By Jamie Arrowsmith 15/05 Updated: 15/05 12:42
OAKFIELD'S Warwickshire League Division Four campaign began in disappointing fashion on Saturday when they fell to a 78-run defeat at Wolvey.
Having had to sit out the opening weekend due to the rain, Oakfield did manage to take to the middle at least, but will have been left disappointed by the result.
Having won the toss, skipper Dickie Burnett had no hesitation in deciding to bowl first at a still damp Wolvey but with a number of players injured and unavailable, Oakfield needed early wickets or tight bowling backed up by excellent fielding.
Chris Smith (2-37) made an early breakthrough but the flurry of early wickets did not come as a number of catches went down.
After 20 overs Wolvey were well set at 80-1 and Oakfield knew they were up against it with limited back-up options with the ball.
Stewart Burnett (3-49) was the surprise choice as second change and he struck in his second over, bowling well in tandem with leg spinner Carel Brand (3-55) to take regular wickets and slow the scoring rate between overs 30 and 40.
Wolvey put themselves into the position to make 200 but faltered in Smith's last over, eventually closing their innings on 198-9.
Despite the slow pitch, Oakfield felt the target was within their grasp at halfway and were confident at least of batting out their 50 overs.
After the early loss of Adam Stradling to skipper Robert Hawkins (3-26), Richard Burnett began to find his stride before he was well yorked for 21.
Stewart Burnett and Rob Hope then looked to consolidate but the former was needlessly run out to leave Oakfield in trouble.
In fact, aside from Hope, all of Oakfield's batsmen showed early season rustiness and struggled to come to terms with the slow pitch against an average attack.
Things were made worse when all-rounder Brand had to leave due to a family emergency and could not bat when Oakfield were deep in trouble.
When Hope departed for a well made 52 defeat was inevitable and the visitors were eventually bowled out for 120.
Lack of availability and time in the middle clearly played a part in the defeat but Oakfield will look to bounce back cost Oakfield here, and they will look to bounce back when they host Hunningham on Saturday.
AVAILABILITY issues also proved a major issue for the 2nds as they suffered a 194-run defeat against Walmley 4ths.
Stand in skipper Glyn Vaughan elected to field at a very wet Sheaf and Sickle ground but despite the conditions the visitors batted well against an inexperienced attack, racking up 277-5 from their 50 overs.
Scott Price bowled well in picking up 2-40, with Callum Wayness and Bryan Acford also in the wickets.
Oakfield's main aim was to bat for a losing draw but after losing experienced skipper Vaughan early on it was also always going to be a tough ask.
Only youngster Anshul Satsangi came out with any credit with an unbeaten 17 as Oakfield crumbled to 83 all out.
THE 3rds built on last week's victory with an eight-run success at Griff and Coton.
Having been put in, Oakfield made a useful 144ao with skipper Rich Robinson top scoring with 33.
Oakfield knew they would need to work hard in the field and bowl well to come out on top and they did so to great effect, bowling Griff out for 136.
Paul Reynolds (3-22) and Matthew Shipman (2-31) were the pick of the bowlers.
SUNDAY saw a six-wicket friendly defeat at Shilton.
Oakfield made 172-9 from their 40 overs with skipper Dan Clowes (32) and Scott Price (28no) top scoring.
James Corrie picked up two wickets and Matthew Shipman one as Shilton replied but it was not enough to stop them claiming victory.
OAKFIELD are running cricket sessions for four to seven-year-olds on Sunday mornings (11.30am to 1pm) at the Sheaf.
The sessions include fun and games and are aimed at getting younger children involved in the sport.
Anyone interested in getting their children involved can turn up on the day or call Paul on 07545 771760 for more details.
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