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Burghley Park celebrated a sensational Sixes success for the first time in their history after a fantastic finals night on Friday evening.

The club had reached the final of the popular competition on previous occasions but the silverware had previously eluded them.

However, they produed an awesome all-round effort to defeat two of the area's big guns in the semi-final and final.

Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859117)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859117)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859119)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859119)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859121)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859121)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859123)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859123)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859149)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859149)

They emphatically defeated holders and Lincolnshire Premier League champions Bourne in the semi-final before beating an impressive Oundle side who ply their trade in the Northants Premier League.

It was a thoroughly deserved success for Burghley who found their top form in the Sixes with some strong batting, tidy bowling and outstanding fielding.

They had beaten Uffington and Ketton Sports en-route to the final and signalled their intentions with the first ball of the semi-final against Bourne.

Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859125)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859125)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859127)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859127)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859131)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859131)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859133)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859133)

Sam Evison had been in superb form for the reigning champions with match-winning innings' against Ufford Park and Castor.

However, he edged the first ball to wicket-keeper Orlando Thain who went on to have an impressive evening behind the stumps.

Rob Bentley then sent an effort skywards that was comfortably collected as the introduction of Sam Potter into the Burghley attack asserted their authority on proceedings.

Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859135)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859135)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859137)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859137)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859139)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859139)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859141)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859141)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859143)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859143)

Potter had been in prolific form with the bat during the day games and he finished an impressive over with a wicket as Bourne slumped to 12-3.

Pete Foster then got in on the act with another wicket to leave Bourne on 16-4 before Potter safely held onto a shot from Jordan Temple off the bowling of Alex Ashwin.

It left Jack Berry as the last man standing but he fell to the first ball of Caius Headley's over as Bourne were bowled out for 32.

Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859145)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859145)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859147)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859147)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859115)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859115)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859151)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859151)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859153)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859153)

And it was took Burghley took just 10 balls to reach their required target as Ashwin and Foster made light work of the run chase.

Oundle had racked up the runs in their victories over Oakham and Stamford and that continued in their semi-final success over Newborough.

Conor Craig, Mark Hodgson and Dan Costello were all in fine form as Oundle posted a challenging 104-4 from their five overs.

Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859155)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859155)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859157)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859157)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859159)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859159)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859161)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859161)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859163)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859163)

Dave Cooper sent out a statement of intent by smashing the first ball of the Newborough reply for six.

However, he was caught second delivery and Newborough were never really in the hunt to chase down their target.

Tom Shipman was in fine form as he struck seven successive fours to finish on 37 not out as Newborough closed on 74-2.

Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859165)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859165)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859167)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859167)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859169)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859169)

Burghley were put into bat for the final and they got off to steady start by making 16-1 after two overs.

Ashwin upped the ante before being bowled by Costello for 28 as Headley and Foster helped Burghley make 70 from their five overs.

It was a solid effort but one that Oundle would have felt confident of chasing down judging by their previous efforts.

Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859171)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859171)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859173)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859173)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859175)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859175)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859177)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859177)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859181)
Sixes action from the finals night at Burghley Park. Photo: Alan Walters (57859181)

However, Burghley's bowling and fielding was top-drawer again as Gareth Hook claimed the crucial wicket of Craig by trapping him leg before in the first over.

Potter then picked up the vital scalp of Hodgson before taking a superb catch to oust Tom Norman off the bowling of Foster who finished a fine third over to leave Oundle on 19-3.

Ashwin then bowled Costello shortly after before claiming another wicket, courtesy of a fine catch from Headley on the boundary.

It left Oundle on 23-5 going into the final over and, although they briefly rallied, another terrific catch on the boundary saw Burghley take the title in style as their opponents were bowled out for 36.

It was a fitting finale to a cracking week of action as the Burghley event came back in style after a couple of years absence due to the coronavirus pandemic.



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