14/05/16 v Irby

Oakmere 2nd XI, 181 for 8 in 45 overs, beat Irby 2nd XI, 65 all out in 31.3 overs by 116 runs.

With no 1st XI game due to Malpas’ withdrawal from the league, all eyes were on the 2nd XI this weekend and they didn’t disappoint. At the third time of asking the 2s finally managed to convert a dominant display into 25 points for a win.

For our first away game, Jonesy having lost the toss (again) we were asked to bat (again) on a used wicket at Irby which displayed occasional very low bounce. Jonesy as penance spent almost the entire first innings as umpire.

The surprising sight of Pete & Ciaran back in the pavilion with the score on only 18 was seen by Chewy, James and Al as an opportunity for batting practice and runs were steadily accumulated as we eased to 89 for 3 after 30 overs. As the bowlers tired Alex (63 off 83) & Al (33 off 55) gradually increased the scoring rate in a partnership of 52 for the 4th wicket. It was left to MS Doddy again to provide the acceleration late in the innings, with a quickfire 27 off 26 most notable for the relatively low percentage scored on the leg side. Cameos from Dan, Matt and (all-rounder) Dangerous Dave saw us achieve maximum batting points at 181 for 8

Dangerous & Matt were initially out of luck with the ball as Jones (21) & Burrows (14) put on 31 for the first wicket, but once Matt made the breakthrough, the Irby innings never recovered. Two quick wickets for Dave soon followed as James hung on to the first of 3 catches. The Irby youngster Smith threatened to hold the innings together with a patient 19, but found very little support as the combination of Ciaran’s spin & Dan’s pace & accuracy worked their way through the middle order & tail. Irby lost their last 7 wickets for 7 runs in 9 overs as Dan finished with the remarkable figures of 4 for 6 in 6 overs (despite his first ball being hit for 4) and Ciaran 3 for 16. With all the bowlers used being 20 or under and 8 wickets falling to those 16 or under, the future looks bright.

Points: Irby 3, Oakmere 25.

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