Great Oakley Get Off To A Flyer
Great Oakley Cricket Club enjoyed a fine weekend with both their first and second teams winning their matches, against Heyford and St Michaels respectively.
The second week of the Northants Cricket League saw the 1st XI travel to Heyford. The trip saw the return of overseas Argentinian international, Lautaro Musiani, a right-handed leg-spinner who is currently on a scholarship at Rugby under the watchful eye of ex-Lancashire pro, Tim Roberts.
Oakley were asked to bat having lost the toss and captain Ryan Bell and Alan York opened. York hit 41 in typical style - off 35 balls - and Bell went on to reach a half-century before Lautaro joined the skipper.
After finding the pace of the wicket, Louch batted well and made a fine 80 in his first knock of the year. The innings closed three overs early, with the declaration coming with the score on 231 for five in 47 overs.
Ash York and Aaron Bell took the new ball, York picking up one wicket and Bell two before Louch took one with his leg-spin
Ryan Bell and brother Lee then closed things out with three scalps apiece to cap a fine win, Heyford bowled out for 131 in 48.4 overs.
The 2nd XI opened their Division 8 account by entertaining St Michaels at Lewin Road.
St Michaels won the toss and elected to bat, and David Evans and Harry Toseland took the new ball.
Both bowled very well and picked up two wickets each, as did Dan Partridge, before experienced off-spinner Chris Bell did the majority of damage, taking four for 32 off 13 overs. St Michaels were all out for 135 in 43 overs.
In reply, captain Colin Gray and new signing Gavin Goodchild opened the innings. Goodchild put one away to the ropes well off his hips before falling to a good ball.
Dan Partridge joined the captain and victory was achieved in the 24th over, Gray finishing on 42 not out and Patridge on 84 not out, the innings closing with three consecutive straight sixes.
100 runs in all were scored in boundaries.
Good start lads, well played!