OAKHAM batsmen gorged themselves on runs last weekend with two centuries and three further knocks in the 90s.
The series of innings came as the club’s first XI earned a valuable draw in the Leicestershire League on Saturday and the 2nd XIs recorded victories on Saturday and Sunday in the Leicestershire and Rutland Leagues.
The 10 points that the firsts picked up at Cosby opened up a gap above the bottom pack including their hosts who were just one place below them in the Everards Leicestershire League’s third tier.
Cosby batted first and made an impressive 251-8 in 45 overs with Rory Brown (3-66) and Graeme North (3-53) the best of the bowlers. But, while they were unable to bowl out their opponents, Oakham made a good effort to chase the score down.
Opener Sam Wills made 45 and captain, Sean Cowley an excellent 115 with 12 fours and 4 sixes but they finished 25 runs short of victory on 226-6.
Oakham’s 2nd XI played Bardon Hill in an Everards League Divison 7 clash and as in recent weeks the Lime Kilns track proved to be a batsmen’s paradise.
After a slow steady start Graeme Cooper lost his wicket for 20 but this brought in-form Rupert Inglesant to the wicket and, together with anchor man Maz Edge, he took the score to 249-1. The pair amassed a partnership of 208, before Edge was dismissed in the final over three short of a well-deserved century.
Inglesant had already reached his century finishing on 118 not out to add to his previous two league scores of 95 and 109 both undefeated – an impressive 318 runs without being dismissed.
Oakham finished on 257-2 and put Bardon Hill under immediate pressure with Ryan Thwaites (2-43) taking two wickets in his opening spell. Despite Thwaites’ wickets, Bardon Hill continued to score quickly and it was only with the introduction of veteran left arm spinner, Bob Inchley, that Oakham regained control.
Inchley finished with impressive figures of 5-28 and with Graeme Cooper (2-9) removing the tail Oakham completed a fine 106-run victory.
Runs continued to flow at Oakham in the 2nd XI’s match against Market Deeping 2nd XI on Sunday in division six of the Rutland League.
Oakham batted first and made 265-5 with captain Neil Southern in the runs again falling just short of a century on 97 and Maz Edge missed out on a hundred for the second time in the weekend, finishing on 95 not out.
Market Deeping struggled against some hostile opening bowling from Ben Lemon that went unrewarded. While on a dry wicket, the spinners did the bulk of the damage with 14-year-old Harvey Stafford, bowling an excellent spell for 2-25 off 12 overs. He was supported by Lyle Copeland (2-45) and Joe Lemon (2-19) as Market Deeping fell well short at 158-8.