OMT’s all-round show

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

OLD Mer­chant Tay­lors’ pro­duced a su­perb dis­play to con­vinc­ingly de­feat fel­low rel­e­ga­tion con­tenders Datchet sec­onds.

It was a re­sult set up by a fine bat­ting per­for­mance, led from the top of the order by Nikil Rawal, whose supremely con­fi­dent 112 typ­i­fied the pos­i­tive ap­proach from Tay­lors’.

There was ex­cel­lent sup­port from skip­per Kavir Vedd (55) and So­han Modi (51*) as the vis­i­tors made the most of some loose Datchet bowl­ing.

OMT de­cided to go all out for the win and hence, af­ter post­ing 252 for the loss of just three wick­ets, the dec­la­ra­tion was called.

And in re­sponse, OMT went straight to the spin­ners, a de­ci­sion that was com­pletely vin­di­cated when, from the very first over, OMT had their hosts look­ing un­com­fort­able.

Aaran Amin (5-53) from one end and Ar­maan Mah­mood (4-47) from the other went through the Datchet line up with great aplomb.

Bar­ney Close claimed a mar­vel­lous hat-trick of catches as some ex­cel­lent field­ing saw seven of the Datchet wick­ets snared by ex­cel­lent field­ing.

It was fit­ting that cap­tain Kavir Vedd should take the last wicket to hand OMT the max­i­mum 25 points.

This win takes OMT back out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone but with just seven points sep­a­rat­ing fourth place from ninth, no­body can take their foot off the gas.

Mean­while, in Thames Val­ley Di­vi­sion 6a, OMT sec­onds stunned Hilling­don Manor sec­onds with a ter­rific five-wicket win against a team only able to send out nine men.

n HALF CEN­TURY: So­han Modi

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