LINCS ECB PREMIER: Bell and White lead the way in Louth victory while weather has its say in Boston-Woodhall Spa and Bracebridge Heath-Grantham contests

Action underway in county top flight...

Jack Timby hit 73 runs for the Spa men.

The Lincs ECB Premier League got underway with a new format of regionalised 40-over games played in leagues with a play off at the end of the season, writes Ann Boulton.

Two of the five games were rain affected – at Boston Jack Timby hit 73 of his side’s total of 151 for 9 with Scott Elleray taking four wickets for the home side.

Boston were then 64 for three when rain stopped play.

At Bracebridge Heath, Grantham notched up 197 for eight and Bracebridge had hit 58 for two when the weather intervened.

Elsewhere, Richard Bell made 88 in Louth’s 218 for six at home to Scunthorpe Town who were all out in their last over for 175, Andrew White taking five for 20 for Louth.

Lindum bowled Market Deeping out for 121 at Outgang Road and knocked off the required runs for the loss of three wickets.

And Bourne beat Sleaford by nine wickets after bowling them out for 107.

Results: Sleaford 107, Bourne 110-1; Market Deeping 121, Lindum 122-3; Louth 218-6 (Bell 88), Scunthorpe Town 175 (White 5-20); Woodhall Spa 151-9 (Timby 73), Boston 64-3 – rain; Grantham 197-8, Boston 58-2 – rain.