1XI vs Fair Oak
After the disappointing loss the previous week, the squad had regrouped and were determined to put in a decent performance on the road again as we travelled down the m27 to Fair Oak.
A couple of forced changes to the team meant that Harry L Daysh was given his 2019 debut with Peter Hodgson returning after his adventures to Las Vegas(still suffering four days after coming back)
The chairman was also drafted in as a good replacement for the absent Aidy Green and Rob Walsh-Smith who had ditched cricket for a night with Mariah Carey!!! https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/f6f/2/16/1f602.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;">
Upon arrival at the ground after negotiating the bank holiday traffic, the wicket looked a good one with plenty of runs in it.
The skipper, as usual lost the toss but Odiham were inserted into bat first much to our delight.
The hosts opening bowling made runs come slowly in the first few overs, Zach was on the end of most of it until he was gifted a short and wide ball that he slotted down points throat for 4!
Liam Schooling plodded along, and I mean plodded, as he held up an end alongside Kyran Munt who looked to add to his fortunes of last week. Thankfully kyran was dropped in the slips second ball and decided to make the hosts pay for their mistakes.
Liam got to drinks on 20 and decided to chip one soon after to cover to allow the ever eager Adam 'Achie' Scher to enter the crease!
Both him and kyran certainly took the game to the opposition as they guided us passed the 100 mark in the 25th. With only 20 overs left in the innings, both tore apart the bowling, going at a blistering pace with Odiham trotting along at 10/over.
Kyran departed for a brilliant 83 and the chairman joined the tourist on seeing us post a decent target. Achie achieved his first Odiham half century and looked determined to add more as he and Ed frustrated the bowlers. Achie was dropped on 62 and then never looked back, smashing the ball to all parts as we raced passed 225 which saw gain our batting points. This saw him make his first century for the club, 107 off 57 balls!!!
Odiham finished their innings on. 284-4 with the chairman carrying his bat for 34.
Over the interval we set about sowing up the game early doors, defensive field and early wickets would see us in the driving position. Pete was the man who broke the deadlock early, with the fair oak opener skying the ball to Thomas Wiltshire at mid off who took a good catch despite pulling a muscle in his back side!!! https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/f6f/2/16/1f602.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;">
Pete continued in his form, even with his illness, finding the edge of the number 3 batsmen which found the gloves of Zach who took a stunning diving catch!
At 10-2 Odiham looked good at the start, Scott McGaughrin bowled an exceptional spell but wasn’t rewarded with any wickets but returned with 0/26.
Kyran took the ball, first change and made an impact with his first ball, seeing the ball safely pouched by the tourist. 45-3 and a good start for the visitors, who were then sat at a stalemate, the hosts were closing up shop and Odiham found it hard to get any answers as we nagged and nagged. Becky Hartnett’s spell only went for 29 and Sat Nav entered the attack in a spell from each end. A turn of fortune for Odiham happened when a quick single was taken off Becky, only for achie to throw down the stumps in a great bit of fielding, this then paved the way for two extra wickets for Tom after having numerous lbw shouts turned down.
Another moment of brilliance in the field saw Odiham took their 7th wicket, yet again from Achie, he then took a wicket of his own to make it 145-8.
Fair Oak then plodded along in a Liam- esq style innings for the final few overs, finishing with 163 to see Odiham home and dry by 121 runs and 23 points safely in the bag.
Next week, we return to the king street oval against high-flyers Portsmouth.
By Phil Thomas