CRICKET: Bourne all-rounder confident ahead of Jaidka Cup final

Jaidka Cup semi-final action from Castor v Bourne: Bourne's Charlie Hopkins removes Kamran Hamayun's leg-stump. Picture: Alan Storer/Peterborough ET
Jaidka Cup semi-final action from Castor v Bourne: Bourne's Charlie Hopkins removes Kamran Hamayun's leg-stump. Picture: Alan Storer/Peterborough ET
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LEGENDARY Bourne all-rounder David Christmas is confident of his side’s Jaability to retain the Jaidka Cup tomorrow night.

Holders Bourne meet Wisbech in the final of the Twenty20 competition at Peterborough Town’s Bretton Gate ground (6.15pm), having seen off Castor by eight wickets on Wednesday night.

A brutal 38 not out from Pakistani professional Fahad Masood’s helped the defending champions chase down their target with 15 balls to spare, leaving Christmas confident of success.

He said: “We’ve always had some very good games against Wisbech so we’re looking forward to it.

“We’re reasonably confident, it looks like we’re going to have a very similar side as to the one on Wednesday so we’ve got to be positive.

“Wisbech have got some very dangerous players and if they get a good start we could be up against it, but that’s the nature of 20 over cricket.”

The margin of Bourne’s semi-final victory at Port Lane was slightly flattering, although they started superbly.

Castor were 14-3 after four overs with their star men back in the pavilion.

Charlie Hopkins brilliantly bowled Kamran Hamayun for a duck, while Tom Dixon (2-12) got rid of Mark Wheat and Matt Williams cheaply.

However, lusty hitting from Laurence Davis (23) and some effective scrambling from Nathan Symes, Jacob Miller and skipper Rob Vitas helped Castor to a competitive total of 103-8.

In reply, Conrad Louth’s 23 got the Lincs EBC Premier League outfit off to a fine start, but both he and opening partner Ben Stroud (3) both departed to give Castor a sniff of victory.

However, Masood and Will Epsom (35no) stopped the rot, with the former cracking five fours and a six on the leg side to seal the win with over two overs to spare.

Christmas added: “We eventually cantered home after one or two good performances.

“All the bowlers kept reasonable discipline and that obviously paid off as we limited their score to just over 100. That made the batting a lot easier.”