Jaidka Cup fi­nal tied but Bourne nick it

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds - by JAMES WEST­GATE

THERE was noth­ing to split Bourne and Khalsa in last night’s Jaidka Cup Fi­nal – quite lit­er­ally in fact.

For the first time in 30 years both teams fin­ished their 20 overs level on runs but it was Bourne who emerged vic­to­ri­ous af­ter los­ing less wick­ets on the night.

It was not the way any­one was ex­pect­ing the game to be set­tled but for Bourne skip­per, Matt Cre­aney, the fact his side squeaked an­other tight win was no real sur­prise.

He said: “We are de­lighted to have won this com­pe­ti­tion.

“We have been fo­cused hard on it and we got our re­wards, but it was tight. Just like our win against Town in the semi-fi­nal, we needed two off the last ball and we got what we needed again. We seem to do well in these tight games and I knew we would get there.

“The lads have played bril­liantly against a very good side and showed a lot of com­po­sure to get the job done when the pres­sure was on.”

Hav­ing taken the pos­i­tive de­ci­sion to bat first, Khalsa skip­per Kir­pal Singh was doubt­less hop­ing to set a de­cent tar­get for Bourne to chase.

But af­ter Bourne pace ace Fa­had Ma­sood clean bowled first Taz Ahmed then big hit­ter Juan Drot­skie, Khalsa strug­gled to find their groove early on against the Lin­col­shire Premier Di­vi­sion out­fit.

With seven wick­ets down teenager Azaz Khan swung things more his side’s way with a dis­play of as- sured power hit­ting to bash his way to 41 from just 16 balls and take his side’s to­tal to a re­spectable 143 af­ter their 20 overs.

That left Bourne need­ing just over a run a ball, a tar­get Cre­aney’s side clearly fan­cied their chances of get­ting.

A slow start left Bourne strug- gling to make that pace, how­ever, but with Ben Stroud mak­ing an as­sured 55 be­fore be­ing caught and bowled by Tan­vir Afzal the chase was on.

Con­rad Louth then started to weigh into the Khalsa at­tack, help­ing him­self to an un­beaten 58 but it was left to Peter Mor­gan to hit the two runs needed from the fi­nal ball to seal Bourne’s tri­umph.

Khalsa skip­per Singh said: “We thought 143 would be a good to­tal but they bat­ted well and once again a mis­take in the field in the fi­nal over cost us dearly.”

Tro­phies were pre­sented at the end of the match by Dr Subra­mo­nian from the Stroke Unit of Peter­bor­ough District Hos­pi­tal.

CHAM­PI­ONS: Bourne cel­e­brate their Jaidka Cup fi­nal tri­umph against Khalsa at Bar­nack last night.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Bourne’s Con­rad Louth in ac­tion.

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