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20 Jun 2014 - Charlie Compton

The Old Oaks welcomed Will House’s Blackwood XI to the Vine last Friday in what turned out to be a thriller. Blackwood won the toss and put us in to bat in a full 20 over match. Stuart Seldon got us off to a flier, smashing the 1st over for 14, projected score 280. He retired quickly, and Gary Atkins picked up where he left off the previous week, smashing three maximums on his way to 29. Jerry Stanyard and Sykesy also retired, and after 10 overs we looked like achieving an old oaks record score. To be fair, there were a few dropped catches from the fielding side. They then bought Housey and there skipper Harry on who tightened things up, but the Old Oaks got to 158 off their 20, which still looked pretty respectable.

In reply, Blackwood got off to a steady start, with Smith and Crook opening the bowling and the Old Oaks fielding was superb. But a couple of more expensive overs in the middle of the innings, (unlike last weeks reporter I won’t name and shame!) and they threatened to take the game away from us. Housey gave the bowlers a bit of tap before being caught on the boundary brilliantly by Atkins off Bonze for around 20. The Old Oaks looked dead and buried with Blackwood needing only 30 off the last 6, but we rallied not for the first time this season. Bonze and Sykes, followed by Tiley, bowled very well under extreme pressure. There was further excitement at the end, when a miscalculation by the skipper left one more over to be bowled, with only 9 required for victory. The first 3 went for two each, (one an edge and another inexplicably called a wide by fingers)  but then a run out on the last ball secured a 2 run victory.