Bourne hope to build on early success

Conrad Louth at the crease for Bourne CC
Conrad Louth at the crease for Bourne CC
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Bourne began their Lincolnshire Premier League campaign in perfect style, with a comprehensive nine-wicket victory against Sleaford.

Bourne dismissed Sleaford for 133 at the Abbey Lawn on Saturday despite an opening knock of 59 from the visitors’ Ben Raine.

Raine was dismissed by Darren Cousins who went on to take four wickets while Colin Cheer claimed three.

Conrad Louth and Peter Morgan then hit 54 and 50 respectively to take Bourne to a maximum haul of 20 points, which was matched on the opening day by Bracebridge, Skegness and Market Deeping.

Deeping showed little mercy as Spalding’s premier league debut got off to a disastrous start with Ali Sharp and Tom Andrews taking Spalding’s top five batsmen for just 16 runs.

Zimbabwean Campbell Light stopped the slide, adding 58 with Michael Kearns but when Light fell to Mehul Adatia for 52, Spalding were reduced to 84 all out. Andrews finished with five for 24 while Adatia bowled 10 overs with eight maidens and took 3 for 5.

Deeping had reached 24 when wickets began to fall and at 39 for four, a collapse could have been on the cards. But Chris Jones was still there and, first with Alex Wheatley then with Adatia, the opener saw his side to a five wicket victory with an unbeaten 34, Light taking three wickets.

Bourne’s victory follows a nine wicket win on the opening day of the Rutland League and skipper Pete Morgan hopes his side can build on their early success.

“Everyone has come out keen to play and hopefully momentum will build up,” he said. “Last year made us realise that we could lose a lot of cricket to the weather.

“Everything is firing, the only thing that is not quite there is the catching. Their guy who got 60 was dropped three times so there is definitely room for improvement.

“But the new guys are settling well and all the bowlers are getting wickets.”

Bourne take on Louth, who include England ladies international Arran Brindle in their ranks, on Saturday and Morgan expects their toughest game yet. Brindle hit 71 for her side last weekend.

“They are a good side,” said the Bourne skipper. “It will be a good challenge .”

Bourne’s 2nd XI got their South Lincs and Border League season of to a cracking start with Rob Bentley taking six for 45 as they beat Sleaford 2nd XI.

Bourne 2nd were all out for 142 with Archie Stroud making 61. In reply, Paul Roberts hit an unbeaten 74 for Sleaford 2nd but Bentley’s haul helped Bourne to a 14 run victory.

Billingborough begin their matches at home to Stamford Town Saturday, when Bourne 2nd XI Will host Lindum 2nd XI.