BOURNE will seek swift revenge when they face last year’s Lincolnshire Premier League champions Bracebridge Heath tomorrow.
Bracebridge, who pipped Bourne to last year’s title, beat Bourne in the final of the Twenty20 Winkworth Cup at Sleaford on Monday.
The Abbey Lawn side were eight runs short of a massive total at the end of a day of thrilling cricket and Bourne batsman Conrad Louth won the Player of Match award for a blistering half century.
Louth smashed 54 off 27 balls with two sixes and four fours, after claiming the wickets of the Bracebridge openers. Both wickets were caught by Alexander Graham who took three catches during Bracebridge’s innings.
Bracebridge chose to bat first in the final and racked up 184 for seven, a total that appeared insurmountable until Louth and Bourne skipper Pete Morgan (44) took up the challenge, matching their opponents run for run.
Even once those two had returned to the pavilion, the charge continued with some big hitting from the middle order to set up an exciting finish.
Earlier in the day, Bourne had beaten Louth in the first semi-final of the competition.
Louth hit 145 for four with Jason Collinson making an unbeaten 58. With two overs to go, Bourne had the target in their sights but lost two quick wickets before finally claiming victory with just one ball to spare. Jack Berry finished on 57 not out. Bracebridge beat Sleaford in the other semi.
l TWO days earlier, Bourne had slipped up at Woodhall Spa where the hosts claimed a winning draw in the league.
Ben Stroud stuck 52 and Conrad Louth 41 for Bourne but Woodhall showed greater consistency lower down the batting order. Apart from Jack Hughes, who Xanti Xipu claimed for a duck, Woodhall’s batsmen all contributed towards a healthy 262-7. In reply Bourne mustered 213-8.
l AT outgang Road, Market Deeping beat Grimsby by two wickets in a nail-biting game.
Grimsby stumbled from 160 for six to 164 all out with Alex Wheatley claiming two wickets in his only over of the match, after Carl Taylor had hit 73 for the visitors.
Deeping found themselves in trouble with three wickets down for only nine runs but the middle and lower orders dug in and the home side claimed a slender victory to move up to fifth in the table.
l BOURNE’s Motley Crew played a special Diamond Jubilee match at Tolethorpe as part the village’s celebrations on Sunday.
The planned all-day game was cut back to a twenty20 contest because of the unrelenting rain, with the Bourne side batting first.
Thanks to knocks of 28 not out from Jamie Bones, 24 from Sean Patchett and an unbeaten 18 from Robbie Dickinson, the Motley’s posted a soggy 104.
Tolethorpe were always up with the rate despite losing two wickets to Stan Vickers, and coasted home with two overs to spare.