Bentley and Berry lead victory charge
A brutal batting display blasted Bourne to Jaidka Cup glory on Wednesday night.
The Abbey Lawn outfit defeated Ramsey by eight wickets in the final at Peterborough Town after comfortably chasing down the 167-run target.
Openers Rob Bentley and Jack Berry led the run charge as Bourne breezed past the winning post with more than five overs to spare.
Bentley had earlier claimed the crucial wicket of Michael Cafferkey (57) to derail the Ramsey reply as they went from 117-2 off 15 overs to 167-6 at the close.
Bentley then blitzed 14 runs off the opening six balls before repeating the feat in the third over to lay the foundations for the reply.
He reached his half-century inside five overs and, despite being dismissed for 57, Berry (71) and Sam Evison (24no) eased Bourne home.
They had actually started the final at Bretton Gate with 10 players and only got up to full strength after 10 overs had been bowled.
Ramsey, despite losing opener Jordan Cafferkey with the score on just six following Carl Wilson’s stumping off Evision’s bowling, looked in a strong position at that point with Michael Cafferkey and Taylor West at the crease.
They regularly found the boundary and reached the halfway stage with Ramsey on 82-1 as Cafferkey made the most of a couple of dropped catches to progress towards his half-century.
Bourne continued to probe for an opening though and were eventually rewarded when West was bowled by Berry two runs short of his 50.
Cafferkey continued to add runs along with Australian Jake Towerton who smashed an awesome 218 not out against Uffington in Sunday’s Rutland League Division Two clash.
Bentley eventually made the vital breakthrough by bowling Cafferkey for 57 which took the sting out of the Ramsey innings.
Towerton continued to score at one end, but wickets fell around him and Bentley bagged his second of the game with the last ball of the Ramsey innings as they finished on 167-6.
Bourne signalled their intentions from the off as Bentley blasted the first two balls to the boundary.
The Lincs Premier Division side then raced to 61-0 off just four overs with Bentley unbeaten on 42.
He was dismissed two overs later for 57 as Ramsey made their first breakthrough with the score 95.
But that failed to break the Bourne momentum as Evison joined Berry who took up the run chase with relish.
He had blitzed with his way to 71 before being caught out with Bourne four runs short of victory.
Wicket-keeper Wilson then came to the crease and hit the winning boundary to seal an eight-wicket win with Evison unbeaten on 24.
Bourne’s bid for a trophy treble had been dashed on Monday night after a six-wicket defeat at Uppingham in the semi-final of the Stamford Charity Cup.
They had made 173-6 from their 20 overs with Jordan Temple thumping an unbeaten 66 which included six fours and three sixes.
Sam Harby had earlier hit 46 while opener Quewin O'Connor made 42 against a home attack that saw Scott Green grab 3-46 and Danny Dumford take 2-28.
A solid top order showing inspired Uppingham's run chase as opener Sam Hodson (40) and Alex Ashwin (22) set the ball rolling.
Harry Butchart then blasted 67 before an unbeaten 20 not out from skipper Jamie Dumford steered Town home with 10 balls to spare.
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