1st XI vs Chawton

After what has been a tough few weeks for the team, being on the back of three defeats, we set about changing our fortunes with a trip to Chawton this weekend.


After a fine breakfast in South Warnborough, we made our way to Chawton to find that Jane Austen had decided to open up her gardens to the public, causing mayhem for those just after a game of cricket!
When we eventually parked up, some 500 yards away in a cow field, we dragged our bags to the ground ready for the start!

The skipper lost the toss and we were put into the field. We started the game with ten, when vice chairman Ed Hellings, forgot it was an earlier start, hadn't made it on time and was sat at home waiting for the the washing machine to dry his whites!!!

Thomas elected for a change in the bowling department (stage one of our new plan) with space cadet Rob Frome and Peter Hodgson taking on the task!

It wasn't long before Pete made the breakthrough but he didn't stop there, seeing him dismiss the number 3 batsmen first ball to have chawton on the ropes at 10-2.

Mr Hellings eventually arrived and took to the field and joined in with the O's impressive start. The visitors danger man Jack Channon entered the equation with a job to do and smacked the ball around before Fromey managed to straighten one up and clean bowl him!!
Both bowlers continued in fine form, with pete tearing through the batting line up, picking up two more wickets, including two in two balls again!
The opposition looked shell shocked at 42-5 and odiham knew they still had some work to do. A superb piece of fielding by brother pete and John Hodgson saw us dismiss the other chawton opener by way of a run out.
Pete finished with figures of 4-29 off his ten and Rob 1-35 to see the king street side in the driving seat.
Becky Hartnett and Scott McGaughrin were the next bowlers to be unleashed by the skipper and neither failed to let the good momentum slip, with becky picking up a quick wicket, with pete taking the catch.
Scott then saw some of his good bowling head to the boundary as chawton edged their way to 100 before scott then took two in two balls again (a trend this week), bowling their number 8 and then seeing the skipper take a catch at slip.
Becky mopped up the last wicket with Jontie Sebborn taking a sharp stumping and we were set just 121, a target we felt was well within our sights........

The new plan from the skipper entered phase two, which was to revert back to the old opening partnership of Hodgson and himself....this didn't go to plan, thomas departing second ball!
James Taylor swiftly took stage at number 3, before he nicked off to the keeper for 8, seeing a familiar suit continued here for the away team.
Liam Schooling took on his new role at 4 and looked to build a good foundation with John, to which they started popping off the runs slowly before John went to a fine catch at cover for 23. Liam continued a hard fought knock alongside Hellings who took us to 74 before Ed nicked off to a massive wide one!
The ever reliable , 15 year old Jontie looked to see the team home, and didn't let the skipper down, smacking some crucial boundaries seeing us pass the 100 mark with only 20 needed. Liam then was dubiously bowled, standing his ground before the umpires agreed that the ball had hit the stumps and not the keeper.....

Jontie then fired off two big sixes and with only 5 needed, Dan Walker tried the same idea, only to hole out at cow corner, with scott doing exactly the same thing with us still needing four runs!!
Enter star man Pete who showed us all how to do it by finishing the game with a beautiful cover drive to the boundary to eventually see us home to complete our second win of the season!!!

By Phil Thomas