OMT save their sta­tus de­spite a washout

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

THAMES VAL­LEY CRICKET LEAGUE DIVI­SION 3B Old Mer­chant Tay­lors’ 218-9 de­clared Ger­rards Cross sec­onds 15-1 Match aban­doned OLD Mer­chant Tay­lors’ se­cured Thames Val­ley League Divi­sion 3B safety de­spite a week­end washout see­ing games aban­doned across the board.

OMT needed 200 runs to se­cure safety and got the job done be­fore the heav­ens opened to en­sure they fin­ished com­fort­ably above the rel­e­ga­tion zone on the fi­nal day.

Hav­ing rained heav­ily the night be­fore, con­di­tions did not suit the home side’s game plan come the morn­ing.

But hav­ing won the toss, a solid start from in form bats­men Nikhil Rawal and skip­per Kavir Vedd put OMT in a com­fort­able po­si­tion of 89-0.

How­ever, a few quick wick­ets, as OMT can be ac­cus­tomed to, led to the home side be­ing re­duced to 90-3.

But in­tel­li­gent and calm cricket from the ex­pe­ri­enced Adam Brand and the class of Vedd, by now in full flow, stead­ied the ship.

The 200 tar­get was knocked up be­fore the dec­la­ra­tion came, mean­ing both teams knew they were safe at the half­way stage and nei­ther were too dis­ap­pointed to see the of­fi­cials call a halt to pro­ceed­ings shortly af­ter the restart.

Mean­while, OMT sec­onds clinched pro­mo­tion to Divi­sion Five courtesy of a thump­ing ninewicket win at Datchet.

Tay­lors’ had to wait for the re­sult from Burn­ham, but by 8pm on Satur­day the news fil­tered through that they had only picked up 11 points, hand­ing the glory to OMT by a sin­gle point.

IN-FORM: Kavir Vedd

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