Without a game for a fortnight, Burgh & District returned to action in the South Lincs and Borders League Division Two on Saturday afternoon and registered a belated first victory of the season with a six-wicket defeat of nine-man Pinchbeck.
Pinchbeck batted carefully to reach 138 before being bowled out, the effort anchored by Smith’s studious unbeaten 51.
Runs from Knight (24) and Eyett (29) were counterbalanced by a tight opening spell from Scott Underwood and a four-wicket haul for brother Richard, the latter removing any threat posed by the visitors’ middle-order.
Late resistance from Sheppard, batting at nine and assisted by inconsistent bowling, left the home side facing a total 30 runs beyond likelihood.
In reply, Burgh were able to relax as their opening pair of Pete Blackmore and Richard Underwood compiled a partnership of 85 in good time, Underwood finally holing out at mid-on having made 40.
Though three more wickets were to fall, one of those Blackmore, for a battling 61, Burgh made no mistake in securing the win, easing past the Pinchbeck total in the thirty-fourth over.