Big hitting Bourne win thrilling Winkworth Cup final
The 2015 Winkworth Cup final will go down as one of the most exciting in the history of the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League T20 competition.
With 471 runs coming off just 38.2 overs, it was also one of the highest scoring.
At the close, Bourne had claimed the trophy by 11 runs from Lindum in a match that brought a quick-fire century in each innings and a six wicket haul that turned the game.
Bourne got through to the final at the expense of Grantham after Pete Morgan and Carl Wilson had taken their side to 211 for four, Morgan hitting 111 off 54 balls and Wilson an unbeaten 69 off 50. Grantham were unable to match that run rate, finishing on 141 for nine, David Whapplington making 60.
In the other semi-final, Skegness made 137 for seven, a score Lindum matched almost ball for ball over the first 10 overs. But then Will Wright and Charlie Tomlinson set about the bowling and knocked off the remaining runs in just five overs, ending 64 and 41 not out respectively.
In the final, Bourne won the toss and elected to bat first, opening with Morgan and Conrad Louth who suffered a first ball duck in the semi-final. This time, Louth wasn’t going to make the same mistake and after five overs, Bourne were 57 for one, Morgan having gone for 33.
Louth and Jack Berry (25) added 83 over the next five overs and when Berry’s dismissal brought Carl Wilson to the crease, there was no let up in the attack.
Louth made 125 off 56 balls with seven fours and 11 sixes and Wilson had 25 when the 20 overs ended on 241 for two.
Lindum got off to a disastrous start, losing two wickets for just seven runs, leaving the large crowd of spectators believing it was all over. But Luke Robinson who, like Louth, was out for a duck in the first semi-final, had other ideas.
Once again, it was Tomlinson at the other end and these two brought Lindum’s 50 up in the fourth over, with Robinson reaching his individual 50 in the next.
After 10 overs, Lindum were 127 for two and in the 11th over Robinson celebrated his century as the onslaught continued.
Then skipper Morgan made an inspired change in Bourne’s bowling attack, bringing on Ben Stroud. This brought the dismissal of Tomlinson for 50, leaving Lindum 161 for three. Joe Peatman’s run out made it 167 for four but Robinson batted on to take the total to 213 before Stroud claimed this most valuable of scalps.
Robinson had made 143 off 50 balls with 18 fours and nine sixes and taken his side within sight of victory.
With three overs to go, Lindum needed 24 to win but Stroud put paid to their hopes, going on to take six wickets off the 20 balls he bowled, the final one falling on 230.
Robinson’s innings earned him the man of the match award that was presented by Martin Thompson of sponsors Winkworth but it is Bourne who will progress to the ECB Area Finals on August 2 for the second time in three years.
The finals are expected to be played in the Yorkshire area, probably Bradford.