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Darke runs rings round Skegness

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Jon Darke's devastating spell of 6-2...that's SIX wickets for TWO runs.....has thrown the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League table wide open once again.

The Bracebridge Heath bowler reduced the Seasiders from 74 for two to 76 for eight and finished with 6-26 as Skegness were all out for 119 chasing their opponents’ total of 198 for seven which slashed their lead to just seven points.

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Nigel West's photo of Jon Darke's devastating spell

Woodhall went down to a resurgent Lindum side who made it three wins in successive weeks. Dan Hegarty, newly transferred from Boston, hit an unbeaten 60 for Woodhall but Karanjit Bansal’s 5-46 restricted the home side to 159 for eight.

Bansal then made an unbeaten 82 and George Neal was 52 not out as Lindum claimed a nine wicket win.

Graeme Attenborough made the highest individual score of the day with an unbeaten 132 – his first century in the Lincs Premier League - to take Haxey to a seven wicket victory at home to Bourne who finished on 214 for nine, Conrad Louth making 75.

Attenborough’s total came off 140 balls with 15 fours and four sixes.

Boston made it two wins in a row to open up a gap over bottom side Hartsholme who went down to Sleaford.

Mayflower skipper Tom Baxter took 5-23 as Market Deeping were held to 157 for seven and Jonathan Cheer then made the day’s second century, his unbeaten 106 – which came off 90 balls with 16 fours and two sixes - seeing Boston to a nine wicket win.

Cheer now needs just 12 runs to reach 500 for the season.

Hartsholme, meanwhile, reached 203 for nine at home to Sleaford, of which Henry Rush hit 80 not out. But Oliver Burford then made 52 to help his team to a three wicket victory.

The closest game of the day was at Louth where Harry Warwick’s unbeaten 90 contributed to Grimsby’s score of 207 all out. Stewart West hit 62 for the home side but the final wicket fell 18 short of the target.