Ketton victorious in high-scoring thriller

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Ketton U15 beat Stamford U15

KETTON pipped Stamford in a high-scoring thriller to maintain their strong start to the season.

It was a nail-biting finish at Pit Lane where Stamford batted first and scored quickly on a hard pitch with a fast outfield.

Chappell (32 retired) and Winspear (27) played authoritative strokes and ran well between the wickets but with a large total in their sights, the visitors were reined back in during the final overs by some tight bowling.

Townsend ran through the tail to finish with 4 for 23 but Stamford’s total of 133 for 9 still looked challenging.

Ketton’s response got off to a racing start, scoring at 10 an over through Miles, Lowe-Lauri and Mann. Breakell maintained the pace with stylish boundaries, but a mid-order collapse threatened to scupper Ketton’s chances of overcoming Stamford’s total.

With a daunting 60 runs needed from seven overs and only two wickets remaining, Mainstone (31 retired) and Hardy kept their cool, sending loose balls to the boundary and running quickly between the wickets to drag the run rate down. The final runs were hit in the penultimate over to seal a dramatic win that seemed unlikely just minutes before, with Ketton finishing on 134 for 8.

The result leaves Ketton with three wins from four, taking them to the top of the BCYCA U15 league.

Burghley Park U9

BURGHLEY Park U9s featured debuts for Henry Brewster, Sam Hughes, Zak Ellis, Edward Hall and Indiana.

BPCC batted first and with contributions from Sujay Kamath, Robbie Williams, Henry and Edward posted a score of 83.

In overcast conditions Ufford set about chasing down the Burghley total with a number of positive early shots. The more experienced Ufford team kept the scoreboard ticking over nicely despite finding it difficult against the impressive bowling of Archie Dickie Meadows and Patrick Delaney.

At the end of their 16 overs Ufford had amassed an impressive total of 190 to take the spoils on the day. But Burghley’s young team continue to improve with each game.

l BURGHLEY’S U9s played Peterborough Colts U9s at home and although they were unsuccessful at beating the visitors they showed signs of improvement from their previous matches.

Peterborough U9s won the toss, and put Burghley Park U9s into bat. Opening pair Patrick Delaney and Dan Gompertz started well, with a great 4 hit by Dan through mid-wicket.

Edward Hall and Tom O’Donovan unfortunately lost a wicket but made up the runs. Henry Brewster and Tom Nicholls added a good 7 to the total and final pair of Archie Meadows and David Turner finished up adding an additional 3 to the Burghley Par, which finished at 123 off their 16 overs.

The calling between the wickets, that had been practised at junior coaching sessions on Thursday nights, was much improved.

Peterborough batted well, hitting the bad balls when appropriate, but Burghley U9s fought back with three wickets for Dan Gompertz, Henry Brewster and a run out. This helped to keep the spirit up in the field, with the Burghley U9s encouraging their teammates throughout the game but Peterborough proved too strong with the bat, finishing up on 182 off their 16 overs.

l JUNIOR coaching continues on Thursday nights from 5pm-7pm and is open to all ages.

Bourne U10s

BOURNE U10s were crowned Border Counties Indoor League Champions after they comprehensively defeated Peterborough Town by 43 runs in their final league match.

Bourne ended with a 100 percent record following earlier victories over Market Deeping, Ufford Park, Orton Park and North Luffenham.

Bourne U13

BOURNE U13 2nd X1 handed debuts to Kyle Newland, William Giddings and Callum Stewart at Spalding hoping to get back to winning ways after losing their previous three games of the season.

Bourne won the toss and fielded first but Spalding wasted little time in making runs.

Scott took Bourne’s first wicket with the score on 19 and Newland claimed his first wicket with Spalding on 40 but the scorers were kept busy. Spalding had made 70 before Newland struck again, Haver taking the catch.

Young arrived at the crease and set about the Bourne attack with some fine stroke play and, coupled with some sub-standard fielding, moved Spalding past 100 and onto an impressive 133 for 5.

Bourne’s reply started disastrously with three wickets tumbling for just two runs before a quick 17 from Will Abbott settled things.

He fell to a fine piece of bowling from the Spalding skipper, who finished with 4 for 11 from his four overs.

Some untidy running resulted in Haver returning to the pavilion without ever facing a ball and Login offered “man of the match” Davis a simple catch.

Jordan Laud then chipped one back for a simple caught and bowled to leave Bourne rocking on 27 for the loss of seven wickets.

Captain Joe Bowers and Sam Scott brought a bit of stability, adding 27 hard fought runs, Bowers in particular playing some excellent shots.

Newland came and went fairly quickly and with the score on 55 for 9 it was left to Bowers and the injured Harry Kirk to try and put some respectability to the score. Hopes of any kind of fight back were short lived when Kirk fell, leaving the visitors well beaten on 64.

Bourne: J Bowers, T Login, J Roffe, W Abbott, B Haver, S Scott, J Laud, H Kirk, C Stewart, W Giddings, K Newland.

Bourne U11

BOURNE U11s have progressed to the semi-final of the League Cup with a win over local rivals Market Deeping and the quarter-final of the Lincolnshire County Cup following victories over Spalding and Long Sutton.

The match against Market Deeping ended in a convincing victory for Bourne by 85 runs.

Batting in pairs for four overs per pair, Bourne totalled 129 runs for the loss of only 1 wicket (nett score 124): Alex Cunnington and Jack Friend 39 runs, Joe Evison and Charlie Thain 37, Ben O’Boyle and Cian Tye 28 runs, Tom Pearsall and Ben Woodward 25 runs.

In reply, Market Deeping could only manage 64 runs for the loss of 5 wickets (nett score 39) in the face of some excellent Bourne bowling. Bourne’s wicket-takers were Woodward, Cunnington, O’Boyle and Tye.

The U11s’s first round win in the Twenty20 County Cup against Spalding was a one-sided affair.

Batting first, Bourne rattled up 168 for the loss of only two wickets from 20 overs. Joe Evison (33 retired), Tom Pearsall (31 retired), Ben Woodward (31 retired) and Charlie Thain (31 retired) were the main contributors.

In reply, Spalding could only muster 76 runs for 7 wickets from their 20 overs. Bourne’s wicket-takers were Joe Evison (2), Tommy Richardson (2), Ben O’Boyle (1), Archie Waddell (1).

In the next round of the T20 competition, Bourne were drawn away at Long Sutton where they won the toss and asked Long Sutton to bat first. Some outstanding, and at times hostile, bowling from Bourne reduced Long Sutton to 37 all out in 15 overs.

Wicket-takers for Bourne were Tommy Richardson (3), Alex Cunnington (2), Ben O’Boyle (2), Tom Pearsall (1), Ben Woodward (1) and Charlie Kidd (1).

Bourne reached their target in eight overs and now face another away trip to Woodhall Spa in the quarter-final.