In-form Bourne are mak­ing sur­prise ti­tle tilt

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Cricket -

BOURNE are mak­ing an un­likely charge for the Lincs Premier Di­vi­sion ti­tle.

While the lo­cal side used up a get-outof-jail-free card in pinch­ing a two-wicket win at Hartsholme, an­nual cham­pi­ons Brace­bridge Heath con­tin­ued their re­cent im­plo­sion.

As a re­sult a fifth straight win has pushed Bourne up to joint sec­ond place, while a third stratight de­feat for Brace­bridge has seen them slide to fifth.

Reach­ing the top couldn’t have been fur­ther from Bourne minds when they crashed to 59-7 and then 118-8 when chas­ing Hartsholme’s 165, but an un­bro­ken ninth wicket stand of 51 be­tween num­ber 10 Mark Dixon (29no) and num­ber nine Tom Lind­ley (19no) saw Bourne home.

Ear­lier Dixon had claimed two wick­ets to sup­port in-form pro Fa­had Ma­soon (4-50). Ben Stroud also picked up two wick­ets be­fore start­ing Bourne’s re­cov­ery with the bat with a top score of 42.

Dave Christ­mas opened the bat­ting in his first game in 12 months fol­low­ing knee surgery and made 15.

There were no such dra­mas at Grimsby where Mar­ket Deep­ing picked up a draw. The home side piled up 288-7 in their 50 overs and Deep­ing were never go­ing to win af­ter a pedes­trian open­ing stand of 138 in 37 overs be­tween Char­lie Kearns (74) and Gary Yee­les (59).

But such a stub­born start also en­sured Deep­ing were never likely to lose and they even­tu­ally closed on 216-7.

Spare a thought though for Chris Jones who trav­elled from Cam­bridge to Grimsby, waited un­til 6pm for a chance to bat and was promptly dis­missed first ball.

TOP SCORE: Ben Stroud for Bourne.

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