LAST year’s Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League champions and runners-up both suffered heavy defeats on the opening day of the season which began in brilliant sunshine but ended with two matches abandoned.
Fahad Masood began his quest for the league wickets record with five dismissals for Bourne but could not prevent Lindum racking up a total of 238 for eight, Alex Hornsby and Geoff Middleton hitting 62 and 66 respectively. Bourne were then reduced to 82 for five and despite half centuries from Conrad Louth and Charlie Hopkins, the last wicket fell on 173.
Sleaford, meanwhile, duplicated last season’s poor start by being bowled out for 92 at Woodhall Spa for whom Luke Smith took five wickets. The home side then knocked off the runs in 15 overs for the loss of one wicket.
Boston’s Jonny Cheer hit 81 to help his side to 231 for seven, a score Louth failed to match. However, 50 from Arran Brindle and 56 for Nuwan Shiroman helped the visitors hang on for a share of the points with 210 for nine.
Grimsby were bowled out in the 50th over at Augusta Street but by this time had 263 on the board, Neal Snell top scoring with 51. Market Deeping set off in fine style, John McDougall and Chris Jones putting on 40 in eight overs before three wickets fell in quick succession. A stand of 102 between Tom Andrews and 16 year old Josh Bowers gave the visitors hope but after Andrews went for 56 the rate slowed and despite Bowers unbeaten 52, the overs ran out on 231 for six.
At Hartsholme, the home side chased Skegness’ 244 for eight, Wade McCall celebrating his return with a knock of 76. However, despite Warren Nel’s 87, the home side had been reduced to 168 for nine when a thunderstorm washed out further play.
The weather also frustrated Bracebridge Heath who were well on their way to victory at Nettleham when heavy rain flooded the pitch. Bracebridge hit a massive 388 for six, Vikram Atri making 160