In-form Bourne are making surprise title tilt
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.