Magic Manzoor ruins Bourne’s day in the Rutland League Division One
Bourne must have thought they were in a winning position on Sunday in their Rutland League Division One clash.
At one point Barnack were 12-6 as teenage Bourne bowler Ben Woodward (4-13) enjoyed himself, but Shahid Mohammed (48) held firm until the club’s star Zeesham Manzoor arrived at the crease.
In fact arrived at the ground at all as he had been held up at work.
When he did get there Manzoor made his presence well and truly felt, delivering another remarkable innings to push Barnack up to second place in the division.
Manzoor, whose big-hitting exploits are already the stuff of legend, batted at number nine for Barnack against Bourne at the Abbey Lawn and smashed a brilliant 122 not out after facing just 67 runs to turn the game on its head.
His innings included a whopping 10 sixes.
Barnack eventually posted 229-8 in their 45 overs which proved 42 runs too many for the home side.
Tom Dixon had a decent day with the ball taking 3-29 in the losing event and Jack Berry took the other wicket (1-45), but none of the Bourne bowlers could get the vital wicket of Manzoor.
In reply. after Bourne opener Robert Bentley came and went for a quick 6 the team settled down to chase Barnack’s total.
If Manzoor hadn’t turned up they would have been well on their way to victory with skipper Berry adding 35 and Jordan Temple 42 but Shahid took both men’s wickets before they could develop the innings to go on to big scores. He then took the important wicket of Sam Evison was well for just 4 to completed a decent all-round game with 3-29,
Ben Stroud came in and added 17 before Dixon struck 44 but Bourne did not have the same type of batting gem hidden in their lower order and they were all out for 187 in the 40th over.
Barnack are still 57 points behind unbeaten runaway leaders Uppingham Town who collected another maximum points haul with a 145-run hammering of Nassington.
Wisbech gained quick revenge for a John Wilcox Trophy mauling at the hands of Oundle the previous weekend thanks to an outstanding all-round performance from Gary Freear.
Freear cracked an undefeated 93 in a Wisbech score of 265-5 and then claimed 6-63 as Oundle replied with 218.
Openers Josh Bowers (55) and Danny Haynes (50) also scored well for Wisbech, while Pete Foster claimed his second half century of the weekend for Oundle.
Stamford beat bottom club Medbourne by six wickets.
BOURNE lost to BARNACK by 42 runs
Barnack 229-8 (Z. Manzoor 122no, M. Shahid 48, M. Tayub 27, B. Woodward 4-13, T. Dixon 3-29).
Bourne 187 (T. Dixon 44, J. Temple 42, J. Berry 35, M. Shahid 3-54).
NASSINGTON lost to UPPINGHAM by 145 runs
Uppingham 259-7 (J. Dumford 71, K. Ikhlaq 3-60).
Nassington 114 (K. Ikhlaq 29, D. Butchart 4-10).
WISBECH beat OUNDLE by 47 runs
Wisbech 265-5 (G. Freear 93no, J. Bowers 55, D. Haynes 50, T. Meyrick 25).
Oundle 218 (P. Foster 59, A. Hanekorn 37, B. Graves 28, M. Hodgson 27, G. Freear 6-63).
MEDBOURNE lost to STAMFORD by 6 wkts
Medbourne 162 (S. Appan 4-47, T, Juggins 3-33).
Stamford 163-4 (S. Lem 71no, A. Chapman 47).