Runs galore as Bourne-galore claim another Jaidka Cup success

The victorious Bourne tam that defeated March to win the Jaidka Cup 2014. Photo: David Greenfield

The victorious Bourne tam that defeated March to win the Jaidka Cup 2014. Photo: David Greenfield

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They chose a name that is too long to etch onto an 80-year-old trophy, but otherwise it was another perfect Jaidka Cup campaign for Bourne CC, or the Royal Challengers Bournegalore as they must now be known on a Wednesday night.

Bourne sealed a third final win in the last five years at Bretton Gate tonight (June 25), seeing off the challenge of surprise finallists March Town Crows - a nice, simple name, especially for headline writers - by 17 runs on a night when bat dominated ball on a good pitch, a flat outfield and some of the shortest boundaries ever seen at the headquarters of Peterborough Town.

Bourne's Conrad Louth is about be caught behind by March wicket-keeper Rob Moden off the bowling of Tyler Phillips in the Jaidka Cup Final.

Bourne's Conrad Louth is about be caught behind by March wicket-keeper Rob Moden off the bowling of Tyler Phillips in the Jaidka Cup Final.

The final scorecard showed Bourne’s 176-8 played the 159-9 of March, but the losers looked like winners for much of the second innings thanks to the class of Steve Seymour and a doughty effort from skipper Dave Hodson. They overcame the early loss of Aussie import Stephen Shaw to take March to 131-1 from 15 overs, reducing the victory target to 46 from five overs, a simple run-chase in these days of restriced field placings and average bowling.

But Seymour’s dismissal for 66 (42 balls) from the first ball bowled by man-of-the-match Rob Bentley prompted sheer panic in the March camp. Those who didn’t waft at the ball like Alsitair Cook looked as comfortable as Jimmy Anderson contemplating a bouncer. Eight wickets in total fell for 28 runs to leave March down and out, but with memories of a terrific run to the final in their first Jaidka appearance since 2002.

March beat three top sides to reach the final and might well have added another big scalp if they had controlled their pink ball better and if they’d fielded with greater athleticism. March bowled 14 wides, three of which scooted to the boundary, and conceded 37 extras in total - 22 more than Bourne which was pretty much the winning margin - while bowling two-and-a-half extra overs. It was disappointing stuff for those of us intruiged by reports that their semi-final success at Market Deeping had been achieved by a set of swing-bowling wizards using magic balls.

Bourne are experts at this form of cricket though and played with impressive urgency with the bat despite losing two star men, skipper Pete Morgan and hard-hitting Conrad Louth, in the first two overs. Carl Wilson and Tom Dixon added 70 for the fourth wicket before they both fell in the same Stuart Mills over.

Bourne were 105-5 at that point, but Bentley is in fine form with the bat and promptly crashed a 28-ball unbeaten 50 (two sixes, six fours) which steered he and his side into pole position for team and individual honours.

Both prizes were under threat when Seymour was in his pomp. He struck the ball beautifully and appeared in complete control of the situation, but Bentley found a way through before adding two more late victims to his individual record. Tom Dixon also claimed three wickets including that of Hodson for 48,

Bourne

C. Louth c Moden b Phillips 2

P. Morgan c Shaw b Seymour 1

J. Berry b Phillips 15

C. Wilson c and b Mills 29

T. Dixon b Mills 25

R. Bentley not out 50

J. Keywood b Shaw 4

D. Greenfield not out 12

A. Stroud run out 0

S. Evison not out 0

Extras 37

TOTAL (8 wkts) 176

Bowling; S. Seymour 4-0-42-1; T. Phillips 3-0-28-2; J. Fountain 2-0-19-0; S. Mills 4-0-27-2; C. Ringham 4-0-28-0; S. Shaw 3-0-21-1.

March

S. Shaw c Dixon b Berry 12

D. Hodson c Keywood b Dixon 48

S. Seymour b Bentley 66

T. Phillips lbw Dixon 1

J. Fountain c Dixon b Berry 8

R. Moden b Dixon 0

B. Pyle c Gunthorp b Berry 3

J. Betts run out 2

S. Mills c Louth b Bentley 0

T. Nulty not out 2

C. Ringham not out 2

Extras 15

TOTAL (9 wkts) 159

Bowling: J. Keywood 3-0-25-0; J. Berry 4-0-30-3; T. Dixon 4-0-28-3; S. Evison 4-0-36-0; J. Gunthorp 2-0-21-0; R. Bentley 3-0-20-2.