BOURNE remain hot on the heels of league leaders Peterborough Town in Sunday’s Rutland League.
Bourne saw off third-placed Oundle at the Abbey Lawn yesterday afternoon, winning by three wickets, to set up an exciting final few weeksto the season.
Tom Bentley claimed four wickets for 23 runs, including the scalp of Oundle’s dangerman Andy Reynoldson for 41 just as he was starting to ratchet up the run rate. Opener Mark Hodgson top-scored with 57 before being clean bowled by Bentley but otherwise Oundle’s batsmen struggled and Bourne reined in the visitors for just 152-7 from their 45 overs.
Charlie Hopkins (1 for 50), Xanti Xipu (1 for 36) and Robbie Gow Kleinschmidt (1 for 32) all took wickets.
Skipper Pete Morgan hit 37 for Bourne but crucial for the victory was David Christmas’s unbeaten 63, which was achieved with the aid of a runner after the veteran batsman pulled a muscle.
“That was a massive game for us,” said Morgan, who side have a game in hand of leaders Peterborough in what now is realistically a two horse race. Bourne still have to play at Nassington and Uppingham but the crunch match may be the game at Peterborough on September 9.
“It’s good that we will have to beat them,” said Morgan. “Whoever wins that game will probably win the league. Peterborough is key but the other two games are big ones too. Nassington are dangerous and beat us earlier this year.
“What we have done well this season is to win tight games. Now we need to be consistent and make sure we get the small things right, things like taking the catches when chances come.”
He added: “Dave brought us home on Sunday and half way through he pulled something and had to use a runner. And Tom was brilliant. They were 70 or 80 for one but then Tom came on and bowled very well.”
Bourne play Uppingham away on Sunday with a 1pm start.
BOURNE’S 2nd Sunday XI won a low-scoring match by six wickets at Newborough to consolidate their mid-table position in division five.
Newborough’s 2nd XI batted first but were skittled in under 36 overs for just 85 runs in the face of clinical bowling from Jonathan Stainsby in particular. Stainsby claimed four wickets for just 16 runs from his 6.5 overs.
Newborough openers Andrew Rowland (25) and Carl Kendall (15) began steadily, and Duncan Rowland added 17 but Newborough’s innings collapsed with the loss of the next three batsmen all for ducks and the hosts never recovered.
Adam Binns’ unbeaten 55 was backbone of Bourne’s reply as they also lost wickets cheaply before reaching their target in the 24th over.
M Hodgson b Bentley 57
C Wake c Hopkins b Xipu 0
A Reynoldson c T Binns b Bentley 41
P Jefta c&b Bentley 4
D Oldham c&b 0
P Foster b Hopkins 13
T Snelling b Gow Kleinschmidt 14
J Bolsover Not Out 8
N Costello Not Out 5
Total 152 for 7
Bowling: C Hopkins 12-2-50-1; X Xipu 9-0-36-1; R Gow Kleinschmidt 12-0-32-1; T Bentley 12-3-23-4.
T Binns c Hodgson b Wake 8
P Morgan c Hodgson b Reynoldson 37
C Hopkins c&b Reynoldson 15
C Wilson c Snelling b Reynoldson 1
D Christmas Not Out 63
B Stroud LBW Oldham 4
R Bentley b Neeter 7
A Stroud c Costello b Neeter 2
R Gow Kleinschmidt Not Out 13
Bowling: C Wake 6-0-22-1; D Costello 6-1-25-0; A Reynoldson 12-1-46-3; D Oldham 8-1-16-1; C Neeter 7-1-1-31; N Costello 4-0-12-0.
Newborough 2nd X1
A Rowland c J Gunthorp b A Milne 25 0 0 0
C Kendall LBW Moss 15
D Rowland c Snape b Stainsby 17
I Peacock c Unsure b Stainsby 0
A Walker b Stainsby 0
S Barlow b Snape 0
D Compton Not Out 8
L Hearn b Stainsby 4
C Fisher b Snape 0
C Hercock run out 0
Bowling: M Hammond 5-0-28-0; A Moss 7-0-18-1; J Gunthorp 7-2-8-0; A Milne 4-0-7-1; J Stainsby 6.5-2-16-4; J Snape 6-1-8-2.
Bourne 2nd XI
A Moss b A Rowland 4
J Stainsby c D Rowland b Hearn 15
B Haigh b A Rowland 3
A Binns Not Out 55
A Roffe b Barlow 3
J Gunthorp Not Out 1
Total 86 for 4
Bowling: A Rowland 8-2-17-2; D Compton 7-3-29-0; D Rowland 1-0-10-0; L Hearn 4-1-16-1; S Barlow 3.3-1-9-1.