Win safeguards top spot for Burghley

Burghley Park CC
Burghley Park CC

BURGHLEY Park beat Southill Park to remain early leaders of division two of the Hunts League.

Burghley lost the toss on Saturday and were put into bat on a lively wicket courtesy of the rain that had fallen earlier in the morning.

Openers David Cannie and Rob Chorlton got off to a good start, until Cannie played his shot too early, chipping the ball back to the bowler, Woodbridge who took 2 for 30 off 12 overs.

Chorlton carried on with his brutal style of batting until he was trapped LBW by Janaway for 38.

Some more solid batting followed from Nick Sudbury (45) and John Meadows (50), both punishing bad balls effectively.

Southill Park fought back taking the wickets of Sudbury and Meadows, which were then followed swiftly with the wickets of Jake Ledbrook and Stuart Biggs. But an impressive cameo from Michael Jones (20*) added some vital runs at the end of the innings and Burghley Park finished up on 228-9.

After a good tea, which was set at a high standard the previous day when Jamie Oliver came along to cook the teas, Southill started strongly until Mat Simpson found the edge of Chamberlain (11) and keeper Chris Meadows took the catch.

Solid bowling again from Michael Jones claimed the wicket of Southill Park’s captain Humphreys for 63.

Good bowling from Chris Tighe, Auz Schwarz and Stuart Biggs all also picking up wickets, prevented Southill Park from finding any rhythm to score the runs required. Burghley didn’t manage to bowl them out but kept them to 190-8 off their 45 overs, for another win and 19 points to safeguards their place at the top of the league.

Burghley Park play at Sawtry tomorrow.