Lack of support leaves Oakham’s Richard Martin on the losing side

Oakham v Cosby. Oakham's Richard Martin. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-140630-152326001

Oakham v Cosby. Oakham's Richard Martin. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-140630-152326001

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Oakham opening bat Richard Martin suffered a frustrating afternoon when his side travelled to Syston.

It was bad enough that Oakham I lost the Leicestershire and Rutland League division three fixture by six wickets.

But Martin was left shaking his head that he missed out on a half-century by just one run and received so little support from his teammates.

Syston II won the toss and put Oakham in to bat.

Martin showed the way with the best score of any player on the field, but only two teammates joined him in scoring double figures, Sam Wills (22) and Shyam Lakhani (26).

Without their late intervention it could have been even worse for Oakham, who slumped disastrously between Albert Radford’s demise for four and Calvin Flowers dismissal for nought.

The Oakham innings added up to just 155-9 and it was never going to be enough.

Darren Jones took the wickets of Nev Doughty and Nitin Odedra in a spell of 2-21, but Syston were steered to victory by Charlie Royle who made an unbeaten 43 in a total of 156-4 in the 37th over.