OMT save their status despite a washout
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