07/05/16 v Stockport Trinity

Lyons writes the headlines but Oakmere still in search of their first win of the season. A game played in great spirits couldn’t see the 1s take the final wicket that would’ve seen them take maximum points.

Another lost toss for Phelan (three in a row now) and Oakmere found themselves batting first again.

On a soft pitch, conditions were tricky for the opening pair, and James Norton was dismissed in the third over. Some careful consolidation from skipper Phelan and Ric Lyons, saw the score reach 49/1 at drinks after 15 overs.  Some lusty blows after drinks saw the score accelerate and a number of cars leave the car park, in a scenes reminiscent of the T20 final at Romily. Phelan made the most of a life afforded him, and was dismissed for 66, stumped off the bowling of Khan looking to add to his three sixes with the score 124/2 off 33.

Harrison Jones (18) looked to further accelerate the run rate before being dismissed on the boundary, with 5 overs remaining and the score 161/3. Alex Hodges failed to trouble the scorers with the first duck of the year, with much frustration amongst those that had included him in their fantasy teams.

Some lusty blows from the now maroon coloured Lyons hurried the score on to 184/5 before he was dismissed in final over for 80. Having batted for almost 40 overs. Lyons usual milky complexion was a distant memory but was great to see the number 3 in the runs (he may be in my fantasy team). Some useful striking at the end from Sam Catling saw the Oakmere total finish on 191/5, maximum batting points assured.

Matt Norton made the first inroad in to the Trinity batting line up (10-1), returning to a ground that saw him take 7-for last season. Fellow opening bowler Matt Howard made the important second breakthrough of the other opening batsmen, Grindey, for 10. The home side found themselves in a spot of bother at 34-2.

In a partnership similar to Oakmere’s 2nd wicket stand, some careful consolidation from Reeh & Potts saw the home team recover to 97-2 before the introduction of Craig Phelan. He may not be able to win a toss, but he’s not lost his golden arm ability, and took a wicket with only his third delivery.

Harrsion Jones then dismissed Potts, before Phelan had Myatt walking back to the pavilion and Trinity were 100-5. Some counter attacking stroke play from Trinity captain Shaw made sure that the home team were still in it, whilst wickets continued to fall at the other end. The home team continued to attack the Oakmere total, which resulted in two run outs, before conceding the total was out of reach in the final over and batted out Phelan’s final over to secure the draw.

Stockport Trinity – 6

Oakmere – 15

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