Tight at the top before final week

Division One

AC Victoria v MCC Academy

Merchants have withdrawn from the league, points awarded.

The Bell v Half Moonies

Half Moonies unable to raise a team, points to The Bell

Cross division game

OLs B 114-5,

Station Bar 90-4,

OLs won by 24 runs

After several false starts the first league game at the Fenley Fields Oval saw the OLs keep up their league challenge with a solid win against old friends Station Bar.

In what turned out to be a closely contested game that threatened to be closer than the eventual result.

Skipper Pete Rigg won the toss, and a captain’s solid innings of 21 allowed stroke players Thorney, 25, and Lord Mark Of Palmer 39, Billy The Fish 14 to consistently score on the new astro, scoring not helped by the long lush summer grass.

Special mention to Ben Roach who was called at the last minute, whose 1 run may not have been vital, but excellent fielding and a huge throwing arm made for a promising debut.

Gardner took 2 wickets, 2-37, and Phil Hunt 1-18, kept the score down to 114, but it would prove to be enough.

Excellent opening bowling from Simon Rigg 1-10, and John Washington 1-18 meant SB were well behind the rate at half way. All round good fielding from the OLs backed up all the bowlers, as SB struggled to hit the boundaries needed to catch up.

Marsh 30 and S. Blundell 37 meant SB were never out of the game, but change bowlers Nipper 0-26 and LM of P 0-10 meant SB could not make up the deficit.

The final nail in the coffin was big Wal, standing in at ‘bloke with gloves’ running out Blundell and the game was won.

After 17 years could this be the OLs B year at last?

Division Two

Exiles v Network Rail

Network Rail 96-4, Exiles 85-8

Network Rail won by 11 runs

A rare Tuesday night outing saw Network Rail bat first in a slightly reduced 18-over game. After a slow but steady start, Network Rail picked up their run rate towards the close with top scorer Johnny (30) almost carrying his bat.

Lee Anderson took 1-18, the pick of the bowling.

In reply, Exiles were always behind the required rate and despite a great knock of 31 from James Garratt succumbed rather meekly in chasing a very gettable target on this ground. Best bowling came from Scouse with 3-16.

Webb Ellis v Alexandra Arms

Waterlogged pitch