5 Jun 2015 - Charlie Compton
Given that about 80% of sides we play against these days feature Will House, it was no surprise to see him in his whites once again in this annual fixture against the Prep. The toss was won by the visitors and they elected to bat.
Old Oaks skipper Charlie Compton decided to lead the attack with experience. Billings kept it tight for a couple of overs from the pavilion end and Smith teased up the hill. Prep’s progress stuttered as Billings took an early wicket. Sykes claimed another (the first time Old Oaks have dismissed the aforementioned House in four years, that’s about 75 games) before he and Atkins linked up for a run out that was most unbecoming of this team. Leach and Bond then both stuck around until retirement for the visitors and the Old Oaks were flagging in the evening sun. Prep finished on a respectable 150-3 off their 20 overs.
Sevenoaks Prep were fired up in defence of their total and Old Oaks found the going tough. Only Gavin Tovey managed to stick around early doors, and the middle order imploded with both Constantine and Sykes falling first ball. So at 12-5, the crowds were starting to disperse and the game looked dead and buried. But the Old Oaks do not know when they are beaten. Atkins came in to join Tovey (who eventually fell for 18) and retired in quick time, replaced by Macca, who also got back to a pint in the sun with his wicket intact. The skipper then made a cavalier appearance, Billings got himself to 25 and before we knew it, Atkins (30no) and Macca (42no) were back at the crease knocking off the winning runs. A remarkable victory.
Old Oaks won by three wickets