Ajaz Akhtar fell two runs short of his first Premier Division ton for 19 years as Market Deeping beat Skegness by five wickets at Outgang Road yesterdau (July 11).
Moving into the Lincs Premier Division for the first time has given Akhtar a new lease of life and his 98 yesterday ensured Deeping made light work of a decent Skegness tally of 234-9 in 50 overs. He enjoyed a century stand for the second wicket with teenage opener Alex Wheatley (59).
Earlier Meli Adatia (5-59) had kept the Skegness innings under control with 17 overs of accurate off spin.
Deeping still have a considerable gap to make up on top two Bracebridge Heath and Woodhall Spa and the former consolidated their lead with a 73-run win over rock-bottom Spalding.
Ben Smith (64) and Dan Milgate (45) displayed batting defiance as Spalding were dismissed for 202 chasing 275.
Bourne are tucked in behind Deeping in fourth place after their 44-run win over Sleaford at the Abbey Lawns.
Captain Pete Morgan (71) steered Bourne to 224 before Jack Berry (5-57) worked his way through the Sleaford batting order. Martin Shillito snapped up the prize wicket of former New Zealand Test player Tim McIntosh for just four.
BOURNE beat SLEAFORD by 44 runs
Bourne 224 (P. Morgan 71, C. Wilson 32, A. Stroud 29, N. Goucher 4-46).
Sleaford 180 (M. Mountain 53, J. Berry 5-57).
MARKET DEEPING beat SKEGNESS by 5 wkts
Skegness 234-9 (M. Adatia 5-59).
Market Deeping 235-6 (A. Akhtar 98, A. Wheatley 59, J. Morgan 24no).
SPALDING lost to BRACEBRIDGE HEATH by 73 runs
Bracebridge Heath 275-6 (K. Spence 109no, V. Atri 52, D. Milgate 2-55, N. Jayasena 2-92).
Spalding 202 (B. Smith 64, D. Milgate 45, C. Kearns 23, M. Bradley 4-48, H. Silva 3-59).