It’s Bourne’s turn to try and contain the best batsman in the Lincs Premier Division this Saturday.
Former New Zealand Test player Tim McIntosh cracked an unbeaten 148 for Sleaford at Market Deeping on the opening day of the season to confirm his status as the top player in the competition.
McIntosh scored 1323 runs to help Sleaford win the title in 2013 and scored 1203 runs last season.
The ton at Outgang Road was his 10th in two seasons and one match and his third in five knocks agaist Deeping.
McIntosh also has Test hundreds against West Indies and India to his name.
“I’m sick of saying ‘well batted to him’,” Deeping skipper Dave Gillett said. “He’s some player though and with someone like that in your team you will always have a chance.”
Gillett admitted his team were ‘shell-shocked’ as McIntosh led a late assault in the Sleaford innings which yielded 149 runs from the final 12 overs.
Deeping, who were eventually beaten by 151 runs, take their wounded pride to Skegness this Saturday (April 25) when Bourne will be trying to subdue McIntosh on his home ground.
Reigning champions Bourne will travel with confidence though after seeing off Lincoln by eight wickets on the opening day.
Rob Bentley’s unbeaten 73 from 57 balls and an undefeated 58 from Conrad Louth, who batted with a broken hand, sped Bourne past Lincoln’s 182. Tom Bentley claimed four Lincoln wickets.
Deeping’s South Lincs Division One and Rutland Division Six teams both won their weekend matches.