Reigning champions Bourne suffered their first defeat of the Lincs Premier Division season when surprisingly going down by 22 runs at Grimsby yesterday (May 9).
The home side had been smashed by Market Deeping in their previous outing, but a poor bowling display from Bourne set up the shock result. It was a first win of the summer for Grimsby.
“We bowled badly,” admitted Bourne skipper Pete Morgan. “They scored 179, but that was like scoring 250 as the outfield was long and the ball nibbled around a bit. We have away 47 extras which didn’t help either.
“To be fair to Grimsby they bowled very well. They put the ball in good areas and we were 100ish for nine at one point.”
Bourne rallied to 157 all-out thanks to 52 from Tom Bentley. Jack Berry had eralier scored 36. Martin Shillito (3-31 from 17 overs) was the pick of the Bourne bowlers.
It was also a bad day for Market Deeping and Spalding who suffered crushing defeats. Deeping were skittled for 98 to complete a 132-run beating at Woodhall Spa, while Spalding went down by seven wickets at Lincoln to sink to the bottom of the league.
For the second time this season, Deeping ran into a decent former Test match performer as Sri Lankan star Malinga Bandara struck a half century and claimed five cheap wickets. Deeping also felt a couple of key umpiring decisions went against them early in the Woodhall innings of 230-9.
Mel Adatia (4-51 & 34) performed best for Deeping, while teenage left-arm spinner Jackson Andrews (4-70) bowled well. Former New Zealand Test player Tim McIntosh cracked a brilliant ton for Sleaford against Deeping on the opning day of the season.
Spalding lost a game that could easily have serious ramifications in their survival bid. Lincoln were winless before the weekend, but strolled to victory after despatching Spalding for just 120.
GRIMSBY beat BOURNE by 22 runs
Grimsby 179 (M. Shillito 3-31, T. Dixon 3-41, C. Cheer 2-35, T. Bentley 2-40).
Bourne 157 (T. Bentley 52, J. Berry 36).
LINCOLN beat SPALDING by 7 wkts
Spalding 120 (D. Milgate 34, N. Jayasena 31, W. Nel 28).
Lincoln 121-3 (W. Wright 53, J. Barratt 2-39).
WOODHALL SPA beat MARKET DEEPING by 132 runs
Woodhall Spa 230-9 (M. Adatia 4-51, J. Andrews 4-70).
Market Deeping 98 (M. Adatia 34, M. Bandara 5-21).