1st XI vs New Milton 2nd XI
Another hot Saturday welcomed us as we arrived at Odiham headquarters for another instalment of life in County 2.
This weekends visitors were New Milton who made the journey from the depths of the new forest. The visitors were on the back of 6 back to back defeats and the confidence was high in the Odiham camp.
Team news this week saw Zach retain his place behind the stumps as Jontie was still sunning it up in Menorca! Peter Hodgson and Aidy Green were gifted a starting place as Scott McGaughrin elected for a party instead of cricket this weekend and Dan Walker had decided it was too hot down south so ventured back to the North to cool down. Charlie Russell made the trip back from Singapore 🇸🇬 for the game in his first comeback appearance in 8 years!
The skipper yet again started the day by losing the toss, although to his amazement, the New Milton skipper elected to bowl first on what we had earmarked as a belting batting track! So the boys were happy as we geared up for setting a decent target.
Liam Schooling and James Taylor were given the role to open up again after their fine performances last week.
Unfortunately we did not follow in the same suit when JT decided yet again to visit the duck 🦆 pond with only the third ball of the day.
This then paved the way for in-form Kyran Munt to join Liam at the crease, in search of his fifth back to back fifty.
Both settled in nicely and took apart the visitors attack as kyran blistered some fine boundaries. Kyran completed his target when he quickly went past 50 at drinks! Liam was the second wicket to fall as he kicked one in front of his stumps for a valuable 27 ending the partnership on 87.Kyran also ended his run when he was adjudged lbw for a magnificent 75 to see him complete 5 back to back league half centuries!! 👏🏻.
So , with the score at 131-3 with 17 overs left to bat, Aidy and youngster Zach entered the equation!
Aidy played a role which we never usually see, as he dispatched the bowlers over the boundary on his way to a vital 63 as Odiham surpassed the 200 mark! Zach joined the party as he duly impressed the crowd when he posted his first league fifty for the 1st team and gained a permanent smile for the rest of the afternoon!
Aidy departed in the final few overs and this lead to the entrance of Charlie Russell who had managed to get back to the ground in time after a light snack of caviar and smoked salmon back his private estate down the road! So he quickly padded up and launched a few quick boundaries....one nearly decapitating one of the opposition fielders, which ended his involvement in the game!
Zach went in the last over for 58 and Odiham had amassed 278-5.
After a superb tea yet again, we made our way onto the field in search of a good victory. The crowds had grown as the threes made use of their spare afternoon and the delightful smells of Steve Spreadborough’s bbq gave way to a promising second half!
Disaster struck before we left the changing rooms as a distraught Peter Hodgson realised he had misplaced his whites and the hunt was on for a new set! Eventually, ‘lost property Pete’ was fully attired and was thrown the new ball to make amends for his mistakes (openly admitting at the break to have been out till 3am!).
Bizarrely enough, Pete’s continued form with the ball didn’t follow on this week as his five over spell was unsuccessful! Kyran asked early questions but was yet again unlucky not to snare a wicket, finishing his spell with 0-26.
The opening batsmen gave us nothing in the opening stages, although Odiham made the run rate rise as we tried to ring the pressure. The skipper looked to his two reliable spinners as Thomas Wiltshire and Ross McGaughrin got hold of the ball after drinks. Ross was unable to find his rhythm from last week and was dispatched for 30 off his four overs. Tom got us off the mark, with a vital run out, then the other opener departed lbw. The Milton no3 strode his way to the crease, only to be on the receiving end of the ‘ball of the season’ from Tom as he made one turn from outside leg stump to hit off!!!
Odiham were in the driving seat for the middle stages until we were frustrated by a middle order reprise... the no5 posting a half century as the O’s looked for another wicket.
News from the sidelines filtered through to the skipper that we only needed 8 wickets as the injured Milton players elected not to bat. Tom finished with 3-31.
Sam Budd and Charlie came into the attack and picked up the crucial wicket of the no5 who popped up a catch to the ever reliable Aidy Green!!
The skipper then bought himself into the attack in what is claimed to be ‘bunny hunting’. Doing what he does best in this role, the captain picked up 2-7 and the game was over....seeing Odiham win by 100 runs!!
Man of the match was awarded to Zach
DOD- Pete Hodgson- for forgetting his whites, drinking on a Friday amongst more!
Next week sees us at home again, with or next opponents, Bournemouth who will be out to ruin our Lashings hango