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Senior's Roundup - 2024 Season - Week 5

Senior's Roundup - 2024 Season - Week 5

Mike Dodd28 May - 20:33
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A much quieter Bank Holiday Weekend

It was a much quieter Bank Holiday weekend for the club this time around with just the Men's 1st, 2nd and 3rd XI's in action from our senior sides.

Upton 1st XI (172/9) vs Oakmere Men's 1st XI (146 ao) - Upton won by 26 runs

The Men's 1st XI travelled to early table toppers Upton on Saturday where skipper Craig Phelan won the toss and elected to field. Oakmere's bowlers kept things very tight early on with runs at a premium before James Hodkinson saw the pressure tell, picking up the first wicket in the 12th over to make it 18/1. Upton rallied, taking the score to 58 before losing two wickets in two overs just before the drinks break courtesy of a Matt Worsdale run out and another Hodkinson (2/27) strike. The home side put together another partnership but Zach Howdle (2/23) struck twice in an over to reduce the hosts to 93/5. As overs began to run out and with wickets still in hand, Upton upped the scoring rate before another Worsdale run out broke the sixth wicket partnership. Worsdale (2/25) picked up two further scalps with the ball before Matt Holland (1/47) returned to reduce the hosts to 154/9. Some last wicket hitting propelled the hosts to 172/9 at the interval.

Despite the early loss of Nick Verma (2), Oakmere's chase got off to a good start with Ric Lyons finding the boundary five times early on. James Hodkinson (6) and Lyons (23) were to fall in quick succession, however, to reduce the score to 33/3. Ciaran McDonnell (13) and Ethan Yeo threatened a rebuild before the former was bowled with the score on 60. Dan Wood (6), Craig Phelan (10) and Zach Howdle (11) all came and went but Yeo remained, reaching his first 50 for the club. After Yeo fell for 52 with the score on 137, Oakmere faced an uphill task with overs also running out. The remaining batters tried valiantly, but the return of Upton's opening pair saw the remaining wickets fall as Oakmere were bowled out for 146.

Oakmere Men's 2nd XI (165 ao) vs Bollington 2nd XI (40 ao) - Oakmere won by 125 runs

Bollington were the visitors to Overdale Lane, taking on the Men's 2nd XI, winning the toss and electing to bowl first. Oakmere were in trouble early on, finding themselves at 40/4. The fifth wicket partnership of Lewis Newall and Dan Faulkner battled well taking their side to the brink of the mid-way stage of the innings before Newall was dismissed for 24 with the score on 75. At 86/6 things were not looking great for the home side, but Faulkner remained, pushing the score past the 100 mark before he was adjudged LBW for 24. Ben Verma and Mathew Giles batted nicely, putting together an eighth wicket partnership worth 43 before Giles was bowled for 12. Verma (35) continued to add runs before he became the last wicket to fall with the score on 165.

Verma and Giles continued where they left off with the ball, both bowling tight opening spells with Verma taking 3/10 from his 7 overs and Giles unlucky not to pick up a wicket in his 0/13 from 6 overs. The first change bowlers of Dave Purcell (3/8) and Ethan Mackin (3/5) built on the early pressure, with assistance in the field, cleaning up as Bollington were all out for 40.

Oakmere Men's 3rd XI (84/5) vs Christleton Sunday XI - Match Abandoned (Rain)

The Men's 3rd XI played their first home game of the season on Sunday, hosting Christleton. After being asked to bat first, youngsters Jack Pickering and Will Hardie got Oakmere off to a flying start before both were bowled with the score on 26 for scores of 6 and 16 respectively. Hamish Warburton added 12, but after his dismissal Oakmere found themselves struggling at 54/5. Cameron Giles (25*) and Adrian Watts (11*) battled hard to rebuild the innings, reaching 84/5 before a thunderstorm arrived and the game was unfortunately abandoned.

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