We turned up to Raunds (ON's makeshift home ground) with a rather young side for our second to last game of the season.
As we sat in the changing rooms after winning the toss (Shock!) there was a good environment with the boys. As Riz Alam and Tom Knibbs walked out there was a slight nervousness from everyone on what sort of score we could post against ON's after they bowled us out for under a 100 previously.
Our nerves were put to rest quickly as a dominant display from both openers playing some terrific aggressive shots. When Tom Knibbs fell for 85 we had accumulated 187 runs for the first wicket. Outstanding, we were speechless, ON's didn't know what to do. Stephen Finch added 37 not out at the end to get us to 281-3.
You may ask where all the other runs came from. This was a special day for one young man, an chanceless innings, hitting 4's everywhere around the ground, dabbing into gaps, taking bowlers out of the attack and easily the shot of the day with a lovely timed push down the ground for 4. This was the innings of Riz Alam who when finishing the innings not out had accumulated 138 runs from 135 balls. He rightly received a standing ovation as he walked off.
However it took 5 minutes into tea before we all told him to shut up! A harsh team we are.
As we walked out to bowl we knew the job wasn't done yet. A good spell from Tom Knibbs opening removed their opener as well as another leg side stumping wicket for Vishal Mistry.
However Tom Hogan, ON's dangerous batsmen was still in. On comes Dan Robinson who with a beautiful spell removed both him and the other opener. Stephen Finch did what he always does and made it difficult for the batsmen to get away any runs and the captain brought himself on to knick Stephen Finch's wicket with a half tracker as he usually does.
ON's began to form a partnership which for a while made us a bit nervous but Finley Moffat decided to set the trap of bowling a rank half tracker which was pulled to the deep in which Dan Robinson made a lovely catch.Looks Like Finley has been learning from Ben.
Vishal came back for his second spell and finished the game off with 2 wickets in one over finally getting the wickets he deserved from previous weeks. ON's Bowled out for 194.
Horton picking up the maximum 30 points and keeping the season alive.
We return to Denton Road for our final game of the season against Geddington