Area test awaits for Oundle

Following their success in the Hevey NCL Twenty Cup last weekend Oundle will hope to move a step closer to an appearance on Sky Sports this Sunday.

Cameron Wake’s side, who got the better of Brixworth in the County showpiece last weekend, travel to Coalville in Leicestershire for the area finals where they will face Derbyshire champions Chesterfield in the second game of the day.

And Wake says it will be a case of same again for his charges.

He said: “It’s a good opportunity for us and a bonus for the club.

“It will be a good day out for everyone connected with the club and we’ll go there with the intention of makin g it through to the next round.

“We’ll stick to the same processes as they’ve served us well so far.

“That means our game will be based around the spinners again but we also bat a long way down and that is an advantage in this cricket.”

There is one area where Oundle will be hamapered and that is in the unavailability of their South African opening bowler Petrus Jefta.

Although overseas players are permitted to appear in individual county competitions, once the national rounds come about they are not permitted to play.

And Wake realises that development will leave a big hole in Oundle’s line-up.

He added: “It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me and I don’t see why overseas players can’t play in these rounds but it’s something that we’ve got to deal with.

“Petrus will be a big loss to us, we know that, but we’ve got depth in the side

The host club, Broomleys, are up against Nottinghamshire outfit Cuckney in the first semi-final.