Bourne’s cup bonanza

Jaidka Cup semi-final cricket action from Ufford Park v Bourne'Tom Bentley (Bourne) bats
Jaidka Cup semi-final cricket action from Ufford Park v Bourne'Tom Bentley (Bourne) bats
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Twenty20 specialists Bourne qualified for their third final of the season with 52-run win against Ufford Park in the Jaidka Cup on Wednesday.

The Abbey Lawn side may be down at the wrong end of the table in the longer format of the game but they show no ill effects of their Saturday form in the cup competitions.

Bourne have already won Lincolnshire’s Winkworth Cup and have booked a place in the Stamford Charity Cup final in addition to next week’s Jaidka Cup final against Wisbech.

Pete Morgan and Jack Berry set the tone at Ufford with 41 and 40 respectively as Bourne made 188 for 8. The opening pair smashed 58 in the first five overs and Bourne’s only hiccup came when Ross Keymer took two wickets in two balls as Bourne slipped from 137 for 2 to 137 for 5.

Bourne’s bowlers then quickly dismissed Ufford’s dangerman Andy Larkin for 5 and Peter Taylor, for 11, to put Ufford under early pressure.

Keymer with 29 and top scorer Joe Harrington, with 33, offered some resistance but once they were sent packing, Bourne turned the screw.

Two days earlier, Bourne reached the final of the Stamford Charity Cup, overwhelming Castor and Ailsworth by 10 wickets in Monday’s semi-final.

Bourne dismissed Castor for just 67 in 19.2 overs at the Abbey Lawn with all seven bowlers taking wickets: Tom Bentley (1 for 9), Xanti Xipu (2 for 13), Jack Berry (2 for 7), Robert Bentley (2 for 16), Tom Dixon (1 foe 9), Jonathan Stainsby (1 for 4) and Archie Stroud (1 for 8).

Conrad Louth (30) and Berry (36) guided Bourne to victory without loss of a wicket.

Bourne will face Barnack in the final after Newborough conceded their fixture.

If Bourne could carry their T20 form into the Lincolnshire Premier League they would soon lift themselves away from their current lowly position.

Third from bottom Bourne’s hopes of a win were dashed by the rain on Saturday.

Bourne’s match against Skegness at the Abbey Lawn ended with the visitors on 192-9.

A break for rain at 29 overs interrupted Skegness at 131 for 2 and Bourne fought back after play resumed, taking seven wickets for 61 with Ben Stroud claiming 4-63 and Airey Stuart 2-24.

Pete Houghton had hit a fine 89 at a run a ball but a heavy downpour put paid to the match as the pitch became too wet to continue.