Oun­dle win de­spite skip­per ‘Lord­ing’ it up

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

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)

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