Oundle Rovers

Imps at Oundle 2010

Fine debuts from Stratford teenagers Tom Grundy and Sam Douthwaite highlighted a five wicket Imps victory in an exciting finish against the Oundle Rovers.

Seamer Grundy exploited an unusually green Oundle pitch to good effect, to finish with 4-49, including three wickets in a fine new ball spell.

All rounder Douthwaite, who baers an uncanny resemblance to Messrs Becker and Johnson, and therefore answers to "Boris," bowled a tidy spell of left arm swing, returning 1-22, before showing admirable composure in compiling a match winning unbeaten 52 from 41 balls.

This fine knock, coupled with an excellent 67, from 43 balls, from last year's Oundle centurion, Sean Morris, enabled the Imps to complete a rain-affected 31 over 192 chase off the penultimate ball.

Morris added 55 for the second wicket with Rupert Cross, who atoned for his now-traditional Imps dropped catch with a run-a-ball 21, before a flurry of wickets left Jamie Coleman (22) and Douthwaite to combine in an excellent fifth wicket partnership of 66 in 12 overs.

This took the Imps to the brink of victory, leaving Douthwaite to ensure that 22 runs off the final 12 deliveries was an attainable target.

Earlier Paul Rowe produced a good opening spell, which alongside the efforts of Douthwaite and Grundy reduced Oundle to 107-4 at lunch.

The key wickets of Goodley and Outar fell to a pair of rank long hops, before Wilson (37), plus an hour long rain break, affected a recovery to 191 all out in 51 overs.

James Wynn-Evans took 3-55 in a tidy spell, while former Sutton greats Miller and Dean enjoyed the hospitality to the full!