Oakham were beaten by just three wickets by Narborough & Littlethorpe in a low scoring game in the Leicestershire League Division Two on Saturday.
Hosts Narborough won the toss and put the Rutland side into bat first and they did well with the ball early on, taking Chris Larsen for a duck having faced just four balls.
That brought in normal game winner Cameron Flowers but for once he was unable to add significantly to the score, out for six runs after facing just eight balls. So Oakham found themselves at 10-2 with two of their biggest guns back in the pavilion early with James Graham (3-64) taking both wickets, Larsen lbw and Flowers thanks to a catch from Nick Cooper.
Richard Martin was playing patiently from the opening spot, facing 55 balls before he was bowled by James Burchnall (2-42) for just 14.
Viv Naker came in at number four in the order and was Oakham’s top scorer on the day with a knock of 44, with included seven fours. However the rest of the Oakham line-up were struggling, Shyam Lakhani was out for a duck despite facing 26 balls and Sean Cowley managed one boundary four before he sent a shot too close to Nick Cooper.
A late middle order stand made the score respectable to give Oakham’s bowlers something to defend. Albert Radford added 28 not out and Charlie Baker made 39 not out as the visitors closed on 158-7.
In contrast Narborough’s openers took some shifting. Lee Wolloff scored a game high 62 from the opening spot, hitting a dozen fours before eventually getting bowled by Cameron Flowers, who ended with 4-32.
With the opening pair putting on 90 before the first wicket fell Narborough were in the driving seat. There was a bit of a wobble in the middle as Oakham took some quick wickets with Baker claiming 2-23 from 10 overs of action which included four maidens and Sean Cowley took an economical 1-35 from 12 overs.
However the openers had done enough and Narborough limped over the line with seven balls left in the innings, finishing on 159-7.
Oakham sit third in the league, one place below the promotion spots, while Narborough are second from bottom, in the final relegation place despite the win.
Next up for Oakham is a visit from Billesdon on Saturday.
Meanwhile Oakham 2nds continued their decent run of results with a seven wicket victory over Young Muslim Association in Division Five East.
Oakham chased down a total of 162 after bowling out the visitors in the 40th over. They sit fourth in the division.