Sleaford lose out to league leaders

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Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League

DESPITE good personal performances from Sears with the ball and Burford with the bat, Sleaford lost out to current ECB Premier League leaders Skegness on Saturday.

Skegness maintained their 10-point lead at the top of the table after Peter Houghton hit another 88 runs to become the second player to top 300.

Alex Sears took five wickets as the seasiders were all out for 197 but Oliver Pringle then took five wickets for Skegness to reduce Sleaford to an all out total of 143, 54 runs short of the leaders’ total, with skipper Oliver Burford top scoring on 52. For full match report see page 63.

Brett Houston scored the only century of the day as defending champions Bracebridge Heath recorded the highest team total and moved back into third place in the table.

They and Haxey both leapfrogged over Woodhall Spa, with Haxey moving up to second after bowling Woodhall out for 136 and going on to win by six wickets to stay ahead of Bracebridge by one point.

Houston’s unbeaten 104 took him over the 300 run mark for the season and his side to 241 for five and five wickets for Matt Bradley then helped bowl out Louth for 84.

Hartsholme recorded their first victory of the season at home to Market Deeping. New signing Liam Moir-Holland hit an unbeaten 47 as Hartsholme reached maximum batting points, with 229 for seven, before Jake Benson and Henry Rush each took four wickets to bowl the visitors out for 137, of which John McDougall made 61.

This moved Hartsholme out of the bottom two as Lindum were pushed down to 11th place following their one wicket defeat at the hands of Grimsby.

Bourne added to Boston’s woes at the bottom of the table, with the Mayflower team again bowled out cheaply for 118 at Abbey Lawn, where Jack Berry’s 52 helped Bourne to a five wicket win.

Results: Lindum 156, Grimsby 159-9 (Warwick 52); Woodhall Spa 136, Haxey 137-4 (Harvey 58); Skegness 197 (Houghton 88, Sears 5-55), Sleaford 143 (Burford 52, Pringle 5-44); Boston 118, Bourne 119-5 (Berry 52); Bracebridge Heath 241-5 (Houston 104no), Louth 84 (Bradley 5-29); Hartsholme 229-7, Market Deeping 137 (McDougall 61).