CRICKET: Oakfield’s top wicket taker selected for Warwickshire

Chris Smith bowling for Oakfield earlier this season
Chris Smith bowling for Oakfield earlier this season

Promotion seeking 1st XI need to get season back on track

Smith selected for Warwickshire

Oakfield’s veteran seam bowler Chris Smith gave the club cause to celebrate last week when he was selected for Warwickshire Over 50s.

Smith is Oakfield’s leading wicket taker in the club’s 79-year history, and is still playing regularly in the Saturday 1st XI. His selection is just reward for his consistency over the years, and he hopes to help Warwickshire to success in the Over 50’s County Championship.

In his debut match he took 3-38 with the ball and ended up 12 not out with the bat in a narrow defeat to Worcestershire. He and the team will be hoping to go one better next week against Herefordshire.

Warwickshire League Division 4

Oakfield 1st XI v

Bablake Old Boys 2nd XI

Oakfield suffered a second consecutive defeat on Saturday as the second half of their season continued its shaky start. The visitors won the toss and elected to field on what looked an excellent batting wicket after some much needed dry weather. Things started solidly for Oakfield but when skipper Richard Burnett was caught for 31, it sparked a dramatic collapse from which they struggled to recover. Dave Odwell with 24 made the only other contribution of note and when he was last man out Oakfield had a made a well below par 139.

Despite an early wicket from Dave Odwell and Ollie Vaughan, the key wicket of Arnold, was not forthcoming. Jamie Brightwell picked up the wicket of captain Ibby to give Oakfield some hope, but Arnold saw the visitors to a 6 wicket victory, ending unbeaten on 61. While defeat is disappointing, Oakfield are still sitting in the top half of a close division, but need to get their season back on track if they are to have any chance of challenging for promotion.

Warwickshire League Division 9 East

Castle Bromwich 3rd XI v

Oakfield 2nd XI

Oakfield’s 2nd XI travelled to Castle Bromwich on Saturday and won in comfortable fashion. The day started in bizarre fashion with Oakfield at the hosts ground but locked out as the opposition arrived late. Jonny Abbott claimed the toss for Oakfield and elected to bat, looking for a full 24 points.

The innings was dominated by Scott Cluely, usually more renowned for his bowling, who opened the batting. He scored an unbeaten 131 to record his maiden century, before Oakfield declared on 229-6 from just 35 overs. Glyn Vaughan (18) and Will O’Rourke (19 not out) also made useful cameos.

Oakfield’s reply with the ball was led by brothers Tom and Dan Marshall. They ripped through the Castle Bromwich batting to leave the reply in tatters, Dan picking up 3-25 and Tom 5-23 to put Oakfield on the brink of victory. Shozab Mohammed then picked up two wickets in just three balls as the hosts were bowled out for just 60 to leave Oakfield comprehensive winners.

Warwickshire League Division 12 East

Nuneaton 5th XI v

Oakfield 3rd XI

Oakfield’s 3rd XI, weakened by unavailability due to the holiday season, had a tough time at Nuneaton. Oakfield were invited to bat first but were dismissed for just 99, with only Herman Claassen (40) and Jack Watts (18 not out) showing much resistance. In response the hosts batted cautiously and took 33 overs to reach their target, with only 1 wicket falling to Joseph Green.

Sunday Friendly

Warwick University Staff v

Oakfield

Oakfield travelled to Coventry on Sunday for a friendly against Warwick Staff. The visitors won the toss and skipper Dan Clowes elected to bat. Oakfield’s top order found the going tough with only Anshul Satsangi showing much resistance with 44. It took an unbeaten 23 from Chris Smith to get Oakfield to 138 all out, which still looked below par.

This proved to be the case despite an early wicket from Chris Smith. Jack Watts also bowled well to pick up 2-35, but by the time Callum Wayness picked up the 4th wicket the game was effectively over and the hosts coasted to a 6 wicket victory.