Bourne Cricket Club remain top in Lincolnshire Premier League table
New signings Ben Wright and Brandon Diplock are making their mark for Bourne after helping the club extend their unbeaten start to the Lincolnshire Premier League campaign on Saturday.
They beat Louth by 81 points to record a fifth straight league victory and retain their place at the top of the table.
And their two summer signings played a crucial role as Wright scored the best score with 75 before Diplock took five wickets as Louth was sacked for 126.
Bourne had been batted by hosts and workers Jack Berry and Jordan Temple got off to a steady start with a first wicket of 41 points.
However, they left within two races of each other, with Temple perplexed for 10 and Berry captured for 26.
It brought Sam Evison and Wright together on the crease and they added 59 points for the third wicket until Evison was played for 38.
Skipper Courtney Kruger joined Wright to keep the scoreboard running as they contested Bourne’s best 82-point stand for the fourth wicket.
Kruger fell for 28, then Wright only made it two runs later after a 75 inning that included four fours and a six.
Tom Dixon then hit a quick shot of 14 as he and last week’s game winner Pete Morgan watched Bourne surpass the 200-point mark before closing their 50 overs on 207-6.
Diplock and Colin Cheer opened the bowling alley for Bourne and they quickly began to wreak havoc on Louth’s upper order.
Diplock pitched home game opener Andrew White, then Cheer knocked out Sam Jones to leave Louth on 10-2.
Bourne’s astonishing start continued as Diplock trapped Laurence Scott’s leg previously and then Cheer caught Matthew Hamilton’s fifth ball by wicket keeper Morgan.
Henry Tye only lasted 10 deliveries before being beaten by Diplock as Louth fell to 24-5.
Sebastian Darke and Graham West set out to rebuild the innings with a valiant stand of 58 points for the sixth wicket.
But, once West was played by Berry for 21 years, the writing looked on the wall for the local side.
Diplock struck again to play Stewart West, then won Darke’s crucial wicket for 64 to end his formidable spell 10 on with 5-26.
Wright then wrapped up the win by winning the last two wickets for Louth to end his stint 4.2 with 2-20. Cheer had earlier claimed 2-22 from 10 overs and Berry took 1-23 of a similar fate.
The victory allows Bourne to stay 16 points ahead of second-placed Lindum after their nine-wicket victory over Boston, who was eliminated by just 30 points.
Lindum visits Grantham, third this weekend, while Bourne entertains Scunthorpe at Abbey Lawn.