CRICKET: Berry’s burst bags buoyant Bourne big Boston win

Jack of all trades: Bourne match-winner Jack Berry sends one down on Saturday. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN) SG230612-571NG
Jack of all trades: Bourne match-winner Jack Berry sends one down on Saturday. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN) SG230612-571NG

TALENTED all-rounder Jack Berry starred with bat and ball as Bourne heaped more misery on Lincs ECB Premier League basement boys Boston.

Berry took 3-36 as winless Boston were bowled out for just 118 batting first at the Abbey Lawn on Saturday.

He made a confident 52 as Peter Morgan’s side knocked off the runs in 34.3 overs, for the loss of just five wickets.

With seven of their ten matches this season ending in a draw or no result, Bourne badly needed a win to kick-start any faint hopes they may have of winning the title.

They certainly did their bit with the ball. Although Berry bagging a trio of wickets, Ben Stroud’s (3-5) super spell was perhaps the most eye-catching spell.

Tom Dixon (2-12) and Xanti Xipu (1-20) also did their bit as Boston buckled badly under pressure.

Bourne’s reply was much more assured, with Berry and Stroud (35) putting on 76 for the first wicket.

There was a brief wobble when Stroud, Conrad Louth (0) and Morgan (0) fell swiftly, but the hosts eased over the line to register only a second league win of the campaign.

It wasn’t such a good day for Market Deeping, who were on the receiving end of a Hartsholme batting blitz.

New signing Liam Moir-Holland hit an unbeaten 47 as Hartsholme reached maximum batting points with 229-7, before Jake Benson and Henry Rush each took four wickets to bowl Deeping out for 137.

John McDougall’s 61 was the only highlight for the visitors, who are currently sitting in the bottom six.