Skipper hopes to benefit from change in fortune

Bourne's Pete Morgan bats against Wisbech in the Jaidka Cup final
Bourne's Pete Morgan bats against Wisbech in the Jaidka Cup final

If Saturday’s victory brings a change in fortune then Bourne skipper Pete Morgan must be grateful to his opposite number at Grimsby.

Bourne ended their eight-match winless run in the Readers 
Lincolnshire Premier League with a six-wicket victory but Morgan was left perplexed by the decision of Grimsby’s skipper to bat first.

Mystified, Morgan led his team out to field and they
 restricted their hosts total of 132. The Abbey Lawn side then had little trouble knocking off the required runs for the loss of just four wickets.

“The wicket was very green and it was a big toss to win,” said Morgan. “ I lost but amazingly they chose to bat and the pitch did what I expected it to.

“The ball was doing a bit and the wickets fell steadily. They were 90 for 9 at one point.”

Darren Cousins put Bourne side in a strong position, with a five wickets for 36 from ten overs, as Bourne’s bowlers were well supported in the field.

“We played with three slips and there were at least five caught behind,” said Morgan.

“Darren was the pick of the bowlers for me. The figures don’t lie.”

Conrad Louth then struck an unbeaten 66 for Bourne, who made 135 for 4 as Grimsby paid the price for electing to bat firs.

“It was nice to get back on track,” added Morgan. “Once you get on a roll sometimes momentum keeps you going. Hopefully it will continue.

Bourne take on Spalding at home tomorrow, knowing a victory could lift them as high as mid-table where Louth sit with just 14 more points in a tightly-packed table.

Tomorrow’s opponents, held current league leaders Woodhall Spa until a last ball run out last weekend.

Winning the toss proved a big advantage in the Rutland League on Sunday when Morgan chose to put Barnack into bat first.

Barnack made 144 in 32 overs with Zeeshan Manzoor top-scoring on 48 and Xanti Xipu taking 4 for 5 in eight overs, five of which were maidens.

Bourne had little trouble reaching their target with Morgan leading from the front, hitting 85 and Archie Stroud making 40no.

Morgan added: “Before tea the wicket was soft and not easy to bat on but after that it was better for batsmen.”

Bourne do not have a match this Sunday.