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Old Oaks Win Last Over Thriller Against New Beacon

17 May 2021 - Harry Robinson

The Old Oaks looked to make it 2 wins in a row against a team made up of New Beacon staff and parents on Friday in a 18 over game. The Old oaks negotiated to bat first but it was the bowling side who were on top in the early exchanges with the Old Oaks finding runs hard to come by. Judd and Tovey were both dismissed cheaply, and it was Constantine, promoted up the order who struck the first boundary in about the 8th over. After 11 overs the Old oaks were on 45 for 3, but there was no let up from the Beacon as they bought their useful opening bowler back on. Beckett, Tiley and Filmer all made late contributions to rescue the innings and we finished on 117 after their 18 overs. A bit below par  but with a good bowling performance we had a chance.

Tiley & Filmer opened the bowling and both bowled superbly, the opening batsmen struggled to get them away and after 6 overs they only had about 25 runs. Beckett and Nix took up the mantle and also kept the pressure on, Nix taking the wicket of James Mitchell with a yorker Wasim Akram would have been proud of. The Beacon Skipper could clearly play and got a fairly rapid 25, but they were still a way behind the run rate. The Old Oaks bought on the normally reliable Hugo Tudor, who bowled what looked like dross from where I was standing but according to Hugo were actually excellent deliveries that the batsman was very lucky to hit for 6, three times. There was also an outstanding bit of fielding from Schaeffs, a diving stop on the boundary like you’d see in the IPL. He did blot his copybook later by letting through a couple of much more straightforward ones. In the end Dave Beckett bowled the last over with the beacon needing 10, but they fell 2 or 3 short.