CRICKET: Oakfield CC round-up

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Deafet for the 1st XI

Warwickshire League Division 4

Oakfield 1st XI vs Collycroft 1st XI

Oakfield entertained Collycroft on Saturday looking to get back to winning ways after last week’s defeat. Collycroft have been struggling this season but do have a number of useful players, and Oakfield knew this wouldn’t be an easy game, particularly when they lost the toss and were invited to bat. After a quick start Oakfield lost skipper Dickie Burnett in the 6th over with the score on 39. With the ball keeping very low on a slow wicket, patience was the order of the day and Adam Stradling and Stewart Burnett showed this to take Oakfield to 111-1 at the half way stage. However the dreaded drinks break proved to be the case this week with Burnett falling for 36 first ball after the break. Another wicket fell next ball and in the following over Stradling was removed for 37 as Oakfield slipped to 113-4. It was left to in-form Rob Harris to marshall the remainder of the innings supported by a number of cameo’s. Harris ended unbeated on 41 with Dave Odwell 17 not out as Oakfield closed on a very competitive 225-7.

Oakfield sat down to tea feeling they had a great chance of victory, and this grew even further when Odwell picked up a wicket in the first over before a run was scored. Chris Smith was soon in on the action and Oakfield looked in the box seat. A rearguard action from the visitors took them towards 100 at drinks before Smith struck twice in two balls to swing the game back in Oakfield’s favour. With number 3 Hirons going well Collycroft needed someone to stay with him, especially after Smith picked up his 4th wicket to leave Collycroft 5 down for just over 100. At this point skipper Ryan Marsh entered the crease complete with runner and immediately made his intentions clear with a number of big hits. For once Oafield’s normally reliable attack had no answer to the attacking play of the the Collycroft pair, adding 100 before Marsh was bowled by Alex Ray for a boundary-laden 53. With just 12 needed for victory Oakfield were looking for a miracle, once which they felt was possible having got through to the tail. However Hirons held firm with 97 not out to lead Collycroft to a 4 wicket victory as Oakfield fell further behind the pacesetters.

Next week they take on bottom club Lapworth in a must win game as the season draws towards its climax.

Stockingford 2nd XI vs Oakfield 2nd XI

Oakfield’s 2nd string travelled to Stockingford and enjoyed an easier time of things in Nuneaton. Stockingford won the toss and elected to bat but had no answer to Oakfield’s bowling. Young Tomas Marshall impressed with 3-8, while fellow opener Phil Hutchinson picked up 2-19. Spin twins James Corrie (1-26) and the returning Danny Maddison (2-10) completed a good day in the field for Oakfield as Stockingford were bowled out for just 65.

Oakfield’s batting display was equally emphatic, racing to victory for the loss of just 1 wicket in 13 overs. Steve Maddison did most of the damage with an unbeaten 49.

Oakfield 3rd XI vs Spartans

Oakfield took on table topping Spartans looking to end their run of recent poor form. A decent performance with the ball gave the hosts hope, with Peter Reynolds ripping through the opposition to take 7-26. He was well supported by Will O’Rourke and Anshul Satsani who picked up a wicket each as Spartans fell for a getable 131. However it’s with the bat where Oakfield have struggled recently, and this continued as only James Bourne (11) and Christian Nicholson (14) made double figures with Oakfield bowled out for just 85.

Sunday Friendly

Oakfield vs Cranes Park

Oakfield fixed up a friendly with Birmingham-based Cranes Park on Sunday after a late call off from the scheduled opposition. Batting first Callum Wayness (57) and Rob Harris (94) were the mainstay of Oakfield’s innings, while a late 40 not out from Adam Stradling meant the home side reached 226-7 from their 40 overs. The visitors struggled to cope against Oakfield’s opening bowlers, particularly Chris Smith who picked up 1 for 0 from 4 overs. Perry Wilson also picked up 3 wickets before skipper Dan Clowed chipped in with 4-39 as Oakfield bowled the visitors out for 166 and a comfortable victory.