Bourne qualified for finals day in the Winkworth Cup - the Lincs Premier Division’s Twenty/20 Cup - by thrashing neighbours Market Deeping by 61 runs at the Abbey Lawns yesterday (May 2).
Bourne and Deeping both beat Grantham in their round-robin matches to set up a winner-takes-all clash and the hosts ran out convincing winners thanks to some brutal batting from in-form skipper Pete Morgan and three wickets in three overs from Tom Dixon.
Poor weather meant all matches were reduced to 15 overs per side so Bourne’s 161-6 was always likely to be too tough a task for Deeping.
Morgan gave the innings early impetus with a whirlwind knock of 60 from just 26 balls, 12 of which he struck for four.
Robert Dunn then bashed an unbeaten 43 from 27 balls before Dixon smashed three sixes in his 13-ball 29 not out.
And when opener Dan Bendon was out for 24 (two sixes) Deeping limped home to finish on 100-4. Young Pat Harrington top scored with 36, while Dixon returned outstanding Twenty/20 figures of 3-12.
Bourne had been troubled more greatly by Grantham who they beat by seven runs after recovering from 39-4 to 140-7. Dunn started what turned out to be an excellent day by cracking 65 from just 36 balls after David Greenfield (28) had held the early innings together.
Grantham were restricted to 133-4 in reply. Sam Evison claimed two wickets.
Bendon (42) and Harrington (41no) were in good form in Deeping’s six wicket win over Grantham. Bendon also took two wickets in Grantham’s 117-5.
Bourne now travel to Sleaford for finals day on Monday, May 30. They will play the host club at 10.30am and, hopefully, either Woodhall Spa or Louth in the final later that day.
BOURNE beat GRANTHAM by 7 runs
Bourne 140-7 (R. Dunn 65, D. Greenfield 28).
Grantham 133-4 (R. Carnelly 42, J. Dobson 31, S. Evison 2-12).
MARKET DEEPING beat GRANTHAM by 6 wkts
Grantham 117-5 (J. Dobson 35, D. Bendon 2-20).
Market Deeping 120-4 (D. Bendon 42, P. Harrington 41no).
BOURNE beat MARKET DEEPING by 61 runs
Bourne 161-6 (P. Morgan 60, R. Dunn 43no, T. Dixon 29no).
Market Deeping 100-6 (P. Harrington 36, D. Bendon 24, T. Dixon 3-12, J. Berry 2-19).