Rovers defeat Old Malvernians by 80 runs to progress to The 2019 Cricketer Cup Final
Oundle Rovers 249-7. Old Malvernians 169.
Team (left to right, back row first): Fernandes S, Dobson, Fernandes C, Johansen, Hicks, Esler, Ramsden, Lowe, Smith, Street, Graves.
The Oundle Rovers travelled to Malvern for the fifth consecutive year on Sunday for their Cricketer Cup semi-final, but this time came away with a resounding victory and will now play Old Tonbridgians in the final at the beautiful Arundel Castle ground on Sunday August 11th.
Having won the toss Oundle were given a flying start by the excellent Ben Graves (36 from 34) ably supported by debutant James Esler (19). After the openers fell George Johansen (58) and captain Greg Smith (70) put together a beautifully constructed 135 run partnership that ensured that Oundle’s score was going to be very competitive. The rest of the Oundle middle order found Malvern’s spinners difficult to get away but Charlie Fernandes (28*), performing strongly for the fourth game in succession, ensured that Oundle reached 249 for 7 off their 50 overs.
Oundle opened up the Malvern innings with spin at both ends. Malvern started well but when James Esler (1-33) bowled the dangerous Malik the Oundle attack began to exert control. Will Street (2-22) and Harry Ramsden (3-25) were the pick of the bowlers, well supported by Martyn Dobson (1-26), Ben Graves (2-52), Simon Hicks (0-5) and Esler. Harry Ramsden’s outstanding catch at short extra cover to dismiss Davey (34) was the highlight of an outstanding team fielding performance. Simon Fernandes’ ground fielding was quite exceptional and Steven Lowe displayed his usual class behind the stumps, standing up to the wicket for the complete Malvern innings.
Oundle ran out winners by 80 runs to exact some revenge for defeats in the last four years at the same ground.
Oundle Rovers and indeed all Old Oundelians are strongly encouraged to support the team at the beautiful Arundel Castle ground on 11th August where Oundle will be seeking their 4th Cricketer Cup win and their first victory over the Old Tonbridgians.
Tim Elliott (St A 77)
Oundle Rovers CC