Oundle gained immediate revenge for a Northants Premier Division drubbing at the hands of Peterborough Town.
Peterborough crushed Oundle by nine wickets in a league game on Saturday (July 23), but 24 hours later the boot was on the other foot as the hosts won a John Wilcox Cup semi-final at Milton Road by 96 runs.
Peterborough field a largely development side on a Sunday, while Oundle, who are the holders of the Rutland League’s knockout competition, boost their line-up with a second overseas bowler in Rushton Town’s Riyaad Henry.
And men against boys it certainly was for most of the 50-over contest as Oundle racked up 227-9 in their 50 overs before despatching their visitors for just 131. Mohammed Danyaal rescued Peterborough from an even heavier defeat with an accomplished 52 after Oundle paceman Tshepo Moreki had run through the top of the order.
South African Moreki has endured a tough first season in this country, His 19 wickets at 29 apiece in the Northants League is a disappointing return from 14 matches, but, apparently inspired by negative reporting of his display the day before, he bowled with pace, venom and a strong word or two to return figures of 4-35.
Earlier opener Mark Hodgson had cracked 64 for Oundle, while skipper Bashrat Hussain (44no) and tail-ender Jack Roberts (23 from 14 balls) scored useful late runs.
Top-flight Oundle will play Division Two side Grantham in the final at Barnack CC on Monday, August 29.
Grantham will be tough opponents as they are riding high in the Lincs Premier Division. They joined the Rutland League in time for this season and they should win promotion at the first attempt.
Grantham reached the final with a 70-run semi-final success over Barnack yesterday despite a decent all-round display from losing captain Mohammed Yaseen.
JOHN WILCOX TROPHY
GRANTHAM beat BARNACK by 70 runs
Grantham 225 (M. Yaseen 4-39).
Barnack 155 (A. Shafiq 35no, Y. Mirza 29, M. Yaseen 27, T. Ahmed 24).
OUNDLE beat PETERBOROUGH TOWN by 96 runs
Oundle 227-9 (M. Hodgson 64, B. Hussain 44no, J. Roberts 23, K. Jones 4-27).
Peterborough 131 (M. Danyaal 52, T. Moreki 4-35).