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Rush attacks Bracebridge with 8-47

As the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League season reached the halfway stage, Hartsholme caused the upset of the weekend with a 49 run win over Bracebridge Heath pushing the former champions to third place in the table.

Playing at Ashby Avenue, skipper Henry Rush led from the front after Matthew Wooldridge’s 58 had taken his side to 185 for seven, normally an achievable total for the visitors.

But Rush got among the wickets, claiming the first eight wicket haul this season to finish with 8-47 as Bracebridge were all out for 136.

However, this still leaves Hartsholme 34 points behind 11th place Haxey whose victory over Lindum in the closest match of the day keeps them within 14 points of their opponents.

Haxey managed 163 for eight at St Giles Avenue, Graeme Attenborough making 54 while Luke Robinson took six wickets for the home side.

Lindum looked well on the way to a win after Will Wright made 66 and took the total to 104 for three.

But the combined attack of Attenborough and Josh Savage then reduced Lindum to 140 for nine and despite the efforts of Oliver Guilliatt and Stuart Turner, the home side fell seven runs short of their target.

Bracebridge’s defeat enabled Woodhall Spa to open up a 15 point lead at the top of the table after Jonny Cheer hit one of the day’s two centuries. Cheer made 107 and with Sam Evison (71), helped put Woodhall in a commanding position.

The overs ran out with the home side on 269 for three, a total that proved too much for Market Deeping who were all out for 148, David Gillett hitting 62.

Sleaford moved into second with a nine wicket win over Grimsby who were bowled out for 184, Steve Crossley hitting 64 of the runs and Shaun Morris taking six wickets. Tim McIntosh then made an unbeaten 80 and Tom Shorthouse hit 83 for the home side.

Peter Morgan hit the highest individual total in the highest scoring match of the day. Morgan made 130 off 134 balls with seven fours and five sixes and, with Robert Bentley, put on 141 for the first wicket.

When Bentley went for 43, caught and bowled by new Spalding signing Nabeel Bhayla, Conrad Louth continued the onslaught, making 87 from 61 balls with 12 fours and a six.

The innings ended on 298 for six, three of the wickets falling to Warren Nel and it was Nel who came to the crease with the Spalding score on 39 for two.

With the help of Josh Newton and Tim Norris, Nel saw the total to 134 for three but when Norris was out for 37, the number three could only watch as the wickets began to tumble at the other end.

When Nel was out for 65, Spalding were 158 for seven but Ansar Hussain and Jack Barratt answered the call, adding 65 for the eighth wicket.

Hussain was out for 36 but Barratt ended unbeaten 25 as the visitors reached 225 for eight to claim maximum batting points and an extra three points for the draw.

This leave Bourne and Spalding locked together in eighth place on 110 points, just four behind Louth who lost out to Skegness thanks to a man of the match performance from Saeed Bariwala.

Batting first at London Road, Louth set off at high speed, Stewart West making a quick 64 but Bariwala’s seven for 36 restricted the home side to 176 all out.

The Skegness bowler then turned batsman to hit 90 runs and take his side to a five wicket win.

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