It’s another Town v Oundle showdown
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.