Flowers powers Oakham to promotion

Oakham CC v Illston Abey. Macormack bowled. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-140807-144540001
Oakham CC v Illston Abey. Macormack bowled. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-140807-144540001
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Oakham have capped an outstanding season by becoming the second Rutland side to win promotion into the Leicestershire and Rutland League Division Two with a winning draw against Egerton Park on Saturday.

They join Uppingham Town in moving up next year and could still snatch the title from their derby rivals on the final day of the season.

Oakham batted first and once again Calvin Flowers was the star of the innings, hitting 105. However, he was closely matched by Jamie McCormack with an impressive 92 in just 66 balls.

The two helped Oakham to 274-9 at the end of their shortened innnings.

However, Oakham frustratingly could not finish the job with the ball and the visitors reached 223-8 at the end of play.

Flowers was also the top performer with the ball, taking 3-49.

Uppingham are currently 13 points ahead of Oakham, with a maximum 30 points available for a win with bonus points. However, an Oakham victory would require a slip up by their neighbours.

This weekend rivalry was put to one side as there was an air of celebration about the state of cricket across the county.

Oakham chairman Nick Begy said: “We set out in writing at the start of the season our five-year plan to climb through the leagues.

“The club are delighted to have been promoted, and even more so that it is both Rutland clubs going up, which is testament to the success of both clubs, so you really shouldn’t look at either in isolation.

“Plus with Ketton getting promoted in their league, and good performances from Empingham, Marko and Barrowden, we find Rutland cricket in a fantastic position, which is testament to a number of hard-working volunteers across the clubs.

“However, we do not underestimate the work that still needs to be done. Recently we have struggled to bowl out sides, and through bad luck with weather, we have had to look to play for the full 30 points, not really playing to the strength we built this campaign on, of knocking off targets, but you can’t legislate for the weather.

“It has been a fantastic season, with great performances from young and more experienced players, and new and old, with a great spirit to go with it. We look forward to next year, and the race with our friends down the road starts now.”

Begy said the club’s success was built on a strong junior programme, which is going from strength to strength and has a number of very successful age groups waiting in the wings.

Oakham face Kegworth Town Second XI away in the final game of the season.