Bourne Cricket Club playing for title and pride

Bourne's Conrad Louth scored 95 for the club against Grimsby
Bourne's Conrad Louth scored 95 for the club against Grimsby
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Bourne are going into this weekend’s fixtures playing for a possible title and for pride.

The club’s Lincs ECB team are floating around the lower half of the division but a win in the final game of the season against Spalding could move them up a couple of places.

It would also get them into winning habits as the club’s Rutland League Division One side could pick up the title on Sunday against March if they can secure 20 points.

Bourne also don’t want to leave their title chances until the final game of the season against Peterborough Town. They thrashed them on Sunday, but their opponents had a few players missing and Peterborough have the capability to field a strong side and to beat anyone.

Regarding the Lincs ECB fixture, Bourne captain Peter Morgan said: “It’s about pride and we want to finish as high up as possible.

“If we get 20 points we can go from eighth to fifth or sixth and I think you need to go in with the right attitude and you have to keep going, especially as we can win Rutland Division One on Sunday.

“We don’t want to get into a losing habit before then and we want to finish on a positive.”

Bourne tied their Lincs ECM Premier game against Grimsby on Saturday at the Abbey Lawn.

Grimsby batted first and reached a respectable 
263-7. James Keywood took four wickets for 91 and Darren Cousins and Chris Binns took one each.

Bourne were confident they could beat that total and were well on their way thanks to Conrad Louth’s 95.

However they suffered a collapse and were only given a shot at redemption thanks to Jonny Murdoch who hit 18 off 14 balls.

On the last ball they needed two to win.

Alexander Graham chipped a shot into the air for what Morgan described as the easiest catch of the season, only for the fielder to drop it.

Graham and Chris Binns then raced and got a single but Binns was adjudged to have been stumped out as they chased the winning run.

Morgan said: “It was a good game overall, it ebbed and flowed, it looked like we were going to win it, then it was going to be a draw and it was probably the right result, no-one deserved to lose.”

Bourne dismissed Peterborough Town for just 45 on Sunday to take a giant step towards their first Rutland Division One title.

It was a ruthless display by Bourne.

Colin Cheer was the main man for Bourne taking 7-14 from just eight overs and four balls. Xanti Xipu claimed the other three wickets as only Alex Mitchell reached double figures for Town.

Carl Wilson had earlier cracked a superb 106 as Bourne amassed 267-5 in their 45 overs at the Abbey Lawns. Bourne are now 10 points clear.

Bourne play Spalding away on Saturday and March on Sunday, also away, in Rutland League Division One.