1st XI vs Liss 1st XI Match Report
Week two of the league season, and we were welcomed with our first home fixture of the season.
One change was made from the previous week, with Aidy Green making way for new signing Dan Walker.
After much deliberation about the weather and the covers, the game eventually got the go ahead.
The skipper continued his undefeated record at the toss and decided to insert the visitors to bat.
Scott McGaughrin took the new ball with Dan and got us underway.
Scott was unlucky not to break through early doors, seeing a nick hit the turf from the skipper himself!!!
Dan bowled without much luck and his spell came to and end after four overs, with Phil Thomas looking to Rob Frome to make amends!!
With a lot of loose balls being dispatched and with no early wicket for the home side, frustration grew until Rob got lucky with a filthy half tracker that was pouched by Scott at fine leg!! So we were off and running!!! Rob broke through again, with a nick to the keeper and then followed up with another, this time the skipper held onto the leather. Things then went bad to worse for the home side, when the Liss opener nicked off on 38, only to see him stand his ground as well as the umpire. This would prove to be the difference later on......
Odiham shelled more catches in the middle stages, but a tight spell from Becky Hartnett gave the team some hope.
Liss then went nuts with the bat in the final stages, seeing them post a competitive score of 269-6 with the opener 141 not out!
Positives were Robs 5 wickets as we went to tea partly shell shocked!
After James Taylor's mum had produced another fine spread on the table, spirits were raised and odiham went into bat with a positive attitude!!
Liam Schooling bought his midweek game to the Saturday table and dispatched some early boundaries as we started at 7 an over, jt found life a bit tricky and was lucky not to have been run out in the third over !
Unfortunately Jt departed soon after with Kyran Munt also following in suit.
Liam and John Hodgson steadied the ship and saw us past 175 before John offered up a catch to gully from the Liss spinner who bowled an extremely good spell, taking the wickets off scott and graham with him.
Liam's afternoon was bought to an end on 80 when he feathered a nick to the keeper and walked. The skipper and Dan looked to pile on the pressure with the run rate tailing up over 11's. The target seemed a long way off when Thomas skied a catch to long off. Dan continued to show faith but found the same fielder for 28.
Henry Schooling came in with rob 'buzz' Frome and both ended the game, being bowled and run out respectively, seeing odiham fall short by 38 runs.
A debrief was taken onto the outfield in a Phil Brown style, where the skipper asked for questions to a lacklustre performance where we collared the reasons and we will be rectifying in our next game which is away to Hursley Park on Saturday.
Fines were in place soon after the game which saw the tin get heavier quite nicely, the skipper himself was on the end of a tidy £8.50 after stupidly playing 'double or quits' with the fines master. This saw the total rise to £61 in two weeks and DOD was awarded to kyran.
After a few light shandies, the boys soon got torn into the rugby club celebrations and soon had taken their minds off the loss.......I wonder why.....
Onwards and upwards