BOURNE Cricket Club will have one hand on the trophy if they beat Peterborough in a winner-takes-all clash at the top of division one of the Rutland League on Sunday.
The Abbey Lawn side trail the city side by just eight points at the top of the table but crucially Bourne have a game in hand. This weekend’s fixture is Peterborough’s final match of the season but despite being top, know they need to win.
Bourne skipper Pete Morgan, whose side brushed aside Uppingham last weekend, said of Sunday’s potential title-decider: “It’s what you want at the end of the season.
“They have to win while if we lose but pick up points we are still in with a chance of winning the league.”
Sunday’s winner will claim ten points with a further five up for grabs for batting and for bowling for both sides. Bourne play Nassington on Sunday next week should plans go awry this weekend.
“We have our strongest side available,” said Morgan. “We have done well on Sundays and beat them at home earlier in the season but they have just won the Northants Premier on Saturdays and may have their best players available on Sunday as they have no cup games.
Sunday’s game at Peterborough Town Cricket Club begins at 1pm.
Last weekend, Bourne cruised to victory at Uppingham, winning by nine wickets on Sunday.
Bourne won the toss and put Uppingham in to bat. Opener Jamie Dumford made a good 63 runs, and with Adi Salt (12) gave Uppingham a good start of 35 runs for the first wicket. But after Salt was caught by Will Edwards off the bowling of Charlie Hopkins, Bourne stepped ran through the Uppingham batsmen with ease.
Good fast bowling from Charlie Hopkins was rewarded with three wickets for 28, and Xanti Xipu (1 for 34) and Robbie Gow Kleinscmidt (1 for 20) also bowled economically while Ben Stroud was the pick of the Bourne bowling with 4 for 21 runs. Uppingham ended all out for 140 runs.
Bourne lost skipper Morgan for duck early on but Conrad Louth (87 not out) and Edwards (36no) weathered the new ball to romp home for 121-1 in under 37 overs.
BOURNE fared less well in the Lincolnshire Premier League on Saturday, losing at home to Lindum by 58 runs.
Lindum won the toss and batted first, reaching 137 in 42.5 overs with Ben Stroud again on form with the ball, taking three for 29. Gow Kleinschmidt also claimed three wickets, in his case for just 24 runs off 11 overs.
But Bourne’s innings never recovered from a dreadful start. Openers Jack Berry and Stroud both returned to the pavilion for a duck and Gow Kleinschmidt’s middle order 23 was the best effort in a disappointing 79 all out.