CRICKET: Freeman century forms the backbone of Grantham victory

Centurion: Dan Freeman on his way to an unbeaten 104. Photo: Toby Roberts

Centurion: Dan Freeman on his way to an unbeaten 104. Photo: Toby Roberts

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The only century of the day in the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League came at Gorse Lane with Grantham’s Dan Freeman hitting an unbeaten 104 and sharing an unbeaten stand of 96 with Dan Webb (60no) to take the home side to 251-4.

Bourne got off to a good start, reaching 90 for the loss of two wickets and, with Carl Wilson at the crease, runs flowed steadily, the wicketkeeper putting on 59 for the fifth wicket with Quewin O’Connor.

Wilson finally fell to Freeman for 72, making it 225-8, but only six more runs were added before Grantham claimed victory.

Elsewhere, Bracebridge Heath celebrated another 20 point win to go clear at the top of the league, while Market Deeping failed to move off the bottom of the table.

Results: Bracebridge Heath 318-7 (Lineker 65, M Carter 82, Stubbs 67no), Grimsby Town 64 (Willerton 7-43); Woodhall Spa 220 (Chanditha 58, Benson 5-61); Lindum 222-5 (Tomlinson 95); Grantham 251-4 (Freeman 104no, Webb 60no), Bourne 231 (Wilson 72); Alford 243 (Bovey 83), Market Deeping 203 (Bennett 6-61); Louth 212-5 (Darke 65no), Boston 214-4 (Poole 81).

In the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division, Dave Newman’s 140 and 59 from Shaun Brown helped Billingborough to the day’s highest total of 302-7 which proved too much for Grantham 2nd who were all out for 181, Martin Parmley hitting 98.

Division One leaders Long Sutton were without a game but Belton Park moved into second place with a six wicket win over Billingborough 2nd (see separate report). A first win of the season for Claypole saw the newly promoted team beat Boston 3rd by seven wickets.

In Division Two, Jared Hackney hit 57 for Grantham 4th who beat Belton Park 2nd by 16 runs, Grantham making 180-6 and Charlotte Cross taking three wickets as Belton were all out for 62.

Results: Premier Division – Billingborough 302-7 (Newman 140, Brown 59), Grantham 2nd 181 (Parmley 98); Sleaford 2nd 251-7 (Roberts 85, Klompas 5-35), Spalding 2nd 137 (Roberts 6-20); Skegness 199-9 (Brackley 83), Woodhall Spa 2nd 190-7; Bourne 235-4 (J Bentley 97, T Bentley 71), Stamford Town 239-4 (Bore 63, S Holland 52no); Freiston 236-7 (Moeed 90), Market Deeping 2nd 123. Division One – Timberland 181-7 (Behan 65, Freeman 59no, Hilless 5-29), Baston 160 (Freeman 5-29); Boston 3rd 142-7, Claypole 144-3; Billingborough 2nd 62, Belton Park 63-4; Skegness 2nd conceded to Long Sutton. Division Two – Heckington 190, Pinchbeck 62; Grantham 4th 180-6 (Hackney 57), Belton Park 2nd 164. South Lincs & Border League Cup – Moulton Harrox 229-5 (Broomfield 57, Goodley 62no), Graves Park 225 (King 65).