BOuRNe eased to a comfortable win over Uppingham Town on Sunday in Rutland League Division one.
The clash followed a week of heavy rain and even though it was a dry day, Bourne’s wicket was wet as water had gone under their covers.
Umpire Andy Maloney would not allow the game to start until 2pm and the wicket had dried a bit.
Bourne won the toss and as their captain Conrad Louth said it was a critical toss to win due to the dampness of the wicket, he put Uppingham in to bat and his prediction proved to be correct as Uppingham struggled from the very start to score.
Jamie Dumford (6) and Will Cropper (3) opened the innings and Cropper lost his wicket to the first of two silly run outs. Max Collins (10) looked in good touch until he miss hit a pull shot and was caught out by Carl Wilson.
Mark Cox (36) top scored for Uppingham before he lost his wicket to the second silly run out.
Martin Bennett (25), Colan Bartram (17) and Stu Lambie (10no) all batted well as Uppingham closed their innings at 127 for nine in a reduced overs game of 40 overs.
In reply Adam Binns (50) and Ben Stroud (24) opened the innings for Bourne, batting confidently on what seemed a different wicket after having time to dry.
Binns gave an early chance to Mark Cox but went on to score a match-winning 50 which included four fours and three sixes before losing his wicket LBW to Scott Green (2-30) with the Bourne’ score on 82 runs for the first wicket.
Conrad Louth (27) batted solidly and with Carl Wilson (6no) saw Bourne safely home to a comfortable win in the 35th over. Uppingham used six bowlers but were unable to take wickets though all bowlers bowled economically.