Oakley Make Progress Despite Rain
Great Oakley Cricket Club enjoyed a good weekend despite rain hampering their efforts to put maximum points on the board.
The 1st XI entertained Greatt Houghton at Lewin Road and after losing the toss Oakley were asked to bat.
Alan York and captain Ryan Bell opened up, with Dale Jones at three, Lee Bell at four and Chris York at five.
Wickets fell and they were soon 45 for four before Mikey Evans joined Lee Bell. They put on 78 before Evans went for 48. Mitchell Abbott joined Bell and they put on 40 before the latter went for 50.
Abbott made 40 and then a stand of 52 between Craig Perry and Gavin Clay took the score to 242 for eight in 48 overs, when Oakley declared.
Oakley took the field and had Houghton struggling at 88 for four with Ryan Bell picking up two wickets.
Rain threatened, and then fell, resulting in the game ending prematurely with Houghton on 136 for four off 39 with James Watson still there on 76.
A winning draw for Oakley puts them third in the table.
Meanwhile, the 2nd XI travelled to Bugbrooke. The toss was lost and Oakley were asked to bat, with captain Colin Gray and Gavin Goodchild opening up.
The wicket was up and down to say the least and runs were hard to come by, and plenty of graft was needed.
Goodchild was adjudged lbw after an inside edge, more wickets fell and Roy George joined Gray. The captain fell for a patient 31, George batted well for 23 and then a rally at the end saw Andrew Hill make 19 and Oakley were all out for 122.
Harry Toseland and Dan Partridge took the new ball and Toseland's six overs cost just five runs. They were replaced by Chris Bell and George who began taking wickets with ease and from 63 for three Bugbrooke were all out for 92
That handed Oakley a maximum 30 point haul which sees them move clear at the top of the league, capping another good weekend for the club.