Burgh in to fifth after ninth league win

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A well-struck half-century and a rare hat-trick were the undoubted highlights of Burgh & District’s win over Spalding 3rd XI at Station Road on Saturday.

The Millers’ 112 run success pushing them up into fifth place in Division Two of the Readers South Lincs and Borders League.

Asked to bat, Burgh were very thankful for a boundary-strewn fifty from Ashley Redgard as they recovered from the loss of two early wickets to post a competitive 173 all out. Having struck quickly at the outset, Spalding undid all their initial good work by squandering multiple opportunities for further breakthroughs and the resulting stand of 53 for the third wicket between Phil Sharp and Redgard put Burgh back on track.

Hitting twelve boundaries in a fine sixty-one, Redgard remained at the heart of the innings providing a healthy run rate until falling to Gilbert in the twenty-eighth over.

Runs from Paul Wilkinson (30) plus Richard Underwood and Roger Giles would maintain the momentum but the return of opening bowlers Tott and Lyon scotched the Millers’ hopes of passing two hundred, the pair even ensuring that the home side left a couple of overs unused.

Spalding too lost a couple of quick wickets at the start of their innings but there, any comparison with Burgh’s ended. The visitors barely got going at all before a horrendous collapse, seven wickets falling in just over five overs saw them bowled out for just 61. Tight bowling from Scott and Richard Underwood would see Spalding’s total advance at the pace of an arthritic snail, only twenty-three runs coming off the first sixteen overs and the attempt to release themselves from this stranglehold proved brief and inglorious.

A veritable cascade of wickets followed, Phil Sharp the foremost architect of the destruction taking five for 20 including a personal first-ever hat-trick and thus, did Burgh who tucked their ninth League win of the season under their belt.