Nicholls and Biggs bowl Burghley to super success
Burghley Park made early progress in the Rutland T20 competition as they gained revenge for last season's semi-final defeat against Ketton Sports with victory after a strong display at Pit Lane.
Sports had occupied the crease first and, after the first few overs, the run rate was steadily moving on.
However, Park’s opening bowling attack of Sam Nicholls and captain Stuart Biggs were unperturbed and the run rate soon diminished.
The track lent itself to the pace bowlers with two wickets falling in quick succession.
Sharp fielding underpinned the attack, with a fine diving catch from Nicholas Yates, as Park never allowed the home side to settle from here on in.
Burghley’s opening attack was superbly complemented by the spin bowling of Yates and seam bowling of Chris White, the latter claiming two wickets from three overs.
Eventually, the father and son combination of Adam and Freddy Renton were the last men standing at the crease for Ketton Sports.
However, Simon Sherwin claimed the final wicket, courtesy of a neat catch from wicket-keeper Stephen Brown, with the hosts humbled for only 49 runs after amassing five ducks within their total.
Nicholls (4-16 from four overs) and Biggs (4-5 from two overs) certainly brought their 'A' games along after rattling the home side into submission.
Burghley Park came out in a positive mood and, after only 8.3 overs, surpassed the target with the loss of only one wicket.
Elliott Cooper, with a fine innings of 36 not out, alongside Andrew Murphy (nine) and Tom Dancy (four), saw the visitors over the line.