Seasiders Bring the O’s Crashing Down
A promising start to the season after five games had given Odiham the early chance to keep in tail with the front runners.
This weekend saw us host Portsmouth who had struggled with them losing their opening four games.
Team news this week saw the skipper make a return with Harry Daysh and Zach LeRoux drafted in after some good second team performances.
The sun was baking and conditions perfect as we all enjoyed the RAF 100 celebrations flying over the King street Oval.
Skipper, Thomas made his way to the middle to do the toss....yes....he lost it and we were put into field first.
Scott was ready to go after shaking off a midweek shoulder injury and he had a fine opening spell. He was the man who made the early break through as the Pompey openers had made a quick start. Scott then broke through again and had slowed the run rate down.
The turning point in the game came when the skipper had elected to reward Scott with a second slip.....this plan was executed perfectly by the bowler and batsmen but not by the skipper himself who shelled the catch with the Portsmouth no4 on 3.....
As time went on...kyran and Dan couldn’t find much reward on the new ball. Dan snared a good caught and bowled in his short spell 1-33, so the plan was adjusted to the two spinners in Ross and Tom Wiltshire.
Both bowled excellent spells, pegging the middle order back with Ross ending with 1/40 and Tom 2/26.
The visiting no4 continued to make the team pay for the skippers mistake as he made it to his 100 in the latter stages.
The skipper bought himself into the attack and bagged a late wicket (1-21)whilst kyran (0-57)was dispatched around the ground to see the Seasiders post a modest target of 228-7 with the no4 Wallis ending 130 not out....
With the warm conditions taking its toll on the players, we sat down for a relaxing tea as we decided that the target was easily below par and with some sensible batting, we could make light work of it.
Liam and Jontie took on the role to get the O’s started and both looked in good nick until Liam was adjudged lbw for 13 whilst Jontie took on the opening attack with no3 Kyran who made life easy in the early stages. Jontie fell for 38 and then kyran 57, as we wobbled at 116-3.
Dan and JT took on the task and settled in nicely, the later eventually getting back into the swing of things with the bat as he got 37 before holing out. Dan played nicely for his 24 before he was on the receiving end of a dubious lbw decision as the nerves jangled!!
The famous picnic club were silenced for once in the afternoon as they could see the O’s crumbling. The rain came and spiced up the wicket as the skipper and Scott looked for the lasting runs, both were unable to finish the task, both being bowled for 8 and 3 respectively.
Tom came and went, and the Odiham tail was wagging! Only 10 needed as the 10 and 11 came to the crease, the crowd were nervous as we cheered every run...
6 needed off the last four overs.....but unfortunately it wasn’t to be, Harry chopped on to see Odiham short.
Fines were in place as the skipper was dealt a hefty blow....currently being fined 10p for every run the Portsmouth no4 got after the drop...currently standing at £12.70, but with him being not out...we will wait until next week to see how many more he gets!!!
A big shame but a wake up call for the hosts as we go again this week against Sarisbury!
A big thanks to Chris Turner for umpiring and to the ever growing ‘picnic club’ who continued to support the boys each week.