CRICKET: Leaders Woodhall Spa denied maximum points

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Just one point separates Lincolnshire ECB Premier League leaders Woodhall Spa from challengers Bracebridge Heath after Lindum denied the top side maximum points, while Bracebridge recovered from a shaky start to defeat Market Rasen.

The game at St Giles Avenue (see match report) saw Malinga Bandara hit an unbeaten 102 of Woodhall’s total of 218-7, while Jonny Miller took five wickets for the home side.

Lindum in reply lost early wickets and at 114-7 looked set for defeat, but an unbeaten 48 from Tom Lindsay, ably supported by Ryan Sneddon, saw the overs out to 146-7.

This gained Lindum an extra three points that took them above Grantham after the league’s newest team were unable to halt Louth’s winning run.

Sleaford stayed third in the table, but had to battle for their 20 points at home to Grimsby. Having bowled their visitors out for 131, Sleaford found themselves 26-5, three wickets falling to Lee Charlton and two to David Carr.

Oliver Burford contributed 28 and then Kurt Colyn and Shaun Morris dug in to take the total to 106 before Colyn fell to Carr for 32. Morris, with 35, in partnership with Angus Youles then saw Sleaford to a three-wicket win.

Peter Houghton hit the day’s second century with an unbeaten 111 for Skegness who moved further away from relegation danger with a win over Spalding. The bottom side made 179-9, Josh Newton with 50 and Brendan Young taking five wickets for Skegness before Houghton and Sean Chamberlain, who hit 55, saw the seasiders to a nine-wicket victory.

Bourne won the local derby at Abbey Lawn after bowling Market Deeping out for 199, then losing seven wickets before reaching their target, Carl Wilson seeing them home with an unbeaten 63.

Bracebridge batted first at home to Market Rasen who reduced their opponents to 20-3, then 49-4. However, the middle order held the innings together, Kit Spence with an unbeaten 62 and Hymie Bentley with 47, which helped the final total to 221-8.

In reply, Rasen struggled to handle the bowling attack and were all out for 81, Brett Houston with five wickets and Matt Carter taking 3-11 off seven overs.