Bourne win county’s Twenty20 title

Bourne captain Peter Morgan receives the trophy from Martin Thompson of Winkworth
Bourne captain Peter Morgan receives the trophy from Martin Thompson of Winkworth
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Bourne have won the Winkworth Cup for the first time since the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League began in 2000, beating Bracebridge Heath in the final yesterday.

Pete Morgan’s team fought off the challenge of Skegness in the semi-final held at Sleaford CC then overcame 2012 winners Bracebridge in the final to earn a place in the ECB T20 area finals at York CC on August 11.

Stuart Airey scored half centuries in both games, partnering Carl Wilson (80) in the semi to take the score from 17 for three to 153 for four and finishing 73 not out as the score reached 191 for five. Skegness were then bowled out for 147.

Bracebridge’s Paul Cook hit the highest score of the day, a magnificent 138 against Louth in the second semi-final. The Bracebridge captain’s 100 came off just 50 balls and his side ended on 216 for seven before restricting Louth to 113 for seven.

In the final, Airey once again passed the 50 mark to help Bourne to 166 for four, an achievable target for Bracebridge despite losing their top order, including Cook, cheaply.

The former champions kept up with the run rate until Hymie Bentley was fifth man out, bowled for 31 with the score on 110 and from there Bracebridge were restricted to 143 for eight at the close.

Airey was named Man of the Match.

More to follow.