Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League
SLEAFORD dashed any hopes Skegness had of league honours with a towering performance at London Road on Saturday.
Tom Shorthouse paved the way for Sleaford’s emphatic victory with a fine bowling display, taking four wickets for only nine runs off eight overs, as Skegness, batting first were dismissed for a lowly 134. Only three Skegness batsmen made double figures, with Paul Butler top scoring on 45.
Sleaford made short work of the target they had been set, reaching 137 for two with a boundary to clinch the win. Garry Park hit an unbeaten 61.
As a result of this defeat Skegness dropped from second to third, while Sleaford remained in fourth place.
Leaders Haxey took full advantage of the seasiders demise to clinch the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League title in the penultimate weekend of the season with a slender two wicket win over Woodhall Spa.
Ricky Lovelace made 71 of Woodhall’s total of 163 and Ben O’Brien took six Haxey wickets but Graeme Attenborough’s 67 helped his side to victory.
Bracebridge Heath moved into second but are 20 behind Haxey. The two meet in the final game of the season but if points are level at the close, Haxey take the title with the highest number of wins.
Nottinghamshire’s Andy Carter made a rare appearance for his club, taking four wickets in Bracebridge’s game against Louth who nevertheless denied their opponents maximum points, finishing 200 for nine, Matt Hamilton hitting 10 fours in his innings of 50.
Brett Houston then hit 65 but the home side slipped to 138 for six before Carter came to the rescue with an innings of 39.
The bottom two places were also decided with Market Deeping and Boston now unable to catch the sides above them. Deeping went down to Hartsholme by four wickets while Boston lost a high scoring game at Bourne by 22 runs.
Louth 200-9 (Hamilton 50), Bracebridge Heath 201-8 (Houston 65); Woodhall Spa 163 (Lovelace 71), Haxey 165-8 (Attenborough 67, O’Brien 6-43); Skegness 134, Sleaford 137-2 (Parks 61no); Market Deeping 181-7 (Gillett 60), Hartsholme 185-6 (Rush 93); Lindum 183-5 (Hornsby 53), Grimsby 167 (Snell 53, Warwick 53, de Silva 5-33); Bourne 284-5 (Louth 145no), Boston 262 (J Cheer 82)