Bourne extend lead at the top of Lincs Premier

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Bourne moved 13 points clear at the top of the Lincolnshire Premier Division thanks to a six-wicket burst from Tom Dixon at Grimsby on Saturday.

The match was the only one played in the division and Bourne took full advantage to win by seven wickets in a game shortened to 32 overs per side.

Bourne made the journey to Grimsby more in hope of a game than anticipation and at midday, the scheduled start time, things were not looking hopeful.

But umpires and players agreed to wait and at 2.30pm, after much hard work on the part of the Grimsby groundsman and both teams’ willingness to help, play began.

Grimsby, who lie in ninth place having secured their first win of the season the previous weekend, were invited to bat and got off to an excellent start thanks to Joe Farmery and Yamin Butt who put on 60 for the first wicket.

But the introduction of left-arm seamer Tom Dixon to the attack saw Farmery caught for 27 and with 16 runs added, Butt followed, having hit 33.

Maninder Singh and skipper Steve Crossley both got into double figures but Dixon was on good form and went on to take six for 34 as Grimsby’s 32 overs ended on a total of 125 for seven.

Bourne also started well and had 40 on the board when Bailey Mawer bowled skipper Pete Morgan for 31. Conrad Louth came out to join Ben Stroud in a partnership of 43 before Stroud fell to new signing Matthew Owen for 27 and Owen then bowled incoming batsman Stuart Airey for a duck.

But this was to be Grimsby’s last success as Louth hit 31 and with Carl Wilson (24) took Bourne to a seven wicket win that increased their lead at the top of the table.

Market Deeping’s game at Bracebridge Heath and Billingborough’s match at Market Ransen did not survive the weather.

Lincs Premier Division

GRIMSBY lost to BOURNE by 7 wkts

Grimsby 125-7 (T. Dixon 6-34).

Bourne 126-3 (P. Morgan 31, C. Louth 31no, B. Stroud 27, C. Wilson 24no).