Bourne’s master batsman Pete Morgan slayed title challengers Sleaford in the Lincs Premier Division today (July 30).
Morgan’s blistering unbeaten 108 from just 98 balls completed a six-wicket win with almost 10 novers to spare at the home of the team that started the day in second place.
Morgan cracked 12 sixes and three fours and dominated a third-wicket stand of 137 with Carl Wilson. Wilson was dismissed for 66 (86 balls, one sixe, eight fours), but Morgan stood firm to speed his side past Sleaford’s 225-9.
That total was the result of a fine fightback from Bourne as Sleaford reached 103-1 before spin twins Ben Collins and Ben Stroud got to work.
Collins’ 5-75 included the wicket of the division’s star batsman Obus Pienaar for just seven. Pienaar has already scored over 1,000 runs in the Premier Division this summer.
Stroud finished with 4-53 from 12 overs.
Unfortunately for Market Deeping they failed to take advantage of the Sleaford slip and their title hopes are probably in tatters after a second straight defeat.
Deeping had hosts Woodhall Spa in trouble at 158-7, but the home side escaped to 218-9 in their 50 overs. Half centuries from Jamie Morgan - the younger brother of the Bourne skipper - and Nick Green enabled Deeping to reach 151-3, but they lost their last seven wickets for just 17 to lose by 50 runs.
SLEAFORD lost to BOURNE by 6 wkts
Sleaford 225-9 (M. Mountain 51, A. Hibberd 50, B. Collins 5-75, B. Stroud 4-53).
Bourne 226-4 (P. Morgan 108no, C. Wilson 66, S. Morris 3-30)
WOODHALL SPA beat MARKET DEEPING by 50 runs
Woodhall Spa 218-9 (
Market Deeping 168 (J. Morgan 55, N. Green 54).