Skegness top again after Haxey lose
Hartsholme once again moved into giant killing mode when they inflicted a five wicket defeat on Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League leaders Haxey, a result that brought changes at both ends of the table.
Haxey once again relinquished top place to Skegness – for whom skipper Saeed Bariwala claimed a hat trick spread over two weeks - while Hartsholme moved out the relegation zone.
Four wickets each for Jason Hayward and Henry Rush contributed to Haxey’s downfall as they were bowled out for 90, only two players reaching double figures.
In reply, Chinthaka Perera also claimed four victims but from 49 for five, Rush and Tom Brooks saw their side to a welcome victory.
At Skegness, Oliver Pringle took 5-26 to help bowl bottom side Boston out for 68, a total the seasiders overtook for the loss of two wickets, Bariwala hitting an unbeaten 48.
The Skegness captain also took four wickets, including two with his first two deliveries. Having taken two with his last two balls in his side’s previous game, he was able to claim an unusual hat trick.
The changeable weather generally brought low scores, the exception being at Sleaford where Lindum notched up 269 for seven, Luke Robinson with 117.
The 18 year old shared a second wicket stand of 104 with Will Wright (37) and Geoff Middleton hit 40 while for Sleaford, Alex Sears took four wickets.
The home side then came within five runs of their opponents’ total, Garry Park making 93 and Ben Burrows an unbeaten 48 as Sleaford finished on 264 for nine, Robinson completing a good day with four wickets.
Of the remaining three games, two got under way before the weather intervened but Market Deeping suffered their eighth abandonment of the season at home to Louth and slipped into 11th place behind Hartsholme.
Darren Cousins took six wickets for Bourne as Bracebridge Heath were all out for 155 and the visitors reached 44 for three before the game was called off.
And at Woodhall Spa, Jack Hughes made five dismissals behind the stumps as Grimsby were all out for 162. The home side were going well on 66 for one when the game had to be abandoned.