BOURNE skipper Pete Morgan says he was encouraged by the way his side fought for a draw against last year’s champions Bracebridge Heath on Saturday.
The Abbey Lawn side fell short of Bracebridge’s target on Saturday but they held on to deny the perennial Lincolnshire Premier League favourites victory at Bourne.
Bourne ended 28 runs short of Bracebridge’s 238-8, leaving the visitors with a winning draw but had any of Bourne’s opening batsmen built on a series fine starts, the home side may even have claimed the victory.
Morgan said: “We let them get perhaps 20 runs too many but it was chaseable because the wicket was good. Lots of us started well with the bat but we didn’t go on to get winning scores and when the senior batsmen get in, one must go through to get a winning score.
“I had no worries about getting bowled out but in hindsight it was because one of the three or four us who got settled didn’t go on to get a great score.”
The home side had been hoping to take revenge for their defeat in the final of the Winkworth Cup just five days earlier but after losing Nick John for a single run, Bracebridge got off to a decent start.
Fellow opener Hymie Bentley hit a rapid 67 and Brett Houston smashed 47 off 53 balls. Both players hit eight fours and they established a partnership of 92 for the visitors.
Stuart Fraser-Cattanach, 32, and Jason Trembath with an unbeaten 32, pushed the score along while Ben Stroud and Robbie Gow Kleinschmidt both claimed three wickets as Bourne clawed their way back.
Opening batsman Stroud then thumped a quick 36 which included two sixes before he was bowled by Mark Fell who took three Bourne wickets during the afternoon.
Conrad Louth, who has shown cracking form this season made 33, skipper Pete Morgan 29, and Bourne legend David Christmas made 35 off 35 balls. Top scorer was Jack Berry who hit five fours and a six in an unbeaten 48 off 50 balls as he chased Bracebridge’s target late on.
Bourne will hope that the result doesn’t affect their season too much with Bracebridge picking only five more points than Bourne, who claim 10 for the draw.
“It was a disappointing result in the end but a good performance in general,” added Morgan. “Overall it was encouraging.”
At the top of the table, Woodhall Spa closed the gap on Skegness to one point with a victory over Grimsby.
Bourne, who are fifth in the table, travel to Lindum for tomorrow’s premier league match.
Bourne’s Sunday 1st team sit mid-table in the Rutland League’s top flight following last weekend’s 27 run loss at March.
The hosts batted first and made 158. Robbie Gow Kleinschmidt claimed four wickets including all three opening batsmen while William Trim took four of the middle order.
Bourne’s batting again fell shy of an achievable target despite a knock of 48 from Conrad Louth. Bourne were dismissed for 131 in 43.1 overs.
On Sunday, Bourne face Finedon Dolben at home.