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Grimsby trumped by Timby

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On a rain affected day, Boston were the only one of the top three teams to pick up maximum points in the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League.

Leaders Bracebridge Heath picked up only eight points from a rained off game at Market Deeping and second-placed Bourne gained 17 at home to Hartsholme.

But the Mayflower team in third place took the full 20 after skipper Paul Timby took a gamble by declaring in an effort to complete the game against Grimsby.

Boston had made 226 for three in just 37 overs – and had lost almost three hours of play to the weather – when Timby called a halt to the innings, Jonny Cheer having made 101 in a first wicket stand of 162 with Matt Ward (70).

And the gamble paid off as the visitors were bowled out for 168 of which George Linde hit an unbeaten 87.

This pushed Grimsby down to fifth, below Sleaford who made 185 for eight, Prabadha Senevirathne hitting 121, before Stephen Bradford took six wickets to help bowl Nettleham out for 90.

At Bourne, Fahad Masood hit 70 runs and took five wickets that took him equal with the league record of 67 with three matches still to go. The home side made 251 for eight but were unable to finish Hartsholme off as the Lincoln side battled to 102 for eight at the close, Nick Wilkinson’s unbeaten 20 taking him past 20,000 league runs for his club.

Woodhall Spa came out best in the relegation battle with Skegness, Fawad Alam hitting 100 and Sam Evison 71 of the home side’s 287 for seven. Skegness then made 234 for seven, Wade McCall with an unbeaten 75 to leave the seasiders six behind their opponents in 11th place.

But at Louth, only six overs were possible before the game had to be abandoned for the day.