Skipper is positive despite rocky start

Robert Bently on his way to  an unbeaten 100 for Bourne
Robert Bently on his way to an unbeaten 100 for Bourne
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BOURNE captain Pete Morgan took the unexpected step of bumping himself up the batting order on Sunday after falling for a duck on Saturday – and promptly hit 132 not out.

It was the club’s second century of a hit-and-miss weekend, following Robert Bentley’s 100 not out at Stamford a day earlier.

Bourne’s defence of their Lincs ECB Premier title got off to a rocky start, falling at home to Lindum and the 2nd XI fared no better at Stamford in their first game of the South Lincs and Border League where Bentley’s knock proved insufficient to avoid defeat at Uffington Road.

“Saturday was obviously a disappointment but we can take a lot of positives,” said Morgan, whose side lost their opening three batsmen for just three runs.

Conrad Louth (56) and Charlie Hopkins (55) picked the innings up but when captain Pete Morgan fell for a duck, the writing was on the wall for last summer’s champions.

Bourne were dismissed for 173 with the 37 extras conceded by Lindum’s bowlers the third highest contribution to the innings.

The pick of Bourne’s bowlers was Fahad Masood who appears just as devastating with the ball as he was last season, claiming five for 62 off his 17 overs.

Morgan said: “They got away with a few shots that on another day they would not have.

“We knew 238 would always be difficult and that we would have to bat well, which we did not.

“Charlie and Conrad batted well to get us believing again but nobody managed to support them. On the positive side, we bowled well and the fielding was good.”

He added: “It was fantastic to hear about Robert’s century.

“He and Tom Binns in particular have the talent but have not always converted that into big scores. Hopefully it will become a habit and a lot more will come.”

Bentley’s century helped Bourne 2nds to 173-8, a target that Stamford eclipsed for just three wickets.

Saturday’s disappointments were swiftly forgotten on Sunday when the first team ripped apart Finedon Dolben in the Rutland League’s top flight and the second XI beat Barnack 2nds in the fifth division.

The Sunday 1st XI were set a decent target by Findeon, who made 218-8 but Craig Williams (40), Morgan (132no) and Ben Stroud (36no) made mincemeat of the Finedon bowling.

“I went back to how I used to bat,” said Morgan on the decision to step out as opener. “I was previously an opener before I became captain, so I went back to what I used to do and it came off.

“The first 50 was quite steady and the second came off about 25 balls. It was definitely a very good day.”

Williams and Morgan put on 150 for the first wicket.

With Chris Spinks and Rob Dunn unavailable for tomorrow’s trip to Sleaford, Will Epsom and Will Trim will are expected to step up to the first team.