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Woodhall fight all the way for lead

A last ball run out at Spalding kept Woodhall Spa at the top of the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League while Matt Carter’s seven wicket haul of Lindum wickets helped Bracebridge Heath retain second place, just two points behind the leaders.

Warren Nel made 84 of Spalding’s 172 but Woodhall had to fight all the way, losing seven wickets on their way to victory.

Carter was in fine form at Cross O’Cliff Court, taking 7-33 in 12 overs as Lindum were all out for 86.  Paul Cook then hit an unbeaten 72 as his side won by 10 wickets.

Market Deeping took over in third after an eight wicket win over Hartsholme who are now in deep trouble at the bottom of the table.

Grimsby slipped to fifth, paying the price for electing to bat first on a rain-affected pitch.  Bourne bowler Darren Cousins, the former Essex, Surrey and Northamptonshire player, took five wickets and as the weather improved, Conrad Louth hit an unbeaten 66 to take the visitors to a six wicket win.

This allowed Sleaford to move into fourth, Tim McIntosh hitting 70 runs in his side’s four wicket win over Skegness.

Louth moved up to sixth with a three wicket win over Haxey but were unable to bowl their opponents out to claim maximum points and are just one point ahead of Skegness.

Haxey and Bourne still occupy 10th and 11th places but Bourne’s 20 points takes them to within five of ninth placed Spalding.

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