Oakham are in the points again

Will Stuart-Jones batting for Oakham                                          File Picture/Geoff Atton
Will Stuart-Jones batting for Oakham File Picture/Geoff Atton
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Oakham 1sts bagged vital points in Leicestershire League Division One thanks to a winning draw and the reversal of a previous result.

Oakham took 17 points from Electricity Sports on Saturday which followed the overturning of a losing draw against Lutterworth 2nd for fielding an illegible player. That gave them another 21 points.

It was the same offence committed by the Rutland side earlier this year which cost them a 24-point win plus a 24-point penalty.

It keeps Oakham in fourth from bottom and puts more space between them and the relegation dogfight.

On Saturday at Electricity Sports, things did not start well with Oakham’s Jamie McCormack departing on the first ball of the innings.

However, Will Stuart-Jones was in blistering form on the hard and fast track. He despatched the fast but short pitched bowling to all parts of the ground for a rapid 91.

Stuart-Jones was well supported by under 14 Leicestershire player, Ed Tattersall, who compiled a well made 28.

Their dismissals saw Shaym Lakhani (58no) and Rory Brown (49) continue to attack putting together a century partnership with the innings closing on 245-3 with Lakhani hitting the final ball for a massive six out of the ground.

In reply Electricity Sports were never in the hunt but despite the Oakham bowlers’ best efforts they were able to hold on for a losing draw.

However, Oakham skipper Matt Osman was very pleased with the result.

* Despite the poor weather forecast Oakham 2nds’ game at the Lime Kilns against Electricity Sports 2nds in division seven of the Leicestershire League was able to go ahead without significant interruption.

Oakham won the toss and put Electricity Sports in expecting help from the green wicket.

Unfortunately some early missed chances and expensive bowling saw the openers reach 80 in only 15 overs.

However, the introduction of veteran slow bowler, Graeme North, changed the course of the innings as his variations of spin and drift proved to much for the opposition batsmen and he returned figures of 6-28 in 12 overs.

He was well supported by 16-year-old Harvey Stafford who bowled 13 overs taking 3-55 as Electricity Sports were dismissed for 158.

This should have been well within the capabilities of a strong Oakham batting line up but nobody could stay with skipper Graeme Cooper as the opposition’s quick bowler, Matt Shepherd, bowled unchanged for 19 overs. He took 6-62 to rip out the heart of the Oakham batting.

Only a late flurry from Nathan Excel (21) got Oakham close and the final wicket fell at 142 with Cooper left undefeated on 57 and Elecricity Sports winners by 16 runs.

* The young Oakham Sunday 2nds were up against it in Rutland League Division Five against Kettering who included their Australian overseas player.

Oakham won the toss and put Kettering into bat on a green and damp track. The bowlers responded magnificently and were led by Ankar Dave who bowled beautifully in the conditions to take 4–16 in his nine overs.

He was well supported by new recruit 18-year-old Josh Loring who took 1-27.

Wickets fell regularly with Harvey Stafford taking two to go with two excellent catches.

It was left to the Aussie overseas player, Jarrad Ninness, to bat over the overs finishing on 46 before he was run out by an excellent return from the deep with Kettering all out for 125.

Unfortunately the drying wicket proved equally difficult for Oakham to bat on and the early dismissal of Rory Brown saw Counsell (23) and Coulson (17) consolidate the innings, taking the score to 50.

Coulson was dismissed followed shortly afterwards by Counsell.

Sensing that things might be close Kettering brought back Ninness who came in off his full run up and was a yard or two quicker than in his earlier spell.

He took two wickets in two balls and at 72-5 Oakham were in trouble again but a 37-run partnership between Osman (27) and Dave (17) took them to the brink of victory at 109-6.

However, both were dismissed with victory in site and the lower order were unable to score the last few runs as Oakham slipped to a disappointing 117 to lose by only eight runs