Ightham – Harry Rawlinson Memorial Trophy
7 Aug 2015 - Ian Sykes
With silverware up for grabs this week, Old Oaks skipper Charlie Compton fielded a strong team to take on Ightham on a sunny evening at The Vine.
The visitors won the toss and decided to bat. Opening spells from Billings and Sykes ensured runs were hard to come by in the early stages, but Ightham were patient and started to build a solid foundation. After impressing the week before with a spell that included two wickets in his first over, Ransom was brought into the attack and kept the pressure on. A tight spell bowled in tandem with the equally frugal Tovey, saw the score at 31-1 after 8 overs. The wicket came credit to some teasing flight and guile from Ransom, who drew the batsmen down the track, beat the outside edge and presented Gibson with a regulation stumping.
Alas, that was to be the only wicket of the innings. The next ten overs saw a procession of Ightham batsmen retiring on 25, each seemingly more competent, more aggressive and in fact younger than his predecessor. The visitors finished on 142-1 from their 18 overs.
Momentum was key for the hosts, and so opening pair Tovey and Brooke to the Ightham attack to task from the outset. After a quickfire 15 from Tovey, Cooper-Fogarty took to the crease to join Brooke in a a fine display of aggressive batting. Each took their turn to retire, as did McMenemy, reliable as ever coming in a number 5. And by the time Sykes and Alan ‘The Finisher’ Gibson were at the crease, the chase seemed like a formality.
So another trophy in the bag as Compton’s Army marches on. Next we take on the hockey oiks.
Old Oaks won by 8 wickets