Only Oun­dle get the week­end runs

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Sport - By ALAN SWANN alan.swann@jpress.co.uk @Alan­swan­net

RUT­LAND LEAGUE

OUN­DLE bucked the trend of low week­end scores on their way to a re­sound­ing Di­vi­sion One win over Mar­ket Over­ton yes­ter­day.

Few lo­cal teams man­aged to reach three fig­ures on some tricky, wet wick­ets, but Oun­dle piled up 207-9 in 40 overs to set up a 133-run win.

Top knock came from South African im­port Petrus Jeftha who clubbed 92. Fel­low new­comer Alex Martin weighed in with the sec­ond top score of 30.

The match was re­duced to 40 overs a side be­cause of a com­mu­ni­ca­tion prob­lem with the match um­pires, only one of whom ar­rived, and he was late.

But it made no odds to Oun­dle who stay top af­ter rush­ing Over­ton out for just 74. Jeftha con­firmed his man-of-the-match award with two wick­ets and a catch, but bowl­ing hon­ours were taken by young­sters Cal­lum Neeter and Jack Roberts who each claimed three wick­ets.

Sec­ond spot in this early stage of the com­pe­ti­tion is held by Fine­don who saw off March Town with a min­i­mum of fuss.

Only Jamie Stim­son reached dou­ble fig­ures for March who were shot out for 61, but they did take six wick­ets be­fore Fine­don clinched their low scor­ing win.

Aussie Ryan Meyer picked up three of them at a cost of eight runs.

Peter­bor­ough Town en­ter­tained Nass­ing­ton on the same Bret­ton Gate bat­ting track that saw 15 wick­ets fall for just 61 runs 24 hours ear­lier.

And it was al­most just as dif­fi­cult. Nass­ing­ton re­cov­ered from 29-7 to post 55 all out thanks to the ef­forts of Kasim Ikhlaq and James Traf­ford, but David Clarke’s un­beat- en 30 saw Town home for the loss of just one wicket in just 10 overs.

Pace ace Jamie Smith (4-22) had a few Nass­ing­ton bats­men hop­ping about on a slow sur­face be­fore Le­ices­ter­shire Academy off-spin­ner Rob Sayer picked up three cheap vic­tims.

The reign­ing cham­pi­ons have now won both of their com­pleted league matches to move onto the heels of the top two.

Best game of the day took place at Up­ping­ham where the home side tri­umphed over Stam­ford by just one wicket.

Stam­ford’s 132 was a mas­sive score in the con­text of this week­end and it looked like be­ing a win­ning to­tal when Up­ping­ham still re­quired 18 with their last pair to­gether.

But some­how, and de­spite num­ber 11 Scott Green fail­ing to trou­ble the scor­ers, Up­ping­ham edged home to the dis­may of Steve Armstrong, who took 4-22 for the losers. Liam Dave had top scored with 39 for Stam­ford, while Tom Per­chard (28) and Tim Jug­gins (23) also made use­ful con­tri­bu­tions.

PETER­BOR­OUGH TOWN: Pic­tured be­fore Satur­day’s win over Wol­las­ton are from the left, back, David Clarke, Paul Mcma­hon, Ajaz Akhtar, Alan Bur­ton, Lewis Bruce, Asim Butt, front, Rob Sayer, Jamie Smith, Bashrat Hus­sain, Chris Budd and Ash­ley Rodgers.

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