Romiley 2nd XI 190 for 5 (45) v Oakmere 93 for 3 (45)
A badly depleted 2s hung on for a draw against a strong Romiley outfit.
MS won the toss and put Romiley in on a damp and drying wicket.
In the absence of our usual opening attack, regular wicket keeper Jimmy opened the bowling with Cush, with Pete taking the gloves. After a slow start the Romiley openers rode their luck to survive until the introduction of MS as first change. With his first legitimate ball in Saturday cricket (after a first ball beamer) Doddy struck, as a low full toss was hit straight at Jimmy who held on comfortably. Unfortunately it was all downhill for MS after that as his 3 overs went for 23 runs. The introduction of Eddie and a rare outing for James W’s bowling skills slowed the run rate considerably and one wicket for Eddie (opener Coupes for 63 to a fine catch from Sean) and two for James were scant reward for their efforts. With wickets in hand as the overs wound down Romiley accelerated to the finish, Booker with 46no leading their charge to 190 for 5 after 45. Oakmere’s depleted team put in a solid fielding effort, with debutante Thomas H holding his own despite showing that he has been watching his elder brother’s technique in the deep.
After tea the two James’ opened the batting and Jimmy (N) immediately dropped anchor taking 27 balls to get off the mark. James W was going well until he popped one up to the bowler for 24, Al replaced him and mixed patient defence with the occasional boundary, whilst Jimmy batted on. Al’s surprising demise for 12 brought in H, who never settled and was caught for 3 as we reached 52 for 3 with Bashford (2 for 11) finding extravagant turn on the drying wicket, Jimmy batted on. Pete demonstrated positive intent with an early boundary, but conscious of the length of our tail, he and Jimmy settled into a war of attrition with the Romiley bowlers. In the end we just failed to reach a batting point, ending on 93 for 3 with Jimmy unbeaten on 19 off 136 balls, Pete 24no off 58.
Romiley 12 points, Oakmere 3 points.