1XI vs East Woodhay
After a successful opening weekend of the season, the mood in the Odiham camp was buoyant as we looked forward to our first home game of the season.
The skipper made a couple of changes for the game with Aidy Green making way for Thomas Wiltshire who had recovered from injury in time for the game whilst John Hodgson made an OGCC comeback for the absence of his brother.
The morning breakfast meet was sparsely attended, Zach had chosen to cram in some revision whilst Liam Schooling missed the opportunity when his car wouldn’t start, who’d have thought you needed fuel in a car to make it run....https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/fed/2/16/1f644.png"); background-repeat: no-repeat; background-size: contain; color: transparent; display: inline-block; font-family: inherit; font-size: 16px; height: 16px; text-decoration: none; text-shadow: none; vertical-align: text-bottom; width: 16px;">🙄
Rob Frome and Sat Nav were absent for good reasons, making time for their significant other halves....https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/ff6/2/16/1f609.png"); background-repeat: no-repeat; background-size: contain; color: transparent; display: inline-block; font-family: inherit; font-size: 16px; height: 16px; text-decoration: none; text-shadow: none; vertical-align: text-bottom; width: 16px;">😉
We arrived at the ground two hours prior to kick off, where we were put through our paces in the warm up by Adam 'Achie' Scher and Rob Walsh-Smith.
So whilst we all went to ice our battered hands, the skipper made his way to the toss.....yes, he lost it again although we were inserted into the field which was our preference in the humid conditions.
Things didn’t go well for the hosts in the opening overs, Kyran Munt and Scott McGaughrin not finding any rhythm and throwing down some extras to kick starts the visitors. Scott broke the deadlock in the 8th over, finding the edge into the buckets of Walshy at 2nd slip.
The skipper then took the pace off the ball when East Woodhay were 71/1 off 11. Thomas Wiltshire started where he left off last season , cleaning up the opener for 32.
This paved a way for Odiham to get back into the game, Becky Hartnett entered the equation and removed the no3 who holed out to kyran on the boundary.
The prize asset of Ian McGaughrin arriving at the ground somehow made us continue to take wickets, three more fell in quick succession on his route around the boundary with Tom picking up two more and Becky stunning the batsmen with a superb one handed return catch!
Tom finished with 3/19 and Becky 2/30 as we had the visitors in all sorts of problems at 87-6.
The tourist entered the attack and bowled a tight spell and was unlucky to pick up a wicket, first Fromey dropped a dolly and then Liam saw one hit the turf, fortunately it was a no ball! Fromey was given his chance to redeem himself with the ball, and he broke the partnership in his second over.
The skipper bought himself into the attack, with the rest of the team claiming he was ‘bunny hunting ‘ https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/fd0/2/16/1f955.png"); background-repeat: no-repeat; background-size: contain; color: transparent; display: inline-block; font-family: inherit; font-size: 16px; height: 16px; text-decoration: none; text-shadow: none; vertical-align: text-bottom; width: 16px;">🥕. Although however easy the task seemed, the captain returned with 3-2 to finish off the hosts who posted a mediocre target of 148 in what was a good comeback for the king street side.
Teas were excellently prepared by our very own treasurer David Smith in what was a fine spread, sharing his many fine talents.
The openers were soon padded up and ready to take on the task ahead.
Unfortunately the task ahead didn’t quite go to plan, Zach was adjudged lbw for 1 and Liam was on the end of a pearler and was cleaned bowled for 10.
The veranda was quiet as we looked to rebuild on some fine opening bowling.
Kyran steadied the ship with Achie, as the both of them hit some needed boundaries. Achie went for 18 and Odiham slid to 53/3. Hodgie came in at 5 and played nicely alongside kyran who made it to his first half century of the season. 52 was as far and he got before the opening bowler returned and unnerved Odiham. Walshy came and went, as did Scott. 122-6 and we almost looked home and dry, 22 overs left in the day and the target all but 1 an over.
Unfortunately as we all know, cricket can be a funny old game as Odiham made hard work of the light target, losing the last four wickets for 3 runs as we were skittled for 124.
A superb game and congratulations to the opposition who never gave up all the way through.
A sombre atmosphere came across the king street oval as the skipper delivered his post match report to the players, the 35 extras earlier in the day had cost us dearly. The fines pot after the game certainly took a hammering, drop catches, ducks, and poor shot selection was high on the agenda.
We would like to thank everyone who attended on Saturday to watch, your support is always superbly appreciated and we apologise for not getting across the line.
The players will regroup again for next weekends trip to Fair Oak.
By Phil Thomas