Burghley beaten by Godmanchester

Cricket action from Stamford CC v Burghley Park. Stamford batsman  Nick Cowley EMN-150516-184625009
Cricket action from Stamford CC v Burghley Park. Stamford batsman Nick Cowley EMN-150516-184625009

Burghley Park travelled to Godmanchester 2nds on Saturday in the Hunts League Division One where results in previous years have gone the opposition’s way.

And it was the same story this season, falling to a 29 run loss.

Burghley opted to put the hosts in which on a overcast day looked a good option.

The Godmanchester opening pair got their side off to a quick start riding their luck along the way. It took Mark Cowley (4-29) to make the breakthrough and as wickets continued to fall around the remaining opening batsman Burghley looked to be in control, Godmanchester finishing up on 140-8.

Another notable bowling performance was Stuart Biggs (2-35) who bowled with great control and was unlucky to not take more wickets.

Chris Meadows and Adam Renton were sent out to open the innings, looking for a quick start with the rain clouds looming. Renton made a careful start whilst Meadows took the initiative. Renton was the first to be dismissed, bringing Jack Fischer to the crease, but not for very long, as he was swiftly walking back to the pavilion after one ball. These quick wickets put pressure on the Burghley batsmen, despite a quick and controlled 55 from Meadows. Unfortunately none of the other batsmen could follow suit which left Burghley on the ropes.

McEntee (22) played a nice knock on debut for the 1st XI and was the only other player to show graft. After he was dismissed Burghley collapsed to a very disappointing loss.

l On a glorious day at the Park the Burghley Sunday XI hosted their annual match against Langham Cricket Club for the Thain-King or Thinking cup.

Burghley won the toss and elected to bat. They set about their innings in a less than graceful measure, Matt Roberts was the first to fall on the second ball of the game when he was snaffled down the leg side without having troubled the scorers.

McEntee and newcomer David Platt both also fell rather quickly. Bringing the father and son combination of Ross and Orlando Thain to the crease. They managed to settle the nerves until Orlando was run out from a direct hit from his father’s calling.

Next in Marcus Pyke, along with the remaining Thain, accelerated the scoring until both fell in the 30s after good knocks which settled the nerves. Keenan was at the crease batting at seven and bombarded the boundry, quickly bringing up his maiden 50. After Keenan was dismissed the tail refused to wag as George Swallow and Tom Stephenson followed Roberts’ fate, both falling for 0. Burghley ended up with 169 all out.

After a fantastic tea, Langham set about their target and Swallow and Stephenson looked to make up for the errors with the bat. Swallow struck early and got Burghley going. After some tight bowling from both, Burghley skipper Russ Hibbitt turned to Ross Thain and Gareth Hook, with some tight bowling from both ends Thain started to take wickets at regular intervals and gave Burghley the lead.

Langham came back strong with some middle order batting and got the game back in the balance.Hook and Swallow bowled the final overs, with 13 required off two overs. Hook bowled the penultimate over for one leaving the opposition 9 down and Swallow bowled the final over for three and victory .