Oakham won in dramatic fashion with Jamie Oakley hitting a vital boundary off the final ball against Bitteswell in the Everards Leicestershire League on Saturday.
Oakley’s shot could have been caught on the ropes but the Lime Kilns club enjoyed a rare stroke of luck to secure a 21 point victory.
Bitteswell batted first on a fantastic batting wicket and Oakham’s bowlers suffered at the hands of Dard (109no) and Gardner (61no) as the visitors reached 252 for 4 in 45 overs.
Only spinners Jamie Oakley (1 for 36 in 8 overs) and Albert Radford (2 for 51 in 13 overs) were able to exert any control on the opposition batsmen.
Oakham’s reply didn’t start well, slipping to 19-2 inside six overs but Rory Brown (80) and Shaym Lakhani (50) turned the game on its head, scoring 82 in just 15 overs.
Brown was eventually dismissed for 80 and with the score on 216-5 Oakham needed some late order runs from Ashish. Patel (25) and Oakley (19no) to reach the last ball with four runs needed. Oakley struck it well but there was a fielder in position on the boundary who dropped the ball and allowed it to trickle over the boundary for the winning runs. Oakham finished on 253-7 to win by 3 wickets.
A combination of youth and experience steered a 10-man Oakham 2nd XI to a draw at Quorn.
Quorn decided to bat on a good track and fast outfield, and they made a healthy start as poor fielding let them move to 77 in only 20 overs.
Veteran spinner Bob Inchley then tempted opener Hart (44) down the wicket to be stumped but Reynolds took advantage of a least three dropped catches to hit 89 before he was trapped LBW by Harvey Stafford.
Quorn posted a formidable 256 for 6 with Freddie Turner (1 for 61 of 14 overs) and Harvey Stafford (2 for 38) the pick of Oakham’s bowlers.
Oakham’s reply started well with Dave Ramshaw in particularly good form, and despite the early dismissal of Mark Worthington, he and Turner (34) took the score to 106 for 1 in 25 overs.
Needing to up the run rate Ramshaw went for one big shot too many and was bowled for a classy 61. This precipitated a collapse with four wickets falling for only 11 runs leaving Oakham struggling on 131-6 but late boundaries from Joe Stafford (19) and Bob Inchley (12no) steered Oakham to the safety of a losing draw, finishing on 171-7.