Vital win before visit to leaders

MHRA 23-06-12 Oakfield Jun56' Action images from Oakfield cricket v RMCC.'Oakfield's Jamie Brightwell bowling to Nissar Khan and team mate Ishan Atukurle  look on .
MHRA 23-06-12 Oakfield Jun56' Action images from Oakfield cricket v RMCC.'Oakfield's Jamie Brightwell bowling to Nissar Khan and team mate Ishan Atukurle look on .

Warwickshire League

Division 4

Oakfield 1st XI v

RMCC 1st XI

Oakfield entertained unbeaten RMCC on Saturday at the Sheaf, looking for a win to close the gap on the visitors and Aston at the top of the table.

Having won an important toss Oakfield skipper Richard Burnett had no hesitation in electing to bowl, and was rewarded with a wicket from Odwell in the first over before a run was scored.

The wicket was slow and damp and the visitors struggled to get to grips with this against some tight bowling from Odwell and Smith, falling to 31-4 early in the innings before the visiting skipper dug in to move the score towards 100.

Chris Smith bowled 15 overs unchanged picking up a Gowdy-esque 2 wickets for just 9 runs, and was unlucky not to pick up more.

Jamie Brightwell also bowled tidily picking up 3-31 from 13 overs, while Odwell returned at the end of the innings to finish RMCC off, completing figures of 5-34 as the visitors were bowled out for just 117 in 47 overs.

Oakfield’s response got off to a bad start when skipper Richard Burnett was forced to retire hurt from a wild throw from the outfield.

Things got worse with the loss of two quick wickets which gave RMCC the hope they could achieve an unlikely victory.

With some ridiculous appealing it was only a matter of time before RMCC were warned by the umpires, and they were further subdued by James Rowland’s excellent 41.

Once he was bowled the game was put further in the balance and Oakfield needed another significant contribution.

This came from Rob Harris, fresh from his maiden century the week before, who made a patient unbeaten 36, well supported by Jamie Brightwell (11 not out) as Oakfield won by 4 wickets with over 20 overs in hand.

n The victory was vital in a tight division and Oakfield will hope to build on this when they visit unbeaten leaders Aston this weekend.

RMCC 2nd XI v

Oakfield 2nd XI

Oakfield’s 2nd string visited their counterparts in Coventry on a similarly wet and slow wicket. Here the home side won the toss and invited Oakfield to bat in tricky conditions.

Oakfield found the going tough and had scored just 50 from the first half of the innings, although the platform was laid to increase the scoring rate in the second.

Glyn Vaughan’s 34 was vital, as was young Scott Price’s 28 late on in helping Oakfield to 148-8 from their 50 overs.

The hosts found things no easier with the bat and lost wickets at regular intervals.

Phil Hutchinson bowled well to pick up 3-17, and was well supported by Maciek Hulme (1-28), Christian Nicholson (2-14) and Tom Marshall (2-29) before Scott Price and skipper Dan Clowes took the last two wickets to dismiss the hosts for 111 and pick up 24 points.

Friendly

Oakfield 3rd XI v

Barby 3rd XI

With no league game and excellent availability Oakfield set up a friendly against local rivals Barby.

Oakfield were invited to bat having lost the toss and did so excellently over their 45 overs.

Oakfield’s youngsters were particularly impressive, with Dan Marshall (86) and Sherwin Fernando building an excellent 2nd wicket partnership.

Fernando batted the majority of the innings and completed his maiden century, making 107 before being bowled.

Callum Wayness then chipped in with an unbeaten 24 as Oakfield amassed 276-2 from their 40 overs.

Barby’s batsmen struggled in response against Oakfield’s experienced openers Jim Foxton (5-20) and Adam Barby (2-12).

Dan Marshall completed a good day with 2 wickets while Herman Classen picked up 1, while Oakfield’s youngest player in the seniors, Matthew Nobes, bowled 4 overs of excellent leg-spin without any luck in picking up a wicket.

Barby were dismissed for 95 to hand Oakfield a comfortable victory as they head back into league action this week.