A CHARLIE Hopkins hat-trick changed the game as Bourne beat Barnack in the final of the Stamford KO Shield at Burghley Park on Wednesday evening.
Bourne won by 19 runs with Hopkins claiming his triple of wickets late in the day to halt Barnack, who with six overs remaining had looked odds-on winners.
Hopkins, who played first-class cricket for Cambridge University for part of last summer, had been smashed for 32 in his first two overs by Barnack openers Asim Butt and Tanveer Afzal as Barnack made a rapid start in pursuit of Bourne’s 20-over total of 143-7.
And even when they had been dismissed by Fahad Masood and Tom Dixon, Barnack looked set for victory reaching 114-3 with six overs remaining.
And that is when Hopkins turned the tide. After dismissing Usman Sadiq, he despatched Irfan Sadiq, Waqas Javed and Barnack skipper Steve Best with successive balls and Barnack never recovered, adding just 10 for the loss of their final seven wickets as they were bowled out with two full overs to spare.
Hopkins finished with 5-53 and received excellent support from club professional Masood (4-32).
Earlier Hopkins had struck 25 during a half century opening stand with Ben Stroud (35) to make the man-of-the-match decision a pretty simple one.
Conrad Louth (38no) top scored for Bourne. Afzal (4-41) was the pick of the Barnack bowlers.
Masood, who took four on Wednesday, was equally ruthless in the Lincolnshire ECB Premier against Lindum on Saturday.
The Pakistani professional has had some off-days this summer but he found the conditions at Lincoln to his liking taking 7-31 as the home side crumbled to 114 all out.
Skipper Pete Morgan said: “He was very aggressive. He’s been tight this season but not bowling the bouncers and yorkers like he was last season. The wicket was doing a bit and it suited him.
“Xanti Xipu took two brilliant catches at short leg. Really everyone did their bit. It was a good team effort.”
And that included the skipper himself. Morgan bagged his second century in consecutive Premier League games with 100 against Lindum on the back last week’s 105 against Woodhall Spa.
On top of that Morgan cracked 129 against rivals Market Deeping in Sunday’s Rutland League match but he still wants more.
“I was disappointed yesterday,” he said on Monday, referring to his innings against Deeping. “I still had 15 overs left to bat.”
“I’m not doing anything. I’m too old to change the way I bat,” said the 24-year-old. “It’s just clicked. I know what droughts are like so when you find form and the time comes you have to make the most of it.”
Bourne made 236-8 to win by 122 runs at Lincoln and are quietly picking up momentum in the league.
While catching runaway leaders Bracebridge Heath may be a tall order, second-placed Deeping are well within reach of six-placed Bourne.
Morgan claimed his second century in the space of 24 hours with a powerful 129 as Bourne hammered Market Deeping by a mammoth 232 runs.
Morgan and Craig Williams – who finished unbeaten on 88 – put on 199 for the opening wicket at Outgang Road where Bourne posted an imposing 289-4 before their bowlers blitzed the Deeping batsmen.
Xanti Xipu led the way with 6-20 as Deeping crumbled for just 57 with only Tom Andrews (31) offering any sort of resistance.
Stamford KO Shield Final scorecard
B. Stroud c Mohammed b Afzal 35
C. Hopkins c Asghar b Sadiq 25
C. Louth not out 38
W. Epsom lbw Mohammed 1
F. Masood b Sadiq 16
T. Bentley c Asghar b Afzal 2
R. Bentley b Afzal 0
R. Dunn b Afzal 2
T. Dixon not out 4
TOTAL (7 wkts) 143
Bowling: T. Afzal 6-0-41-4; I. Sadiq 4-0-21-0; U. Sadiq 4-0-32-0; S. Mohammed 6-0-43-2.
A. Butt b Masood 30
T. Afzalk c Stroud b Dixon 32
U. Sadiq c Epsom b Hopkins 26
M. Holmes b Hopkins 15
I. Sadiq c Masood b Hopkins 1
W. Javed b Hopkins 0
S. Best b Hopkins 0
M. Yaseen b Masood 0
S. Mohammed b Masood 0
P. Best c Epsom b Masood 0
A. Akhtar not out 3
Bowling: F. Masood 7-0-32-4; C. Hopkins 6-0-53-5; T. Dixon 5-0-30-1.