Norman conquest as Nassington move into quarter-finals
Nassington smashed a mammoth 407-5 from 50 overs in a first round John Wilcox Trophy match at Laxton Park yesterday (May 17).
The top flight side showed no mercy to a Division Five outfit in the knockout competition for Rutland League teams as they ruthlessly bombarded the small boundaries on the village ground.
Alex Laud top scored for Nassington with an unbeaten 101 from 87 balls and 15 year-old Harrison Craig cracked 93 from 92 balls, but the real fun started when Tom Norman arrived at the crease.
Norman blasted eight sixes and eight fours in a blistering knock of 98 which occupied just 44 balls.
Nassington’s star batsman Dave Robinson took a breather, but he was allowed a rare bowl and responded with 4-16 from 7.1 overs - not bad for a wicket-keeper. Kiwi Ryan Duffy also chipped in with four wickets as Nassington earned a quarter-final tie at home to Division Two side King’s Keys.
The city side received a bye into the quarter-finals when scheduled first round opponents Medbourne conceded their tie yesterday. Kettering also conceded their tie with Oundle.
Oundle will now host Wisbech in an all Division Oner quarter-final. Wisbech eased past Newborough by 52 runs yesterday with Jason Esser (52no) and Gary Freear (5-51) showing good form.
Ufford Park won a tight game by three wickets at neighbours Barnack and they move straight into the semi-finals as scheduled last-eight opponents Peterborough Town have withdrawn from the competition because of a fixture clash. Isham entertain Stamford Town in the final quarter-final. Both teams received a bye through the first round.
Meanwhile Uppingham Town are determined to go one better than last season’s runners-up finish in Rutland Division One.
The league leaders made it four wins from four matches by sneaking past Bourne by three wickets in a low scoring game at the Abbey Lawns. Harry Butchart was the Uppingham match-winner rescuing his side from early trouble with a well-struck unbeaten 47 from the number eight berth.
Ben Stroud top scored with 50 in Bourne’s 140 all out with Scott Green (4-41) and former Bourne player James Keywood (3-30) impressing with the ball for Uppingham. Tom Dixon (26 & 4-22) enjoyed a fine all-round game for Bourne.
Stamford Town moved into the top half of the table with a 96-run win at Eaton Socon. Stamford’s 160 appeared a modest total at half-time, but an excellent all-round bowling display led by Chris Birch (3-1) skittled the home side for just 64.
John Wilcox Trophy
BARNACK lost to UFFORD PARK by 3 wkts
Barnack 185 (A. Butt 43, T. Ahmed 42).
Ufford Park 186-7
LAXTON lost to NASSINGTON by 333 runs
Nassington 407-5 (A. Laud 101no, T. Norman 98, H. Craig 93, C. Craig 37, J. Pope 23).
Laxton 74 (D. Robinson 4-16, R. Duffy 4-17).
NEWBOROUGH lost to WISBECH by 52 runs
Wisbech 220-9 (J. Esser 52no, D. Haynes 27).
Newborough 168 (R. Trickett 54, G. Freear 5-51).
MEDBOURNE conceded to KING’S KEYS
KETTERING conceded to OUNDLE
Oundle v Wisbech, Nassington v King’s Keys, Ufford Park v bye, Isham v Stamford Towwn.
EATON SOCON lost to STAMFORD TOWN by 96 runs
Stamford 160 (T. Juggins 46, T. Williams 35, A. Hulme 31, R. Worboys 4-15).
Eaton Socon 64 (C. Birch 3-1).
BOURNE lost to UPPINGHAM by 3 wkts
Bourne 140 (B. Stroud 50, T. Dixon 26, S. Green 4-41, J. Keywood 3-30).
Uppingham 141-7 (H. Butchart 47no, M. Bennett 24, A. Cross 21, T. Dixon 4-22).