CRICKET: Cameron Flowers bounces back with 132 not out in Oakham win
Man of the match Cameron Flowers proved once again he is one of the best batsmen in the Leicestershire League with a supreme knock of 132 not out to ease Oakham to a 10 wicket win in Division Two on Saturday.
Oakham’s bowlers set up the win, with visitors Billesdon only able to make 179-8 at Lime Kilns.
Charlie Baker made the breakthrough taking both the opening batsmen on his way to 3-47 from 11 overs of action with the ball.
Nourish was out for just three runs and Boden made 22, with Oakham’s skipper behind the stumps holding on to catches for both wickets.
Simon Cowly (1-38) removed Snaith (27) in similar fashion with Martin again gloving the ball.
Calvin Flowers took 2-41, including the Billesdon skipper Miles for a duck, and Down (1-44) joined the party with Blackwell’s wicket. A run out accounted for the other and the visitors closed with a reachable total set.
It was certainly reachable with Flowers in fine form having had a rare off week last weekend. His man of the match display saw him hit 17 fours and six sixes with Albert Radford adding 45 alongside him. The two eased Oakham to victory to move them back into second spot and into the promotion places once again.
That sets up one of the key games of the season on Saturday when Oakham travel to third place Loughborough Carillion.
Oakham 2nds also had a successful weekend in Division Five East, beating Highfield Rangers by six wickets after bowling the hosts out for 102.
Graeme North took an impressive 3-20 while Rory Brown managed 2-17 and Angus Boyle 2-21. Stevenson (1-24) and Jones (1-4) also got in on the act to ensure all the bowlers got a piece of the action, with a run out as well.
Oakham 2nds lost four wickets in reply, with steady scoring getting them over the line. Neil Souther hit 15 and Will Stuart-Jones made 22 before both being bowled.
Mark Owen made 28 not out with Rory Brown adding a useful 22. Will Bell was out for 0 but with plenty of wickets to spare Andrew Counsell (3 not out) got the Rutland team over the line to make it four wins on the trot. Like the first team they are in second place in the league, trailing leaders Young Muslim Association by 14 points.
Next up for Oakham 2nds is a visit from Asian Sports on Saturday.