SKIPPER Pete Morgan reckons his side will be close to full strength when they take on Market Deeping in the Lincolnshire Premier League at the Abbey Lawn tomorrow.
Several first choice Deeping players are unavailable including Morgan’s brother, opening batsman Jamie, but the Bourne captain has no such worries as his side prepares to take on their local rivals.
The Bourne captain said: “It’s a shame for them but good news for us. We should be at least 90 percent full strength.”
Morgan also has a number three batsman brimming with confidence after hitting his first century for the club at Hartsholme on Saturday.
Conrad Louth drove Bourne to their first premier league victory of the year at Hartsholme with an unbeaten 120 as Bourne made 235 for 9.
Ben Stroud made 25 and skipper Morgan 36, but otherwise Bourne struggled for runs and Louth’s innings was crucial in putting Bourne into a position where they could scuttle Hartsholme’s innings with confidence.
Morgan added: “Conrad has got a lot of runs for us but that was his first century. It was well deserved. He was very patient but started to up the ante when we needed him to.
“We’ve been slow starters in recent years so it’s good to get the ball rolling.”
Hartsholme never really threatened their target and were dismissed inside 38 overs.
Darren Cousins, with four wickets, and Alexander Graham, with three for an economical 24 runs, were the pick of the Bourne attack. Robbie Gow Kleinschmidt and Ben Stroud also claimed wickets.
Despite the efforts of groundsmen, players and umpires, no play was possible at Market Deeping where the ground was still waterlogged.
But success on Saturday was offset by disappointment for Bourne in the Rutland League on Sunday, when they lost to Nassington, and elimination from the Twenty20 Jaidka Cup on Wednesday evening.
The 2011 Jaidka champions were beaten by eight wickets after making 113 all out at Peterborough Town.
Bourne’s 2nd XI found life trickier up against Woodhall Spa’s 2nd XI in division one of the South Lincs and Border League, losing by 17 runs at The Abbey Lawn.
Tom Bentley hit 77, giving Bourne hope that they could match Woodhall’s 189-3 but other than a late unbeaten 31 from Jonathan Stainsby, Bentley was given little support from the rest of Bourne’s batting line-up.
Woodhall’s innings included 98 from Ben McCarrick who was caught just short of his century by Dirk Binns off the bowling of Bentley.
Spalding remain the early leaders while last year’s champions, Billingborough were once again thwarted by the weather. Market Deeping 2nd XI lost by 97 runs away against Skegness 2nds.
In Division Two Billingborough 2nd XI scored beat Baston by seven wickets.
l THE Motley Crew cruised past the Witham Whackers at Edenham on Sunday.
Tom Patchett continued from where he left off last week carrying his bat again for a fantastic ton, making 127 not out off only 119 balls. He was ably supported by Mark Ellis with 20 and Josh Wilkins with 44 as Motleys posted 217 for 3.
The Whackers struggled in reply with Martin Thorley taking 3 for 26, Stan Vickers 2 for 11 and 13-year-old Charlie Ellis 1 for 11 as they were bowled out for 67.