Oundle import Liam Fresen ensured Barnack’s wait for a first Rutland Division One title in 24 years will go on for another week.
Fresen followed a superb 85 with the bat with a 5-33 spell with the ball which included a late hat-trick as Oundle won by nine runs at Milton Road yesterday (September 16).
Barnack still picked up enough bonus points to require just a point from their final fixture at rock-bottom Weldon next weekend.
Barnack and Ketton Sports are level at the top of the table, but the latter’s nine-wicket win at King’s Keys yeterday was their last game of the season.
Both teams have won 10 matches so far, so the number of away wins would determine who finishes top if both teams finish level on points and Ketton are ahead on that score.
It will be a formality for Barnack although they are stumbling towards the finish line following back-to-back defeats.
Asim Butt’s ton yesterday put Barnack in a formidable position, but they slumped from 210-3 to 244 all out after he’d departed. Peter Wilson had earlier struck an unbeaten 71 for Oundle.
Tom Sole ensured Ketton Sports won in a hurry. He smacked an unbeaten 116 from just 33 balls (19 fours, five sixes) to speed his side to their victory target of 154 in just
14 overs and four balls.
Bashrat Hussain (4-31) bowled well for Ketton, while Mohammed Raheel (73no) batted well for King’s Keys.
Grantham conceded their fixture to Wisbech.
Sunday, September 16
King’s Keys lost to Ketton Sports by 9 wkts
King’s Keys 153 (M. Raheel 73no, B. Hussain 4-31, G. Wade 3-56, T. Sole 2-61).
Ketton Sports 157-1 (T. Sole 116no, Z. Manzoor 24no).
Oundle beat Barnack by 9 runs
Oundle 253-8 (L. Fresen 85, P. Wilson 71no, P. Patel 22, F. Khaliq 4-56).
Barnack 244 (A. Butt 108, U. Mirza 57, S. Arshad 22, L. Fresen 5-33, C. Craig 2-16).