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Old Oaks Fall Short in Chase Against St Michaels

1 Jun 2021 - Harry Robinson

At last it felt like proper cricket weather on Friday, and a reasonable crowd gathered at the Vine to watch their heroes take on St Michaels. The School teachers and parents negotiated to bat first in a 20 over match.

Brown and Filmer got the Old Oaks off to a good start with excellent bowling, and wickets fell fairly regularly. Leo Wood, a new left armer, looked a little concerned when his first delivery for the Old Oaks was last seen heading towards Knole Park, but bounced back with a wicket with his very next ball. The run rate was about 5 an over for much of their innings but a couple of loose overs at the end meant they finished on 142 -8, with 3 retired.

Sam Harvey got us off to a great start, reaching 25 quickly. Scott Mosely, also on debut, looked solid but struggled to get the ball away. We fell a bit behind the required rate. Sykes then came to the wicket and struck the ball very well, clearing the short boundary a couple of times, before top edging a full toss into his face.Fractured cheekbone, a nasty injury, Sykesy joins a growing list of Old Oaks who have ended up in hospital. The skipper, in next, quickly snuck back to the changing room to retrieve a helmet.

After that the old oaks innings petered out, Compton and Tudor needing 18 off the last over and falling about 10 short. A bit disappointing as it felt like a winnable game, but we wish Sykesy a swift recovery.