OMT’s all-round show
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