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Back-to-back wins as Burghley Park toast weekend double

Gary Scotcher had got Barnack off to a solid start in their away loss at Alconbury. (2238591)
Gary Scotcher had got Barnack off to a solid start in their away loss at Alconbury. (2238591)

Burghley Park have surged up to third place in Division One of the Hunts League after recording back-to-back victories.

They defeated AK XI on Saturday by one wicket in a cracking contest that went right to the wire.

Chris White had taken five wickets as Burghley restricted their Peterborough hosts to 207-8 from 45 overs.

Zaheer Abass had top scored with 77 for AK XI after the hosts had threatened to pile up an imposing target when they raced to 148-3.

However, White's 5-37 from eight overs helped stemmed the flow as AK XI were restricted to less than 60 runs from their last five wickets.

Burghley lost Oliver Lane early in their reply, but Michael Hobbiss (78) and Chris Armstrong (23) steadied the ship.

George Holmes then hit 63 to edge Burghley closer to victory, but the return of Sudheer Jafeer to the AK attack swung the match back in the home side's favour.

Jafeer took 4-38 including three quick wickets which left the last pairing of Stuart Biggs and Dinesh Swaminathan to see Burghley home.

Biggs managed to hit the four runs required to ensure Burghley followed up last week's win with another victory.

Barnack went down to a six-wicket away defeat at Alconbury after being dismissed for 116.

Yasir Mirza (25) and Gary Scotcher (23) had got Barnack off to a solid start, but Steve Best (17) was the only other batsman to reach double figures as Dan Godward took 5-28 for the hosts with Fiaz Mirza claiming 3-12 from 10 overs.

Ali Asghar struck early in the Alconbury reply to dismiss Abu Baker for four, but Paul Suckling (31), Cavan King (24) and an unbeaten 29 from Harry Cotton steered Alconbury home.

Burghley Park 2nds made it a double winning weekend for the Stamford club after recording their first Division Four success of the season.

They dismissed hosts Little Paxton for 156 with Orlando Thain leading the Burghley bowling attack with 5-27 from 9.1 overs.

Joe Evans also claimed 3-36 with Burghley then easing home with just under 10 overs to spare.

Darron Evans cracked a half-century while Safdar Alam made 45 as Burghley reached their target for the loss of five wickets.

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