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Bourne Cricket Club beat Burghley Park to win the Stamford Charity Cup



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Bourne completed a successful defence of their Stamford Charity Cup crown with victory in Monday night's final against Burghley Park.

They ran out seven-wickets in the clash at Castor with Rob Bentley producing a fine all-round performance for the Abbey Lawn side.

Bentley took 3-23 as Burghley were bowled out for 106 after electing to bat first before hitting an unbeaten 51 to steer Bourne to victory.

Bourne's Rob Bentley. (57444071)
Bourne's Rob Bentley. (57444071)

Opener Ryan Gilmour had top-scored for Burghley with 36 while Peter Foster made 27 with all of the Bourne attack taking wickets.

Brandon Diplock claimed 2-22, Sam Evison bowled a miserly four overs for 1-12 with Tom Dixon taking 1-20 and Jack Berry 1-23.

Burghley enjoyed some early success in the Bourne reply as they reduced them to 31-3 with Alex Ashwin taking 2-10 from his four-over stint.

However, Bentley was joined by Jordan Temple in an unbroken fourth wicket partnership of 80 which secured the win for Bourne.

Bentley blasted three fours and four sixes in his 51 while Temple hit a run-a-ball 38 as Bourne triumphed in the 18th over.

The cup success capped a terrific 48 hours for the Abbey Lawn club who had maintained their 100 per cent record in a dramatic Lincolnshire Premier League clash on Saturday.

The reigning champions triumphed just by one run in a rain-affected contest to record their ninth successive win of the season.

After a delayed start to proceedings due to the wet weather, Bourne had been put into bat and made 257-8 from 43 overs.

The prolific Evison had been the first wicket to fall after the Bourne opener had made eight which saw Ben Wright join Temple at the crease.

They put on 77 runs for the second wicket until Temple was caught by Usman Afzaal off the bowling of Bilal Hussain for 41.

Jonny Cheer was then bowled first ball by Glenton Williams to leave Bourne on 88-3 with Carl Wilson then coming out to join Wright.

They added a further 69 runs for the fourth wicket before Wright was bowled by Hussain for 82 having hit nine fours and six.

Wilson went on to make another half-century before the home wicket-keeper and Pete Morgan both departed in quick succession.

Morgan had made 40 when he bowled by Williams while Wilson fell for 53 after being caught by Aqib Afzaal off the bowling of Zain Abbas.

Bourne had reached 233-6 by this point and skipper Courtney Kruger was unbeaten on 12 at the close of their innings.

Grantham were set a revised target of 266 from 43 overs in their reply with Bourne striking early as Afzaal fell for three after being bowled by Brandon Diplock.

Usman Minhas joined skipper Joe Kendall and they enjoyed a 63-run stand for the second wicket until the former was caught by Wright off Rob Bentley for 26.

Abbas and Kendall then started to put Grantham in control of proceedings as they put on 98 runs for the second wicket.

However, Kendall was bowled by Bentley for 85 and then the same bowler had Zia-Ur- Rehman caught by Colin Cheer shortly after.

Abbas and Dhruv Shahi added a further 41 runs for the fourth wicket with Afzaal then aiding the cause as Grantham moved onto 243-6.

However, they were met with some superb Bourne fielding in their quest for runs as the game reached a thrilling climax.

Bentley claimed two run outs to go with his 3-44 while Diplock delivered 3-35 as Grantham finished on 264-9 which, although greater than Bourne's tally, wasn't enough for victory in the rain revised calculations.

With second-placed Sleaford's home match not getting underway due to the weather, Bourne now have a 22-point advantage at the top ahead of this weekend's trip to Scunthorpe.



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