BURNHAM-on-Sea Cricket Club First XI made it back to back wins with a 58 run victory over Ilminster.

Skipper Brad House lost the toss and Burnham were put into bat, a straightforward decision for Ilminster skipper Warren on what was a gloomy day.

However things did not go Ilminster’s way as House and Harris made light work of the opening bowlers and raced to a 50 partnership.

Ilminster made some bowling changes but couldn’t make a breakthrough as the two openers brought up the 100 partnership, setting up the perfect platform for a late onslaught, House was eventually the first to go for a well made 41 (53).

Harris continued to put away the bad balls and approached a century before being adjudged LBW for 92 (93), an outstanding knock in the circumstances.

Henderson found scoring easy and quickly moved to a half century himself before being caught in the deep for 53 (60) just as he was looking to really accelerate.

Margenberg played a handy cameo 25* (22) along with Dibble 12* (8) to take Burnham to a very competitive total of 258 from their 45 overs.

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The second innings got off to the worst possible start for Burnham as the Ilminster openers found the boundary with ease.

The first breakthrough came as Driver was introduced, but this brought the in form Khan to the crease, Khan was the driving force behind the Ilminster run chase, runs were more difficult to come by from the other end as Margenberg and Driver both bowled tight spells to keep Burnham in the game, but with Khan being dropped twice, it looked like it wasn’t going to be Burnham’s day.

Khan continued to smash the ball to all parts. This was until a moment of magic from House at short mid on, moving quickly to his right to dismiss Khan for a blistering 90.

This really shifted the game in burnhams favour, as Driver cashed in with four deserved dismissals, finishing with figures of 9-1-29-4. Margenberg finished his spell with two wickets (9-0-42-2).

By this point, it seemed that Ilminster had given up, Dibble and Lefrere finished off the tail, both picking up a wicket each, this secured a convincing 58 run win for the Stags, who will look to make it three on the spin as they take on Shapwick & Polden next Saturday at the BASC.