Oundle Town cricket club, established in 1826, is the oldest cricket club in the Northamptonshire Cricket League, which was also created at the same time. This past season Oundle showed that experience counts, as they performed exceptionally well at multiple levels throughout the season.
The Saturday XI finished fourth in the NCL Premier Division, in what was only their second stab at this level. Success did not stop there, however, as both Oundle’s second and third teams were promoted, both for the sixth year running.
League triumphs were added to by cup glory in the Rutland and District League Twenty20 competition. The club also managed to reach the final of the John Wilcox Cup, although they suffered a loss on this occasion, the team can definitely be proud of reaching this point, and on another day, the result could have been very different.
Special mention must go to Bashrat Hussain who was awarded the OTCC’s Saturday First XI player of the season, and was presented with a special award for taking a huge 112 wickets in all competitions this season.
The club Chairman, Guy Bolsover, said: ‘It’s been a great season on the pitch – and the weather was kind to us too. That meant we were able to play more cricket and bring in more revenue too.’
There was also an increase the support for the club throughout the season, perhaps thanks in part to the new bar.
‘The bar at Milton Road has seen a great number of local people come in to watch high quality cricket whist enjoying their favourite tipple in the sun!’
The OTCC, which has a long-standing connection with Oundle School Cricket Club, recently agreed a deal with the Hockey Club whereby the clubhouse facilities will be shared among the two. There are also sponsorship deals in place with Kuchen Kraft, which sponsors the senior section, and Oradi Dental for the juniors.
With this season complete, attention has been turned to next year’s campaign, which, if it is half as impressive as this year, will be a huge success. For those of you who would like to get involved, winter training will be taking place for all ages. Details of dates and time are available on the club’s website www.oundletown.play.cricket.com.
By Alastair Choy