Brilliant Bears bag a big win

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BURGHLEY Park made it two in a row after recording their first league win of the season two weeks ago.

Park secured a fine victory at home to Eaton Socon in the Hunts League Division 1 on Saturday thanks to excellent bowling.

Skipper Chris Meadows won the toss and elected to bowl first, hoping to capitalise on the bowler-friendly conditions, and Michael Jones immediately opened his account with the scalp of opener Matt Rawling for 0 with only the third ball of the game, thanks to a superb catch by Tristan Ashby in the gully.

Tom Dolby shared the new ball with Jones and removed Namal Senaviratna for 2 in his first over, leaving the visitors rocking on 2 for 2.

Tight bowling allowed the Bears to reduce Eaton Socon to 7 for 4 after the first 8 overs.

Eaton Socon batsmen William Hall (28) and Terry Day (27) put on a partnership of 55, before it was broken by Stuart Biggs and Meadows then brought on Ben Slack at the pavilion end, and he proved devastating.

Slack picked up a magnificent five wickets for just 19 runs, including two wickets from two balls as the visitors were bowled out for 82.

In reply, Burghley’s Robert Emery and Nick Sudbury were removed fairly early, leaving the score at 15 for 2 leaving the run chase looking tougher than expected.

But Bahle Mhlanga joined David Cannie and Mhlanga piled on the runs, adding 35 before he was run out. Tristan Ashby added 11no and Stuart Biggs 10, finishing the match in style, smashing a six towards the groundsman’s shed and taking Park to 88 for 4, and a fine home win.

Burghley face Ufford Park tomorrow.