News Feed 2017
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News Feed 2016
05/04/16. The Oaks will again play in the top division after finishing 3rd in 2015. Fixtures will follow very soon. If you want a game for the Oaks, all matches are on Wednesdays except one. Please let Andy Bennion know if you wish to play.
News Feed 2015
27/07/15 v Waverton. WCC 156/7, AOCC 157/5. Win
A strong Waverton batting line up got off to a flier, plunder 107 off the first 8 overs to put themselves in a strong position. Quick wickets and an upgrade in fielding however stemmed the flow and they limped eventually to 156/7 at half way. Ed Speakman and Andy Martin were the stand out bowlers, both taking 1 for 19.
Oaks lost Rowlands and Farmer on 26 but a fine partnership between Chris Jones and Will Speakman of 57 took Alvanley to 83 off 10 overs. Speakman and Du Mayne fell in the 11th over and when Jones retired for a 32 ball 53, there was plenty to do. Andy Bennion (37no) and Ed Speakman (11no) were up to the task and took the team home with 10 balls to spare.
20/07/15 at Marchweil. AOCC 112/9, M&WCC 113/1. Lose
A lackluster performance from the Oaks saw the title slip away as an excellent Marchweil team eased past a poor target of 112. Dave Jones and Andy Bennion put 30 on for the first wicket but with no other partnership getting past 30, Alvanley were always struggling against 3 excellent spinner in particular. Late contributions from Mike Rowlands and Chris Jones of 21 and 20 gave the visitors something to bowl at at least.
In reply the home team cruised to victory in the 18th over for the loss of just one wicket – that falling to debut boy Tommy Burgess
13/07/15 v Llay. LWCC 120/9, AOCC 124/5. Win
Alvanley’s slim hopes of winning the league relied on winning this home game against 2nd placed Llay. Llay’s openers looked in good touch but Bill Pearson and Billy Ouzinidis stuck to their task well with the new ball. Jez Brummitt and Mike Rowlands bowled to their fields in the middle overs and the Joneses made up the remainder to keep the visitors to 120/9 in their 20 overs. Robin Geddis was spritely in the field, belying his 60 years.
Oaks reply began badly as Arthur Brummitt tried to take on a boundary rider but a decent stand followed as Chris Jones and Mike Rowlands bedded in. The loss of these two allowed a stand between Jon Farmer and Ed Speakman to develop but again, wickets fell together and It was left to dave Jones and Andy bennion to score 50 off 6 overs. Jones 14no and Bennion’s 31 not out sealed the win as the latter struck a boundary of the last ball.
06/07/15 at Maritime. AOCC 75ao, MCC 76/5. Lose
29/07/15 at Hawarden. AOCC 132/5, HPCC 135/3. Lose
22/06/15 v Saughall. SCC 131/8, AOCC 128/8. Lose
15/06/15 v at Saughall AOCC 152/9, SCC 146/6. AOCC win
09/06/15 v Hawarden Park. HPCC 162/8, AOCC 166/8. Win
Alvanley Oaks go joint top after a thrilling last over chase against (now) joint leaders Hawarden Park. The bowlers bowled well in the first half, bowling to their fields and creating chances. A sloppy fielding display saw some easy chances spilled and the visitors cashed in to post a decent 162/8.
In reply Mike Rowlands got things off to a flyer driving powerfully and turning the strike over positively with young Arthur Brummitt more than playing his part. after the 50 was posted the wickets clattered, before Dave Jones and Andy Bennion steadied the ship with a handy 60 stand. A further flurry of wickets occurred after those two had both fell on 31 but Chris Jones was able to score off most balls and his two huge sixes took the team to brink before Billy Ouzinidis flashed the winning four with three balls to spare
02/06/15 v Maritime. MCC 132/7, AOCC 133/1. Win
Jon Farmer 51no, Dave Jones 49 – further details to follow
27/05/15 at Llay. AOCC 84ao, LWCC 86/6. Lose
Further details to follow
19/05/15 v Marchweil. MCC 124/5, AOCC 125/7. Oaks win
A game that ebbed and flowed and that was full of great cricket and woeful cricket, came up with a thrilling ending and surprising outcome.
