An excellent spell of bowling and resolute half-century from their vice-captain Phil Sharp helped Burgh and District secure a solid three-wicket victory over Spalding 3rd XI on Saturday afternoon.
This is the Millers second win in the Readers South Lincs and Borders League this season.
With the Memorial Ground in Spalding bathed in sunshine having been invited to bat, the home side made a steady start losing only Holmes to Scott Underwood early on.
With opener Young settling in the Spalding innings seemed set fair but it was a false dawn. A dramatic downturn in fortune arriving in almost indecent haste.
Burgh’s introduction of first Terry Wilkinson, then a couple of overs later by Phil Sharp, immediately snuffed out home progress - reducing runs to a rarity akin to hens’ teeth and despatching batsmen pavilion wards with opposite regularity.
From a comfortable 37 for 1, after fifteen overs, Spalding collapsed to 43 for 6 by the twenty-third; Sharp especially exploiting a helpful pitch.
Between them, Wilkinson and Sharp sent down twenty-two overs for a mere fifteen runs, the pair ending up respectively with figures of 10-5-8-2 and 12-7-7-4.
Aside from Young (25), only Spalding’s seventh-wicket duo of Page (13) and Clarke (23 no), offered notable resistance, the lower order grinding out a total of 90 for 9 before their overs ran out.
Burgh’s reply for a while mirrored Spalding’s innings, a sound start being rudely interrupted by a string of wickets.
With Gilbert and Page bowling well, the latter would finish with a commendable 4 for 27. The home side remained competitive, reducing their visitors to a precarious 51 for 5 at one point.
Opportunity thus beckoned Spalding onward. but like Horatius at the bridge, opener Sharp remained steadfast to his cause.
Eventually finding an ally in Paul Wilkinson (17), their seventh-wicket partnership calming Burgh nerves. The Millers’ vice-captain, unfazed by a incessantly chirruping local, would guide them to victory, Sharp (53 no) completing both an utterly deserved half-century and finishing the match with a straight-driven four.
This Saturday, Burgh are again away in the South Lincs and Borders League, this time at Freiston, Leake and Leverton, starting at 1.30pm.