Oundle captain Cameron Wake believes that there is more to Oundle than one man.
Wake’s side entertain Brixworth at Milton Road in the NCL Premier Division this weekend as they seek to build on what has been an excellent debut top flight campaign but they will again be without all-rounder Petrus Jeftha who has been banned for 12 weeks for bowling a deliberate beamer in the game against Finedon earlier in the month.
And while losing someone Wake describes as “the best cricketer in the league” represents a significant blow, he thinks that there are others who will come to the fore in the South African’s absence.
He said: “Last week’s win against Horton was my favourite of the season because it showed we’re not a one-man team.
“Other players such as Richard Cunningham and Harry Ramsden stepped up when they were needed to and we’ll be able to cope without Petrus.
“He is a big loss to us but we’ve just got to get on with it.”
As for the weekend’s game, Wake says it should be a well-fought contest.
He added: “They’ve got a good mix of cricketers and it should be a good game.
“There are a few teams all bunched up in the league and it will be another test of how good we are.”
The top two are both on their travels this weekend with leaders Finedon at Rushton and Peterborough travelling to Wollaston.
Lewis Bruce’s side have cut the gap to 21 points and it looks like the race for the title is becoming a two-horse race.
Burton Latimer are seven points adrift of Wellingborough at the foot of the table and they host the Old Northamptonians while Boro are at home to Northampton Saints.
The other game of the round sees Horton House entertain Stony Stratford at Denton Road.
In Division One, the pick of the fixtures is at Boughton Park where second place Weekley & Warkton host third place Geddington.
Leaders Rushden, who are 13 points in the ascendancy, entertain Desborough.