1st XI vs Sarisbury Athletic
The usual first team ritual commenced on Saturday morning as 14 of us visited the village shop for the finest pre Match fuel of a slap upbreakfast.
The team then met up at Odiham HQ where we tried to fit 9 players, kit bags and the numerous picnic hampers into three cars!!
We eventually all squeezed in and set off down the m3.
The skipper duly lead the way down there, claiming he knew the way until we nearly missed the exit on the m27, with Phil using the excuse that he was belting out his finest rendition of Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’!!
Eventually we made it down there to be welcomed by a picturesque ground surrounded by woodland.
Team news this weekend saw Aidy Green take his spot back alongside Peter Hodgson who had missed a week to go and visit the fine sights of Amsterdam....🤔
Keeper Jontie Sebborn was made unavailable due to his mum deciding on a last minute holiday much to his disappointment!
The disappointment of the previous week had meant that the squad had to try and regroup this week. So the skipper decided to win the toss on what was a good wicket and chose to bat.
Picnic club chairwoman, Sarah Walker was unamused by the lack of sunshine as they decided it was too cold and overcast to dine alfresco, so made use of the captains car instead!!!
With Jontie missing, this made way for young James Taylor to prove his worth again as opener alongside Liam Schooling. Both started in a good frame of mind as they got stuck into the Sarisbury openers, especially the Jedward lookalike who they targeted for the short boundary to one side. The rain decided to come just as our biggest supporters turned up ( Nigel Green) and we entertained a 25 minute break. This meant the Odiham total would be revised after our full allocation of 45 overs.
The opener pair stuck on 107 with JT riding his luck numerous times, when the hosts dropped him four times, much to our amazement!
JT departed for 64 when him and Liam both deciding that they would prove how quick they were between the wickets.....unfortunately JT was lying and he was run out!!
Kyran Munt was in at 3 and continued his fine form. His pre match ritual of lying to the skipper and drinking on a Friday night seemed to be working for him as yet again, he took apart the bowling, putting on yet another 107 for the second wicket. Kyran was then adjusted lbw for 54.
Liam kept frustrating the home team as he remained chance less when he made his first fifty of the season. Aidy green came in at four to move things along in the final stages but bizarrely nicked off 4 with Sarisbury actually holding onto a catch!
Odiham had passed the 200 mark and Dan Walker blistered a quick fire 25 before he found another fielder with two hands that was able to catch!
Odiham had set 262-4 with the campers happy!! Liam had carried his bat for 77.
The umpires made their way in at the break to crunch the numbers, eventually coming to the conclusion that Sarisbury would need 244 from 39 overs.
The visitors knew that early wickets and some tight bowling would make hard work for the chase. Scott McGaughrin yet again proved costly to the skipper as he bowled a lively and quick spell, making the openers jump about and get uncomfortable! He finished with 0-24 from his 8 and was unlucky not to get a wicket when JT shelled a difficult chance at gully.
Pete Hodgson tied up the other end, snaffling a wicket in his 6 over stint that went for only 16.
Odiham felt confident at the drinks break as Dan had picked up two quick wickets in his opening spell, much to the help of stand in keeper Zach LeRoux who took two amazing catches behind the stumps.
Enter Ross McGaughrin who decided to get hold of the ball and turn it near enough sideways!!!
The hosts had no answer to him, as balls went flying through slips and dropping short all over the place as his 2-42 wasn’t a true reflection on a great display of spin bowling!
Thomas Wiltshire was made to wait his turn as he grew more and more concerned that we would finish the game before he got his turn....
He was left with 5 wickets to pick up as he followed in suit from Ross, picking up 4-9 from his 6 and Dan coming back into the attack to see him take home 3-25 and Odiham were over the mark with Sarisbury only reaching 123.
A full quota of points keeps the King Street side in the hunt as we entertain bottom sides New Milton and Bournemouth at home in the next two weeks.
Back to HQ as fines commenced....kyran was awarded DOD for his Friday night antics and the continuing theme of leaving his wallet at home!
OGCC will be showing the first World Cup game for England tonight. Kick-off is at 19:00 and the bar will be open from 17:00 to ensure your vocal chords are well lubricated in readiness for cheering the team to victory. Hope to see you there.