Bourne enjoy a great opening day victory

Bourne Cricket Club v Oundle. Bourne bowler Xanti Xipu appealing to the umpire.'Photo: MSMP140413-014ow
Bourne Cricket Club v Oundle. Bourne bowler Xanti Xipu appealing to the umpire.'Photo: MSMP140413-014ow
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Bourne made the ideal start to their season, brushing aside Oundle with a nine wicket victory at the Abbey Lawn on Sunday.

The bowlers made early inroads into the Oundle innings with Alex Graham and Xanti Xipu claiming the opening batsmen for single figures as Bourne limited Oundle - usually among the favourites in the Rutland League to 151 from 42.4 overs.

Bourne quickly rattled off the runs with Ben Stroud the only casualty, caught on 19.

Skipper and opening batsman Peter Morgan hit a dozen fours in a unbeaten 69, and Conrad Louth added 56 with a trio of sixes for good measure.

“We bowled well and knocked the runs off quite easily,” admitted Morgan, who had expected a trickier opening fixture to the Sunday league. They had a decent side but it’s a good result for our first competitive game.”

Jack Robinson (39) offered some resistance to Bourne’s attack but a change of bowlers ended his innings.

Morgan said: “It was a good group effort. Carl Wilson came on when we needed wickets.

“It was important that we added some quick runs. In the Rutland League you need to score at a certain rate to pick up batting points.”

l This Sunday Bourne are due to host Stamford in the Rutland League, but before that they host Sleaford for the start of the Lincolnshire Premier League tomorrow afternoon.

Sleaford boast the services of New Zealand batsman Tim McIntosh who has a Test century against West Indies to his name, and tomorrow’s visitors are not the only team to draft in foreign talent - a practice Bourne have ended this year.

Woodhall Spa appear to have clinched the deal of the year with the signing of Sri Lankan wicketkeeper/batsman Prasanna Jayawardene.

Woodhall say Jayawardene, scorer of almost 2,000 runs and four centuries in 52 tests for his country, will play as a batsman as the club keeps faith with last year’s award-winning young wicketkeeper Jack Hughes.

Market Deeping have signed 18-year-old Ben Willemsen from Otago in New Zealand, and travel to league newcomers Spalding tomorrow while league champions Haxey begin their season at home to Hartsholme.

Tomorrow’s fixture at the Abbey Lawn begins at midday. Market Deeping travel to play Spalding.

l A full complement of 36 teams will contest the three divisions on the South Lincolnshire & Border League with Stamford among the favourites for the top flight.

One of last year’s title contenders, Town start their 2013 challenge with a home game against Moulton Harrox.

In division one, Market Deeping, demoted at the end of 2012, face a tough game against last year’s second place teams, Stamford Town 2nd.