STAMFORD Town's young U17 side narrowly missed out on the Vogel Cup, at Bourne's Abbey Lawn on Tuesday evening, going down by seven wickets to a strong Bourne team with just five balls remaining.
Stamford almost defended their total of 109 for 6, in a good advert for local Youth cricket.
Tim Juggins top-scored for Stamford with a combative, unbeaten 35 off just 26 balls, including five fours and a superbly struck six. Henry Martin and Alex Birch scored 15 apiece while James Snape took two wickets for Bourne.
Stamford struck early with James Ferrow having Tom Patchett caught behind off the second ball of the innings but the game began slipping away from the Town juniors, mainly due to a smashing unbeaten 32 from Josh Bentley, and an equally classy 30 retired from Chris Binns, despite Ferrow (2 for 14) and Birch (1 for 8) both bowling fine, four over spells.
Bourne duly edged home in the final over for a deserved victory on their home ground.
The sides thanked to Henry Roberts for umpiring.