Burghley Park made it two wins from two in the Hunts League Division One on Saturday with a six wicket defeat of Ickwell.
The victory game largely thanks to another 5-fer performance from spin bowler Rob Emery.
Winning the toss on Burghley’s first game on their new deck, the hosts asked Ickwell to bat.
The familiar opening pair of Michael Jones and Ben Slack reunited for the first team this season and were looking to remove two difficult opening batsmen in Harry Young and Ben Welch, the former scoring a magnificent ton last season against The Bears.
Wickets were hard to come by in the early stages despite some good bowling. The skipper then turned to the ever reliable Nick Cowley to bring new faces to the crease and he did so in his first over, having the dangerous Welch stumped for 22. Ollie Lane then chipped in removing the Ickwell skipper for 0.
Burghley then really tightened the screw putting on man of the match for last week Emery, once he found his rhythm all sorts of questions were posed by the leg spinner.
Emery and Cowley bowled in tandem, giving the batsmen no easy runs. The pair continued to take wickets at regular intervals including a terrific hat-trick for Emery, this had Ickwell well and truly on the ropes and all out for 112. Cowley finished with 11-2-24-4 and Emery returned with 9-1-28-5, consecutive 5-fers for him.
After tea The Bears sent out Tom Banham and Adam Renton to start the run chase, with the former disappointed to hit the first ball for four and then to be caught lbw next ball. This gave the visitors a sniff and this was helped further with bowling star Rob Emery being run out for two after a fantastic pick up and throw.
This brought Ian Kenyon to the crease alongside Renton, with both showing tremendous grit and determination in a difficult spell of play. Both were watchful, although not attractive to watch it was what the game needed at the time to edge Burghley closer to the small total.
Kenyon eventually fell for a hard fought 22, allowing Jack Fischer to come to the crease. Fischer played positively and eventually took the game away from Ickwell with a run a ball 32, he fell, caught trying one shot too many with the total very close. Barry Hancock came in unbeaten for 11 and Adam Renton was still there at the end with a 25 that was earned from over two hours of play.
On Saturday Burghley travel to the other side of town to play local rivals Stamford Town in the first derby of the year which is sure to be a highly competitive tie.