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Bourne bidding for triple triumph over derby rivals

Jack Berry blasts Bourne to victory on Monday night.
Jack Berry blasts Bourne to victory on Monday night.

County cricket is returning to the Abbey Lawn for the first time in 17 years this month.

Bourne Cricket Club will be staging the Unicorns T20 competition matches between Lincolnshire and Cheshire on Sunday, June 17.

The counties will be play two T20 contests, the first match starting at 11am with the next game due to start around 2.45pm.

The Lincolnshire side are skippered by Bourne wicket-keeper Carl Wilson and include ex-Abbey Lawn batsman Conrad Louth in their ranks.

The matches are the final round in the Unicorn T20 competition, but hopes of Lincolnshire reaching the finals day were dashed on Sunday when they lost both of their matches away at Staffordshire.

Wilson was Lincolnshire's leading scorer in the second match with 34 runs after Louth had made 45 in the first game.

Bourne will be bidding to continue their own quest for T20 glory on Monday night.

They are aiming to complete a hat-trick of victories over near neighbours Market Deeping when the two sides clash again on Monday night in the quarter-finals of the Stamford KO Shield at the Abbey Lawn.

They have defeated their rivals twice in the past fortnight after following up last week's Jaidka Cup victory with an away win in the Stamford Charity Cup on Monday night.

Bourne ran out 37-run winners in the clash at Outgang Road to set up a semi-final tie with Uppingham Town.

Jack Berry was the star of the show for Bourne after blasting an unbeaten 76 not out to help Bourne post 157-9 from their 20 overs.

Quewin O'Connor (25) and Rob Bentley (24) had got Bourne off to a solid start with Ross Lowndes leading the Deeping bowling attack with a three wicket haul.

Berry was then in fine form with the ball in Deeping's reply as he took 3-31 to help restrict the hosts to 120-9 in their reply.

Josh Smith was the mainstay of the Deeping innings with 49 while tail-ender Lee Peacock plundered 20 runs late on.

Bourne are also in Lincs Premier Division action on Saturday when Lindum make the trip to the Abbey Lawn.

Pete Morgan's men will be hoping for better weather this weekend after last Saturday's clash at Scunthorpe was washed out without a ball being bowled after Bourne had made the long trek to north Lincolnshire.

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