Jaidka Cup final tied but Bourne nick it
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.