Double Success In The Sun For Oakley
Both of Great Oakley's teams won their matches during a baking hot weekend.
17th May saw the 1st XI travel to Old. Having lost the toss, Oakley were asked to bowl and quickly reduced the hosts to 66 for five.
Lee Bell bowled his first eight overs of off-spin without conceeding a run, snaring three wickets in the process. Skipper Ryan Bell then took over from his brother and took five for 24 off 10 tight overs and Old were all out for 116 in the 49th over.
Oakley lost opener David Evans quickly but Alan York was on one...when he was out the score was 78 for two and York had scored 70, 49 of them in boundaries off just 45 balls.
Lee Bell made 24 not out and the low target was reached off just 25 overs for the loss of four wickets to complete a great victory.
The 2nd XI played host to Wellingborough Town 3rds. The toss was lost and Town opted to bat on a shirt front and lightening outfield.
Harry Toseland and Tom Cullen took the new ball and Oakley quickly had Town 66 for five - mirroring the first XI game.
Toseland bowled with control, patience and good pace and deserved his three wickets and might have had more.
Cullen picked up two in his first outting of the season before Roy George and Dan Partridge came on.
A good stand between Town skipper Clive Farrar and Les Hillman frustrated before both fell and a target of 168 was set to win.
Captain Colin Gray and Gavin Goodchild opened up, Goodchild departing early when he was caught behind. Partridge made 20 before snicking off, two more fell before Phil Bradshaw joined the captain. Gray hit the bad ball hard and went on to make 87 not out. 70 of his runs came in boundaries and the target was reached in the 39th over.
This win leaves the 2nds XI clear at the top of Division 8 and capped a fine weekend in the sun for Great Oakley.