18/06/16 v Ashley

Professional performance from the 1st team see them secure their second victory of the season.
Well would you believe it, Phelan won his second toss at home in as many goes, you couldn’t make it up! He invited the visitors to bat, on what looked like a soft, damp track, with all things considered with the rain, there wasn’t much chance of anything else!
The Oakmere openers struggled for rhythm early on, and with no help through the air or off the pitch, the Ashley openers looked comfortable. Mazarelo looked particularly good on the eye, with a couple of beautiful drives through cover point. A change came after 11 overs with the introduction of Guest who made the perfect start (with a less than perfect delivery) bowling Mazarelo with his first delivery, the opener missing nice juicy full toss. Guest was then able to repeat the same feat with the first ball of his second over, dismissing the number 3 LBW, and Oakmere were back in the game.
Groves came on at the other end, after 13 overs, the two slow bowlers bowled in tandem until Ashley were dismissed from the first ball of their final over. Ashley at one point reached 80-2 but were bowled out for 146. Groves finished with 5/51 from his 15.1 overs, with two excellent catches from Dan Gibbon and Matt Howard in the deep, whilst Guest finished with 3/50 from 17. Two run outs, and two stumping for Dan “Dick Mittingham” Faulkner. Job half done.
A poor stroke from Hodges ended his afternoon early, being dismissed for 3, and skipper Phelan chopped on for the third time in three innings for 10, still hungover from his hundred at Prestbury (or the two bottles of wine the night before). The 1s were in a spot of bother, when Jones joined Lyons at the crease.
The pair batted sensibly, punishing the bad ball, and the score was up near 100 before Lyons holed out at square leg. More pad rash for Stubbs meant that the left hander was itching to get going, and he took a liking to the young leg spinner, depositing him in to the field on two occasions in the same over. He was dismissed a couple of overs later, holing out at mid on to what that “had to go”.
Guest came in at 6, and continued his poor run with the bat, chipping one back to Snelling in very tame fashion for a duck, a fantasy disaster. Groves joined adopted son, Jones, at the crease and the overseas had seen enough of Snelling dispatching the off break bowler for 21 from his final overs. Oakmere reached their required total with almost 9 overs to go. Jones finishing an excellent 73 not out.
Oakmere 25 points, Ashley 6 points

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