BURGHLEY Park made it a hat-trick of wins at the start of the season with a six-wicket victory at Sawtry on Saturday.
Burghley skipper Chris Meadows won the toss and had no hesitation in asking the home side to bat first on a sticky-looking wicket that looked two-paced due to overnight rain.
And the conditions soon benefitted Burghley who restricted their hosts to just 116, before rattling off the required runs in a little over 25 overs with a flurry of sixes from Nick Sudbury and Chris Meadows to secure the victory in just 25 overs.
Burghley wasted no time, quickly taking their first Sawtry wicket; Alan Hollocks bowled by young Michael Jones, who bowled another exceptional spell and showed great promise.
Fellow quick bowler Tom Dolby showed why he is feared already in the league, returning figures of 12-0-37-1 which do not show the hostility and aggression in which he bowled.
Self-styled leader of the pack, Mat Simpson again returned miserly figures of 12-4-18-1 to show why he is also gaining good grounds for another rewarding summer, however it was left to all-rounder Stuart Biggs to steal the show, returning figures of 11-5-18-5.
As well as claiming five wickets, Biggs also bowled four maidens on the bounce as well as a double wicket maiden. The bowling was on superb line and length with sensational catches being taken by Simpson both times at short midwicket, one by John Sheppard and two straight bowled, Sawtry eventually finishing on 116 for 9 off 45 overs with notable knocks from Sawtry skipper Gareth Smith (48) and young bowler Burgess (14).
Burghley openers David Cannie and Rob Chorlton then set about the task of chasing 116 with great gusto and in Chorlton’s case, sheer disrespect for the young Sawtry bowlers.
Balls were dispatched by pure power hitting, with Cannie playing his usual patient game. The downside of this approach was shown when Chorlton hammered a ball back at the bowler who managed to guide the ball on to the stumps of Cannie and running him out.
Chorlton soon fell after that, playing across the line and being bowled by newly introduced Chapman, falling for 24.
Chris Armstrong strode to the crease and joined the in form Sudbury in forming an attractive partnership. Mixing touch play and drives down the ground, the pair looked to be coasting along before Armstrong fell to Bonsell, totally missing a straight delivery.
Sheppard came and went in a pair of boundaries before skying the ball to mid-off, so it was left to skipper Meadows and Sudbury to finish the game which they duly did in seven balls. Sudbury signalled the onslaught with a towering six and Meadows followed suit, with two huge sixes, the final shot securing the win.
Burghley look to maintain their winning form when Biggleswade visit in the Hunts League Division Two tomorrow.
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