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Rain disruption benefits Deeping

Only two games were completed in the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League after rain swept across Lincoln and the surrounding area.

Market Deeping and Sleaford benefited from the abandonments elsewhere. Deeping moved to the top of the table after beating Skegness and Sleaford overcame Lindum who were reduced to 10 men after Richard Bishop broke his finger in the warm-up.

While play was possible at St Giles Avenue, albeit with a number of interruptions, the games at Hartsholme and Bracebridge Heath were abandoned, as were those at Louth and Woodhall Spa.

Outgang Lane suffered least from the wet weather, Paul Butler hitting an unbeaten 58 as Skegness reached 176 for nine.

Chris Jones then made 67 as, despite having to leave the field in heavy rain with only four runs needed for victory, Deeping eventually claimed a five wicket win to move them three points ahead of Grimsby and Louth.

Shaun Morris took 6-46 at the Lindum as the home side were all out for 109, a total Sleaford overtook for the loss of five wickets, Tim MacIntosh hitting 51.

This moved Sleaford up to fifth, one point behind Skegness and one ahead of Bracebridge Heath where only 14 overs were bowled.

At Woodhall, half the first innings was possible, at Louth 18 overs were bowled, but at Hartsholme, just three balls were sent down before the game was called off.