An incredible 30-ball century from Bourne skipper Pete Morgan sent holders Nassington crashing out of the 2016 Jaidka Cup tonight (June 8).
Morgan’s third ton of the season pushed Bourne up to a formidable 215-9 in their 20 overs.
Morgan scored 110 from 33 balls, seven of wich he failed to score from! He struck 10 sixes, 11 fours, one two and four singles - 26 scoring shots in total.
He reached his century from 30 balls before he was dismissed by Dan Bandaranaike 10 runs later with over four overs still to go.
Nassington made a spirited chase, but the departure of Aussie Adam McDermott for 57 prompted a late collapse at the hands of Bourne bowler Tom Dixon who finished the game with four wickets in five balls to return figures of 4-24. McDermott faced just 30 balls and struck three sixes.
Bourne now face the winners of the delayed quarter-final between Oundle and Market Deeping in the semi-final. Their tie was abandoned last night (June 7) with Oundle on 82-4 from 14 overs. The teams will start again on a date to be decided.
Perterborough Town will host Wisbech in the second semi-final. Town’s depleted side were still too strong for Cambs Division One leaders Ramsey, winning by 40 runs, while Wisbech won their place in the last four after scheduled quarter-final opponents Castor conceded their tie tonight.
Town struggled with the bat once Ajaz Akhtar’s 25-ball innings of 40 was ended by Elliott Cafferkey and a total of 121-5 was vulnerable at Bretton Gate.
But a worn, well-used wicket helped the bowlers throughout and Ramsey were soon in trouble against Town’s ‘magic man’ bowler Richard Kendall.
From side on, Kendall, a confirmed second-teamer in the longer cricketing format, but a T20 specialist, looks very hittable. He lopes to the wicket with little speed or obvious menace, but he’s a crafty operator and two smart stumpings from wicket-keeper Chris Milner and a caught and bowled enabled him to return outstanding figures of 3-11 from his four overs - four of those runs were from wides and no-balls.
With teenage seamer Mohammed Danyaal capturing the prize scalps of James Markland and Michael Cafferkey Ramsey were quickly reduced to 31-5 and then 47-7. Their fate was in the hands of decent Aussie Blake Mills who threatened to spark a comeback until he was despatched by Lewis Bruce for 35.
Bruce (4-12) wrapped the innings up and, as he was adding to a useful 23 with the bat, pinched the man-of-the-match award from Kendall.
BOURNE beat NASSINGTON by 74 runs
Bourne 215-9 (P. Morgan 110, R. Bentley 34, J. Berry 21, D. Bandaranaike 3-38, H. Craig 2-28).
Nassington 141 (A. McDermott 57, D. Bandaranaike 31, T. Norman 28, T. Dixon 4-24, S. Evison 2-17),
PETERBOROUGH TOWN beat RAMSEY by 40 runs
D. Clarke lbw Edwards 1
A. Akhtar b E, Cafferkey 40
A. Mitchell c J. Cafferkey b E. Cafferkey 15
L. Bruce c and b Mills 23
C. Milner c Edwards b Ikhlaq 14
S. Howard not out 13
M. Danyaal not out 4
TOTAL (5 wkts) 121
Bowling: B. Mills 4-0-21-1; M. Edwards 2-0-19-1; E. Cafferkey 2-0-19-2; T. West 4-0-14-0; K. Ikhlaq 4-0-20-1; M. Cafferkey 4-0-17-0.
T. West st Milner b Kendall 0
J. Markland c Howard b Danyaal 8
M. Cafferkey b Danyaal 10
J. Cafferkey c and b Kendall 1
E. Cafferkey st Milner b Kendall 2
B. Mills b Bruce 35
O. Stevens lbw Jones 0
L. Gilbert c and b Bruce 0
K. Ikhlaq c Howard b Bruce 12
S. Kingston lbw Bruce 2
M. Edwards not out 0
Bowling: R. Kendall 4-0-11-3; M. Danyaal 3-0-15-2; K. Jones 1-0-14-1; L. Bruce 3.3-0-12-4; D. Oldham 3-0-17-0.
Wisbech won by walkover against Castor.
Semi-final draw: (Dates are provisional).
Wednesday, June 15
Bourne v Oundle or Market Deeping
Wednesday June 22
Peterborough v Wisbech Town