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Bourne were beaten with just two balls remaining of their Lincolnshire League Premier League clash at Woodhall Spa on Saturday.

The hosts secured a three-wicket win after a tense tussle which saw Bourne slip to their second league defeat of the campaign.

They had been put into bat by a Woodhall side who had started the day in pole position as Bourne looked to bounce back after defeats in the ECB National Club competition and Winkworth Cup last weekend.

Jonny Cheer. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Jonny Cheer. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Bourne posted a healthy 263-7 from their 50 overs with the top trio of Rob Bentley, Jordan Temple and Jonny Cheer all batting well.

Bentley and Temple put on 130 runs for the first wicket until they both departed in quick succession for 71 and 46 respectively.

Despite losing Sam Evison and Dan Freeman, Cheer and Carl Wilson added a further 79 runs for the fifth wicket.

Wilson fell for 20 and Jack Berry followed shortly after with Cheer the last wicket to fall for 72 after a 44-run stand with Rob Dunn who closed on 18 not out.

Bourne quickly reduced their hosts to 21-2 as Colin Cheer and Corey Young picked up a wicket apiece.

However, Ollie Caswell came out to join opener Prasanna Jaywardene and their 110-run stand brought Woodhall back into the contest.

Jaywardene fell to the bowling of Freeman for 51 and Tom Dixon followed that up by dismissing Aaron Keverne-Onyon soon after.

However, Matt Carter added a further 30 runs and, although Caswell was bowled by Berry for 88, a rapid half-century from Harry Hollingsworth kept Woodhall on track.

Hollingsworth hit three fours and four sixes in his 52 off just 25 deliveries to take Woodhall to the brink of victory.

He was caught by Freeman off the bowling of Colin Cheer with Spa two runs short of their target as Alex Barker and Oliver Carr edged them to victory.

Despite the victory, Woodhall were knocked off top spot as Grantham gained a maximum 20-point haul from their emphatic victory at Long Sutton.

The newly-promoted hosts are still looking for their first victory of the season after being beaten by 174 runs at Paradise Field.

Charlie Crisp. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Charlie Crisp. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Grantham smashed 325-6 from their 50 overs after being put into bat with opener Atiq Bhatti blasting 12 fours and 11 sixes in his 136.

Paul Edgeller and Charlie Crisp both claimed a couple of wickets for Long Sutton who were then bowled out for 151 in reply.

Edgeller followed up last week's century at Bourne with an unbeaten 57 as Sutton remain at the foot of the table.

Josh Lawrence.
Josh Lawrence.

Spalding are also still win-less after losing by 96 runs in their home match with Scunthorpe at Seas End Hall.

Opener Ian Snowden struck 94 before being bowled by Ollie Dring as Scunthorpe made 215-6 from their 50 overs after batting first.

Josh Lawrence led the home attack with 3-26 for Spalding who were then skittled out for 119 in reply.

Matt Mills. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Matt Mills. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Openers Jon Manton (26) and Dring (21) had given Spalding a solid start before wickets tumbled in quick succession despite Brandon Andrews hitting a quick-fire 23 at the tail-end of the order.

Deeping also struggled for runs in their seven-wicket away loss at Bracebridge Heath.

They were bowled out for 128 after being put into bat with skipper James Hook hitting 37 against a Bracebridge side who needed less than 16 overs to pass the target despite Matt Mills picking up a couple of wickets.

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