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Butler saves Skegness bacon

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The lead changed hands yet again as Skegness moved back to the top of the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League.

The seasiders completed their game against fellow title challengers Woodhall Spa while former leaders Haxey were rained off at home to Boston who appeared to be in a good position to pull off a giant killing.

Having bowled Haxey out for a meagre 129, the bottom side were within 18 runs of their target with three wickets in hand when the weather intervened.

At Richmond Drive, Skegness were rescued by an unbeaten 60 from Paul Butler which helped them to a one wicket win.

Woodhall were bowled out for 167, gifting their opponents six overs. Skegness then lost their three top order batsmen for 24 runs and a middle order collapse saw them reduced to 81 for seven.

But Butler and David Jacobs added 58 and when Jacobs was out, the tail-enders supported Butler as he took his side to the slenderest of victories in the 52nd over of the innings.

These results opened up a 15 point gap between the top two and Woodhall Spa who in turn are six ahead of fourth-placed Bracebridge Heath whose game at Market Deeping was rained off.

Bourne and Grimsby suffered the same fate at Augusta Street where the Abbey Lawn side looked set for victory, Carl Wilson and Pete Morgan batting them into a good position at 218 for seven and Xante Xipu taking four wickets to help reduce the home side to 118 for six before the match was called off.

But at London Road, Louth played to a finish, picking up 20 points with a two wicket win in a low scoring game against Sleaford to move into sixth.

And Lindum picked up a valuable 16 points after Karanjit Bansal’s five wickets helped them to victory over Hartsholme who now lie just three ahead of Boston at the bottom of the table.