Just nine points separate the top four teams in the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League, with Bracebridge Heath heading the list, six ahead of Sleaford for whom Obus Pienaar topped 1000 runs for the season.


But it was Tom Shorthouse who starred for Sleaford after the South African was dismissed for 31.

Shorthouse hit 162 of Sleaford’s 308 for eight but Jonny Cheer’s unbeaten 65 enabled Boston to hang on for a draw, finishing on 200 for eight.

Lindum stayed in touch with the top four as Luke Robinson also made a century, hitting 116 at Louth.

From 45 for two, Robinson and Will Wright (52) put on 61 then Robinson partnered Will Taylor (73) in a stand of 156.

Lindum’s innings ended on 294 for six but Louth’s batsmen were unable to match their opponents and were all out for 86, Jonny Miller taking four for eight and Richard Bishop claiming five wicketkeeping dismissals.

The third ton of the day came at Nettleham where Prasanna Jayawardene completed his century with one run needed for victory.

Nettleham made a steady start to their innings, Phil Brown hitting 52 and at the close had set Woodhall Spa a total of 194 for seven, Ross Dixon bowling an economical 17 overs to take three for 44.

Jayawardene came to the crease with the score on 16 for one to share a partnership of 107 with 15 year old Henry Wilson who made a patient 40. The Sri Lankan then lost three more partners but reached his 100 off 97 balls to take Woodhall to a five wicket victory.

Saeed Bariwala returned to Skegness to take seven wickets at Market Deeping after Pradeep Chanditha and Dylan Labuschagne had hit 65 and 57 respectively in the seasiders’ total of 198.

Market Deeping were then bowled out for 169.

Carl Wilson and Jack Berry both hit half centuries for Bourne but Matt Carter took five wickets for Bracebridge Heath and the final wicket fell on 211.

Nick John then hit 70 as Bracebridge claimed a four wicket win.

Grantham added to Grimsby’s woes as Joe Peck’s five wickets helped bowl their visitors out for 105, Steve Crossley hitting 42 before Ross Carnelly and James Dobson (61) saw Grantham to a 10 wicket win.

Results: Nettleham 194-7 (Brown 52), Woodhall Spa 195-5 (Jayawardene 100no); Skegness 198 (Chanditha 65, Labuschagne 57), Market Deeping 169 (Bariwala 7-60); Bourne 211 (Wilson 62, Berry 52, M Carter 5-62), Bracebridge Heath 215-6 (John 70); Grimsby 105 (Peck 5-20), Grantham 108-0 (Dobson 61no); Lindum 294-6 (Robinson 116, Wright 52, Taylor 73), Louth 86; Sleaford 308-8 (Shorthouse 162), Boston 200-8 (Cheer 65no).