1 Aug 2014 - Charlie Compton
After losing the toss, Old Oaks were put into bat and got off to a commanding start with BT making easy work of it. Within no time he was back in the hutch, retired for a very enjoyable 28. While Brooke provided stability at one end, Maca (13) and Atkins (9) joined for brief cameos to keep up momentum and by the time Brooke retired (25) OOs were 86 from 10 overs.
Heathens tidied their act together and the following 9 overs went for just 32 runs until Sykes came in with 5 balls left and scored 22 (including one dot ball) with not a straight bat in sight, leaving the visitors requiring 141 to win off their 20 overs.
The chase started well, with opener Howe retiring in the fourth over and OO’s own Stuart Seldon (guesting for the visitors) scoring a focused 18 before the experience of Atkins saw him off. Lowndes bowled well up the hill, better than his figures give credit for (4-30-1) but it was Atkins (4-13-2) and Minto (3-14-1) who took the pace out of the innings in every sense. Although the pace of Atkins at one stage was enough to send Juddy to A&E, where he received 5 stitches after getting his head in front of his gloves.
Pleased to report that he’s made a full recovery.
The Heathens tail wagged, and in the fading light with just ten men on the pitch, the skipper took the controversial decision to strong-arm a reluctant Billings to finish the job, which he duly did, bowling his final two overs for just 8 runs.
A good win for the Old Oaks as Heathens finished 8 runs short. Thaks to everyone for their efforts.