Oun­dle steal a march on their ri­vals

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


OUN­DLE twice came back from the dead to main­tain their lead at the top of the Rut­land Di­vi­sion One ta­ble.

The town side were 108-8 be­fore re­cov­er­ing to post a re­spectable 45over to­tal of 170-9 in their match at March.

But March re­sponded with an open­ing stand of 101 be­fore col­laps­ing to 137 all out and a 33-run de­feat.

Oun­dle’s abil­ity to find su­per­star South Africans on a yearly ba­sis is again pay­ing div­i­dends.

Petrus Jeftha is a se­ri­ously quick bowler, but for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive Sun­day he proved he is also a dash­ing stroke­player.

It was his in­nings of 81 which res­cued the Oun­dle in­nings at Bur­row­moor Road. Jeftha clubbed four sixes and seven fours in a splen­did dis­play of clean hit­ting.

Alex Martin had ear­lier scored 30 for Oun­dle, while Cal­lum Young picked up 4-46 for March.

David Hod­son then struck a classy 71 as he put on a cen­tury for the first March wicket with stub­born stal­wart John Gil­son (31), but Cal­lum Neeter (4-30) con­tin­ued his fine start to the sea­son to turn the game on its head for a sec­ond time.

Jeftha in­evitably chipped in with a cou­ple of wick­ets as well.

Fine­don are chas­ing Oun­dle hard at this early stage of the sea­son and they kept in touch at the top with a 58-run win a low scor­ing af­fair over Nass­ing­ton.

Fine­don have con­quered Northamp­ton­shire cricket reg­u­larly in re­cent times, but have yet to win a Rut­land ti­tle. Tom Nor­man’s 4-29 and Obi Ahmedzai’s 3-26 kept the Fine­don bat­ting in check and Nass­ing­ton would have fan­cied chas­ing their vic­tory tar­get of 145.

But the lo­cal bats­men strug­gled from the start and only Kasim Ikhlaq (25) man­aged to pass 20 in a team to- tal of 86-9,

Reign­ing cham­pi­ons Peter­bor­ough Town suf­fered a first de­feat of the sea­son, but that was to be ex­pected as they sent a re­serve side to play at Bourne be­cause of com­mit­ments to the Mi­nor Coun­ties Cham­pi­onship and to the Na­tional Club Cham­pi­onships.

But stand-in skip­per Bob Milne was pleased with his side as they were only beaten by 21 runs at the Abbey Lawns.

Milne said: “We did well con­sid­er­ing and the ex­pe­ri­ence will do a lot of the play­ers a lot of good.

“It was the in­nings of David Christ­mas for them at the end which took the game away from us a bit.”

Christ­mas smacked a quick­fire un­beaten 51 to en­able Bourne to post a for­mi­da­ble 207-8. Skip­per Pete Mor­gan struck 61 bat­ting at num­ber three.

But Town de­liv­ered a plucky re­sponse led by for­mer sol­dier Stu­art Wil­liams who played some sparkling shots in an in­nings of 68.

Milne sup­ported him with 36 and Alex Mitchell (26) and Paul Hills­don (22 not out) also weighed in as Town reached 186-5.

Milne was also pleased with the bowl­ing con­tri­bu­tions of Asam Ali (4-60) and Anand Kak (3-41).

Stam­ford won their lo­cal derby at home to Bar­nack for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive sea­son.

Stam­ford’s 174-6 looked vul­ner­a­ble, but Bar­nack’s bats­men failed to of­fer any mean­ing­ful sup­port to old stager Gary Scotcher who made 42 of his side’s 46.

Liam Dave was the all-round star for Stam­ford crack­ing 43 and tak­ing 3-9. Zac Chappell (32) and Steve Armstrong (3-42) also per­formed well for the win­ners.

QUICK­FIRE HALF-CEN­TURY: David Christ­mas starred for Bourne.

BEATEN BUT HAPPY: Peter­bor­ough Town’s stand-in cap­tain Bob Milne was sat­is­fied with his side’s dis­play.

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