IT was a bad day to lose the toss when Bourne finally got their 2012 Lincolnshire Premier League campaign under way on Saturday.
Bourne were forced to bat first on a damp wicket and never really settled at the crease as the league’s newcomers Haxey dismissed their hosts for 151 at the Abbey Lawn.
Visiting skipper Mark Atkins took five for 17 as Bourne’s batsmen came and went, and Haxey cruised past Bourne’s total for the loss of just four wickets.
Sunday was a different ball game, however, with a drier wicket and Bourne, again batting first, amassed 209-9 as they beat Peterborough Town by 23 runs in division one of the Rutland League.
Bourne skipper Pete Morgan, who scored 36 on Saturday and 61 on Sunday, said: “Saturday was disappointing but we did not deserve to win the way we played.
“We simply did not get enough runs. A few of us got 30s but no-one went on from there, and in the field we dropped four or five catches.
“The wicket improved a lot as the game wore on.
“I would definitely have bowled first if I had won the toss.
“There were encouraging signs. We bowled well and Alex Graham, who is only 17, bowled extremely well in his first game.
“Sunday was completely different. It was a lot easier to bat and to be honest I was disappointed that I did not go on. It was a perfect opportunity to get a century.
“Robin (Gow Kleinschmidt, Bourne’s South African import) has done really well.
“His bowling is good and batting-wise he will get used to our wickets which play differently to ones in South Africa.”
But while Bourne’s most recent import adjusts to the British climate, one old stalwart showed exactly how the Abbey Lawn can be mastered.
David Chrismas spanked an unbeaten 57 on Sunday with a smattering of his trademark boundaries for good measure.
Down the A15, a five-wicket haul from Aussie Tom Attalah helped Market Deeping to their first Lincolnshire Premier League win of the season, a seven-wicket win at Boston.
Atallah took five wickets as Boston were dismissed for just 103. Jamie Morgan then hit 58 off 60 balls as Deeping claimed a comfortable victory inside 31 overs.
Deeping host Sleaford tomorrow, while Bourne travel to Hartsholme.
Last year’s South Lincolnshire and Border League Champions, Billingborough finally began their defence with a four-wicket win over newly-promoted Skegness 2nd XI.
Alistair Ainsworth made 68 and Daniel Nuttall 78 for the seasiders but once Steve and Geordie Scott got to grips with the Skegness batsmen, wickets quickly tumbled and Skegness ended the afternoon on 189-8.
In reply Billingborough made 190-6 with more than two overs to spare. David Gollop top-scored with an unbeaten 69.
Elsewhere Market Deeping’s 2nd Xi were well beaten by Sleaford’s 2nd XI, losing by seven wickets, and Bourne 2nd’s match at Moulton Harrox was cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch.
Turn to page 31 for Baston’s victory against Boston 2nd XI.