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Kruger cracks half-century after Dixon delivers awesome early onslaught in front of packed Park crowd

A barrage of belligerent batting blasted Bourne to Sixes success as Oundle were denied a victory treble at a packed Burghley Park on Friday night.

Courtney Kruger and Tom Dixon delivered an awesome onslaught in the final as Bourne ended Oundle's bid for a third successive Sixes victory in a thrilling climax to an action-packed week at Burghley Park.

The reigning holders had looked in a strong position to retain their crown when they posted 91 from their five overs.

Finals night action from the Burghley Park Sixes. Photo: Lee Hellwing (13457376)
Finals night action from the Burghley Park Sixes. Photo: Lee Hellwing (13457376)

They set off at a rapid rate as Martin Hodgson hit the first two balls to the boundary as Oundle made 17 off the opening over.

And that only improved in the second over as Rob Bentley conceded 32 runs with Conor Craig moving Oundle into a commanding position.

With Craig unbeaten on 35 and Pete Foster finding the boundary regularly, Oundle looked on course for a top total at 66-1 after the third over.

However, Bentley held onto a fine catch to dismiss Craig for 37 as Rob Dunn's over restricted the Oundle flow.

Jack Berry then picked up a run out on the first ball of his over as Oundle eventually finished on 91-3 with Foster 27 not out.

That was the second highest score of the week with Bourne achieving the top total after hitting 102 in their first round win over Nassington.

And they attacked the run chase with relish by blasting 22 runs off the opening over as Dixon smashed two huge sixes and a four.

He continued his onslaught in the second over to move onto 24 not out as Bourne looked in a good position at 39-0.

Finals night action from the Burghley Park Sixes. Photo: Lee Hellwing (13457364)
Finals night action from the Burghley Park Sixes. Photo: Lee Hellwing (13457364)

After a couple more lusty blows, Dixon was run out for 37 as Bourne closed the third over on 58-1, needing another 34 for victory.

And Kruger ensured the momentum wasn't lost with a fantastic fourth over of 29 runs to move onto 41 not out with Bourne left needing five runs off the final six balls for victory.

Kruger cracked the first ball of the final over for four and fittingly hammered another huge six off the next delivery to finish unbeaten on 51 and secure the victory for Bourne.

The Lincolnshire Premier League side had reached the final with a comfortable success over Stamford Town in the semi-final.

Stamford had finished on 57-3 with Tim Juggins top-scoring with 24 while Simon Prentice was unbeaten on 14 at the close.

Bourne made a steady effort of the chase before cruising home with an over to spare as Kruger was 19 not out and Dunn unbeaten on 20.

Oundle had accounted for Northants Premier League rivals Peterborough Town, who were entering the competition for the first time, in their semi-final.

They made 89-1 from their five overs with Conor Craig their star performer on 45 not out after Hodgson had made 25 before being run out.

Peterborough Town struggled to keep up with the run-rate and two wickets from Harrison Craig in the final over ensured they finished on 60-4.

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