OLIVER Lindley showed his all round ability on Saturday scoring an unbeaten 77 and taking 5 wickets in 3.5 overs for Burghley Park in the Hunts League Division Two.
Winning the toss, Houghton and Wyton skipper Josh Meadows asked Burghley to take the field.
Returning Will Felgate shared new ball duties with Tom Dolby and soon made the breakthrough bowling Houghton opener Wales for a single. Following a lively spell, Dolby was replaced by Michael Jones who continues to show rapid progress and maturity, setting his own fields and mixing up his bowling.
Replacing Felgate at the Diane end, in-form Stuart Biggs soon accounted for seasoned player Hudson who missed a below-waist full toss and was bowled for a patient 23.
Dolby began his second spell with more control and pace, and soon bowled Moore for 7 and encouraged Houghton skipper Meadows to hook into the hands of Felgate at fine leg for a superb catch.
Eben Viljoen made a fine half century before being bowled by Felgate with a ball that jagged back off the deck.
Burghley Park skipper Meadows then introduced the slow left arm of Lindley and immediately saw results.
Having been dropped earlier on 0 by David Popple, Houghton keeper Taylor had raced to an aggressive 30 before dancing down the track to Lindley, missing the ball and being smartly stumped by Chris Meadows.
Lighting struck twice with Houghton’s next batsman, Jeffs falling for 11, stumped again by Meadows bowled Lindley.
Next to go was Waughman caught and bowled Lindley for 5; Richard Meadows caught in the deep by John Meadows off Lindley for 5 and finally Kim Garner for 4, caught by Felgate off Lindley, who finished with figures of 3.5-0-15-5 as Houghton were all out for 170 inside 45 overs, giving Burghley an extra point.
David Cannie and star bowler Lindley started the reply in an attractive and patient style, Cannie in particular appealing to the purist with a mixture of stylish stroke play and driving down the ground.
Lindley played the ball with apparent ease, hitting through the V and the pair built a century stand, both raising the bat for 50s, although Cannie perished in the covers off the bowling of Meadows soon after for 53.
Nick Sudbury strode to the crease and no sooner had he settled then he was making his way back, adjudged caught behind off the bowling of Meadows. John Meadows hammered the next ball for four to prevent the hat-trick.
Meadows then moved into all-out attack, hitting sixes with ease to all parts of the ground. Lindley joined in the fun and the pair soon added 60 runs and Lindley ended the game by hitting a straight six into the memorial garden.
Meadows finished on 32 and Lindley on 77 as Burghley extended their lead at the top of the table.
Burghley Park travel to Nassington tomorrow.