15 May 2015 - Charlie Compton
New Beacon were keen on playing a 15 over match, which seemed a bit punchy so early in the season. But we agreed, on the condition that we batted first.
Judd and Minto opened the innings, only for the latter to sustain a calf injury whilst taking guard. Sadly, he’s now unable to join us in Brussels, but will be there in spirit.
Judd was joined by Macca, and the two of them gradually got a grip of the New Beacon attack, both eventually retiring on 25. In their wake, runs seemed harder to come by and apart for another 25 from Sykes towards the end of the innings, there was nothing else significant off the bat. Fortunately, Extras do not need to retire in this form of the game and went on to top score comfortably with Old Oaks finishing on 128 from 15.
Splitter Nigel Taylor, and his opening partner for New Beacon both retired in quick time and Walking, batting at three scored a quick-fire 24 taking the visitors to 79-1 from 6 overs. But the Old Oaks had two trump cards to play. Firstly, some choice fielding enabling their lesser swordsman to stay at the crease for longer than their pals might have liked. Secondly, it was getting dark. Tight spells from several bowlers, including Churchman, Lowndes and Tiley (I can’t provide figures as their scorers recorded the batmen’s scores, but not our bowler’s figures) left them requiring 20 from the final over, which Sykes (standing in for absent skipper) was more than happy to bowl given that the light was fading fast and there was no chance of the aforementioned openers coming back to the crease.
Old Oaks won by 16 runs.