Marchwiel batted first and found the pace of Ouzounidis and Hornby to their liking and the gaps that come with having 10 players were found regularly. 70 for 0 at 10 overs was a concern but Rowlands gave some control from one end while 15 year old leg spinner Frazer Marsden made a great debut contribution at the other end going for just 24 in his allocation. The spinners strangled the score to the extent that even some late hitting saw the visitors only struggle to 124/7.
Alvanley lost the linchpin Rowlands early on but Brummitt and Farmer steadied the ship before both fell with 42 on the board. Hornby and Bennion came together and slowly built momentum with Hornby in particular in fine touch. His 37 was aesthetic and well paced. Bennion was then joined by Ouzounidis and the pair upped the pace as 9 per over was required. Bennion fell in the penultimate over for a sedate 30 and when Ouzounidis soon followed there was work to do for Martin and Mersden – 9 required from 6. Martin’s plan was to push to long on with Marsden sprinting to turn ones into twos, but when he perished coming back for a 3rd 2, it left a big ask from the final ball. 3 to win, the tie would be a loss (more wickets lost). Martin swung hard but succeeded only in bunting the ball to mid off. Summers ran well to make two but that was game over……….or was it?
A throw came into the keeper who fumbled. The fielder backing up missed the ball too and Summers had to postpone trudging off to turn round and sprint an unlikely 3rd run to win the game!
13/05/15 v Waverton. Waverton 116/7 Alvanley Oaks 125/6, Oaks win by 9 runs
A tight game of cricket saw 10 men Oaks come out on top by 9 runs, finishing in near darkness at 9.10 pm.
Only a run a ball 42 from Farms and a quickfire 22 not out from Joe Hornby came to terms with the lifeless pitch. Contributions from the rest of the order gave Oaks a score of 125 to defend.
Joe (0/23) and Billy (0/29) opened up against the dangerous Hyslop who was quick to put any bad ball away. Andy Martin (2/23) provided the breakthrough and in the next over Rowlands (2/20) bowled Hyslop for 39 to leave Waverton 58/2 off 8 overs. A couple more wickets fell leaving Waverton scurrying for singles with the odd boundary as they reached closer to the target.
It was Glenn Pickersgill (2/11) with a match winning spell of bowling and Chris Fletcher with three stumpings that enabled the Oaks to defend 125 and make it two wins out of two.
05/05/15 v Barrow A. BCC 107/7, AOCC 110/2. AOCC win [scorecard]
An excellent all-round performance from the Oaks saw them beat last years Champions Barrow by 8 wickets on a blustery Alvanley evening. Tight bowling from Joe Hornby and Ste Charles kept Barrow’s openers in check and further frugality from Andy Martin and Billy Ouzounidis meant that the visitors were always struggling with the run rate. Excellent ground fielding and catching also featured as the visitors closed on 107/7.
Chris Charles and Dave Jones posted 53 in 9 overs in response, to take their team to a great position. Si Gee kept things ticking after Charles departed until Jones ran him out for an assured 13. Jones made amend by going on to a very good 50 retired. Rowlands and Chris Jones finished the job clinically with 3 overs to spare.
News Feed 2014
12/08/14. Championies!! The final game of the season was a shootout between the top two for top spot. Alvanley, hit hard by the traffic chaos, batted first with Jonno sat in Knutsford, in traffic, in his whites. Chris Charles stepped in and smacked an aesthetic 67 in his place. 40 from Chris Jones and 30s from Farms and Rolo allowed Oaks to reach 168 off their 18 overs. The highlight was Will Speakman being fooled into changing with the oppo….oh and Farms being given out by both umpires.
In reply, Saughall were always behind the clock once Kenny Roberts and Rolo had completed their opening bursts. Further pressure was applied by the excellent Davie P and Jimmy Ecc but the wickets fell to Andy Martin who added three more to his impressive season’s tally. Great catching from Chris Charles and …..yes…..Dave Jones rammed the advantage home as Saughall closed on 127 in pitch darkness. The curry was mighty fine.
05/08/14 at home v Kingsley. Oaks played some excellent cricket to eventually coast home by 8 wickets against a Kingsley team that fought hard. KCC were restricted to 113 with all 5 AOCC bowlers going for between 20 and 25. Andy Martin though bagged 4 wickets. In reply AOCC lost Farms and Jonesy early but Andy Bennion (75 off 53) and Mike Rowlands (18) saw their team home. A rain-off or win next week will guarantee top spot having already gained promotion to division 1 next year.