Saturday saw Burghley once again take on Stamford Town in the third local derby in a week.
Burghley were looking to make it three from three with the win last weekend and the under 11s picking up a win in the week and did so in style, claiming a 127 run victory in the Hunts League Division One.
With overcast conditions, eyebrows were raised when Burghley skipper Michael Jones won the toss and elected to bat. This decision soon looked a good one with an impressive Burghley batting display at Empingham Road.
Tom Banham returned to the first team to open up with Adam Renton. Banham showed signs of hitting form with only his second game of the season before being bowled well by Simon Prentice for 10.
This brought Sam Nicholls to the crease, with him and Adam Renton putting on another big partnership. Renton (55) was his patient self and once again anchored the Burghley innings, allowing others to play more freely. Nicholls (66) at the other end played shots all around the park, running the fielding team ragged at times.
Nicholls never looked troubled until he chipped a leg glance to square leg off Liam Davé, a simple catch taken by Phil Holland. Renton soon fell, caught behind off Davé again.
These two quick wickets seemed to show signs of stalling the Burghley innings and with Henry Charlton (4) being spectacularly bowled by Davé the momentum seemed lost.
This however was not the case with some clean hitting from Mike Hobbiss (65) getting Burghley to a commanding 234-8 off their allocated 45 overs.
Hobbiss taking a liking to all bowlers with some huge sixes in an innings that could not have been more than 30 balls.
Simon Prentice was the pick of the Stamford bowlers with 4-43 picking up the lower order with ease, Davé impressed with 3-55. A great run out from Alex Birch was the other source of wickets, throwing down the stumps with one to aim at dismissing Rob Emery for a duck.
After tea Burghley knew if they could get pressure on early then the total would be an even bigger ask, openers Henry Charlton and Sam Nicholls bowled exceptionally well to take regular wickets with some very testing deliveries.
The pair seemed to take wickets at will leaving Stamford in a very difficult 30-4, Nicholls taking two wickets in his first over. Charlton with his left arm seam seemed to ask all sorts of questions to the hosts’ batting, he accounted for Jonny Williams and Ben Peck both being bowled top off stump. However Nicholls stole the show making the batsman play with a testing line and length in a unanimous man of the match performance.
Resistance with the bat was found with Simon Prentice who made 56 with some powerful hitting showing good timing and Alex Birch played well for 28 occupying the crease for a good period of time, but wickets were not in Stamford’s favour.
Nick Cowley bowled well but was wicketless for the first team this season. There was a nice moment for Safdar Alam picking up a wicket on debut and it was of the danger man Prentice. Skipper Michael Jones put himself on to pick up two wickets at the end, Stamford ended up 107 all out from 34 overs in what was a near perfect performance from Burghley.
Nicholls picked up 5-21, a perfect all round performance, Charlton deserved more but still finished with an impressive 2-22.
Burghley travel to Godmanchester on Saturday currently sitting top of the table, they have played one more games than most so they know they will need to keep picking up as many points as possible to keep high in the table.