9 May 2014 - Charlie Compton
After last weeks comfortable victory, the Old Oaks hosted Solefield’s on a bright breezy evening. The team was much changed after a younger looking team had faced the Judd, with Burden, Gibbo and the evergreen Churchman all recalled. Dickinson failed a late fitness test, and for a while it looked like we’d be playing with 10 men, but Burden recruited a young Australian, Nick Shales, at the last minute, who it turned out had played before.
The Old Oaks won the toss and elected to bat. Constantine looked dangerous, playing some extravagant shots that surely would have cleared the ropes had they connected, before having his middle stump removed 3rd ball. 0-1. Burden also failed to score. After 4 overs we had 33 runs, only 5 of which had come off the bat! Ever reliable Hugo Tudor (25 no) steadied the ship. Our Aussie scored 6 before Vine Legend John Bowden knocked his middle stump out of the ground. Andy Brooke (25 no) nearly carried his bat, retiring in the 13th over. Churchman batted brilliantly, again not out, when will his efforts be rewarded with a move up the order? We got to a respectable total of 121 for off 16 overs.
Bonze and Churchman got us off to a great start, both amongst the wickets but Solefield’s were still in it, after a couple of more expensive overs from Gibbo, with JB padded up to bat. He has destroyed Old Oaks attacks in the past, but Tudor was unfortunate not to get him first ball with a regulation nick to 1st slip, if we’d had one. Nick Shales had a chance to get his revenge, but when Tudor bowled JB next over for 8 Solefields collapsed to a 29 run defeat. The Old Oaks were good in the field, I don’t recall any catches being spilled and Burden in particular covered many yards at 3rd man.
Man of the match Hugo Tudor for the match winning performance with bat and ball.
Last weeks MotM Alan Gibson (for failing to run me out)
Asked how long this unbeaten run would continue, the skipper said ” I am just taking one game at a time.”