Bourne, the champions of 2014, have made a serious statement of intent about regaining their Lincs Premier Division title in 2016.
Pete Morgan’s men bashed the current champions Bracebridge Heath by 84 runs at the Abbey Lawns yesterday (May 7) to move into third place in the table.
It was a second big win on the bounce for Bourne who made 220-9 in their 50 overs before dismissing Bracebridge for 136. Paceman Colin Cheer (5-51) and new off-spinner Ben Collins (4-29) claimed nine wickets between them.
Morgan top-scored for Bourne with a typically breezy 57 from 46 balls which included four sixes and four fours. He received decent support from Ben Stroud (41), Jordan Temple (36) and Carl Wilson (32).
It wasn’t such a good day by the seaside for Market Deeping who suffered an 18-run reverse at Skegness after throwing away dominant positions in both innings. The consolation for Deeping is they remain second, four points clear of their arch-rivals down the road.
“We should have the full 60 points,” Deeping captain Dave Gillett moaned. “We bowled and fielded well, but made some poor decisions with the bat. I include myself in that as I chased a wide one when I was well set.”
Skegness were 71-7 before recovering to 154 all out. Lee Peacock bowled superbly for Deeping taking 5-33 before running out of puff before his allocation of overs was complete.
In reply Deeping were 119-5 when Gillett was dismissed for 30. Jamie Morgan had batted fluently for 43, but West Indian pace-man Ray Jordan - ‘the slipperiest bowler in the league’ according to Gillett - proved too hot to handle on his way to 6-43.
Bourne beat Bracebridge Heath by 84 runs
Bourne 220-9 (P. Morgan 57, B. Stroud 41, J. Temple 36, C. Wilson 32, A. Moor 4-57, M. Carter 3-80).
Bracebridge Heath 136 (P. Cook 46, C. Cheer 5-51, B. Collins 4-29).
Skegness beat Market Deeping by 18 runs
Skegness 154 (R. Jordan 41, L. Peacock 5-33).
Market Deeping 136 (J. Morgan 43, D. Gillett 30, R. Jordan 6-43).