Bourne add Stamford Charity Cup to silverware haul

Bourne v Stamford Town in the Stamford Charity Cup Final. Bourne's Tom Dixon bowling EMN-140107-090809001
Bourne v Stamford Town in the Stamford Charity Cup Final. Bourne's Tom Dixon bowling EMN-140107-090809001
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Bourne have completed a Twenty/20 cup double with a seven wicket win over Stamford Town in the Stamford Charity Cup Final last night (June 30).

The Charity Cup is the second piece of silverware Bourne have won in the space of a week after they claimed the Jaidka Cup on Wednesday for a third time in five years with victory against March Town,

Last night Stamford opened the batting at Outgang Road in Market Deeping, in disastrous fashion.

An eventful first over of the game saw Bourne bowler Colin Cheer bowl two wides, a no ball, get hit for four, but most significantly take two wickets.

Chris Bore was the first to fall to just the second ball he faced, the first legal delivery of the innings before Simon Prentice fell for 2.

Early on Stamford Town’s top batsman Zac Chappell could only watch from the other end of the wicket as his team mates succumbed to Cheer’s bowling.

Cheer took a third wicket, Simon Lem for 1, in his second over and could of had more with two golden chances dropped early on.

When dangerman Chappell did get to the crease he made his mark, hitting 13 of the fifth over to take Stamford to 31-3.

While man-of-the-match Cheer (3-34) was taking the wickets his bowling partner Tom Dixon was bamboozling the Stamford top order with his spin.

Dixon (1-11) bowled two beautiful maiden overs to start his spell to keep Stamford’s run rate at a trickle early on.

Chappell finally broke the leash smashing two big sixes including a beautiful straight drive which cleared the clubhouse and took Stamford to 62-4 before losing out to the bowling of fellow Endowed School pupil Sam Evison (2-19) in the 11th over for 42 runs.

Once Chappell was dislodged the wickets began to fall at regular intervals.

A final flurry from Stamford led by Ben Peck, who was stumped in the final over for 36, took underdogs Stamford to a final total of 114-8.

Bourne opened their innings with the prowess of defending champions; Conrad Louth who had dropped a couple of difficult catches in the field, made amends with the bat, dispatching the first ball for six, to help his side to 11 runs from the first over.

Louth lasted until the sixth over to take his side to 48-2, remarkably scoring 41 by himself before Steve Armstrong claimed his wicket to add to that of fellow opener David Greenfield (1).

Bourne only lost another wicket, that of Jack Berry (18) before they went on to cruise home to a resounding victory in the 17th over.

Carl Wilson (27 not out) and Rob Bentley (21 not out) took Bourne home at a canter, finishing on 115-3.

Scorecard

BOURNE beat STAMFORD TOWN by 7 wkts

Stamford 114-8 (Z Chappell 43, B Peck 36)

Bourne 115-3 (C Louth 41, C Cheer 3-34)