1st XI lose a close game against local rivals and are once again unable to take the final 2 wickets to secure a maiden victory.
Another week, another toss lost, and Oakmere batting first again. In helpful conditions, Winnington bowled brilliantly and accounted for the early dismissal of Phelan and Hodges.
Lyons & Jones attempted to rebuild the innings before Lyons (15) holed out at midwicket to a delivery that could’ve gone anywhere the batsman chose, but the number 3 picked out the Park overseas and was on his way back to the pavilion.
Jones then stood alone as the rest of the order collapsed around him, causing the overseas for miscue an aerial shot, and saw him dismissed for a well made 67. Not much else to be said about the rest of the batting, other than “room for improvement”, Oakmere all out for 117. Phil Amatellio the stand out for Park with 4-30 off 16.
Oakmere got off to the perfect start with Norton dismissing Evans. Skipped Butcher and overseas Daly were being constantly asked questions, particularly by Matt “Whiplash” Howard, who bowled a fantastic spell from the Pavilion End. His 10 overs accounted for both the aforementioned batsmen to give Oakmere a real chance.
Guest was introduced and accounted for Coulbeck and Hendry in an economical spell. Jonny Wales continued his recent trend of either excelling with ball and/or bat in recent encounters and battled superbly. He did what Oakmere’s batsmen were unable to do, and dig in whilst still punishing the loose ball.
A run out, and a wicket a piece for Jones and Gibbon saw the visitors 8 down, still 20 runs short of their target but Wales saw the away team to victory, managing the tail well and Oakmere were left frustrated again.
Oakmere 5 points, Winnington Park 25 points