Two centuries were scored in the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League but while Martyn Dobson’s 107 contributed to Bracebridge Heath’s win over Louth, Jack Timby’s 113 couldn’t prevent a Woodhall Spa defeat at the hands of Division South leaders Lindum.
But the tightest game of the day was at Heslam Park where Sleaford claimed victory off the final ball of the match after Scunthorpe Town had set them a target of 171.
Steady batting saw Scunthorpe reach 52 before the first wicket fell – David Brown for 25 – but Savraj Nijjar hit 42 and Jamie Brumby was 34 not out when the overs ran out with four wickets down.
Scunthorpe then suffered a blow when opening bowler Ben Brumby was injured after bowling only two balls but wickets for Josh Knapton and Garmesh Chand reduced Sleaford to 46 for two.
Jake Henderson and Andy Hibberd put on 82 before both fell to Danny Cliffe who went on to take four wickets and from 128 for two, Sleaford found themselves 161 for seven with the overs running out.
But Matthew Wing and Scott Tite pushed ever closer to the target, the winning run coming off the last ball of the match.
Boston scored their third win of the season at home to Bourne to go second in Division South, bowling their visitors out for 143, new signing Lewis Skinner taking two wickets, a catch and a run out.
Boston lost two wickets before Jonny Cheer and Mahir Yousuff got together to take them to victory with 53 and 57 respectively.
Martyn Dobson’s 107 helped Bracebridge Heath to 217 for eight at Louth but the home side fought back and despite losing two early wickets, stayed with the run rate, Laurence Scott and Seb Darke putting on 72 for the third wickets.
However when Scott was out for 71, Louth gradually fell behind and were all out for 172.
Mark Footitt took four for 15 off six overs to help restrict Market Deeping to 121 for nine, a total Division South leaders Grantham overtook for the lost of two wickets, Ben Coddington with 46 not out.
The highest scoring match was again at Lindum where the home side finished 237 for four, Will Wright hitting 90 and Aaron Onyon 78.
Woodhall Spa set off strongly, Jack Timby and Oliver Casswell putting on 80 for the first wicket but despite Timby hitting the day’s highest individual score of 113, the visitors fell short, finishing 211 for eight.
Results: Lindum 237-4 (Wright 90, Onyon 78), Woodhall Spa 211-8 (Timby 113); Bracebridge Heath 217-8 (Dobson 107), Louth 172 (Scott 71); Bourne 143, Boston 146-2 (Cheer 53no, Yousuff 57no); Market Deeping 121-9, Grantham 122-2; Scunthorpe Town 171-4, Sleaford 172-7.