Brilliant Bourne have won the Winkworth Cup for the first time since the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League began in 2000.
Pete Morgan’s team fought off the challenge of Skegness in the semi-final at Sleaford Cricket Club on Monday – then overcame 2012 winners Bracebridge Heath in the final to earn a place in the ECB T20 area finals at York on August 11.
Stuart Airey scored half centuries in both games, partnering Carl Wilson (80) in the semi to take the score from 17-3 to 153-4. He finished 73 not out as Bourne’s score reached a whopping 191-5, with Skegness then bowled out for 147.
But it was Paul Cook who put in the performance of the day in the second semi, the Bracebridge Heath captain hitting a magnificent 138 to bat Louth out of the game.
Cook’s 100 came off just 50 balls and his side ended on 216-7 before restricting Louth to 113-7.
In the final, Airey once again passed the 50 mark to help Bourne to 166-4, an achievable target for Bracebridge despite losing their top order, including Cook, cheaply.
The former champions kept up with the run rate until Hymie Bentley was fifth man out, bowled for 31 with the score on 110.
From there, Bracebridge could reach only 143-8 at the close.
Bourne’s Airey was deservedly named man-of-the-match.