Bourne look to continue Jaidka Cup dominance in tonight’s final

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Local cricket heavyweights Bourne are looking to go one better than last year when they face in-form March Town in the Jaidka Cup final tonight (Wednesday) at Peterborough Town’s Bretton Gate base (6pm start).

Bourne, who play under the Royal Challengers Bourneglaore name in the Jaidka, are the area’s most successful Jaidka Cup outfit of the last five years.

Tonight is their fourth final appearance in that time and they’ve won two of the previous three, coming unstuck last season at the hands of Wisbech.

Despite being surprisingly beaten in the Rutland League Twenty/20 Cup semi-final on Sunday, Bourne are in good form, leading the Lincolnshire Premier Division in the long version of the game.

With the likes of skipper Pete Morgan and Conrad Louth, Bourne possess enough batting firepower to make any bowler tremble at the knees.

Bourne are no slouches in the bowling department either with leading wicket takers James Gunthorp and Tom Dixon in the attack.

If pace and swing doesn’t work for Bourne they always have the spin of young Lincolnshire under-17s player Sam Evison to turn to.

However Bourne will have their work cut out for them when they face their opponents, March Town.

Tonight March will attempt to complete one of the most impressive Jaidka Cup runs in recent times.

The Crows, who hadn’t even entered local cricket’s most prestigious Twenty/20 Cup for the previous decade, have so far seen off tournament favourites Peterborough Town Newflames, holders Wisbech Wildcats and a strong Market Deeping Dragons side.

Like Bourne they have plenty of match-winners in the side, most notably Australian pair Steve Seymour, who took a hat-trick during a devastating spell of swing bowling in the semi-final last weekend and scored 81 against Peterborough Town in the opening round, and Stephen Shaw, who cracked 74 at Deeping.

The March bowlers achieved generous movement through the air in their semi-final at Deeping (which was the result of a sub-standard pink ball according to their victims) so Bourne look sure to be tested in what should be a fascinating final.

The chosen charity of the Jaidka Cup committee this year is the Alzheimer’s Society. Representatives of the charity will present the trophy.

Routes to the final

First round

March Crows 134-3 (S. Seymour 81no) beat Peterborough Town Newflames 132-6 by 7 wickets

Royal Challengers Bournegalore 215-7 (R. Bentley 64, C. Louth 48, T. Dixon 28) beat Ketton Lions 138 by 77 runs

Quarter-finals

March Crows 112-2 (D. Hodson 39, S. Shaw 29, S. Seymour 25no) beat Wisbech Wildcats 111 by 8 wkts

Royal Challengers Bournegalore 176 (P. Morgan 62, C. Louth 30, R. Bentley 30) beat Barnack 142 (R. Bentley 4-5, J. Berry 3-21) by 34 runs.

Semi-finals

March Crows 151-5 (S. Shaw 74) beat Market Deeping Dragons 121 (S. Seymour 4-13) by 30 runs

Royal Challengers Bournegalore 157 (C. Louth 42, J. Berry 37, D. Greenfield 27) beat Nassington Knights 128-8 (J. Berry 3-21) by 29 runs