Cricket: Castor Lions victorious at ‘perfect’ Burghley Park Cricket Week

Ben Slack in action for Burghley Bears against Oakham earlier in the Brughley Park Cricket Week
Ben Slack in action for Burghley Bears against Oakham earlier in the Brughley Park Cricket Week
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Organisers of this year’s Burghley Park Cricket Week have described the event as “just about perfect”.

The sun shone on the players every day and at the end of the tournament Castor Lions took the spoils, defeating host team the Burghley Bears.

David Popple, Burghley Park fixtures secretary and one of the organisers, said the week was just about perfect.

He said: “It was one of the best ever sixes week we have had.

“The weather was brilliant and the cricket throughout the week was excellent.

“We’re still working out all our costs but we think we have raised one of the biggest totals for quite some time and that money can be ploughed back into the club.

“We were disappointed not to win, but we were very pleased with the whole week.”

It was a different story to last year when rain caused havoc with the fixtures.

Daivd said: “Last year the rain hammered down and I can remember one game was due to start at 6.30pm and we were still sweeping water off the pitch at 6pm.

“This year I think we had 10 minutes of rain.”

Through the week each night of cricket attracted up 400 people and that doubled for finals night on Friday. The bar and barbecue were busy and many stayed behind for the live music afterwards.

Friday’s crowds enjoyed semi-final matches between Burghley and Nassington and Castor and Ufford Park.

Burghley beat Nassington to set up the final against Castor who were victorious against Ufford Park.

Castor won the toss and opted to bat and quickly started notching up runs.

However, just when it looked like they may hit an unmatchable tally, up stepped Burghley’s Ben Slack who took an incredible four wickets in four balls.

Castor were done at 68-4 and Burghley thought they had a chance. However it was not to be as Castor bowled as well as they batted and Burghley’s total of 55-4 was not enough.

David thanked everyone at the club for their support during the week and in particular club groundsman Adam Renton, as the pitch looked fantastic.