BURGHLEY Park began their 2011 Hunts League campaign with a convincing win over newly promoted Houghton and Wyton.
Burghley were asked to field and soon had Houghton on the ropes, taking Mike Hudson for 8 to the pace bowling of Tom Dolby with David Cannie taking an athletic catch at gully.
Houghton captain Josh Meadows came and went for 5, caught and bowled by Mat Simpson with a slower ball, and debutant Chris Tighe claimed three wickets – Simon Wales (18), Pete Waughman (8) and Eben Viljeon (0) – with his miserly swing bowling.
Fellow debutant Stuart Biggs bowled six overs of lively seam, snaring the wicket of Jake Moore and Simpson removed Stephen Jeffs (45) but the bowling highlights belonged to Michael Jones.
Jones bowled with skill rarely seen in youths of his age with superb figures of 7-4-6-0. He was unlucky not to walk away with at least one wicket. Dolby mopped the tail up, finishing with four wickets as Houghton were bowled out for 141.
David Cannie and Oli Lindley started the reply with the latter stroking boundaries and dealing out aggressive strokes when necessary to record a splendid 62*. Cannie batted for 20 before falling LBW.
John Meadows signalled his intentions by pulling the second ball he faced for four. He swung from the hip and hit an entertaining 17 before playing one stroke too many, caught by a sensational catch in the deep by Mike Hudson.
John Shepard hit a quick 18 before Chris Armstrong did enough for the keeper to miss a delivery from Meadows that went for four byes and signalled the end of the chase for Burghley.
Burghley have their first home game against Southhill Park, tomorrow at 1pm.