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Smith strikes maiden century in Deeping defeat

Abbey Lawn - cricket Bourne v AlfordBatting for Bourne are Tom Dixon (GM logo on bat) and Carl Wilson (yellow logo on helmet) (2686582)
Abbey Lawn - cricket Bourne v AlfordBatting for Bourne are Tom Dixon (GM logo on bat) and Carl Wilson (yellow logo on helmet) (2686582)

Bourne suffered a surprise Lincs Premier Division reversal against struggling Alford on Saturday despite a hat-trick from in-form bowler Colin Cheer.

The Abbey Lawn side were skittled out for 110 by the basement boys and, despite Cheer's treble after the visitors had reached 44-3, they held off the home attack to claim a three-wicket win.

Against a visiting side that had been bowled out for 21 and 70 in their last two games, Bourne batted first but were soon in trouble when Jordan Temple, Sam Evison and skipper Pete Morgan were all dismissed cheaply.

Carl Wilson (39) came in to join opener Jack Berry (34) as they began to rebuild the Bourne innings.

But, once they both dismissed, Alford's bowling trio of Steve Kirkham, Nick Bennett and Rikki Bovey blitzed the rest of the Bourne batting line-up.

None of the final six batsmen made double figures as Bourne slumped to 110 all out with Kirkham leading the charge with 5-37 from 14 overs.

Bennett bagged 3-41 from seven overs while Bovey returned 2-20 from an 11-over stint to leave Bourne with an uphill task to defend a below-par total.

They set about their task brightly and their visitors were reeling on 44-3 when Cheer - who claimed eight wickets last week - took his hat-trick haul of top scorer for Bennett (26) with Andrew White then being trapped leg before and George Gregory being bowled.

However, despite Berry bowling Lucas Kelly for 19 with the visitors on 76-7, Tom White (15no) joined the unbeaten Bovey (24no) to see the visitors to a surprise win which moved them off the foot of the table.

They are now just six points adrift of third-from-bottom Market Deeping who lost by four wickets in the highest scoring game of the day against Sleaford.

Josh Smith struck his maiden Lincs Premier Division century to help Deeping make 294-8 from their 50 overs at Outgang Road.

However, Sleaford then overtook that imposing target, aking victory with 297-6 as Ross Diver and Tom Shorthouse hit 69, Matt Mountain 66 and Ian McPeake sealing victory with an unbeaten 48.

Smith had smashed 129 runs to help Deeping post a daunting target with Dave Gillett also hitting a half-century.

Ross Bares (20), skipper Dave Sargeant (35) and Ali Sharp (29) also added some crucial mid-order to maintain the Deeping momentum.

McPeake and Adi Sreedharan both took three wickets for Sleaford who set about the run chase in style through Diver and Shorthouse.

Despite Mehul Adatia picking up three top order wickets and James Hook bagging a brace, Mountain and McPeake continued where the openers had left off to secure Sleaford’s success with more than four overs to spare.

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