Injured Baker bowls out six to set-up another Oakham victory

Oakham's Chris Larson bowling. Photo: Andy Balmford EMN-160517-154917001
Oakham's Chris Larson bowling. Photo: Andy Balmford EMN-160517-154917001

The OCG has become something of a fortress in the 2016 season, with three wins from three for Ricky Martin’s bunch of merry men on home turf in the Leicestershire League Division Two.

Martin again won the toss and put the visitors Countesthorpe in to bat.

Oakham bowlers Charlie Baker and Darren Jones have started the season well with the ball but both struggled early on, before Jones picked up an early breakthrough dismissing Sharpe lbw.

Calvin Flowers returned from his two week sabbatical to pick up Garrard with a dipping delivery, while young left-armer Cameron Down returned from his year and a half sabbatical to bowl a very tight spell, restricting Countesthorpe during the middle overs.

Anthony and Hendry started to put the visitors in a dominant position, with Hendry hitting some clean strikes into the gardens. Baker and Jones swapped ends and both came back to bowl much improved spells, Jones breaking the partnership after some sharp work from captain Martin behind the stumps.

Darren completed his overs with three maidens to finish with 2-43. Baker, after aggravating his ankle injury with the second ball of his new spell, went on to pick up six wickets, after ‘bowling with his brain for the first time in his life,’ backed up by sharp catches by Bhavin Shukla and Cam Down.

Chris Larsen added another string to his bow, proving you’re never to old to learn how to bowl, two overs, 1-5 is testament to the wonderful out-drift and nip the former keeper offered in his second spell of the season.

The visitors finished with 140, bowled out in 30.2 overs.

Vivek Naker managed to keep up with the scoring rate of Cameron Flowers for the first time in his life, with both going run for run with each other for the first ten overs.

Flowers then stepped up the pace, hitting four fours in an over, before 
running down to Toon and being stumped by the impressive young keeper Blockley for 49.

Viv was unlucky to be ran out on 33 after both batsmen finished at the same end, neither batsmen offering an apology after the game.

It was left to William Bell (11 not out) and Will Stuart- Jones (6 not out) to knock off the remaining runs, with Oakham claiming the win, off 30.2 overs.

Five o’clock finishes are becoming regular occurrences this year.

Oakham sit second in the division after four games, just 10 points behind Langtons.

Next up is a trip to Kirby Muxloe on Saturday.