BURGHELY Park outplayed leaders Cople Argus to go top of the the Hunts League’s second flight.
They didn’t just win - they routed Argus, taking the top-of-the-table clash by 149 runs in what could be a crucial mid-season result for both sides.
Burghley were still missing a couple of players and having been asked to bat first got off to a shaky start on a flat and dry wicket.
Just as openers David Cannie and Oli Lindely looked to be settled, Lindley was bowled by a good delivery for 9.
Cannie’s usual patient game saw off the opening pair of bowlers and was looking to expand but then was well caught at slip, also for 9.
Nick Sudbury came to the crease on the back of some good form and was soon into his stride, not unduly troubled by the Cople seam bowlers. He was ably supported by Mhlanga, Spurr and Dolby in the middle order, with all batsmen contributing well with Dolby going on to make a timely and memorable 57.
Meanwhile, Sudbury was accumulating runs at his own speed and made 90 before being judged LBW. This was Sudbury’s second half century in as many games and was the highlight of Burghley’s innings with an elegant mix of delicate stroke play and aggressive hitting.
Burghley finished their innings on 204 for 9 after their 45 overs.
Based on previous form, Cople Argus could have been confident of chasing down the total but with Tom Dolby and Matt Simpson sharing the new ball, Burghley were firing on all cylinders. They proved to be too much for the top, middle and lower order batsmen with chances and appeals regularly coming Burghley’s way and they seized their opportunity.
The pace of Dolby combined by the swing a variation of Simpson brought them five wickets apiece in two of the best returns so far for a Burghley Park bowler this season. Only a handful of Cople batsmen made double figures, with the team finishing up on 55 all out from just 19.3 overs.
Burghley Park are at home this coming Saturday and will look to continue their good form against Houghton and Wyton.
With the Burghley Park Cricket Week and Beer Festival just around the corner, the signs are there for a very good season indeed for Burghley Park 1st XI.