Bourne (136-9) beat Wisbech (130) by six runs: BOURNE Cricket Club’s slow start to the season received a shot in the arm last Wednesday night as they won a thrilling Jaidka Cup final.
The defending Lincs ECB Premier Division champions, who look unlikely to defend their crown, won in the Twenty20 competition by just six runs at Bretton Gate.
The Abbey Lawn side claimed Wisbech’s final wicket in the final over, just as their opponents crept to within one shot of levelling the scores.
After a jittery start, Bourne made 136-9 from their 20 overs. They lost key opener Conrad Louth and Pakistani all-rounder Fahad Masood for ducks and were looking vulnerable at 59-5 – but Will Epsom and David Christmas had other ideas.
Wicket-keeper Epsom made a pivotal 40, caressing the ball expertly into open spaces in his easy-on-the-eye innings.
In contrast Christmas, who hit a monsterous 96 the last time these two sides met in the final over a decade ago, bludgeoned 34 – including a huge shot for six over cover and a one-handed sweep that made the boundary.
Together the pair made a vital half-century partnership, with only Jack Berry (18) making double figures in the Bourne total.
Jack Hastings (3-18) and Drew Jones (3-33) were the pick of the Wisbech attack.
In reply, Wisbech were just as inconsistent with the bat.
Opener Gary Freear made 48 and Ben Allsop added 15, but no other batsmen made double figures as five ran themselves out, including last man Dan Martell who was run out off a wide three balls from the end.
They had required 13 off the final two overs, but managed only two off the penultimate one bowled by Masood before Craig Johnson was run out off the last ball.
Epsom – who was named man-of-the-match – was superb behind the stumps with two stumpings, two catches and a run-out.