Nassington Knights are the first team through to the semi-finals of the Jaidka Cup after continuing Peterborough Town Newflames’ recent miserable run in the competition last night (May 20).
Nassington won by 10 runs at Bretton Gate to complete a second group win in the Twenty/20 competition and ensure top spot. Town have a game left to play at Castor, but neither team can qualify after last night’s shock result,
Nassington looked set for a big score when reaching 112-3 from 16 overs, but the dismissal of big-hitting Kiwi Ryan Duffy for 48 by Joe Dawborn caused the Knights’ innings to stall badly and they closed on 124-9. Dawborn (4-20) collected four cheap wickets in his final two overs.
Town fielded their big batting three of Asim Butt, David Clarke and Lewis Bruce - they also fielded four members of this season’s Northants Premier Division bowling attack - but only Clarke (43) hung around and Town limped their way to 114-6 in the face of some impressively accurate four-over bowling spells from Dan Bandaranaike (2-19), former Town seamer Haroon Bashir (2-23), Kasim Ikhlaq (1-16) and James Pope (1-12).
Town were left scratching their heads again last night though. They treat the Jaidka Cup seriously, but while they have dominated Northants and East Midlands Twenty/20 competitions in recent seasons, they have struggled to beat teams from Cambs Division One. March Crows and Wisbech Wildcats have also knocked Town out of the Jaidka Cup in recent seasons.
Holders Royal Challengers Bournegalore are also on the verge of elimination after they lost a high-scoring clash by eight wickets to neighbours Deeping Dragons at Outgang Road.
Bourne must have been satisfied with their 20-over score of 182-7 with Sam Evison top scoring with an unbeaten 43, but Deeping openers Emile Kriek (58) and Alistair Sharp (57) launched a ferocious assault from the start before skipper Jamie Morgan (44 not out) saw his side home.
Deeping fielded seven teenagers in their side and one of them, left-arm slow bowler Jackson Andrews, bowled superbly in the context of a dominant batting night to return figures of 3-20.
Deeping now have to beat Spalding in their second group game on June 3 to reach the semi-finals and eliminate Bourne.
Ramsey Raiders enjoyed their first appearance in the Jaidka Cup for several years with a four-wicket win over Wisbech Wildcats at Cricketfield Lane.
The home side needed 10 from the final over bowled by Cambs Minor Counties player Sam Rippington to pass the Wisbech total of 124 and they did it in three balls. Aussie Trent Goers struck the winning boundary and finished on 35 not out.
Ramsey will reach the last four - and a match with Nassington - if they win at March in their second group match.
Best batting display of the night was delivered by Ketton Lions’ prolific Aussie Ben Bryant who cracked an unbeaten 95 and yet still finished on the losing side against Barnack,
Bryant dominated Ketton’s 143-4, but Barnack survived a fine bowling spell from Shakaar Mahmood (3-23) before easing home.
Barnack will qualify for the final four if they win their second group match at Burghley Park Bears.
If there is a tie at the top of a table, the fastest scoring rate will determine the group winner.
BARNACK beat KETTON LIONS by 6 wkts
Ketton 143-4 (B. Bryant 95no).
Barnack 144-4 (S. Mahmood 3-23).
DEEPING DRAGONS beat ROYAL CHALLENGERS BOURNEGALORE by 8 wkts
Bourne 182-7 (S. Evison 43 no, J. Andrews 3-20).
Deeping 186-2 (E. Kriek 58, A. Sharp 57, J. Morgan 44no).
PETERBOROUGH TOWN NEWFLAMES lost to NASSINGTON KNIGHTS by 10 runs
Nassington 124-9 (R. Duffy 48, A. Bandaranaike 20, J. Dawborn 4-20).
Peterborough Town 114-6 (D. Clarke 43, D. Bandaranaike 2-19, H. Bashir 2-23).
RAMSEY RAIDERS beat WISBECH WILDCATS by 4 wkts
Wisbech 124 (J. Gollands 26, G. Freear 20, J. Barningham 3-21).
Ramsey 125-6 (T. Goers 35no).
(Wednesday, June 3, 6pm)
Zone A: Burghley Park Bears v Barnack.
Zone B: Spalding Saints v Deeping Dragons.
Zone C: Castor Harlequins v Peterborough Town Newflames.
Zone D: March Crows v Ramsey Raiders.