The 4’s travelled to nearby Oadby looking to keep up their impressive second half of the season form going, with only 2 defeats in the last 11 games.
The hosts batted first on a small ground which looked as though it had been set for junior cricket, but it was the same for both sides.
Pick of the bowlers was the returning Mark Senior who collected 4 wickets as the hosts were restricted to what felt like a very gettable 239/7 from their allocation.
A highlight of the innings had once again been the tremendous fielding from everyone involved, who put their body on the line in the quest to restrict the run rate.
In response it was vital that John Pounds or Hardick got going, given that they were most likely to enjoy the short boundaries.
As it happened they were both out in the first 3 overs, with JP deflecting the ball on to his stumps whilst Hardick cant buy a run at the moment (possibly due to his badly damaged finger).
The stoic Lord Fauntleroy (Steve Parker), dug in and was joined by one of last week’s heroes 14 year old Adam Dakri (picture below).
The going was tough, against a very good seam attack and Adam had to curb his usual free flowing style to tough it out. This he did, and the pair steadied the ship, although it soon became clear that draw was our likely best result.
When Fauntleroy was out, Windy soon followed after a brief cameo and then Adams resistance came to an end after a really gutsy 28 which bodes well for the future.
To the wicket came Tom Robinson and young Harry Pounds and the pair counter attacked with gusto, although it was too late to get a win we did at least take some significant pride from the draw as we closed on 164/6.
Tom made a good 24 and Harry shone again with 28* and demonstrated that there is genuine batting promise to match his bowling skill.
Another good result and demonstration that the 4’s are no ones whipping boys and have retained their place in the division 5 on merit.