Cricket: Northants Twenty/20 champs Oundle now seek to conquer the East

Mark Hodgson clubbed 52 for Oundle in the Northants Twenty/20 Final.
Mark Hodgson clubbed 52 for Oundle in the Northants Twenty/20 Final.
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Oundle are the Northants Twenty/20 Champions after defeating favourites Finedon by six wickets in last night’s (July 29) final at Overstone CC.

In a match shortened to 17 overs per side because of pre-match rain, Oundle passed Finedon’s 130-7 with three balls to spare.

Mark Hodgson top scored for Oundle with a well-struck 52 during a match-winning opening stand of 81 with Alex Martin. That start enabled Oundle to survive a mini-wobble before Cameron Wake and Callum Greaves saw them home. Greaves smacked a pressure-relieving six to tie the scores in the final over.

Jack Bolsover had earlier taken four wickets for Oundle.

It’s been a remarkable run of matches for Oundle as they went past 1,000 runs in the competition last night and they’ve only played five games.

Oundle now take their unbeaten Twenty/20 record this summer - they have already won the Rutland Twenty/20 crown - to the East Midlands Final at Finedon on Sunday (August 2) as they attempt to emulate local rivals Peterborough Town’s run to the National semi-finals last season. Oundle’s semi-final is against Loughborough, the champions of Leicestershire.

Notts champions Kimberley Institute tackle Bury St Edmunds in the other semi-final. The winners then play the final at around 4.30pm.

Oundle and Peterborough Town have now shared the last six Northants Twenty/20 titles.

Bourne are also competing in a National Twenty/20 round this Sunday. They are representing Lincolnshire against Derbyshire champions Ticknall in a semi-final at Undercliffe CC, Bradford. If successful they will move straight into a final, but it will be tough as star players Conrad Louth and Carl Wilson have been claimed by Lincolnshire for an important Minor Counties Championship match against Bucks at Tring.