finished undefeated on 40 when Bourne passed Skeggy’s 133 in the 28th over.
Morgan is proving to a be a decent judge of his players as well. He predicted that fast bowler Colin Cheer would have a great season and his 4-38 yesterday made it nine in two weeks and 15 for the season.
It wasn’t such positive news for Market Deeping who lost for the first time by a massive margin.
Deeping skipper Dave Gillett was displeased that his side allowed Louth to post a total of 275 at Outgang Road. “It was a 175 wicket at best,” Gillett declared. “But we bowled like a lot of one-armed men and that arms wasn’t a bowling arm.”
If there was consolation for Deeping in their 117-run defeat it was a two-wicket return for 15 year-old Patrick Brown, which included the wicket of England Ladies international Aaron Brindle for a fourth-ball duck, and an entertaining innings of 38 from Lee Peacock.
LINCS PREMIER DIVISION
BOURNE beat SKEGNESS by 9 wkts
Skegness 133 (C. Cheer 4-38, J. Berry 3-70).
Bourne 134-1 (P. Morgan 70, B. Stroud 40no).
MARKET DEEPING lost to LOUTH by 117 runs
Louth 275-7 (L. Scott 75, G. West 62, P. Brown 2-59).
Market Deeping 158 (L. Peacock 38, A. Wettasinghe 6-40).
SLEAFORD beat SPALDING by 10 wkts
Sapdling 178 (T. Norris 28, J. Newton 27, R. Ambrose 25).
Sleaford 180-0 (T. McIntosh 122no).