VICTORY for Burghley Park tomorrow could secure the Hunts League’s Division Two title.
Burghley beat Southill Park by 173 runs last Saturday and on this sort of form look likely to pick up the 16 points needed to guarantee top spot. Burghley host Cople Argus tomorrow with a five point lead over Blunham, the only side that could pip The Bears for the crown.
There were stars with bat and ball against Southill as Burghley scored 257-6 before dismissing their hosts for a paltry 84 with Tom Dolby taking 7-37 from eight overs.
Burghley’s returning captain Chris Meadows took the bold decision to bat first on a very green and patchy wicket with overhead conditions perfect for bowling. And Burghley were soon a man down as Phil Heseltine was run out without troubling the scorers.
Oliver Lindley was therefore joined in the middle by Nick Sudbury and this pairing delivered the stand-out batting partnership of the Burghley season. Lindley looked rock solid in the face of some sharp seam bowling, proving once again his solid defensive technique and unerring ability to put away the bad ball.
At the other end, Sudbury was quickly among the runs and reached a half century in well under a half century of deliveries.
The opening bowlers were beginning to feel the strain, not least when Sudbury drove the impressive Dean Jones straight back over his head for 6.
The partnership had passed 150 when Sudbury attempted to cut the slow left arm of George Darlow but only succeeded in dragging the ball on to his own stumps to depart on 80 from 85 deliveries.
Soon afterwards, Lindley was judged to a ball that had looked plentiful in height. But the ever improving Vince Spurr quickly made 42 runs as Burghley posted a very decent target.
After tea Tom Dolby turned in Burghley’s finest individual bowling display of the season. It had been proven during the first innings that good line and length would force the batsmen to think and Dolby used this to huge effect. He bowled with pace and accuracy and with devastating results - all seven of Dolby’s victims were clean bowled.
Michael Jones, Will Felgate and Spurr all chipped in with a wicket apiece with Bahle Mhalanga producing a catch of the highest class, clinging on at full stretch off the bowling of Spurr.
A repeat performce tomorrow would be the perfect end to Burghley Park’s season.
Tomorrow’s match starts at 1pm.