Promotion hopes over for 1sts
Warwickshire League Division 4
Warwick 1st XI vs Oakfield 1st XI
Oakfield travelled to lowly Warwick on Saturday needing a win to get keep their promotion hopes on track. On a beautiful day in a lovely setting, the hosts won the toss and elected to field first on a hard but grassy wicket. Oakfield got off to a bad start, losing a wicket in the first over, before Stewart and Richard Burnett counter-attacked to create a solid platform. Although there was seam movement for the bowlers, good shots were well rewarded on a quick outfield, and the pair quickly moved the score to 49 before Stewart Burnett was caught behind for 31. Skipper Richard continued to bat well and he and Dan McManus moved the score to 101 before Burnett was bowled for 52. This sparked a collapse for Oakfield who were soon 139-7, with only Craig Gowdy (31) making a healthy contribution. Oakfield needed the tail to wag and Scott Cluely duly obliged with 28 before he was last man out in just the 43rd over as Oakfield were dismissed for 179.
Oakfield knew they would have to bowl well to win the match and needed a good start, with Warwick’s opener and number 3 their prolific run scorers this season. Scott Cluely was always dangerous with his extra pace, and picked up a wicket in the 10th over with the hosts on 46. The next wicket would be key but Oakfield failed to make another quick inroad as Warren and Smith added 98 to practically win the game before McManus dismissed Warren for 88. Dave Odwell returned to pick up a wicket and ensure a bowling point but Smith saw Warwick home by 7 wickets in what was Oakfield’s most disappointing performance since the second game of the season. The defeat all but ends any hopes of promotion and Oakfield will want to get back to winning ways next week to avoid getting dragged into a battle at the wrong end of the table.
Division 9 East
Oakfield 2nd XI vs Ansley 1st XI
Oakfield’s second string took on Ansley at home on Saturday, looking to close the gap on a team second in the table. Oakfield won the toss and elected to field, looking to restrict Ansley’s prolific batsmen. The plan worked well with Anuk Satsangi picking up 4-53. He was well supported by Tom Marshall, who picked up 2-12 on his return from injury, and a wicket for Gurjit Rupal helped restrict Ansley to 184-8 from their 45 overs.
Oakfield needed a steady platform to build their chase from and this came from Luke and Neil Armstrong, who both made 16. Adam Stradling (33) built further on this to give Oakfield control of the game, but 2 quick wickets brought Ansley back into contention. It took an excellent partnership between Chris Goodwin, who led the way with 62 not out, and Shozab Mohammed, who finished 22 not out, to give Oakfield control as they eased to victory by 5 wickets in 38 overs to take them just 4 points behind Ansley in 2nd place in what looks like a 2 horse race for 2nd spot
Sheldon Marlborough 3rd XI vs Oakfield 3rd XI
With a break in league action, Oakfield arranged a friendly with Sheldon, who sit a division above them in the table. Sheldon play their cricket at the picturesque ex-Britannic Assurance ground in Birmingham, and the hosts had no hesitation in batting first on an excellent track. They put Oakfield’s bowlers to the sword in amassing 354-9 from their 45 overs. All of Oakfield’s bowlers were expensive, but Jack Watts and Rikesh Vaghela were rewarded with 2 wickets each, while Karum Kooner, Hermann Claasen and Duane Barnes picked up a wicket each.
Oakfield did have fun with the bat too, particularly Duane Barnes who made a quickfire 96. He was well supported by Werno Claasen (21), James Bourne (20), and Herman Claasen (18) as Oakfield were bowled out for a credible 242 in 39 overs.
Oakfield vs Barford
It was a day of firsts at Oakfield on Sunday as two of their batsmen scored their maiden centuries. Having won the toss, Oakfield skipper Matt Shipman had no hesitation in electing to bat on a warm afternoon. Despite losing an early wicket, this proved a good choice as Tristan Mobbs (100 retired) and Gurjut Rupal (104 not out) both scored their maiden centuries as Oakfield amassed 250-2 from their 40 overs.
This was always going to be a tough chase for the visitors and so it proved against Oakfield’s solid attack. Chris Smith (2-15), Dan Marshall (2-14) and Tom Marshall (2-28) led the way with the ball, with Ashley Cutts and Spondon Biswas picking up a wicket each as the vistors closed on 166-9.