OMT frus­trated by rain as match is aban­doned

Tay­lors’ were chas­ing 171 af­ter great bowl­ing per­for­mance

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­

OLD Mer­chant Tay­lors’ were left frus­trated by the un­set­tled weather on Satur­day as per­sis­tent driz­zle put paid to their run chase against Wooburn Narko­vians.

OMT were po­si­tioned nicely as the game was aban­doned, hav­ing dis­missed Wooburn Narko­vians for 171.

Ar­maan Mah­mood was the pick of the home side’s bowlers tak­ing 6-57, backed up by skip­per Kavir Vedd 3-50.

Mark Ten­nant pro­vided the most re­sis­tance, com­pil­ing a very mea­sured 65.

In re­sponse, Tay­lors’ started pos­i­tively reach­ing 39-0 off 10 overs be­fore the um­pires de­cided to bring the con­test to a pre­ma­ture end.

It meant the two sides shared seven points each to add to their Thames Val­ley League Divi­sion 3B tal­lies.

Old Mer­chant Tay­lors’ sec­onds picked up 14 points from an at­tri­tional and tense draw away to Burn­ham in Divi­sion 6A.

The toss was lost for the first time this sea­son and OMT were pre­dictably in­serted in over­cast con­di­tions with rain forecast.

And por­tents were not good with Suhel Vir­mani dis­missed in the first over.

How­ever, a su­perb stand of 111 be­tween Guy Ed­wards (69) and Chris White (25) soon showed that it was less of a bowlers day than first ex­pected, with Guy Ed­wards in par­tic­u­lar, re­leased from the shack­les of cap­taincy, fi­nally com­pil­ing his first league 50, with sev­eral well-timed on drives in par­tic­u­lar catch­ing the eye.

And though the rain soon ar­rived, play con­tin­ued on and runs con­tin­ued to flow as the rest of the in­nings saw con­tri­bu­tions from all, with first ball sixes from both Paul Katz and Ed Hik­met the high­light, and OMTs fin­ished on an above par 226-7.

Burn­ham pre­dictably came fly­ing out of the blocks, and with the ball not swing­ing, they soon raced to 76 with­out loss off the first 10 overs.

It was the guile of the ev­er­re­li­able Neil Richards that brought OMT back into the game, in con­junc­tion with the sharp-think­ing work of Ed Hik­met be­hind the stumps – first an opener was stumped off Ro­han Maini when he wan­dered out of his crease and did not re­turn, and then a more con­ven­tional stump­ing when the other opener charged Richards and did not make con­tact.

And Maini and Richards en­sured a good phase of play for OMT as Burn­ham fell to 122 for 5. How­ever, the sixth wicket proved hard to come by un­til the re­turn­ing Paul Katz had the op­po­si­tion cap­tain caught at point.

The fi­nal 10 overs saw a ter­rific ef­fort from all mem­bers of the OMT side to en­sure an un­de­served de­feat was avoided, with Paul Katz and Neil Richards, who took two for 46 off 20 overs un­changed, show­ing all their ex­pe­ri­ence to re­strict the op­po­si­tion bat­ters.

Burn­ham fin­ished just five runs short of their tar­get.

n WICKET: Kavir Vedd cel­e­brates Photo by Lewis Dar­ling WL162001

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