It’s an­other Town v Oun­dle show­down

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup -

PETER­BOR­OUGH Town and Oun­dle, the John Wil­cox Tro­phy fi­nal­ists of 2009, will meet in a 2010 semi-fi­nal.

Hold­ers Town booked their place in the last four by gain­ing re­venge for their re­cent Jaidka Cup de­feat at the hands of Bourne, while Oun­dle were supris­ingly easy win­ners over Bar­nack in their quar­ter-fi­nal clash.

Town posted 265-7 in their 50 overs thanks mainly to a sec­ond-wicket stand of 143 be­tween David Clarke (87) and Alex Mitchell (76). Chris Mil­ner, Cal­lum French and Basharat Hus­sain all made con­tri­bu­tions in the twen­ties.

And Bourne were never re­ally in the hunt and re­quired a well-struck 47 from Tom Bent­ley to get as close as they did. Matt Mil­ner (4-16) and Hus­sain (4-42) did the bulk of the dam­age with the ball for Town.

Oun­dle piled up 289-8 at Bar­nack as young­ster Mark Hodg­son’s ex­cel­lent sea­son con­tin­ued. Hodg­son has emerged from the shadow of some gifted se­nior play­ers this sum­mer, al­though he will prob­a­bly be slightly ir­ri­tated at get­ting out three short of a de­served ton.

Cap­tain Cameron Wake (69) and teenager Harry Rams­den (49) also scored well for the win­ners.

Bar­nack started brightly in re­ply as Adam Scotcher (55) claimed his sec­ond half cen­tury of the week­end, but Oun­dle’s slow bowlers even­tu­ally grabbed con­trol.

David Fos­ter (4-36) and Richard Cunningham (3-25) took seven wick­ets be­tween them as Bar­nack were dis­missed for 188.

Top flight Wis­bech will host Di­vi­sion Three out­fit Ste­wart & Lloyds in the other semi-fi­nal. Wis­bech saw off Yax­ley by six wick­ets, while Ste­wart & Lloyds thrashed Di­vi­sion Six strug­glers Peter­bor­ough Lions by 340 runs.

In-form Stu­art Brown (66) top scored in Yax­ley’s 186, but a solid start from open­ers Simon Freear (39) and Matthew Esser (33) set up Henry Rosier (50no) to fin­ish the job for the home side.

The Lions trav­elled with just 10 men and con­ceded 450-5, 172 of them to John Sim­mons.

The semi-fi­nals take place on Sun­day, Au­gust 1.

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