Burgh CC climb to fifth in league

A scrambled two-wicket victory over Grantham 2nd XI on Saturday saw Burgh and District move up to fifth in Division Two of the Readers South Lincs and Borders League.

Reduced to 40 overs a-side due to inclement weather, though a brisk and blustery wind would fortunately hurry most showers over Burgh’s Station Road ground before they could disrupt proceedings terminally, the match remained low key until the last few overs of the Grantham innings.

For thirty overs or so, the visitors ambled along, their opening batsmen Shaw and Everett content with the odd run here and there, Burgh unable to tempt either into a fatal, false stroke.

Eventually as the innings moved into its final quarter, there was activity at last as the so few overs left suddenly dawned on the Grantham openers.

With the opening stand having reached 88 Everett fell to Richard Underwood for 32, the breakthrough so hard sought by Burgh and one which now set in motion a comic last half dozen overs.

Attempting to generate quick runs before it was too late, Shaw, who would carry his bat for 67, would orchestrate not one, not two but four run outs of his fellow batsmen in quick succession; gifts readily accepted by the Millers.

Burgh managed to garner another brace of wickets leaving Grantham on a final total of 111 for 7.

On face value, chasing such a low score seemed to favour Burgh, but the start to their reply threw a roaring tiger amongst the predictive pigeons, the Millers rocking at 13 for four within four overs.

This thunderbolt from the blue luckily did not prove to be a killer blow, Ashley Redgard (33) and Richard Underwood (16) dragging the innings back onto more of an even keel and heading more comfortably in the right direction.

However, this calm progress did not last, the nerves returning as both Redgard and Underwood then Giles were all dismissed by innocuous deliveries.

With Burgh seven down, Grantham renewed their efforts removing Nigel Underwood for 13 a few moments later, thereby leaving their hosts at 94 for eight and the match finely balanced. For once though, Burgh’s tail wagged effectively, Scott Underwood and Chris Keeler scrambling and scratching the final few runs needed to see the Millers over the line for their fifth League win of the year.