Bourne Town CC advanced to their fourth Jaidka Cup Final in five years with a comfortable 29-run win over Nassington Knights at the Abbey Lawns last night (Wednesday).
The champions in 2010 and 2011 won at a canter despite a superb spell of slow left-arm bowling from 14 year-old Harrison Craig. Craig took 5-23 in four overs to help restrict Bourne to 157 all-out when a much larger score had looked likely.
Conrad Louth blasted 42 from 28 balls at the top of the Bourne order, while there were also useful contributions from Jack Berry (37) and David Greenfield (27). Jonathan Smith (3-16) also bowled well for Nassington.
Berry (3-21) also performed with the ball as Nassington never really threatened to win. An unbeaten 37 from Alex Bandaranaike helped the Knights to respectability at 128-8.
Bourne reached the semi-final on Tuesday with a comfortable 34-run win at Barnack.
Skipper Pete Morgan (62) top scored in Bourne’s 176 all-out before Rob Bentley (4-5) and Jack Berry (3-26) helped despatch the home side for 142. Saj Ali made 66 for Barnack - Bentley (30) also batted well for Bourne.
Bourne, who are known as the Royal Challengers Bourneglaore in the Jaidka, could face neighbours Market Deeping in the final at Peterborough Town’s Bretton Gate base on Wednesday, June 25. The Dragons hammered Khalsa by 10 wickets in their quarter-final tonight after dismissing the visitors to Outgang Road for just 70.
Youngsters Patrick Brown and Dan George took two wickets apiece for Dragons as did wily Meli Adatia. James Morgan (35no), whose elder brother Peter skippers Bourne, and young Alex Wheatley (30no) saw Deeping home in style.
BARNACK lost to BOURNE by 34 runs (Tuesday)
Bourne 176 (P. Morgan 62, C. Louth 30, R. Bentley 30, M. Shahid 2-16, S. Amir 2-27, M. Raheel 2-32).
Barnack 142 (S. Ali 66, R. Bentley 4-5, J. Berry 3-26)
MARKET DEEPING DRAGONS beat KHALSA by 10 wkts (Wednesday)
Khalsa 70 (M. Adatia 2-5, D. George 2-9, P. Brown 2-23).
Market Deeping 71-0 (J. Morgan 35no, A. Wheatley 30no)
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BOURNEGALORE beat NASSINGTON KNIGHTS by 29 runs (Wednesday)
Bourne 157 (C. Louth 42, J. Berry 37, D. Greenfield 27, H. Craig 5-23, J. Smith 3-16).
Nassington 128-8 (A. Bandaranaike 37no, D. Robinson 26, J. Berry 3-21).