After the wettest start to the season for some years, the sun shone of the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League grounds and the league table began to take shape.
Bracebridge Heath are again at the top with Grimsby Town – one of last season’s relegation candidates – second after beating Sleaford who dropped to third.
Newcomers Scunthorpe Town have made a good start, lying fifth and just two teams, Bourne and Alford, are still without a win.
Bracebridge Heath piled on the runs, hitting 326 for eight at Market Deeping with Australian Joe Price making 75. In reply, Deeping were all out for 159, Jamie Morgan with 55.
Grimsby reached 196 for seven at home to Sleaford with steady batting from the top order and an unbeaten 50 from Geoff Middleton who shared a fourth wicket stand of 48 with Neal Snell. Sleaford lost their first two wickets cheaply but Andy Hibberd and Tom Shorthouse steadied the ship. However, whenever a stand appeared to be building, Grimsby’s bowlers struck, Usman Aziz taking three wickets, Harrison Tice four and Neal Snell coming on to bowl three overs and take two for eight bowl Sleaford all out for 149, Oliver Burford the top scorer with 41.
At Woodhall Spa, the home team were set a target of 216 by Louth, who lost eight wickets, Xander Pitchers making 85. But Woodhall were on good batting form, Harsha Vithana hitting 98 and Henry Wilson unbeaten on 82 as his side claimed an eight wicket win
Lindum were bowled out for 168 at home to Boston for whom Sam Holland and Jonny Cheer (49) shared a second wicket stand of 94 to set their side on the road to a seven wicket victory, Holland scoring 75.
Karanjit Bansal and Arbind Singh both hit 57 in Scunthorpe’s seven wicket victory over Alford who had earlier been bowled out for 144.
And Bourne’s defeat came at the hands of Grantham which saw the only century of the day. Mathew Dowman made 112 and Dan Freeman 92 after Grantham’s first two wickets had fallen for only 39 runs. Their third wicket stand of 207 helped their side to 273 for four, a total Bourne were unable to match against tight bowling from Dowman and Joe Peck who took four for 22 off eight overs.
Louth 216-8 (Pitchers 84), Woodhall Spa 217-2 (Wilson 82no, Vithana 98);
Grimsby Town 196-7 (Middleton 50no), Sleaford 149;
Lindum 168, Boston 169-3 (Holland 75);
Grantham 273-4 (Dowman 112, Freeman 92), Bourne 164;
Alford 144, Scunthorpe 145-3 (Bansal 57, Singh 57);
Bracebridge Heath 326-8 (Price 75), Market Deeping 159 (Morgan 55);