Bourne see off new boys Billingborough

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Bourne made an excellent start to their Lincs Premier campaign, impressing with both bat and ball as they made light work of defeating new boys Billingborough.

Skipper Pete Morgan led by example with an excellent 83 including ten fours as Bourne won by 141 runs

Stuart Airey (59) and wicket-keeper Carl Wilson (53)also weighed in with half-centuries while Conrad Louth hit 42 as Bourne scored 303 to set the newly-promoted Billingborough a tough target to chase.

And with Jack Berry and Colin Sheer both taking three wickets there was never any doubt that Bourne would win as they dismissed their opponents for just 162 with nearly nine overs to spare.

Morgan was naturally delighted with his side’s performance, saying: “It was a good start to the season.

“We always go into games with confidence as we back our own ability but we knew we could not take them lightly because they have been doing very well in recent years.

“Our second team have played them over the years and always say how strong they are but we batted really well and that meant we could attack them with the ball.

“When you score 303 you can do that but it’s a lot harder when you set teams a smaller target to chase.

“I was pleased with my own batting performance as it’s always nice to get off to a good start but we had several batsmen who posted good scores.”

Debutant Neval Grazette made a steady albeit not spectacular first appearance, scoring 13 with the bat and taking the wicket of Billingborough opener Dave Newman with the ball but Morgan insists it won’t be long before he starts making the headlines.

He said: “He will be the first to admit it wasn’t one of his better games but he did okay and give him a couple of weeks and he will be very dangerous.

“It is a few years since he has played in Britain and the wickets are so different to what he is used to in the Caribbean but he bowled well and we expect big things of him.

“The good thing is we have a young side with an average age of 24 and we should do well this season.”

n In the South Lincolnshire and Border League, Long Sutton suffered an eight wicket defeat against Boston.

They were restricted to 154-7 before Boston’s new signing Paul Roberts hit an unbeaten 69 to inspire his side to victory.

Last year’s runners-up Bourne 2nd got off to a good start with a five wicket victory over Moulton Harrox.

Newly-promoted Long Sutton 2nd made a good start to their Division One campaign though, Rob Simpson taking six wickets as they coasted to victory over Grantham.

Grantham were dismissed for just 75 runs and Long Sutton lost just one wicket as they reached their target with ease.