Burghley Park's popular cricket week returns as the club gets ready for Sixes finals night
Burghley Park's popular cricket festival made an action-packed return this week ahead of this evening's finals night.
The club staged a Kidz Blast Festival to get proceedings underway on Sunday before their day matches and the Sixes tournament took centre stage.
Sixes holders Bourne will face the hosts Burghley in the first semi-final this evening (6.15pm) as they look to continue their successful defence of the crown.
They beat Ufford Park on Monday night in the first match of the tournament as Rob Bentley took 2-6 and Sam Evison hit an unbeaten 43 as the defending champions eased into the quarter-finals.
Evison then hit a half-century before bowling a tight final over as Bourne defeated Castor - who had knocked out Barnack in the first round - in the last eight.
Hosts Burghley had defeated Uffington in the first round before ending Ketton Sports' hopes in the quarter-finals.
The other semi-final will see Newborough play Oundle after they defeated Easton-on-the-Hill and Stamford respectively in the last eight ties.
Burghley's first opposition in the day games on Monday were Free Foresters who went down to a five-wicket loss against the home side after a high-scoring contest.
The visitors were bowled out for 263 after batting first with four Burghley bowlers taking two wickets each.
Sam Potter picked up 2-31, Jake Burton bagged 2-52, Lee Hussey claimed 2-48 while David Ford finished with 2-32.
Potter then led the Park reply as he smashed 13 fours and a six to reach 101 off just 100 balls before retiring not out.
Orlando Thain also hit a half-century for the hosts who reached their target in the 45th over with Alex Ashwin unbeaten on 23.
Burghley were then beaten by seven wickets in their next match against the Authors XI.
Matt Hamilton hit 61 and Charlie Thain made 39 with Sammy Linford adding 37 as Burghley made 211 before being bowled out.
Ford, Linford and James Hanna all picked up a wicket in the Authors' reply but victory was secured in the 35th over with Will Hetherington 42 not out.
Potter continued his prolific form in the Wednesday match against the Gentlemen of Leicestershire as he hit 126 in the one-wicket win.
Anish Patel had plundered 26 fours and a six in his 151 as the Gentlemen of Leicestershire declared on 278-3. Liam Geddis and Ben Silver were unbeaten on 44 and 32 respectively at the close.
Potter then smashed 19 boundaries in his 126 as Burghley secured the win with Charlie Thain hitting 31, Mark Fenyes making 39 and Alex Ashwin an unbeaten 31.
The match on Thursday against West Norfolk proved a landmark occasion for Stamford School pupil Ella Briault.
Ella made history as the first female player to compete during Cricket Week and she took a wicket during her nine over spell as West Norfolk ran out 32-run winners.
The visitors made 309-5 before declaring with Charlie Agnew hitting 16 boundaries in his 78 not out.
Burghley's reply was led by Orlando Thain who thumped 21 fours and five sixes in his 130 off just 84 balls.
Andy Briault - Ella's dad - blasted a quick-fire 46 from 32 balls as Burghley were bowled out for 277 in their reply.
They will face the MCC in their final day game today (Friday) which gets underway at 11am.