Oundle fell six runs short of reaching the last eight of the National Twenty/20 Cup yesterday (August 2).
The Northants champions beat Leicestershire champions Loughborough by four wickets in the semi-final of a regional heat at Finedon, but couldn’t quite reach Suffolk champions Bury St Edmunds’ 159-6 in the final.
Phil Adams was the star of the semi-final success. He blasted 20 from the penultimate over to convert a likely defeat into a famous win after Zeeshan Manzooe, Callum Greaves and Ben Groom had all made useful contributions.
A belligerent 34 from Greaves almost saw Oundle home in the final, but his dismissal and the run out of Cameron Wake thanks to a brilliant throw proved costly in the final.
Oundle bowled well in both games considering they were without star South African fast bowler Petrus Jeftha. Off-spinner Jack Bolsover was outstanding in both matches, taking six wickets in his eight overs.
Loughborough 152-9 (A. Mahmood 38, S. Patel 36, J. Bolsover 4-23, C. Wake 2-29).
Oundle 156-6 (Z. Manzoor 37, P. Adams 32no, C. Greaves 28, B. Groom 27).
Bury St Edmunds 159-6 (J. Bolsover 2-28).
Oundle 153 (C. Graves 34, A. Martin 31, M. Hodgson 30).
Lincs champions Bourne were crushed in their regional semi-final despite taking a wicket with the first ball of their semi-final at Undercliffe CC, Bradford. Their depleted side conceded 227-1 in 20 overs against Derbyshire champions Ticknall for whom Tom Wood blasted an unbeaten 147! Bourne bowler Colin Cheer conceded 36 runs from his final over, which included two wides.
Bourne were never in the hunt in reply and were bowled out for 156. Tom Dixon made 82 of them.