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Haxey overcome champions

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Haxey moved back to the top of the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League after a narrow two-wicket win over current champions Bracebridge Heath.

In a low scoring game at Cross O’Cliff Court, the home side were bowled out for 143, Paul Bell taking four wickets.

But Haxey also found the going tough, Dale Coy taking them over the line with an unbeaten 22 as Brett Houston also took four wickets for Bracebridge.

Meanwhile, down at Market Deeping where leaders Skegness were the visitors, the home side put their recent poor batting behind them to blast the day’s top score of 239 for six, Jamie Morgan hitting 93.

Tom Atallah then took five wickets to inflict the second defeat of the season on the seasiders who were bowled out for 186 and slipped down to second.

At the bottom of the table, Boston picked up their first victory of 2012 at home to Grimsby despite Harry Warwick’s 85 which took his side to 203 for eight.

Colin Cheer took five wickets for Boston and brother Jonny then hit the day’s highest individual score with an unbeaten 96 to take Boston to an eight wicket win, Cheer and Dan Hegarty (83) sharing a second wicket stand of 182.

Boston are now only 10 points behind Hartsholme who lost to Woodhall Spa, Dan Milgate putting in a man of the match performance with five wickets and 60 not out.

Adrian Bunn hit 61 as Hartsholme were all out for 173, a total the home side overtook for the loss of three wickets.
This pushed Lindum up a place despite their defeat at the hands of Louth who were all out for 173 then bowled their opponents out for 144.

And at London Road, Nick Goacher took five wickets as Bourne were all out for 100 chasing Sleaford’s total of 234 all out.