17 May 2013 - Charlie Compton
Friday’s Match with New Beacon was a game too far for the Old Oaks. Perhaps a little complacent from two wins on the trot, and the weather being of the very very cold variety, the OO’s were unable to make it three wins on the spin.
New Beacon won the toss and asked us to bat first, and having won the last match defending. I wasn’t unduly concerned. Mike Jones and BT started well enough with some very nice shots coming in the first couple of over’s, however we lost Mike and this brought Rumbers to the crease. He had obviously been netting with the England boys as his 10 runs came off the next 10 over’s, if we had been playing a test match he would be the first name down for the next match. Unfortunately I had opted for a 15 over match at the toss, and batsmen came and went around him. From memory as we didn’t have the score book we amassed 79 with most people contributing in one way or another. 20 to 30 runs short of an ideal score.
With New Beacon taking the field with a side that resembled an OO side of sorts, we managed to make some early inroads with Minto and Bonze both bowling some lovely away swingers, However with the Vine junior chairman (Tim Bevan Thomas) having found he a middle to his bat deciding that the boundary was the next item on his check list he soon started to make our total look very small,
Smithy took the OO view that the only way to remove him was to let him get 25 and start again on the next batsman. That didn’t work either and we were soon shaking hands and putting the covers on as New Beacon celebrated and looked on.
Team:- Mike Jones, Bryan Thompson, Mark Rumbelow, Paul Nash, Alan Gibson, Mike Jones, Alan Smith, Gavan Burden, Bonze Billings, Will Minto, Ian Sykes