1st XI Win to Stay Top
Report by Phil Thomas
This Saturday, league leaders Odiham & Greywell made the short trip to Basingstoke in a crunch game. The hosts sat proudly in fourth position and looked to knock the visitors off their perch.
With changes made to the OGCC side, the toss was won by Paul Voisey and yet again Odiham were sent into bat. Phil Thomas and Ed Hellings were given the task off laying the foundations down for the visiting team. Thomas took no time in finding his feet, dispatching Basingstokes opening bowler for 41 off his two overs. Ed Hellings struggled the other end with some good bowling, but Thomas never looked back,continuing his form from the previous week.
After 4 overs, OGCC passed 50 and in the seventh over, opener Thomas passed his fifth half century of the season in just 16 balls. The partnership was broken on 75 with Hellings falling lbw. Kyran Munt joined Thomas at the crease and both batsmen continued at a blistering rate, seeing Odiham past the 100 mark in the 10th over.
The run rate excelled from here on in, and OGCC neared 200 within 19 overs, with Thomas nurdling a single to see him home for his second consecutive hundred. He then holed out in the deep for 123. Munt also departed for 38 soon before.
With a big score on the horizon again, skipper Voisey and Aidy Green set new foundations, Green making 38. Unfortunately Voisey was bowled for 18 in unusual fashion, with scoring conditions getting more difficult.
Tom Wiltshire soon took on the home bowling again and smashed a quick fire 22 before Jones senior and junior entered the equation, and they ran nearly every ball,taking the leaders passed the 300 mark yet again this season. Graham finished 31* and Ben was 19* to see us finish 326-6 off the alloted 42.
After the short tea interval, Becky Hartnett and Tom Wiltshire tried to make early inroads into the Basingstoke batting order, although with things not going to plan early on, Hartnett was the girl who made the early breakthrough, forcing an edge to keeper Thomas.
Wiltshire snaffled the other opener, caught superbly out of the sun by fellow bowler Hartnett, who saved Thomas' bacon after he shelled one three balls before. Ross McGaughrin took over control of the ball and a superb spell saw him take two wickets, one with a sublime caught and bowled.
Basingstoke capitulated in the middle order, with OGCC firing on all cylinders in the field with two fantastic run outs from Wiltshire and debutant Martin Durrant. Durrant was rewarded by being given a bowling spell, managing to pick up a wicket in his second over. Eventually he was replaced and Hartnett was handed the ball for her second spell. Becky wasted no time in snaring another wicket when she found the edge of the bat which was safely pouched by Durrant.
Odiham unfortunately couldn't find the ball to remove the last pair after Munt got himself a wicket late on, with Basingstoke skipper Derek Dicker, hanging on superbly to the end to see them finished 152-9 with Odiham & Greywell walking away with 23 valuable points.