Moving On Up

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By Phil Thomas

So the final outing for Phil Thomas' men took them to Littleton on what proved to be a crucial game for the O's.

 

The maths was simple, win and we had gained promotion.

So, onto the game and Odiham arrived before the opposition and checked out what was a very soft looking deck and the decision was made to try and have a bowl first........safe to say that the skipper reverted back to his usual ways and we were batting first!!!!!

The usual partnership opened proceedings for Odiham, and it wasn't long before the first wicket was lost, James Taylor smashing one to mid wicket for 16 put advantage in Littletons favour. With the pitch playing a big part in the game, we struggled to make an early foundation with runs proving hard to come by. Kyran Munt found life difficult at number 3 before he was bowled for 19 with Liam Schooling plodding along in his 'test match' style batting.

Aidy entered at 4 and joined Liam in rebuilding the innings. By drinks we were 65-2 with the skipper urging the batsmen to start pressing on. Liam was 11 not out at this stage but promised the skipper some fireworks after a light refreshment. He soon got to grips with the wicket and raced along to a crucial 52 before both he and Aidy departed in the 32nd over.

Knowing a score surplus of 150 would be tough for the opposition, the middle order were determined to take the game to Littleton, Dan Walker smashed the ball to all parts in his quick fire 27, with Scott McGaughrin and Jontie missing out in the late stages. The skipper batting at 9 added 18 to the total before he holed out and the tail wagged for a little bit before Becky Hartnett was the last batsmen out which saw us post a competitive 191.

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After the break the skipper had one plan- hold our nerve and play as we have done. Scotty and Dan started with the new ball which got the best start, with Dan bowling the opener for 0. Scott was fired up and bowled well for no reward and it was the change of ends for Dan that really put Odiham in the driving seat, he ended his spell 4-34, leaving Becky and Thomas Wiltshire to come on with the score at 62-4. Both bowlers continued their seasons good performances with Becky snaring 3-5 on her birthday appearance whilst tom took 3-15 to see Littleton depart for 86 and we had clinched promotion!

The celebrations soon started and deservedly so for all involved.

We had come back from the 3 defeats at the start of the season to turn it around with 9 victories on the bounce.

A big thank you from me to all of the players involved this year. To the umpires who have helped us out, Andy Stenning Andrew Bentley and Chris Turner.

To our beloved supporters who have trekked through the Hampshire countryside to watch, especially Nigel Green.

A real achievement for the club, four back to back promotions, and a new season in County 2.

 

 

 

 

The usual partnership opened proceedings for odiham, and it wasn't long before the first wicket was lost, James Taylor smashing one to mid wicket for 16 put advantage in Littletons favour. With the pitch playing a big part in the game, we struggled to make an early foundation with runs proving hard to come by. Kyran Munt found life difficult at number 3 before he was bowled for 19 with Liam Schooling plodding along in his 'test match' style batting. Aidy entered at 4 and joined liam in rebuilding the innings. By drinks we were 65-2 with the skipper urging the batsmen to start pressing on. Liam was 11 not out at this stage but promised the skipper some fireworks after a light refreshment. He soon got to grips with the wicket and raced along to a crucial 52 before both he and aidy departed in the 32nd over. Knowing a score surplus of 150 would be tough for the opposition, the middle order were determined to take the game to Littleton, Dan Walker smashed the ball to all parts in his quick fire 27, with Scott McGaughrin and Jontie missing out in the late stages. The skipper batting at 9 added 18 to the total before he holed out and the tail wagged for a little bit before Becky Hartnett was the last batsmen out which saw us post a competitive 191.