Bash goes big as Oundle make a strong defence of 20/20 crown

Castor batsman Jason Dunn is  bowled by Whittlesey's Stephen Palmer. Picture: David Lowndes
Castor batsman Jason Dunn is bowled by Whittlesey's Stephen Palmer. Picture: David Lowndes
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Oundle will defend their Rutland Twenty/20 crown in a high-class Finals Day at Bretton Gate on Sunday thanks to a blistering display last weekend from Bashrat Hussain.

The captain returned outstanding figures of 7-14 from his allotted four overs in a 10-wicket win over Newborough that guaranteed Oundle’s progress to the last four.

The first-class bowling record for Twenty/20 cricket is 6-5 by Somerset’s Arul Suppiah. The international record is 6-8 by Sri Lankan Ajantha Mendes.

Bash bagged a quadruple wicket maiden and four Newborough players were dismissed for golden ducks.

He also took 3-16 in a 10-wicket win over Stamford as Oundle breezed through the group stages.

Oundle have a tough semi-final against all-conquering Nassington who saw off Wisbech in their group last weekend as Ryan Duffy cracked an unbeaten 61.

That game will take place at 1.30pm after hosts Town entertain Barnack in the first semi-final at 10.30am.

Town knocked out Uppingham and Ufford Park last weekend, while Barnack were too strong for King’s Keys and Warboys.

Remarkably Nassington’s Dan Bandaranaike also claimed seven wickets in a Twenty/20 match on Monday, although he was allowed five overs in which to register amazing figures of 7-10 in a big Stamford Charity Cup semi-final win over Bourne.

Nassington will play Uppingham, also big winners over Ketton, in the final on Monday, June 29 at Stamford Town CC.

On a rain-ravaged day Godmanchester sneaked enough overs in at March to overtake Wisbech into second place in Cambs Division One and set up a classic clash against leaders Ramsey at Cricketfield Lane this Saturday (1pm).

Wisbech host unbeaten draw specialists Histon.

Third-placed Market Deeping also have a big game as they host table-topping Bracebridge Heath at Outgang Road.

This game now has an 11am start.