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Warwickshire League Division 4

Five Ways Old Eds 1st XI v

Oakfield 1st XI

Oakfield travelled to table toppers Five Ways on Saturday knowing they realistically needed to win to maintain their push for the runners up spot in Division 4. After rain reduced the game to 40 overs a side, Oakfield won the toss and had no hesitation in electing to field.

However, Oakfield’s bowlers didn’t really make the most of the conditions as the home side made an excellent start.

Danny Maddison (2-67) bowled well and did his best to keep the score down, and Alex Ray (0-35) was extremely unlucky with 3 dropped catches off his bowling and a delivery that clipped the stumps but didn’t remove the bails. Dave Odwell returned to the attack late on to pick up a wicket but the home side would have been very pleased with their 243-4 from their 40 overs.

Oakfield’s response got off to a terrible start with a wicket falling to only the 2nd ball. At 60-2 Oakfield were well in the game before Dickie Burnett was harshly judged caught behind for 24. Duncan Snook soon followed for the same score and Oakfield’s chances were looking bleak. At 126-7 with just 13 overs left Oakfield were realistically playing for the draw, although Carel Brand and Ollie Vaughan had other ideas. The pair hit the ball all around the ground at the required 9 an over to leave Oakfield needing 40 from the last 5 overs. In the penultimate over Brand brought up his maiden century leaving 13 needed from 8 balls. He was then crucialy caught behind for an excellent 101.

With 13 needed from the last over Oakfield needed Ollie Vaughan to hit an early boundary to keep the pressure on. Vaughan responded by dispatching the first 2 balls of the over for 6 to tie the scores, before scrambling a leg bye to complete an excellent, and unlikely, victory. Despite the defeat Five Ways were crowned champions of the division while Oakfield sit joint 3rd with 2 games to go. Any one of 5 teams could finish runners up but this victory will give Oakfield confidence going into their last 2 games.

Oakfield 2nd XI v

Five Ways Old Eds 2nd XI

Match Sponsor: Thomas Cleaver Jewellers

Oakfield’s 2nd XI hosted Five Ways needing a victory to close the gap between them and the visitors. Having lost the toss Oakfield were asked to bat first in tough conditions that they never really came to terms with. Only veteran Alan Fisher had any success making 52 as Oakfield were bowled out for just 128.

Despite Phil Hutchinson’s 3-49 Oakfield never threatened to win the game as the visitors completed a 7 wicket victory to leave Oakfield stranded 3rd from bottom.

Knowle Village 3rd XI v

Oakfield 3rd XI

Oakfield’s 3rd XI travelled to Birmingham to take on Knowle Village on Saturday. Knowle batted first and scored 180-9 from their 45 overs. Chris Smith picked up 2-34 but Bryan Acford was the star of the show with 4-25 including a hat-trick, the veteran spinner’s first for the club. On a spicy pitch and with only 10 men, Oakfield struggled in response, despite skipper Rich Robinson making 51 not out. The visitors were dismissed for 148 to lose by 32 runs.

Sunday Friendly

Oakfield v Willoughby

Oakfield entertained Willoughby on Sunday after an initial mix up over the venue of the game. Batting first Oakfield made 253-7 from 40 overs, largely built around an excellent 51 not out from Calum Wayness, who was well supported by Danny and Steve Maddison, who made 42 and 44 respectively. Willoughby’s response got off to a flying start with 100 coming up in just 14 overs.

Bryan Acford continued his good weekend and put the brakes on with his 2-24, while Danny Maddison chipped in with 2-8. Young Alex Mills bowled well at the death, picking up 1-28 as Oakfield won by 18 runs.