1XI vs Rowledge
Week seven into the season and we were back on the road again. Thankfully we were only having to make the short 9 mile trip to Rowledge.
Team news this week saw Peter Hodgson unavailable so he had sent his brother John Hodgson instead. Becky Hartnett made the cut and we saw the welcomed return of Scott McGaughrin to the fold, who duly showed everyone his tan lines upon his arrival!
The sad news had come from HQ that Dan Walker had signed his transfer forms to Brize Norton and was making his last appearance for OGCC. So, as a kind gesture for the day, the captaincy was handed over to Dan for his final outing. (Technically he should be writing this report)
So, after two and a half seasons of watching the skipper do the toss, Dan strode out to the middle with the umpires and lost the toss, so we were put into the field!
The wicket had been under the covers all week so the strip was green so would offer so assistance to the bowlers.
We started up with Scott and Thomas Wiltshire to continue our ploy early on.
Tom got things to happen early doors and had made a good bond with the opener who seemed to enjoy winding everyone up, shouting “fetch that mate” as he was carted for a four to cow corner in the third over. The confident batsmen hit some early boundaries and then claimed to the fielders that we would never get him out as he doesn’t get bowled ever......Tom then bowled him out and we had our first scalp! 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;">https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/ff1/2/16/1f648.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;">
Scott then continued to add pressure to the early batsmen and this saw him pick up a well deserved wicket as Rowledge slipped to 15-2.
Adam 'Achie' Scher and Dan entered the attack and provided more and more pressure on the opposition, dan got off to a good start with a faint nick through to Zach and an early wicket for Achie so the score tumble to 48-4. It wasn’t long before both got another wicket apiece with the Yorkshireman making a mess of the no5s stumps and achie got his second from a fine fumbled catch from the vice skipper Thomas at slip! Both went through their spells with the tourist claiming 3-17 and Dan returned with 2-23.
50-7 and Odiham were in the driving seat. Becky came on alongside sat Nav for his second spell, both keeping the rate down, Becky only going for 9 off her five overs and Tom bowled out for 1-30.
A smart run out from kyran made life worse for the hosts but their opener continued to stick around, carrying his bat for 50 as Scott (2-21) and Phil Thomas 1-3 mopped up and we were set 105 to win.
At the interval we were greeted with an excellent tea and we were also welcomed by the attendance of ‘picnic club’ duly hosted by Sarah Walker who was enjoying the sun and a glass or two of Prosecco (maybe a bottle or two actually)
Liam Schooling and achie continued their batting partnership at the top with Liam more detirmined than ever to pick up some runs. Achie stole the show early doors, dispatching some massive boundaries to all parts, including the neighbours bonnet across the road !!!
Liam was kept quiet in the early stages as he watched the tourist pile on the runs from the other end, Liam eventually got off the mark in the 11th over to a rapturous applause from his teammates on the sidelines.
The drinks interval arrived at 15 overs and the score for 62-0, achie had 57 on the board and Liam sat comfortably on 1!
Drinks didnt favour us as achie went first ball after the break, skying a sitter to square leg!
Kyran Munt came in at 3 and in unusual fashion, was adjudged lbw first ball. Liam then followed in suit for 3 and the nerves soon started to show!
Thankfully we had the experience of Aidy green who steadied the ship alongside youngster Zach with both knocking off the low total in the 28th over, with 18 and 13 respectively.
The O’s were on a roll as we added a third victory on the bounce and the game was done by 5:30pm.
We made our way back through the backroads home to HQ where we were greeted with a fine 2nd XI victory aswell so the celebrations began!
Fines this week were upped to £5 each which was then gifted to Dan and Sarah as a leaving present. Dan thanked his teammates by arriving from the bar with 20 tequila shots and the rest of the night became a blurr!
The skipper stepped up during the evening for an emotional speech which bought about tears and laughter as we said our goodbyes to two great members.
A big thank you to everyone who came and supported and yet again, thank you to Dan for all his hard work and dedication to OGCC over the years, you will be sorely missed by your teammates and other members.
We are on the road again next week as we travel to Bransgore who sit just behind us in the table.