Great Oakley , great result

My bag was packed and my new Lords International bat was raring to go as I set off to Great Oakley. Skipper Gareth was an injury concern and I was his “able” deputy. Would I score the winning runs or take that vital catch who knows.

Well Gareth walked in, knees fine , let Piron win the toss and I was scoring for the afternoon.

Zulu and Alex bowled a superb opening spell of 26 overs between them with Zulu getting the Oakley skipper with the first ball of the game a catch snapped up by Gareth at second slip ( that should have been me ). Alex 13-6-33-4 and Zulu 13-6-22-1 put a young Great Oakley right behind the eight ball and despite a stand of 41 the Great Oakley innings ended on 107  with Nick Lester 2-29 and Matt Irons 2-2  also among the wickets , with Ryan ‘s lovely throw over the stumps to Piron accounting for a run out the other wicket to fall. The Oakley innings ending with another Quennell sorry Goddard catch to perfectly bookend the innings.

The Cooks also lost an early wicket when Fletch departed a field he apparently had no place on! But then Henry smashed a superb 53  ( 2 sixes and 7 fours) with Gareth and Ryan seeing the Cooks home to a  7 wicket win with 25 overs to spare.

A thumping win but great credit to the Oakley youngsters who showed a maturity beyond their years with both bat and ball. A fantastic tea was also provided.

My champagne moment of the day was my catch, sorry Gareth’s catch off the first ball of play from Jasons bowling.

We all then headed over to Cogenhoe to catch the end of the seconds win at home to Burton Latimer IV’s. Another double for the Cooks. Well done to Teffers for his half century and Broughy for his 33. On the bowling front good accurate stuff from Tony, Adam , Syd and Ashley. Well done to all the players in the seconds who have contributed to a great season so far and who sit comfortably in fifth place in the league.

My final observation of the day is how nice it was to play two sides with umpires and scorers.

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