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Bourne sink Scunthorpe Town in Lincolnshire Premier League clash at the Abbey Lawn

A superb six-wicket haul from Jack Berry and a five-star wicket-keeping performance from Pete Morgan helped put Bourne in a commanding position in the pursuit for Lincolnshire Premier League honours on Saturday.

Berry took 6-25 as unbeaten Bourne recorded their sixth success of the season with a 72-run triumph against Scunthorpe Town at the Abbey Lawn.

With second place Lindum being leapfrogged by Grantham after losing their match-up on Saturday, Bourne now have a 32-point advantage at the top of the table with the midway point of the campaign just two games away.

Jack Berry. (47941154)
Jack Berry. (47941154)

They had to overcome a difficult start to Saturday's match after winning the toss and electing to bat first.

The hosts slumped to 44-4 with Jordan Temple, Sam Evison, Ben Wright and skipper Courtney Kruger all back in the pavilion.

Opener Berry then fell for 25 to leave Bourne rocking on 64-5 before Morgan and Rob Dunn started the home side's fightback.

The duo put on a crucial 63 runs for the sixth wicket before Dunn departed for 23 which brought Brandon Diplock to the crease.

The Zimbabwean, along with fellow newcomer Wright, have been a major asset to the Bourne ranks this season.

And Diplock joined forces with Morgan for an unbeaten seventh wicket stand of 65 which saw Bourne bat out their overs.

Morgan made an unbeaten 67 as he continues to impress with the bat this season while Diplock took just 23 deliveries to make his 34 that included two sixes and a four.

Bourne's opening attack of Matt Kidd and Colin Cheer then put Scunthorpe on the back foot as they reduced their visitors to 7-2.

Kidd had opener Scott Nicholson caught behind by wicket-keeper Morgan for the first of what would be five catches from the star behind the stumps.

Cheer accounted for Ian Snowden fifth ball before Scunthorpe struck back through opener Karanjit Bansal and Jamie Brumby.

They put on 55 runs for the third wicket before the introduction of Berry into the Bourne attack spun the game back into the home side's favour.

Berry had Brumby caught by Morgan and then Dunn held onto Matt Carter's shot to leave Scunthorpe on 69-4.

The Scunthorpe wickets continued to fall at regular intervals with Evison collecting a catch off Berry to dismiss Aaron Keverne-Onyon while Kidd returned to claim the vital scalp of Bansal three runs short of his half-century.

The departure of the Scunthorpe skipper saw the tail fail to wag as Berry trapped Ben Powell leg before and then had Ben Conroy and Dan Cliffe caught by Morgan and Tom Dixon respectively.

Cheer then wrapped up the win, fittingly with a catch by Morgan, to finish with 2-25 as Scunthorpe were skittled out for 120 and maintain the unbeaten run for Bourne who travel to Woodhall Spa this weekend.

Sam Evison. (47941177)
Sam Evison. (47941177)

Former Nottinghamshire first-class cricketer Bilal Shafayat helped end Bourne's hopes of progressing in the National Club Championship on Sunday.

Shafayat struck an unbeaten 83 not out as Bourne were beaten by eight wickets against visiting Cavaliers and Carrington at the Abbey Lawn.

The hosts had elected to bat first against their Nottingham visitors and were bowled out for 162 inside 38 overs.

Sam Evison top-scored for Bourne before falling one run short of his half-century while skipper Courtney Kruger made 36 and Jack Berry 27.

Shafayat - who graduated through the youth ranks at the club before turning professional - then blasted 12 boundaries as Cavaliers and Carrington cruised to victory in 24 overs.

He enjoyed an unbroken 134-run stand for the third wicket with Rehan Ahmed (47no) after Colin Cheer and Matt Kidd had each claimed an early wicket which had left Cavaliers and Carrington on 33-2.

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