Burghley win the battle of the unbeaten Hunts sides


Sunday saw the two undefeated sides in the Huntingdonshire Division 5A meet as Burghley Park travelled to Eaton Socon.

Winning the toss on a damp wicket Burghley skipper Kieran Harris chose to bowl first.

Eaton opened the innings well scoring quickly off the Burghley opening bowlers of George Hibbitt and George Swallow.

James Lucock anchored the innings well for Eaton Socon with a solid innings of 31 and Ryan Sibley added 37.

With the home side passing the ton at a healthy run rate Burghley looked to regain some control turning to the slow bowling of Gareth Hook and the seam of Oli Lane. The pair quickly shifted the balance back in favour of the Bears, the economical Lane clean bowling three Eaton batsmen to finish with 3-9.

At the other end Hook narrowly missed out on a five wicket haul claiming 4 -20, with some late order hitting by Chris Dickerson for 27* pushing the Eaton score up to 176 all out.

Eaton’s opening bowlers Cameron Harris opened with a superb spell of new ball bowling restricting the run rate. With Gareth Hook falling early, the Burghley pair of Matt Roberts and David Popple dug in but the total of 176 all of a sudden seeming a long way away.

Both Roberts and Popple fell in the teens, and with the reliable Russ Hibbitt being trapped in front for one, Burghley found themselves in trouble at 60 for 4 with Craig Keenan joined at the crease by Burghley skipper Kieran Harris.

With the run rate rising quickly Keenan and Harris set about repairing the damage. Having survived one dropped catch Keenan was not reprieved twice, caught behind for a solid 36 having wrestled control back for Burghley.

Harris was joined by Oli Lane, the pair batting sensibly picking up the singles when available and striking any loose balls to boundary. Lane finished the game with one final flourish launching the ball for a maximum and win.

He finished on 31 not out, with Harris unbeaten on 50, securing maximum points for Burghley with a five wicket win sending the Bears clear at the top of the league.