Oundle win despite skipper ‘Lording’ it up
OUNDLE demolished Finedon in the top of the table Rutland Division One clash at Milton Road yesterday.
The team from the quintessential market town are determined to regain a title they last won in 2009 and they now boast the only unbeaten record in the division.
Finedon, who play hardly any of their all-conquering Northants Premier Division team in their Sunday team, were certainly no match for the league leaders as they succumbed to an 82-run reverse.
Oundle even won handsomely without skipper Cameron Wake who was at Lord’s lunching with some famous people in between watching the Test match.
Youngster Mark Hodgson and bighitting James Chambers ensured Wake wasn’t missed. Hodgson is an emerging talent and his 72 was stylishly compiled at the top of the order and, while style is not often used to describe Chambers, the middle order man’s 65 was just as impressive.
The two half-centuries pushed Oundle up to 224-7 in their 45 overs and Finedon never threatened to make a game of it despite 55 from Johnny Dunne.
South African Petrus Jeftha, who experienced a rare batting failure, bagged 3-27 for Oundle and Daniel Oldham and Callum Neeter picked up two wickets apiece.
Oundle’s form means Peterborough Town will have a fight on their hands to claim a third straight title, although they are now poised on the heels of the leaders after a 49-run win over Stamford at Bretton Gate,
Stamford put up stubborn resistance with the bat though to deny Town maximum points. The visitors closed on 176-8 with Dave Piggott completing a fine personal day with a team top score of 57.
Piggott had earlier picked up three wickets in Town’s 225-9, an innings that owed a lot to a late flurry of runs from Castor transfer target Matt Milner.
Milner clubbed an unbeaten 60 low down the order to bump his price tag up. Skipper Basharat Hussain (36) joined him in a productive eighthwicket stand.
Ashley Rodgers, who recently escaped from Castor, made 46 when conditions were trickier, but it was Town’s extreme paceman Jamie Smith (6-35) who raced Piggott and Milner for the man of the match award.
Bourne were beaten for the first time this season as they fell foul of a fine all-round display from Nassington’s Daniel Bandaranaike.
Bandaranaike made 54 of Nassington’s 220 and then collected 4-41 as Bourne replied with 201 at the Abbey Lawns. Tom Norman (45) also batted well for the winners, while Carl Wilson (67) and Ben Stroud (31) batted best for the losers.
March won a splendid contest at Uppingham by 10 runs, a victory set up by half-centuries for opening batsmen Ryan Meyer (54) and David Hodson (50).
The rest of the March batting struggled, but a final score of 185 proved just enough, especially as Chris Ringham undermined Uppingham’s reply with four quick wickets,
Barnack recorded a first win of the season in any competition as they saw off Market Overton by four wickets.
They made hard work of chasing down Overton’s 167 though and it needed a decent late stand between Uddaluvuv and Shahid Mohammed to see them home.
Pictutres: BEN DAVIS
ANOTHER WIN: Brett Bennett bowls for Stamford during yesterday’s vdefeat at Peterborough Town. (METP-20-05-12BF507).
AMONG THE WICKETS: Liam Dave in action for Stamford yesterday where he took three wickets. (METP-20-05-12BD500)