Oakfield beaten comfortably by Khalsa

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Oakfield v Leamington Khalsa

Oakfield hosted Leamington Khalsa who they had beaten earlier in the season when registering their only outright win of the season so far.

The last two games against Khalsa have been won in the final overs by Oakfield so this promised to be an exciting encounter.

Richard Burnett won the toss and chose to bat.

Adam Stradling was elevated back to his opening birth and was unlucky to slash to point for 18 before a golden duck awaited Stewart Burnett and Oakfield were left in some early trouble.

Craig Gowdy and Neil Armstrong came and went for teens and Rob Harris, finally avoiding the rain to get a game in, steadied things as only he can.

He built a partnership with Rich Burnett who had been slowly accumulating runs to reach another 50.

Once Harris went unluckily playing on, Burnett tried to push the score along, unfortunately he was bowled for a superb 88.

Oakfield’s lower order didn’t fire and they fell 30 short of what they deemed to be a good score on 203-9.

It took 10 overs of the reply before a wicket came when Jamie Brightwell ran out Gavin Dhaliwal.

Chris Smith and David Odwell both bowled well with no luck as Khalsa ground their way towards the total.

The dangerous Asaad Qureshi reached 50 quickly despite a confident appeal against him first ball.

Ashley Cutts did remove Qureshi with the perfect ball and also accounted for Aman Kalsi, caught well in the deep by Harris.

Tom Marshall came on and took two in two balls but this was a short lived glimmer of hope as Sharma and Sahota saw Khalsa home with three overs to go.

An excellent spell by Cutts and 88 for the in-form Rich Burnett were Oakfield’s only highlights.