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Burghley Park Cricket Club celebrate another brace of wins

Burghley Park were toasting a double-winning weekend for the third successive Saturday in the Hunts League.

In a double-header with Upwood, the first team were 95-run winners in their Division One clash while the Seconds surged to a four-wicket victory in Division Four.

The first team racked up 267 runs from their 45 overs after winning the toss at Upwood and electing to bat first.

Skipper Michael Hobbiss hit 61 for Burghley Park. (14176852)
Skipper Michael Hobbiss hit 61 for Burghley Park. (14176852)

Openers Elliott Cooper (56) and skipper Michael Hobbiss (61) laid the foundations for the Burghley blitz with an excellent start.

Charlie Thain (34) and George Holmes (39no) then maintained the momentum despite Neil Tuffin and Tom Milner both claiming three-wicket hauls for the hosts.

Holmes was then in fine form with the ball as he swept through the Upwood top order to return 3-25 from eight overs.

Despite half-centuries from Damien Whales (56) and Adam Dean (52no) in the middle of the Upwood order, Robert Emery took 2-27 from seven overs as Upwood closed their 45 overs on 172-8.

The winning run has helped move Burghley Park into third spot, just 11 points adrift of second-placed Hampton with a game in hand.

A fine all-round display from James Biggs ensured the Seconds stayed on the winning track against their Upwood counterparts.

Biggs took 2-18 from 10 overs and then hit an unbeaten 50 not out to steer Burghley to a four-wicket win.

They had bowled out their hosts for 142 with Hayden Vokes returning 3-46 and Duncan Roberts taking 2-26 from 10-over spells.

After opener David Platt had made 31 in the Burghley reply, Biggs joined Barry Hancock to help Burghley home after a mini collapse.

Matt Page took four quick-fire wickets, but Biggs' half-century and an unbeaten 24 from Hancock eased Burghley home inside 26 overs.

Easton-on-the-Hill's Division Three clash at Kings Keys was abandoned at the halfway mark due to the wet weather after the hosts had made 218-8 from their 45 overs.

Shayne Stanton and Sam McAvoy both collected a brace of wickets apiece after Basit Ali had top-scored for Kings Keys with 67.

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