Oxton beat Warrington to go 2nd
By Oxton Admin
After a good win away at Macclesfield last week the Oxton team arrived at Townfield Lane in good spirits and looking for another 25 points to push them further towards the top of the Division One table.
There was only one change to the side that played at Macclesfield as part time keeper Marc Debrabander returned to the side following a broken nail that required several weeks off and replaced the unavailable Andy Gibson who had flown to Ibiza last Sunday for a week long bender after his match winning 90.
Having not won a toss for the first five weeks of the season, Captain Jack was desperate to win the toss having noticed a single blade of grass on the usually flat Oxton wicket. Sources close to the club have revealed that it is in fact the first blade of grass since 2015. Curator Chris Price was unavailable for comment. Luckily for the Lions, the Warrington skipper called incorrectly and the Lions were set to bowl first.
It was back to the new ball pairing that Oxton females everywhere have been dying to see with Richard Fennah, who always has a great length when bowling, and Pat Magann, who can only be described as a poor man’s Gayan, taking the new ball.
After 10 overs Warrington had cautiously moved onto 19-0 restricted by some tight bowling and an improved fielding display from the previous week (which wasn’t saying much). The Oxton committee may need to look at arranging the presence of a photographer every week if it results in some of the diving stops in the field that were on show yesterday. Thanks to Bala Sridhar for the photos which we will hopefully be able to post shortly. Special mention to young Jamie Crawley for some of the most unnecessary dives the cricket world has ever seen.
The first wicket came with the score on 28 as Magann took a sharp caught and bowled chance to dismiss M.Rudd.
The Lions believed that the number 3 batsman for Warrington was a very good LBW chance due to his size. However, the young whipper snapper was caught short of his ground after Magann threw the stumps down from the outfield as the batsmen tried for a second run.
Magann was taken out of the attack and he was replaced by Dane Williams who soon had a wicket as he dismissed Mcintosh (No relation to Alex) LBW for 7. The score was now 39-3 off 19 overs.
Fennah continued with his good length from the pavilion end and eventually got the wicket he deserved dismissing the Warrington opener M.Agar for 17 after a regulation slip catch to the skipper.
There was a brief acceleration in scoring as Johan Els hit 19 off 18 balls before playing one aggressive shot too many and he found himself caught at backward point by Greg Shillinglaw again off the bowling of Fennah.
Fennah’s third wicket followed soon after with another slip catch taken by Jack Smith.
This left the score on 67-6 and Warrington were struggling to set a competitive total.
Richard Fennah finished his spell with very tidy figures of 15-2-37-3 and was replaced at the pavilion end by fellow spinner Shilly.
After last week’s horror show, the lions were desperate to turn around their performance in the field. Unfortunately, Richie Fennah had other ideas, and during one of Dane Williams’ overs, Richie was busy trying to charm a young female tennis player. Now, to be fair to him, she really was quite a sort, however, unbeknown to Richie, he had picked out the oppositions batter’s girlfriend. As the batsman saw what was happening he aggressively drove Dane’s bowling straight towards Richie at head height, fortunately the ball narrowly missed his head as he was still trying to slide his way into the young gals DM’s and failed to notice the ball as it went fizzing through to the boundary.
Warrington’s number six batsman Liam Heaphy took the attack to Oxton ably supported by R Heaney at number 8 who stayed with him scoring 6 off 35 balls until Magann, who had returned for a second spell, caught a thin edge through to Debrabander and the score was 90-7.
Magann took his 3rd wicket when he found the edge of the Warrington number 9 batsman twice in one over. Both balls went through to Dane Williams at gully and the second opportunity was taken cleanly. Magann finished with excellent figures of 14-5-27-3
Shilly was rewarded for his efforts with two wickets at the back end of the innings. The first was caught by Jamie Crawley and the final wicket, that of Heaphy for 48(off 70), was taken in the deep by Chris Williams, an excellent diving catch running in from the boundary.
Warrington had set Oxton a target of 136 (apparently the tennis finished 6-4 4-6 7-5 for anyone wondering) and it would be Jamie Crawley and Marc Debrabander who would look to get Oxton off to a solid start after the tea break.
Unfortunately for Debrabander, he was unable to cash in on the Warrington bowling and was caught at mid-off for 5.
Dane Williams joined young Crawley at the crease and the two lads proceeded to absolutely dominate the young men in typical Oxton fashion and Dane finished unbeaten on 76 whilst Jamie finished on 52.
Oxton 25 points. Warrington 2 points.
The win sees Oxton move up to 2nd in the table. Next week the team travel to Sale looking for another 25 points.