Lincolnshire Premier League Review - 22nd April 19th June

©Paul Barrett
 

Market Deeping was the scene of the first tie of the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League season in a weekend of perfect cricketing weather which brought 16 half centuries - but no tons.

Jack Wightwick came closest with 99 for Alford, one of two teams to top the 300 run mark.

The other was Bourne who fought out the highest scoring match of the day at home to Boston.  Four Bourne players topped 50 with Pete Morgan hitting 83 as his side finished on 315 for four. But Boston also took advantage of the good batting track, Jonny Cheer with 86 as the visitors made 265 for six.

This took Bourne into third place in the table after Bracebridge Heath consolidated their lead with victory over Woodhall Spa at Jubilee Park.  Woodhall set off well, notching up 50 off six overs but the introduction of Matt Carter and Matt Bradley to the attack slowed the run rate, Bradley dismissing Jack Timby for 50 and going on to take four wickets as Woodhall were bowled out for 193 in the 42nd over.

Bracebridge also set off at a good pace but again a bowling change saw the dismissal of a danger man, Ross Dixon having Matt Lineker caught for 50.  Three more wickets fell but an unbeaten 48 from Vikram Atri saw the leaders to a six wicket victory.

On a good day for batsmen, Dan Freeman managed a seven wicket haul with the ball to help dismiss Spalding for 117, a total Grantham knocked off for the loss of four wickets to stay second in the table, three points ahead of Bourne.

Alford moved up to sixth at the expense of Grimsby after a run spree at Train Fen Holt.  Ricki Bovey and Andrew White put on 79 for the first wicket and from 83 for two, White and Jack Wightwick added 135.  White was bowled by Bailey Mawer for 81 and going for his hundred, Wightwick was run out by Harrison Tice. Tice and Jack Nilsson went on to take three wickets each as Alford reached 302 for nine.

Steve Crossley's 75 took Grimsby to 118 for three but from here the visitors fell to 168 all out, White finishing off a good day with five for 42.

At Lindum, the home side fought out a lower scoring but very tight game with Sleaford who were all out for 176, Tom Shorthouse making 51 and Jon Miller taking five for 30.  Richard Bishop's 53 took Lindum to 127 for five and until the final few overs, the home side were keeping pace with the run rate.  But from 145 for six, the Sleaford bowlers got the upper hand and the final wicket fell on 159.

At Market Deeping, Xander Pitchers hit 75 as Louth's overs finished on 226 for seven.  Deeping then matched their opponents run for run, Dave Sargeant hitting 60, but were unable to secure the vital on that would give them victory and were all out on 226, a result that left both sides on 79 points in the table.

Results

Bourne 315-4 (Temple 56, Evison 53, Morgan 83, Wilson 61no), Boston 265-6 (Poole 52, Cheer 86, Haffejee 65no);

Alford 302-9 (Wightwick 99, A White 81), Grimsby Town 168 (Crossley 75, A White 5-42);

Sleaford 176 (Shorthouse 51, Miller 5-30), Lindum 159 (Bishop 53);

Spalding 117 (Freeman 7-36), Grantham 119-4;

Woodhall Spa 193 (J Timby 50), Bracebridge Heath 195-4 (Lineker 50);

Louth 226-7 (Pitchers 75), Market Deeping 226 (Sargeant 60);

Team P W L T C A Bat Bowl Win Total

Bracebridge Heath

9 7 1 0 0 5 42 38 70 155

Grantham

9 6 2 0 0 5 40 36 60 141

Bourne

9 6 2 0 0 5 40 33 60 138

Woodhall Spa

9 6 2 0 0 5 39 32 60 136

Lindum

9 5 4 0 0 0 30 35 50 115

Alford

9 4 5 0 0 0 25 36 40 101

Grimsby

9 4 4 0 0 5 21 31 40 97

Sleaford

9 3 5 0 5 0 21 28 30 84

Louth

9 2 5 5 5 0 24 25 20 79

Market Deeping

9 2 6 5 0 0 25 29 20 79

Spalding

9 2 6 0 0 5 22 29 20 76

Boston

9 2 7 0 0 0 24 23 20 67