John has six appeal with Burghley blitz

Action from Barback v Ketton in the Burghley Sixes
Action from Barback v Ketton in the Burghley Sixes
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THE semi-finals and final of the 2011 Burghley Sixes competition will take place at Burghley Park Cricket Club this evening.

The week-long tournament began on Monday with last year’s champions taking on Ketton in a dramatic opening game.

Barnack batted first and put the first Sixes 50 up on the board with some big hitting from captain Asim Butt before finishing on 81 off their five overs.

Ketton came out to bat with the two Smith brothers (Jonathan and Simon) both hitting big shots around the park.

With six required to win off the last ball it seemed there was only one option but when bowler Issam stepped over the crease for a front foot no ball, and Simon Smith dispatched the ball over the boundary by the pavilion the game was tied.

A super-over was needed with Ketton scoring 13, which Barnack then made easy work off to go through to the next round.

In the second game of the evening, Burghley Bears took on Stamford Town who hit 74 off their five overs with Chris Bore finishing on 28.

Burghley then batted and the game swiftly lived up to it’s name as Burghley Bears’ John Meadows, hit six sixes off the first over – a sight not seen for many years at Burghley Park.

But it was not enough as Stamford Town’s bowling made light work of the remainder of the Burghley batting.

Monday’s final game saw Laxton Park face a rugby team – Stamford Town RUFC – who put on 45 off their 5 overs.

Laxton Park made a steady start to their innings and soon started to open up thanks to the batting of Kinnear.

Stamford RUFC made a valiant effort but it wasn’t enough seeing Laxton go through.

There were some surprise results on Tuesday evening with Tom Bentley, from Bourne Cricket Club, taking the prize in the final game against fellow Bourne Cricket Club player Charlie Hopkins and winning himself two tickets for a Derbyshire 40/40 game of his choice.

Both were playing for different sides as Newborough beat Empingham, Oakham beat Uffington and Uppingham beat Ufford Park.

Castor and Ailsworth beat Nassington in the first game on Wednesday before a high-scoring clash between Old Oakhamians, who hit a massive 109 off five overs, and Yaxley who challenged well with 91, but still failed to go through.

Barnack beat Stamford Town in the first quarter-final of the series to qualify for this evening’s semi-finals.

The remaining quater-finals were due to be played yesterday evening.

l TONIGHT’s finals features a beer festival, cider bar, a barbecue and live music from Bad Dobby. Admission is free.