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15 Aug 2014 - Charlie Compton

Last Friday we played Knockers in a 16 over bash for the Steve Trounce Trophy.

The weather looked a bit dodgy at the start, but actually the clouds cleared and it was fine in the end. They won the toss and elected to bat. Knockers are always a competitive side full of decent cricketers and this year was no exception, opening with Vine legend John Bowden.

The Old Oaks were missing our pace bowlers, and so our attack consisted of slow bowlers who spin the ball and slow bowlers who don’t. We had roped in Nick Sale though, and he and Smithy opened the bowling. Both their openers retired, as did their next two, assisted by a few dropped catches, most of them quite difficult. The normally reliable Macca spilled the simplest of them off Hugo Tudor.

They looked as though they were going to build an impressive target before the last 6 overs were bowled superbly by Atkins and Burden for only 30 runs, keeping the score down to a very gettable 120 off 16.

After and impressive 4 off the first ball of the reply, the Old Oaks stumbled to 8 for two, Harvey and Dickinson both out cheaply. Atkins and Macca rebuilt steadily, and both retired, followed by Nick Sale who also reached 25 and got the Old oaks into a winning position with just 20 required of the last two overs with Tudor and Compton at the crease. Unfortunately, I had a rush of blood to the head and ran out Hugo Tudor, and we never recovered, annoyingly finishing about 10 runs short.