BOURNE can go into tomorrow’s clash with table-topping Bracebridge Heath with renewed confidence after winning the Jaidka Twenty20 Cup midweek.
Last summer Bourne kick-started their title-winnng season against Bracebridge and Pete Morgan and his side will hope history repeats itself tomorrow at the Abbey Lawn.
Bourne sit mid-table after an inconsistent start to the Lincolnshire Premier League.
Morgan was missing from the triumphant Jaidka team due to work commitments.
Bourne won in the final over of a tight game. The Abbey Lawn side claimed Wisbech’s final wicket as their opponents crept to within one shot of levelling the scores.
It was a nail-biting finish as Bourne made 136-9 after a jittery start from their 20 over.
After losing Conrad Louth and Fahad Masood both for a duck, Bourne looked vulnerable, especially at 59-5 but Will Epsom and David Christmas had other ideas.
Epsom made 40 early on and, batting at number 8, Christmas struck 34 with a huge shot for six over cover and a one-handed sweep that made the boundary.
Together with Epsom, who played expertly through the gaps, the pair made a vital half-century partnership.
Wisbech were just as inconsistnet with the bat. Opener Gary Freear made 48 and Ben Allsop made 15 but no other batsmen made double figures as five ran themselves out, including last man Dan Martell who was run out off a wide, three balls before the end of the contest.
Bourne chairman Hedley Stroud watched the game and was delighted. He said: “I think we played really well and the fielding was the best I have seen for a couple of years.”
Bourne’s Will Epsom was named man-of-the-match and Stroud added: “He batted very well. Once he is back in form he will be back in the firsts.
“A couple of 1st XI players were not able to play and it gives a couple of others a chance to stake a claim for a place.”
The silverware will certainly put a smile on the faces of the Bourne side after another difficult weekend in the Lincolnshire Premier and South Lincolnshire and Border Leagues.
But the Bourne chairman remains confident the sides will pick up as players return to the squad during the summer.
He said: “We always knew it would be tough this season and we need to get back to a podium position but there is a lot of cricket still to play.”
And that starts at 12.30pm against the league leaders at the Abbey Lawn tomorrow.
l BOSTON’s Paul Deans who claimed an incredible nine wickets for 10 runs off under 10 overs during Bourne 2nd XI’s defeat in the South Lincolnshire and Border League.