Burghley Park 1st XI got back on track in convincing fashion against Hampton in the Hunts League Division One with a six wicket win over visitors Hamton.
Having lost the toss the Bears were asked to bowl on a hard pitch with a tinge of green.
Early inroads were made in the third and fourth overs of the game with Michael Jones and Benjamin Slack taking a wicket a piece, Slack removing the dangerous Jon Dee with a short pitched ball and taking the caught and bowled.
Slack got into a rhythm immediately and was unplayable at times in a terrific spell of swing bowling. Along with the early addition of Nick Cowley, the allocation of 45 overs to bat was looking difficult for the visitors to fill. Cowley bowled a very tight spell, asking a lot of questions and the combination of him and Slack was a very difficult task to combat. With Slack finishing his allocation of 12-5-30-2 it was time for Rob Emery to follow, he did not disappoint with four wickets in 2.1 overs. Cowley finished with 10-2-18-3 in a terrific tight spell of spin bowling. Hampton were all out for an under par 93 from 30.1 overs, leaving Burghley an additional 14 overs to knock off the runs.
Burghley set out to reach the total with Gareth Hook and debutant Marcus Pyke, unfortunately the latter had one that kept a bit low and was trapped lbw for 0. Hook however set the base for Burghley to knock off the runs with relative ease, punishing the bad ball when it came and looking unphased by whatever the Hampton bowlers threw at him. Adam Renton joined him and was his usual patient self, the pair got Burghley within touching distance before Hook was dismissed hitting a full ball to cover for a run a ball 49. Two Burghley wickets fell quickly after, with club captain Chris Meadows securing a seat at the Duck Phal table. Eventually the Bears reached the target four down with Renton 23*.
l Burghley Park 2nd XI welcomed Godmanchester 3rd XI to the park on Sunday for a Hunts League Division 5A fixture looking to build on their unbeaten start to the season.
With overhead conditions perfect for bowling and a green deck to exploit Godmanchester had no hesitation in putting Burghley into bat, with Matt Roberts and Jack McEntee starting the innings for the Bears. McEntee had started the season with a bang, scoring back-to-back league centuries but was finally dismissed for the first time this season caught in the slips for 7, the ball swinging prodigiously in the humid conditions. Matt Roberts was also soon back in the hutch, also falling for 7, before a brief but brutal inning of 22 from Chris Scales. At 56-4 Burghley were under pressure for the first time this season before Nick Fisher and Russ Hibbitt came together and set about building a fine partnership, with Fisher bringing up his maiden 50 in Burghley colours before being stumped for 64.
With ten overs of the innings left the loss of Fisher brought Oli Lane to the wicket who wasted no time upping the run rate, launching boundaries all around the ground including three sixes to bring up his 50 in just 25 balls. In the final few overs Lane fell for 53, which left just enough time for George Swallow to march to the wicket only to be sent straight back to the pavilion, bowled first ball, securing Swallow’s seat at the feared end of season Duck Phal curry night. Burghley finished their innings on 232-7, Russ Hibbitt unbeaten on 64.
After tea the sun had come out and a strong breeze had dried the pitch and outfield nicely allowing Godmanchester the best batting conditions of the day, and they set about their task well with father and son combination of Oscar and Stuart Bryden batting confidently. It needed an excellent one handed catch by Nick Fisher in the gully to get the breakthrough giving George Swallow his first league wicket for Burghley. Needing to score at nearly six an over Godmanchester continued to make steady progress reaching the halfway point of the innings well set at 94-1.
With the Bears under pressure for the first time this season the ball was thrown to young George Hibbitt to bowl, and he quickly changed the course of the game with a superb spell of bowling, initially breaking the second wicket partnership and exposing the middle order. With Ollie Lane picking up the big wicket of Stuart Bryden for 73, again caught brilliantly by Fisher the Godmanchester charge was in trouble, allowing Hibbitt to run through the batting order picking his first league five wicket haul, and finishing with man of the match figures of 7 over, 4 maidens, 12 runs, 5 wickets and securing a 66 run victory for Burghley Park.
Next Sunday see’s Burghley play a friendly away at Uppingham before the 2nd XI return to league action at home to Huntingdon & District 3rd XI on the 7th June.