CRICKET: Oakfield

Oakfield 1st v Bournville, Jamie Brightwell batting
Oakfield 1st v Bournville, Jamie Brightwell batting
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Disappointing defeat in rain-affected game

Oakfield CC 1st XI v

Bournville CC

Oakfield 1st XI began their home league campaign on a dreadful day more suited to November than the cricket season. Credit must go to Alan Fisher and the grounds team who produced a track that offered pace and bounce, unfortunately Bournville won the toss and their two sharp openers made good use of the seaming track to have Oakfield in early trouble.

Runs were hard to come by with the long outfield proving as difficult to negotiate as the bowling and Oakfield found themselves in trouble at 22–2 off just 12 overs. Things got worse as wickets fell regularly and runs dried up, the top order had shoelaces removed as they crashed to 54–6 after 28.

It was left to the lower order to add some respectability to the score and this was provided by Brightwell (39) who continued his good run of form with the bat. Oakfield were all out in the final over for 118 which was considered to be well short of a decent target. Rain came, overs were lost and the calves and quads of the home team were given a serious work out shifting the covers on and off.

Bournville, who only had 37 overs, started off slow as they struggled to get to grips with Smith 13-6-18-1 and Odwell 9-3-22-2 who kept them well below the required run rate and regularly beat the bat. Rain again made an appearance and the umpires brought the sides off 3 balls short of what would constitute a match much to everyone’s displeasure.

Fortunately play resumed and Bournville began to play more aggressively knowing that rain wasn’t far away. Opener Joe Cherry (52no) started playing shots after a watchful innings and along with Jason Lynch who hit a quick fire (40no) guided Bournville past Oakfield’s total. Disappointing for Oakfield, but not taking catches when setting such a small target is always going to be hard work. Onward and upward!