Holders out after Jaidka Cup thriller
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.