With one week of the season left, the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League championship and relegation places is set to go right to the wire.
Bracebridge Heath need eight points from their final match at Bourne to secure the championship they last won in 2011 while at the foot of the table, Grimsby Town need seven to ensure they finish above Market Rasen and out of the bottom two.
Grimsby travel to Jubilee Park to play Woodhall Spa while Rasen entertain close rivals Skegness who scored a surprise win over Woodhall. This took them to safety and pushed their opponents down to third place in the table, with Sleaford moving up to second with a seven wicket win over Market Rasen in which Tim McIntosh hit an unbeaten 70 and Matthew Mountain made 60.
Bracebridge were held to a draw by Market Deeping, Vikram Atri scoring 53 for the top side in their total of 247 for eight and Emile Kreik making the same number of runs for Deeping. The difference was Mat Carter who took five for 64 for Bracebridge to hold Deeping to 170-7.
Up-and-coming Grimsby 16-year-old Harrison Tice made a five wicket contribution to his side’s win at Spalding for whom Warren Nel hit 54. Jack Wilson with 67 and Brendan Volley with an unbeaten 58 then saw their side home to a five wicket victory and a vital 17 points.
At Richmond Drive, Woodhall were bowled out for 199, going on to take eight Skegness wickets before the home side claimed their valuable victory (see back page).
Bourne skipper Pete Morgan made the day’s highest total with 96 as his team beat Louth by five wicket at London Road. Richard Limmer hit 56 for the home side while Jack Berry took five wickets for Bourne whose win kept them in fourth place, just four points behind Woodhall.
Lindum’s Luke Robinson took his season’s runs total past 800 with an innings for 90 at home to Grantham for whom Jamie Brumby took five for 22 to help restrict Lindum to 202. From 66-3, the visitors then collapsed to 109 all out.
l The South Lincolnshire & Border League saw its only nine wicket haul of the season in a weekend in which the top places in two divisions were decided.
Boston lifted the Premier Division championship – and, subject to satisfactory inspections, can now look forward to promotion to the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League.
There was a victory for third placed Woodhall Spa 2nd (198-5) who beat Billingborough (196) by five wickets, with Dixon notching 80 and Timby 67.
Danny Ashley was the bowler of the day, taking nine Long Sutton 2nd wickets to help lift Grantham 3rd from the Division One relegation zone.
Market Deeping sealed the Division One title but Division Two is still all to play for, Baston needing 14 points from their final two games to take top place while Timberland, with only one game remaining, need 16 to be sure of beating off the challenge of Claypole for second place.