Burghley Park Cricket Club record a double victory over Stamford Town in pre-season action
Burghley Park claimed a victory brace in Saturday's double bill of friendly action with near neighbours Stamford Town.
They ran out winners by one wicket in the first team clash at Burghley Park before claiming a six-wicket triumph in the meeting of the second strings at Uffington Road.
Stamford had elected to bat first in the meeting of the senior sides and posted 204-6 from their 45 overs.
Alex Birch blasted nine fours and a six in his 66 off 61 balls for the top score of Stamford's innings.
Opener Andrew Hulme hit 45, Dave Stratton struck 25 with skipper Tom Williams contributing 26 to the Stamford cause.
Ahsan Ali Azhar was the leading wicket-taker for Burghley with 2-40 with Alex Ashwin, Sam Potter, Josh Gallimore and Mohammed Azhar picking up one apiece.
Stamford had Burghley reeling on 96-7 in their reply as Birch bagged 4-29 from nine overs while Brett Bennett returned 3-29 from six.
However, Sam Potter's innings proved pivotal in the derby contest as he struck a match-winning 94 not out for Burghley.
Potter plundered 12 fours and three sixes in his 61-ball innings to guide Burghley home with one wicket to spare.
He put on 64 runs for the eighth wicket with Joe Youngs and then added another 27 with Stuart Biggs before Potter and Mohammed Azhar proved undefeated for Burghley's final wicket.
Luke Toomey and Mark Andrew both hit half-centuries for Stamford 2nds as they posted 173-8 from 45 overs in their match at Uffington Road.
James Biggs, Raiffe Headley and Caius Headley both picked up two wickets apiece for Burghley who lost four batsmen in their run chase.
Jim McIntosh made 44 before Robert Emery (33no) and Caius Headley's unbeaten 56 guided Burghley to victory inside 39 overs.
Burghley were blown away by a sensational eighth wicket stand in Sunday's friendly with Uppingham Town.
The Stamford side had made 236-9 from their 45 overs with Joe Evans top-scoring for Burghley with 89.
Ahsan Ali Azhar also made 51 while Matt Roberts (20), Tanver Mahmood (24) and David Popple (24) contributed to the cause.
Chris Burden then bagged 4-5 from a sensational six-over spell with Mohammed Azhar taking 2-20 to leave Burghley on the brink of victory.
However, with the Uppingham total on 88-8, Sam Hodson and Toby Rees joined forces for a magnificent match-winning partnership.
They put on an unbroken stand of 148 as Hodson hit a superb 121 not out while Rees was unbeaten on 50 as Town reached their target in the final over.