McCormack belts unbeaten 111 in Oakham’s winning draw
Jamie McCormack inspired Oakham to a winning draw at home to Loughborough Carillion in the Leicestershire League Division Two on Saturday with an unbeaten knock of 111 runs.
Oakham scored 48 runs more than their opponents but could not enjoy the same success with the ball, failing to bowl out the Leicestershire side.
Oakham won the toss at Lime Kilms and chose to bat. Cameron Flowers opened the batting for the hosts and delivered once again. He reached 56 in no time, thanks largely to the 10 boundaries he struck.
Chris Larsen only stuck around to make 14 before Mark Gamlyn took his wicket thanks to a catch from a teammate.
However that brought man of the match McCormack to the crease and he wasted on time in racing to 100 in just 66 balls, with 14 fours and four sixes helping him get there in a hurry. Flowers then lost his wicket to Gamlyn which brought his brother Calvin to the crease.He added 27 alongside McCormack before holing out to Mark Trimmington off the bowling of Nitant Desai.
The same Loughborough bowler then took Shyan Lakhani’s wicket for just 17.
Albert Radford steadied things down with an unbeaten 29 to help Oakham finish on 266-4. It was a total worth defending.
Oakham made a fantastic start with the ball after tea with Calvin Flowers making a double breakthrough as he dismissed both Loughborough openers for minimal runs, in fact Suraj Vernekar was out, caught and bowled for 0. Dan Freeman-Langford did little better with nine.
Charlie Baker (3-40) then got in on the act, dismissing Alex Relph for four, however Loughborough were not about to be rolled over that easily and their middle order man a stand.
Both skipper John Harrison and Trimmingham made 68 before they were both out to catches, Harrison out to a grab by Larsen off the bowling of Albert Radford and Trimmingham sent the ball in the direction of the busy Calvin Flowers, off the bowling of Baker.
Martin Osman skittled Kyle Grobler for 22 but the wickets were not falling fast enough and despite Gamlyn going for a duck Loughborough held on to deny Oakham all the points on offer, finishing on 219-7.
Oakham remain thoroughly in mid-table in sixth spot, one place ahead of their opponents on Saturday. Next up is an away day to Lutterworth 2nds.
Oakham’s second team suffered much the same fate as the firsts with a winning draw at Fleckney Village. They hit 223-6 but were five wickets short of bowling out the hosts.