25th May vs Oxenford (H)- lost by 8 runs

Another Saturday and another good track prepared by the groundsman (thanks Barry), led to over 400+ runs being scored in what turned out to be a very close affair. Oxenford batted first, batting extremely patiently in the first half of their innings, losing only a couple of wickets by drinks, with both Rehman and Tanveer bowling excellent lines and restricting the scoring. If I remember right, even the fielding was to be applauded. With eight wickets remaining though, Oxenford were in a great position to accelerate the scoring rate and that they did, adding well over 120 runs in the remaining 20 overs to post a score of 211 – 7 in their allotted overs.

After the usual high standard of tea, the Westcott openers strode out to the middle. Rehman got off to his usual quick start making a useful 30, before splicing one straight to point. Three more quick wickets left Westcott having to consolidate and rebuild around the ever reliable Stuart. Keegan found some form and played a few glorious shots, before getting out for 28 when looking good. With Stuart falling when on 39 and Westcott now seven down, skipper Strongy and the left handed JK added some stability and nudged Westcott closer to the target and the game was in the balance.

JK got caught in two minds whether to simply put his bat right through the shot and flicked one straight to mid-wicket, which brought Hedders to the crease. No pressure! With the score getting ever closer to the total, the skipper was out caught and this left Mikey ad Hedders to find the final 15 or so runs required to win the match. Hedders promptly put his meaty 3lb bat through the next ball through the covers for four runs and a couple of quick singles moved the score on to 203 with eight balls of the match remaining. Unfortunately, the next quick single was one too many and Mikey was run out, leaving a jubilant Oxenford with an eight run victory. So close, yet so far!! A good performance from Westcott, who might well be disappointed to lose, but may have learnt another valuable lesson about how to chase down a total.

Marsh Gibbon next week and no less than a win is required!! Let’s get back to winning ways!

TB