Conrad Louth finally exploded into life as Bourne crushed Market Rasen by 191 runs in the Lincs Premier Division yesterday (May 23).
Louth has enjoyed a slow start to the summer by his own high standards, but he smashed a brilliant unbeaten 151 at Rasen, a knock that included 17 fours, four sixes and occupied just 144 balls.
Louth added a quickfire 121 for the third wicket with captain Pete Morgan (60) and then dominated the rest of the Bourne innings of 277-8 in 50 overs.
Rasen, who were thumped by Market Deeping last weekend (May 16), were then completely undermined by seamer Martin Shillito who bagged 5-34 from 12 overs and Tom Dixon who picked up 3-17 as they slumped to 86 all out.
Reigning champions Bourne are third after collecting their third win of the season, 16 points behind leaders Woodhall Spa and 12 points ahead of fourth-placed Marker Deeping.
Deeping also claimed a third win of the campaign in ruthless fashion yesterday as they despatched Grantham by 85 runs.
South African Emile Kriek (61) and Tom Andrews (50) did best as Deeping posted 204 and tearaway teenage fast bowler Patrick Brown (3-21) then ran through three early Grantham batsmen to reduce the home side to 21-4.
They recovered slightly, but veteran off-spinner Meli Adatia (3-22) also picked up three wickets as Grantham were finally dismissed for 119.
Spalding also celebrated a victory, their first of the season after five straight defeats.
Skipper Rob Ambrose led from the front at Sleaford with 42 and shared an opening stand of 80 with Warren Nel (40). Luke Hollingworth also made 40 as Spalding totalled 236-6, a decent score against a side without their former Kiwi Test player Tim McIntosh.
Sleaford opener Jonathan Cheer did bat throughout his side’s innings for an unbeaten 115, but his team-mates managed just 78 between them. Nel and recent arrival Mark Joyce both claimed four wickets, but Spalding remain bottom.
Bourne are in Winkworth Cup Finals Day, the Twenty/20 competition for Lincs Premier Division sides, action at Sleaford tomorrow (May 25). They tackle Grantham in the opening semi-final (10.30am) and if successful will face either Skegness or Lincoln in the final.
GRANTHAM lost to MARKET DEEPING by 85 runs
Market Deeping 204 (E. Kriek 60, T. Andrews 50, D. Gillett 28, K. Bansal 5-61).
Grantham 119 (R. Nurse 40, P. Brown 3-20, M. Adatia 3-22, L. Peacock 2-18).
MARKET RASEN lost to BOURNE by 191 runs
Bourne 277-8 (C. Louth 151no, P. Morgan 60).
Market Rasen 86 (M. Shillito 5-39, T. Dixon 3-17).
SLEAFORD lost to SPALDING by 43 runs
Spalding 236-6 (R. Ambrose 42, W. Nel 40, L. Hollingworth 40, M. Joyce 35).
Sleaford 193 (J. Cheer 115no, W. Nel 4-38, M. Joyce 4-68).