CRICKET: Oakfield up to fourth in league

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The weekend’s reports

Warwickshire League Division 3

Dunlop 1st XI v

Oakfield 1st XI

After last week’s abandonment, Oakfield looked to continue their winning streak and push up the table at Dunlop. The visitors were in confident mood after back to back wins, which was no doubt helped by skipper Gowdy winning the toss. He had no hesitation in fielding first on a slow looking wicket but even he couldn’t have imagined the carnage Oakfield’s bowlers were about to unleash on the hosts. Led by a rejouvinated Ollie Vaughan, Oakfield made early inroads to the Dunlop top order. By the time Vaughan was removed from the attack having bowled his maximum 7 over spell, he had taken 4-6. He was ably supported by Dave Odwell (11 overs 2-27), Danny Maddison (2-13), amd some excellent fielding which led to two run outs as Oakfield dismissed the hosts for just 46.

Oakfield’s openers did not have the same problems with Adam Stradling (17 not out) and Dickie Burnett (25 not out) guiding Oakfield home in just 9 overs for the simplist of wins. With top team 5-Ways losing things are getting tight at the top with Oakfield sitting 4th but just 10 points away from 2nd place, which will be their next aim as they look to continue their winning run.

Oakfield 2nd XI v

Knowle and Dorridge 4th XI

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Oakfield’s 2nd string were desperate for a victory at home to K&D on Saturday but a superb individual performance dented any hopes of this happening. Batting first K&D made 265-5 from their 50 overs, largely build around 108 not out from West who batted throughout the innings.

Oakfield’s bowlers toiled hard with Phil Hutchinson (2-64) the pick, while Alex Ray and Eliot Jones picked up a wicket each. Oakfield never looked like chasing the target down but any hopes of a draw were ruined by West who followed up his ton by picking up 6-11 as Oakfield were bowled out for just 115 in a heavy defeat. Only Glyn Vaughan offerred any resistance with 28 and Oakfield will need to bat better if they are to rise up the table.

Oakfield 3rd XI vs Smethwick

Oakfield’s 3rd XI hoped to continue their encouraging recent form at home to Smethwick at Harris School. Having won the toss Oakfield elected to field, a decision that paid early dividends as wickets began to tumble.

The visitors were bowled out for just 83 as Anuj Satsangi (3-33) and Will O’Rourke (2-9) did the damage. Oakfield struggled in response, losing 6 wickets before reaching their target, largely due to Sherwin Fernando making 26.

Sunday Friendly

Oakfield v Barford

Oakfield entertained Barford in their long-standing friendly fixture on Sunday. The visitors elected to bat first on a warm afternoon and made 161 all out inside 40 overs.

Elliot Jones picked up 3-20 with the ball, and was ably supported by Dan Clowes (3-48) and Perry Wilson (2-37). With a strong batting line up Oakfield cruised to victory in 26 overs for the loss of just 2 wickets.

Tony Partridge led the way with 87 not out, and was ably supported by Ollie Vaughan (32 not out) and Andy Ollerenshaw (34).