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Harthsolme need win to be sure of league status

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: September 07, 2012

Good work: Lindum's wicketkeeper Richard Bishop is chasing Jim Morgan in the number of dismissals this season

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The bottom of the table provides the game of the day in the penultimate weekend of the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League season.

Hartsholme journey to Market Deeping for the match that could decide which of the teams finishes in the relegation zone.

The visitors are 19 points ahead of their hosts following two excellent wins against top of the table sides but need a victory at Outgang Road to be sure of retaining their place in the league.

Deeping are 18 up on bottom side Boston who travel to Bourne looking for a win that could give them hope of survival.

Bourne look fairly safe in eighth place but will be aiming for a top six finish.

League leaders Haxey have a tough game at Jubilee Park where Woodhall Spa are only two adrift of fourth place which is occupied by Sleaford. And with London Road hosting second-placed Skegness – who will be desperate to regain the top spot – it could again be all change.

Bracebridge Heath continue to be the dark horses of the competition and should they win their home game against Louth and either of the top two slip up, the 2011 champions could still be in with a chance of honours.

Lindum and Grimsby continue to fight it out for sixth place, the Lincoln side having an eight-point advantage over Jim Morgan's team, who are their guests at St Giles Avenue.

Morgan is currently the league's top wicketkeeper, two dismissals ahead of Lindum's Richard Bishop, while Harry Warwick of Grimsby has now topped 500 runs for the season and Carl Taylor needs one more victim to reach 30 wickets.

But all eyes will be on Hartsholme this weekend after they toppled their second giant in successive Saturdays as top position changed hands yet again.

Skegness suffered the same fate as Haxey when they went down to the rejuvenated Ashby Avenue side by six wickets and slipped back to second.

Henry Rush took five wickets as the seasiders were bowled out for 143 before Tim Shooter's unbeaten 44 took Hartsholme further above the relegation zone.

Haxey regained the lead after beating 11th placed Market Deeping, Graeme Attenborough hitting 90 runs and taking five wickets. But Deeping picked up five points to stay in touch with the teams above them.

Bracebridge Heath shared the points at Grimsby but a top two place is still within reach, with Paul Cook's team only eight behind Skegness. Three players hit half centuries for Bracebridge at Augusta Street but Dan Wood with an unbeaten 52 earned Grimsby a draw.

Grimsby stay seventh after sixth placed Lindum won a low scoring game at Bourne who could muster only 79 runs in pursuit of their opponents' meagre 137.

Fourth placed Sleaford were held to a draw at bottom side Boston who finished just 16 short of their target to take 12 points to Sleaford's 14.

Woodhall Spa got back to winning ways with the highest total of the day, making 288 for eight, of which Ricky Lovelace hit 90. Andy Carrington took a hat-trick in his five wickets for Louth but could not prevent his side going down to a heavy defeat. Louth are now only one point ahead of Hartsholme.

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