CRICKETER CUP SECOND ROUND
Old Merchant Taylors’ 168 all out
Uppingham Rovers 152 all out
Old Merchant Taylors’ won by 16 runs
OLD Merchant Taylors’ manager Philip Newfield says his side’s narrow Cricketer Cup second round triumph over Uppingham Rovers ranks among the club’s best ever results.
Taylors’ booked their place in the quarter-finals with a tense 16-run victory that had Newfield on the edge of his seat until the bitter end.
“This victory will rank as one of the best in OMT’s Cricketer Cup history,” said Newfield. “To recover from 108-7 and post a total which could be defended, showed great determination, and courage.
“I was delighted with the excellent team performance and the intensity of our cricket, including six fine catches, which placed huge pressure on the Uppingham batsmen.
“We will now look to take the momentum from our victory forward to the quarter-final at Tonbridge.”
Having won the toss and deciding to bat, OMT were well placed at 103 for 2 after 29 overs. Both Jawwad Rasheed (40) and Ash Mehta (29) had played some elegant shots and appeared in little trouble.
However, a loose shot by Mehta and a harsh lbw decision against Rasheed heralded a middle order collapse which saw five wickets fall for four runs in the space of 20 deliveries.
The damage was done by Tom Kennedy, a young off-spinner who bowled with good control on a helpful wicket, but who was also helped by some poor shot selection by OMT’s batsmen.
Thanks to an invaluable 50 run partnership between Kavit Patel (21) and James Baillie (24) for the eighth wicket, OMT managed to bat out their allotted 50 overs and to post a total of 168, which was a lot more respectable than had seemed likely at one stage of the innings, but appeared to be 30 or 40 runs short of a competitive score.
After the change of innings, Kavit Patel produced his finest bowling spell in the competition to return figures of 3-18 off his 10 overs.
This provided the platform for the slow bowlers to work their magic and Rasheed and Andrew Sharland did not disappoint. They tore the heart out of the Uppingham batting with six wickets between them, bowling unchanged through the next 20 overs.
They were well supported by some fine fielding – three excellent catches made a real difference.
With nine wickets down and 29 runs still required, Rasheed turned to Baillie to wrap things up.
Fortunately for the OMT supporters, whose nerves were beginning to suffer, he obliged and picked up the final wicket with 16 runs still needed.
The draw for the quarter-finals puts OMT away to Old Tonbridgians, one of the strongest sides left in the competition, who have won the cup on no fewer than 14 occasions – more than any other team.
Meanwhile, OMT’s Saturday firsts enjoyed a six-wicket win over Wooburn Narkovians in Thames Valley League Division 3B, while the seconds beat the same opposition and the third team were victorious over Amersham fourths.
Hayes beat Stoke Green by the same margin in Division 3A.