CRICKET: Win keeps Bourne in tight title chase

A four wicket win at Finedon Dolben keeps Bourne neck and neck with Peterborough Town at the top of the Rutland Sunday League.

The city side beat third-placed Oundle in a low scoring game yesterday but crucially Peterborough have played a game more than Bourne, who won by four wickets yesterday.

Finedon Dolben won the toss and decided to bat first but Bourne’s attack was soon making inroads with Xanti Xipu claiming the wicket of opener Simon Brett for a duck, caught by William Edwards. Tom Brett (9) followed soon after, again caught by Edwards, this time off the bowling of Tom Dixon.

Greig Hofbauer (33) and Sean Davis (26) offered more resistance but Finedon were all out for just 164 with Dixon finishing with three wickets for 38 off eight overs, and Tom Bentley taking four for 35 off nine overs.

In reply, Ben Stroud hit an unbeaten 51 and Edwards added 42 as Bourne reached 165-6 in 45.1 overs.

Bourne’s Sunday 1st XI’s remaining games begin with a home tie against Oundle on Sunday and include Uppingham Town (Sept 2), a trip to Nassington on September 16 and a potential title decider at Peterborough on September 9.