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21 Jun 2013 - Charlie Compton

We hosted Blackwood on Friday 21st, the longest day of the year, with a very strong Old Oaks side to try to beat these opponents for the first time. There were a few dark skies around to start with, but we decided to go for the full 20 overs and it proved the right decision as the rain held off and the sun came out.

Blackwood won the toss and elected to bat, opening with the talented Chetwood who I think is yet to be dismissed on the Vine. The Old Oaks had flown in our secret weapon from Australia specifically for this fixture. Trevor Saker who bowled extremely well in his two spells, restricting Blackwood to 20 runs from his 4 overs, in spite of bowling most of them at Chetwood and House. He was backed up by Sykes (4 overs for 10 runs). Compton and Taylor were a bit more expensive, but it was a very good bowling performance all round. Harvey picked up 2 wickets in two balls with some good variations, and Blackwood were restricted to 136 – 3 off 20, about 20 runs below par.

The Old Oaks got off to a slowish start, losing Brooke and Jones cheaply, but then BT picked up the pace hitting the 5th over for 18 runs. The Old Oaks then steadily accumulated runs, assisted by a few dropped catches. Macca hit a streaky 28. Sykes was lucky not to be stumped first ball when the keeper dropped the ball, but then started to find the middle of the bat and also got to 28. Taylor and Saker took the Old Oaks home with a couple of overs to spare.

It was a very good performance all in all.