Trip to big-hitting Bourne should hold no fears for in-form Spalding Town

Buoyant skipper Rob Ambrose insists that his Spalding Town are full of confidence ahead of Saturday’s trip to big-hitting Bourne.

Town have won back-to-back Lincs ECB Premier Division games ahead of the Abbey Lawn clash (noon) – and could move into the top six with another victory.

Bourne, who are fifth, are famed for their explosive batting firepower. Only one player has scored more runs than Carl Wilson and Jack Berry so far this season, while skipper Peter Morgan is one of the league’s best on his day.

Ambrose has led his side to wins against them in the past, but knows they could be chasing a big score.

He said: “They are the sort of side that can give you a right hammering.

“They play a certain way and you have to respect that. But, if we do well with the ball, there’s always a chance you can bowl them out cheaply if it’s not their day.

“Regardless of what Bourne do on Saturday, we go into the match very confident.

“The two wins have got us looking up the table instead of down.

“If we can get a few more wins under our belt before the mid-way point, we’ll be very much on target for the mid-table place we aimed for at the start of the season.”

Ambrose is without key opener Josh Newton for the game at Bourne, but has no other selection concerns.

Fresh off the back of his fabulous 159 in the 80-run win over Louth last weekend, Newton is away on holiday. Chris Dring, who missed that victory with a neck injury, is expected to be fit to take Newton’s place in the team.

Ambrose admits Newton was excellent in what he called “a very good win” over Louth.

He added: “For the second week in a row, we batted a side out of the game. Once you get past 250, it was always likely to be hard for them.

“It was a very good performance. Josh and the other lads at the top of the order scored at a pretty good rate, meaning he had time to score big.

“I’m pleased for him, he’s had a lot of 80s and 90s. Sadly we’re now without him for a bit, but that’s cricket.”

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