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Rain causes havoc with the fixture list yet again

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: June 19, 2012

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Only two games were completed in the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League programme as rain washed out games around the county.

Both brought movement at the top and bottom of the table – and almost brought Market Deeping an unwanted record.

Ten years ago, Deeping bowled Caistor out for a record low of 24 runs, a total that has stood ever since.

But after Haxey were all out for a meagre 114 at Outgang Road, Chinthaka Perera's devastating spell of six for 10 saw the home side skittled out for just 28.

This moved Haxey up to third in the table, one ahead of Bracebridge Heath whose game against Grimsby was called off after the Cross O'Cliff Court pitch became waterlogged.

The only other game was at the foot of the table where Boston lost out at Sleaford after making 116 for seven.

Matthew Mountain then hit 81 to help his side to an eight-wicket win, denying Boston any points.

With bad light ending Hartsholme's game at Skegness without a result, giving the Lincoln side five points, Boston slipped to last place.

At Woodhall Spa, Louth faced 14 overs before rain stopped play while Lindum and Bourne was cancelled with no play because of the wet conditions.

The league will be hoping the weather is clear this weekend with Haxey the venue for the pick of the matches.

Third plays second as the league newcomers entertain Woodhall Spa, just six points separating the two, while Woodhall are also six behind leaders Skegness.

The spotlight is likely to be on the bowlers on both sides with Perera and Paul Bell dominating for Haxey and Ben O'Brien and Dan Milgate well up the wickets table for Woodhall Spa.

And on the batting front, the home side's Graeme Attenborough and Woodhall's Ricky Lovelace have both passed the 200 mark for the season.

Skegness are home to Sleaford who face the might of skipper Saeed Bariwala, who has 215 runs and 21 wickets to his name so far this season.

Oliver Pringle is high in the wicket-taking table while Peter Houghton and Adrian Gordon have both topped 200 runs.

However, Sleaford's better run of results, after a bad start, has moved them up to eighth and Oliver Burford's team will be up for the challenge.

Fourth-placed Bracebridge Heath trail Haxey by one point, a gap they will aim to close when they take on seventh-placed Louth at London Road.

Grimsby and Lindum, in ninth and 10th place respectively, will be fighting for every point when they meet at Augusta Street.

At the foot of the table, Boston travel to Bourne and Hartsholme entertain Market Deeping who hope to have skipper David Gillett back in the side to help wipe out the memory of last weekend's dismal score.

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