Burghley attack is devastating

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BURGHLEY Park’s 1st XI arrived at Nassington on Saturday afternoon after the closing night of a very successful cricket week with several players, who had over-enjoyed the festivities, relieved when Nassington put them into bat.

But they needn’t have worried. After setting a target just a shade under 200, Burghley’s seam attack put on a devastating display, dismissing Nassington for 89.

Dave Cannie and Rob Chorlton batted with unusual restraint early on but Chorlton gradually started to punish the bad ball and finally reminded spectators of his big hitting ability with a monster six over mid wicket. He also cracked a couple of nicely timed fours before being bowled for well deserved 45.

The ever patient Cannie was joined by Nick Sudbury and saw this as the opportunity to push on, stroking some lovely off drives for four, though quick wickets of Sudbury (3) and John Meadows (4) saw the in-form Will Felgate step out to the middle.

Felgate’s big hitting got him off the mark with two 4s in his first over and, not wanting to be out done, Cannie joined in with a couple of lovely shots before being bowled for a classy 62.

John Sheppard played some nicely timed shots and after Felgate (16) missed a straight delivery, Tom Dolby joined Sheppard at the crease. Biggs replaced Sheppard and together with Dolby pushed hard to try and reach maximum batting points, the latter pushing a little too hard being caught for 26. Skipper Simpson and Jones both came and went only troubling the scorer by 1 which left Biggs and Spurr who pushed the score to 198.

Burghley Park openers Mat Simpson and Tom Dolby both started in fine form with the latter picking up both openers for 13 runs between them, one cleaned bowled and the other caught behind by John Meadows. Dolby finished with three for 17 off an aggressive nine over spell of lively seam bowling.

A change of bowling brought Felgate on, which proved to be a very good decision as he bowled a superb line and length. He picked up three wickets, one bowled and two caught at short leg by Sudbury. Simpson picked up the wicket of the experienced and dangerous Bill Taylor with some clever bowling with final figures of 12-5-30-1 failing to do him justice.

With the middle order taken care of by Felgate, Michael Jones was left to torment the tail, finishing with figures of 5-3-12-3.

The result increased their lead at the top of Hunts League Division Two to 27 points ahead of Blunham Park with Sawtry due to visit tomorrow for a 1.30pm start.