CRICKET: Oakfield season unravels with third defeat

Will O'Rourke batting for Oakfield 2nds on Saturday  PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER
Will O'Rourke batting for Oakfield 2nds on Saturday PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER

2nds pick up 16 useful points

Warwickshire League

Oakfield 2nds v Nuneaton 4ths - Glyn Vaughan batting

Oakfield 2nds v Nuneaton 4ths - Glyn Vaughan batting

Division 4

Olton and West Warwicks

2nd XI v Oakfield 1st XI

Oakfield travelled to Birmingham on Saturday looking to put two consecutive defeats behind them.

Shozab Mohammed batting for the 2nds

Shozab Mohammed batting for the 2nds

Olton is generally regarded as one of the best batting pitches in Warwickshire, and upon winning the toss, Oakfield skipper Richard Burnett had no hesitation in electing to bat on a hot afternoon.

Despite a solid start that saw Oakfield reach 49-1, when captain Burnett was adjudged LBW for a quickfire 44, the game was in the balance with Oakfield 61-3.

Despite Nick Dowling’s excellent innings in just his second Saturday appearance, Oakfield lost wickets regularly, and posting a 200 plus total became difficult.

When Dowling was bowled for a better than a run a ball 74, Oakfield were 150-7. Ollie Vaughan chipped in with 17, but when the tail failed to wag and he was last out, Oakfield were well under par with a score of 165.

Oakfield knew they needed a good start, and they nearly had one when Olton’s dangerous opener Mike Ceillam was nearly run out in the first over by Jamie Brightwell.

In the third over Chris Smith (1-28) removed Olton’s other opener to give Oakfield hope, but the hosts compiled a match-changing 2nd wicket partnership of 136 to but the result beyond doubt.

Young seamer Matt Shipman did make a breakthrough, removing number 3 Talukder for 47, then Ceillam with a great delivery for 77.

Jamie Brightwell picked up another wicket with his off-breaks as Oakfield never gave up, but it was too little too late as the hosts coasted to a 6 wicket victory.

The defeat was a third in a row for Oakfield, whose season has unravelled in recent weeks. They really need to bounce back against bottom of the table Bulkington at home next week.

Warwickshire League

Division 9 East

Oakfield 2nd XI v

Nuneaton 4th XI

Oakfield’s 2nd XI entertained Nuneaton on Saturday looking to build on their recent improved form. Skipper Jonny Abbott won the toss and elected to bat in good conditions.

Despite the early loss of a wicket, Scott Cluely and Glyn Vaughan built a solid based before the former was dismissed for 21.

Anshul Satsangi then added support with 16, before Vaughan was caught and bowled for a well made 53.

The solid base allowed Oakfield’s middle order to up the run rate, and they did so through Will O’Rourke (48), Gurj Rupal (19 not out) and Jonny Abbott (12 not out) as they reached 199-6 from their 45 overs.

The Marshall brothers Tom (1-19) and Dan (3-26) both made early inroads to give Oakfield hopes of victory, as the visitors started to look for a draw.

Despite Scott Cluely (2-17) and Guy Smith (1-28) adding to the pressure, the visitors held on comfortably to reach 131-7 as Oakfield picked up a useful 16 points.

Warwickshire League

Division 12 East

Oakfield 3rd XI v

Corley 3rd XI

Oakfield’s 3rd XI took on table-topping Corley at Hart Field on Saturday. The visitors had lost just once all season and Oakfield were expecting a tough challenge. With only 9 players available at the start of the game, Oakfield skipper Brian Harris elected to bat whilst he waited for his latecomers. This proved an inspired decision, as Dale Coles set a great platform with 54. Liam Green, one of Oakfied’s promising juniors, batted superbly at number 3 to make 79 against an experienced bowling attack. Skipper Harris then chipped in with an unbeaten 53, and was well supported by Rikesh Vaghela (39) and Adam Barby (28 not out) as Oakfield amassed an impressive 279-7 from their 45 overs.

Corley seemed a little shocked at tea, and when Herman Claassen picked up 2 early wickets, Oakfield had high hopes of victory. Brothers Liam (1-24) and Joeseph Green (3-37) took Oakfield closer to victory, before Rikesh Vaghela (2-22) and Adam Barby (2-5) finished the job off as Corley were bowled out for just 156, leaving Oakfield victorious by 123 runs. This was an excellent victory for a team containing several members of Oakfield’s junior section, who were well led by a number of senior players.