Lakhani digs in to earn Oakham a winning draw with Hastings

Oakham CC v Market Overton CC. Bhavin Lakhani batting for Oakham.  Photo: SM290511-038ow.jpg ENGEMN00220110529172245
Oakham CC v Market Overton CC. Bhavin Lakhani batting for Oakham. Photo: SM290511-038ow.jpg ENGEMN00220110529172245
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Oakham secured a winning draw to continue their good run of form in the Leicestershire League Division Two on Saturday at Ashby Hastings .

Ashby won the toss and put Oakham in to bat which looked to be a good decision at first as they struggled early on. Viv Nakir opened the batting for the visitors but didn’t last long as he was caught having made just six runs.

Cameron Flowers did little better, losing his wicket to the bowling of Dooley, who had also claimed his fellow opener, for just nine. With two of Oakham’s big guns out they were wobbling.

Bhavin Shukla showed some patience to add 32 runs but the run rate was slow, facing 59 balls. Calvin Flowers, the dominant batsman last week, was not so patient but he was also not as successful either and come and went after just 16 minutes at the crease, out for 13 after he was caught out by a ball from Gary Edwards.

However Oakham’s middle order provided some steel with Shyam Lakhani leading the way with a knock of 69, the top score in the match, 40 of which came from his 10 boundaries.

Shukla departed but Albert Radford came in to make a quick-fire 47, built on strong running between the wickets, however it did eventually cost him as he was run out just short of his half century.

Oakham finished on 208-7, a decent score to defend against a side struggling for form in the division’s relegation zone.

Ashby’s innings was completely different to their opponents, they started well but then quickly faded.

Wicketkeeper Clarke opened with a slow score of 22, facing 68 balls before holing out to Calvin Flowers off the bowling of Jamie Oakley.

Man of the match Matt Osmond caused real damage to the Ashby effort, taking number three in the order Clark and number four Brooks both for 0 to finish with 4-35.

Redfern played through most of the Ashby innings to amass 64 before Calvin Flowers took his wicket with help from a catch by Nakir.

Only Graham Edwards (11) and skipper Perkins (13) got into double figures after that and Oakham came agonisingly close to taking the win but they just ran out of time and the final two batsman finished unbeaten on 0 as the hosts reached 142-8.