Bourne and Market Deeping both opened their Rutland Division One campaigns with comfortable wins yesterday (April 17).
Bourne saw off Barnack by 103 runs at the Abbey Lawns, while Market Deeping eased past Oundle by four wickets at Outgang Road.
Tom Dixon’s 80 was the highlight of Bourne’s 45-over total of 203-5 and he received decent support from Ben Stroud (43). New off-spinner Ben Collins was among the wickets for Bourne as Barnack were dismissed for just 100 in reply.
Deeping, promoted from Division Two last season, restricted Oundle to 136 with new Aussie import Zac Simmonds (3-40) among the wickets. One of his victims was Oundle top scorer Alex Martin (37).
Jamie Morgan opened the batting for Deeping and struck 45 with Nick Green (28no) seeing his side home with two overs and two balls to spare. Green (2-28) also bowled well.
There were two tied games in lower divisions as Ufford Park second team player Danny Harrington bagged the opening ton of the summer.
Harrington finished unbeaten on 106 as Ufford matched Newborough 2nds’ 203 in Division Six, but the home side were probably disappointed not to win as they lost just four wickets in reply. Jonathan Bigham (45) joined Harrington in a century opening stand for Ufford.
Vamshi Parvathaneni top scored with 55 for Newborough.
The other tie arrived in Division Three at Corby where Stewart & Lloyds and Wisbech seconds couldn’t be separated after 80 overs and a few balls of tense cricket. Wisbech were ultimately indebted to the presence down the order of first-team players Jack Hargreaves and Gary Freear as they chased the home side’s 138 all out.
The Fenmen were 49-6 when the pair came together and 134-9 when both had departed with Australian Hargreaves making 46 and Freear 44. Tony Thurman clinched the tie for Stewart & Lloyds by claiming the last wicket - his fourth of the game.
Kudir Ali (3-7) also bowled well for Stewart & Lloyds while Jamie Gollands (3-3) was in good form for Wisbech.
All-round performance of the day was delivered by Ivan Wilson of Uffington seconds as they beat Long Sutton seconds by seven wickets in Division Six. Wilson bagged 5-15 with the ball as Long Sutton were bowled out for 131 and cracked an unbeaten 66 in Uffington’s successful reply.
Uppingham seconds beat Alconbury by four wickets in Division Five despite 83 from Harry Cotton for the losing side. Consistent team batting led by James Cross (46) and Luke Griffiths (40) enabled Uppingham to win with three overs to spare.
March lost a low-scoring Division Two game at home to King’s Keys after losing a vital toss. Australian newcomer Sam Freedman claimed three wickets for March on his debut.
The entire Lincs Premier Division and the South Lincs League programmes were cancelled on Saturday (April 16) as was the Smith Barry Cup Final between Godmanchester and Ramsey. Peterborough Town’s friendly at Kibworth was also cancelled leaving the city side without any warm-up action ahead of the start of the Northants Premier Division next Saturday (April 23) when they host Wollaston at Bretton Gate.
Sunday April 17
BOURNE beat BARNACK by 103 runs
Bourne 203-5 (T. Dixon 80, B. Stroud 43).
MARKET DEEPING beat OUNDLE by 4 wkts
Oundle 136 (A. Martin 37, J. Dalley 22, Z. Simmonds 3-40, J. Andrews 2-20, N. Green 2-29).
Market Deeping 139-6 (J. Morgan 45, N. Green 28no, P. Harrington 24, J. Charlton 3-24, B. Graves 2-38).
MARCH lost to KING’S KEYS by 3 wkts
King’s Keys 105-7 (S. Freedman 3-25, T. Nulty 3-34).
Cancelled: Grantham v Newborough.
STEWART & LLOYDS tied with WISBECH 2nds
Stewart & Lloyds 138 (J. Simmonds 50, J. Gollands 3-3, G. Freear 3-19, K. Hallett 2-8).
Wisbech 138 138 (J. Hargreaves 46, G. Freear 44, T. Thurman 4-18).
Cancelled: Long Sutton v Kettering
Cancelled: Loddington & Mawsley v Hampton, Nassington 2nds v Bourne 2nds
UPPINGHAM 2nds beat ALCONBURY by 4 wkts
Alconbury 204-5 (H. Cotton 83, D. Goodward 32no, F. Mirza 32, K. Webster 2-44).
Uppingham 205-6 (J. Cross 46, L. Griffiths 40, T. Scott 38, G. Packer 32, R. King 3-23)
UFFINGTON 2nds beat LONG SUTTON 2nds by 7 wkts
Long Sutton 131 (P. Coote 35, M. Nurse 34, D. Tyner 20, I. Wilson 5-15, H. Bentley 2-31).
Uffington 132-3 (I. Wilson 66no, D. Griffin 26).
UFFORD PARK 2nds tied with NEWBOROUGH 2nds
Newborough 203 (V. Parvathaneni 55, D. Rowland 25, A. Walker 22).
Ufford Park 203-4 (D. Harrington 106no, J. Bigham 46).
Cancelled: Orton Park 2nds v Hampton
Saturday, April 16
Lincs Premier Division: Louth v Bourne, Market Deeping v Sleaford.
South Lincs Premier Division: Bourne 2nds v Spalding 2nds.
South Lincs Division Two: Long Sutton 2nds v Spalding 3rds.
Smith Barry Cup Final: Godmanchester v Ramsey.
Friendly: Hunts v Cambs.