Hold­ers out af­ter Jaidka Cup thriller

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds - by ALAN SWANN

BOURNE reached the fi­nal of the Jaidka Cup thanks to a thrilling last-ball win over hold­ers Peter­bor­ough Town at The Abbey Lawns.

Need­ing two to win off the fi­nal de­liv­ery Tom Bent­ley drove Basharat Hus­sain to the cover bound­ary to fin­ish an ab­sorb­ing con­test in style.

The home side had started the last over re­quir­ing 10 with four wick­ets in hand and when Hus­sain grabbed a wicket off the first ball Town looked favourites for the first time all night.

Two byes, a sin­gle, a four and a dot ball set up Bent­ley for his moment of glory and de­nied Town their great es­cape.

And in re­al­ity they lost the match in the open­ing ex­changes af­ter be­ing in­serted on a slow, seamer-friendly track.

They lost Con­nor Cunningham in Fa­had Ma­sood’s open­ing over and then star man Asim Butt was su­perbly run out by Robert Dunn dash­ing in from mid-wicket.

That soon be­came 13-4 and then 30-5, but Town still had an ace up their sleeve in Matthew Pate­man. The Cambs bats­man had ar­rived late from a 100-mile trek from his Bedford work­place.

Pate­man added 42 for the sixth wicket with cap­tain Ajaz Akhtar and even­tu­ally saw Town past three fig­ures dur­ing an in­nings of 33.

Pate­man smacked two sixes as did Akhtar in his 45, but bound­aries were gen­er­ally hard to come by on a damp out­field.

Town added 56 from their fi­nal six overs to more than dou­ble their score and give them­selves a fairly re­spectable fi­nal score.

Xanti Xipu (2-11), Ma­sood (111) and Bent­ley (2-14) all bowled well be­fore Town took ad­van­tage of the lack of a fifth spe­cial­ist Bourne bowler.

Con­rad Louth took two wick­ets, but con­ceded 40 runs. He re­cov­ered 28 of them with the bat, a score matched by Ben Stroud who was play­ing well be­fore his run out.

Af­ter a solid start Bourne al­ways looked the likely win­ners un­til los­ing a cou­ple of wick­ets to pan­icky shots.

Bourne will play the win­ners of next Wed­nes­day’s sec­ond semi-fi­nal be­tween Mar­ket Deep­ing and Khalsa.

BAT­TED WELL: But Matthew Pate­man couldn’t save Peter­bor­ough Town from Jaidka Cup de­feat last night at Bourne.

UN­BEATEN: Pic­tured is the Peter­bor­ough Town Un­der 13 side who are un­beaten in the Border Coun­ties Youth League. They are from the left, back, Us­man Shamin, Kane Saun­ders, Matt Il­s­ley, Conor Craig, Danny Mo­hammed, Aaron Singh, front, Kas­sim Ash­gar, Tanzeel Khan, Saqlain Sharizi, Wil­liam Hor­rell, Ali Shah.

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