CRICKET: Jackson and co smash Burghley towards safety; plus wins for Ufford Park and Barnack

BURGHLEY Park's David Jackson may have a few pavilion roof tiles to replace after he demolished Alconbury's bowling attack on Saturday.

Jackson smashed 110 off 88 balls with seven sixes among his sensational knock and at least one shot landed on the pavilion roof as he thumped Burghley towards a 138 run victory.

Not that he was the only batsman to bludgeon the ball to all corners. Number three Gareth Hook clobbered four sixes as he raced to 81 from 108 balls, and Stuart Biggs added an unbeaten half century in just 31 balls. For the record he hit only three sixes.

Skipper Chris Meadows said: "There was a total of 15 sixes for the team. For once, we had a good wicket to play on and could play some proper shots.

"David broke a few tiles on the roof."

Batting first after winning the toss, Burghley finished on 278-4 from 45 overs and then set about finishing the game off as quickly as possible.

Alconbury were dismissed for 140 with a little over six overs to spare with Gary Cole (51no) the only batsman to cope with the home side's attack. Michael Jones bowled well to claim 2 for 35, Matthew Simpson took 3 for 28, Adam Renton took 2 for 32 and Stuart Biggs took one for a measley 11 runs from his four overs.

Even after that performance, Meadows called for improvement, saying: "We should have had them for less."

The victory does however boost Burghley Park's fight to stay in division one of the Hunts League, and Meadows added: "Losing to Barnack last week did not do us any favours but one more win should now get us out of trouble."

ELSEWHERE in the top flight of the Hunts League, Ufford Park snuck past Godmanchester 2nd XI, winning by one wicket.

Godmanchester made just 114 as Ufford's bowlers turned the screw. Andy Larkin returned impressive figures of 7-2-9-1 but his performance was perhaps just shaded by Barry Morris five for 25 from 7.5 overs.

In reply, Ufford Park lost Tim Starmer for a duck and although the innings settled, the runs were never free flowing. Joe Corder's unbeaten 34 was their highest score as they reached 115-9 in 39 overs.

BARNACK followed up last week's triumph over Burghley Park with a comfortable win at home against Waresley 2nd, cruising to a nine wicket victory .

Waresley made 143-9 with Steve Best claiming five for 32 from 11 overs and Muhammad Sohail taking three for 46.

Barnack's reply was swift and decisive with the loss of just one wicket as they reached their target in 27.3 overs. Shabir Hussain struck 71no for the bulk of Barnack's runs.

ON Saturday, Barnack play at Alconbury, Burghley Park travel to league leaders Eaton Socon, and Ufford Park host second-placed Huntingdon.