Burghley Park dumped holders Ufford Park out of the Stamford Knockout Shield last night (May 18) thanks to a boundary blitz from Gareth Hook.
Hook slammed six sixes and six fours as Burghley piled up 172-6 in their 20 overs. Club captain Chris Meadows added 23.
Ufford struggled from the moment dangerous Andy Larkin was dismissed for 29 and they eventually closed on 117-7. Spin bowler Rob Emery ands quickie Ben Slack took two wickets apiece.
Burghley also knocked Ufford out of the Stamford Charity Cup last week (May 11). They now host Peterborough-based side King’s Keys in the quarter-finals on June 8.
Stamford Town recorded a thrilling last-ball success in their first round tie at home to Barnack.
Tim Juggins was the batsman entrusted with scoring two runs from the final delivery to get Stamford past Barnack’s 116 and he duly obliged with a clever dab down to third man and a mad dash for a double.
Tom Williams had opened up with 38 for Stamford with Tom Davies making 30. Zeeshan Manzoor (38) top scored for Barnack, while Scott Chamberlain bagged 5-41 from five overs for Stamford.
Stamford now await the winners of the Nassington/Uppingham tie in the quarter finals. Their scheduled first-round clash was postponed because of rain last night.
(Ties to be played on June 8)
Stamford Town v Nassington or Ufford Park.
Burghley Park v King’s Keys.
Market Deeping v Castor
Bourne v Ketton.
Last season’s Jaidka Cup runners-up March Crows were well beaten by 60 runs in their opening group match at local rivals Wisbech Wildcats last night.
Sam Albutt (28 from 18 balls) and Gary Freear (25) gave Wisbech a quick start and Sam Rippington (28no) delivered a strong finish as Wisbech posted 139-7 from their 20 overs.
March were never in the hunt in reply despite 23 from Ben Pyle. Brodie Ellis claimed 3-14 from two overs as March were dismissed for just 79.
Wisbech will qualify for the semi-finals if they win their second group match at Ramsey Raiders tomorrow (March 20). If that happens March will be knocked out.
Ketton, Bourne and Nassington could all also book their place in the semi-finals with victories tomorrow.
Ketton are at Barnack, Bourne make the short trip to fierce rivals Market Deeping and Nassington are at Peterborough Town.
Peterborough Town start the long road to national Twenty/20 glory on Tuesday, May 26 when hosting Premier Division rivals Geddington in the preliminary round of the Northants Twenty/20 cup.
If successful Town will be at home to another Premier Division side in Wollaston on Tuesday June 2 in the first round. Oundle have been drawn at home to Division One outfit Weekley & Warkton in the first round proper.
The winners of the Northants Twenty/20 competition qualify for the national rounds of the club competition. Town made it all the way to the last four last season before losing to Surrey champions Ashtead in front of the Sky TV cameras.
STAMFORD KO SHIELD
STAMFORD beat BARNACK by 4 wkts
Barnack 116 (Z. Manzoor 38, M. Yasir 23, A. Shafiq 20, S. Chamberlain 5-41, S. Appan 4-32).
Stamford 117-6 (T. Williams 38, T. Davies 30, A. Shafiq 2-16).
BURGHLEY PARK beat UFFORD PARK by 55 runs
Burghley park 172-6 (G. Hook 84, C. Meadows 23).
Ufford Park 117-7 (A. Larkin 29, W. Javed 25, R. Emery 2-15, B. Slack 2-21,)
Postponed: Nassington v Uppingham.
WISBECH WILDCATS beat MARCH CROWS by 60 runs
Wisbech 139-7 (S. Rippington 28no, S. Albutt 28, G. Freear 25,
March 79 (B. Pyle 23, B. Ellis 3-14, T. Meyrick 2-5, J. Gollands 2-28).
(Group matches, 6pm)
Barnack v Ketton Lions
Deeping Dragons v Royal Challengers Bournegalore
Peterborough Town Newflames v Nassington Knights
Ramsey Raiders v Wisbech Wildcats.