OD Cricket Club

The Old Decanain Cricket Club is a thriving aspect of the Old Decanian sporting activities. Every year the club holds Summer fixtures and also a match versus the School on Commemoration.

The ODCC Committee:

President R. D.  Lane Esq.
Hon Chairman T. G. Odell Esq.
Hon Treasurer  T. Lawrence Esq.
Hon Secretary J. C. B. Winter Esq.

Fixtures 2020 – TBC

Before attending any of the fixtures please ensure you have been in contact with Alex Hume as the fixtures can be subject to change. For full details of the fixtures and for captains contact details email Alex Hume in the OD Office.


Report by Jeremy Winter (Walton Court 1961)

Despite Old Decanian cricket fixtures being arranged as early as last November (to include matches with Gloucestershire Gipsies CC, Dumbleton CC and a game at home to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the School’s Tour to Kenya in 2000), due to the outbreak of Covid-19, we could only fulfil one Old Decanian cricket fixture at Dumbleton CC. Even then, it was at short notice, and restricted the availability of a number of regular OD cricketers.

Thankfully, 2019 school skipper Ollie Horne gallantly volunteered to raise the side, which included a number of new names but also a few handy performers, some of whom lacked the practice to be at their peak!

Dumbleton had clearly taken great care to look after the players’ safety in the difficult circumstances,and on the day put out a strong talented young side including two current Decanians, Nicky Schubach and Alby Cappuccini. They batted first in the 35 over per side contest, but it was not long before promising cricketer James Boden struck with two wickets, including the scalp of Schubach. Still, some useful stands then developed, led by D. Holland, despite hostile spells by Oscar Newcombe and Ollie Horne. Further bowling changes were forced on the skipper, with Holland advancing into the 90s. It was Nick Bryan who dismissed him for 93, thanks to a fine catch by Anthony Thompson. Nick took a further wicket and Simon Slabbert’s leg spinners proved fruitful towards the end of the innings, picking up three wickets.

However, the home side’s final score of 232-9 was a daunting target.

Young Decanian Alby Cappuccini opened the bowling for the home side and struck with three early wickets – Alex Hume (12), Anthony Thompson (2) and Toby Pallister (0). Even worse was to follow, with the loss of Simon Slabbert to Kilminster without scoring – not long after it was 25-5, with Oscar Newcombe only managing five.

Skipper Ollie Horne set about something of a recovery with James Boden at the other end, in a very useful stand of 58. Another major setback then took place, with Nicky Schubach running out Horne for 18 (with a brilliant direct hit from the covers). Boden continued with assistance from the tail but with his loss for a fine 45, the innings fell away to a final total of 105.

Clearly, a very disappointing result and a better show in 2021 is assured! A very enjoyable occasion, however, with many spectators encircling the beautiful ground.

The team (L to R): Captain Ollie Horne (Field 2019), Anthony Thompson (Dale 1996), Oscar Newcombe (Dale 2019), Toby Pallister (Field 2019), John Weaver (Tower 1976), James Boden (Gate 2019), Simon Slabbert (Field 2010), Nick Bryan (Field 1982), Jake Melville Smith (Field 2019), Jamie Slatter (Tower 2019), Ethan Butterfield (Tower 2019) and Alex Hume (Dale 2002).

It is hoped in 2021 a return to the full fixture list will resume, including the postponed Kenya Tour anniversary game.


OD Cricket Report 2019
By Jeremy Winter (Hon. Secretary)

ODs retain the Doctor’s Trophy but lose to the School and Dumbleton

ODs vs DCS – Saturday 25th May

The Commemoration match v the School was played as a T20 and the Schools overall batting performance won the day, with a deserved 53-run victory.

The School’s Toby Pallister and Captain Ollie Horne both scored 50’s and the School ended up with a final total of 206.  Henry Elsey and Luca Cappuccini were the pick of the OD bowlers. Matt Court, 48, held the OD innings together ably assisted by Sam Norwood, 20, and Ollie Cahill, 26, but they never reached the required rate, finishing on 153-6. Never the less, a very enjoyable and entertaining game.

ODs vs Dumbleton – Thursday 4th July

On a gloriously sunny day in Dumbleton, a repeat of last year’s win in the 35 over game was possibly being anticipated by OD skipper John Nicholson and his team, as there was a brilliant opening stand of 141 by young Nicky Schubach (such a talent with 3 more years at school) and Joel Price. However, with the fall of Nicky for a lovely stylish 67 to Dumbleton professional, Mitch Hammond partners for the invaluable Joel came and went rather regularly apart from a handy 23 from Ollie Horne and the innings closed at 233 from the 35 overs.

Dumbleton in reply got away well with an opening stand from Bragg and Boorman of 93, well above the run rate required. However, Horne dismissed both and then to his delight bowled club mate Mitch Hammond for a duck! The home side however were still ahead of the run rate and a steady stand of 84 by Holland and Bailey kept them ahead of the clock. Despite containing spells from young Jack Logan and Price and a smart bit of work from Matt Nicholson to run out Timperley, Dumbleton got home with an over to spare for a 4-wicket win.


ODs vs The Gipsies – Friday 5th July

This year marked the 12th year of the match at Dean Close for the playing of The Doctor’s Trophy between the ODs and Gloucestershire Gipsies. Dr John Andrews former player, umpire and scorer for the Gipsies left in his Will an antique silver former archery cup to be played for annually as this long standing fixture was always one of his favourites.

Having won back the cup in 2018 after a few years of Gipsy wins, the ODs were keen to hold onto it although had some concern on hearing that the new opposition captain was former Gloucestershire CCC skipper Tony Wright! These misgivings were not unfounded as the visitors opening pair Smith and Lingard put on 97 in the first 11 overs although a skied catch in the first over off Luca Cappuccini unfortunately did not go to hand. First change Ollie Horne however bowled Smith for 73 although this just introduced Mitch Hammond determined to take revenge for his dismissal for 0 the day before at Dumbleton. He set about the OD bowling and had the big stand of 120 with Lingard. The latter bowled for 69 by Oscar Newcome and soon after Hammond went for 61 with score at 230 for 3. It was good to see the school’s new young leg spinner Kameel Sahabdeen bowl later in the innings, but without any luck! Tony Wright declared the Gipsies innings at a formidable looking 290 for 3.

However, we were then treated to a brilliant opening partnership of 140 from Joel Price and Anthony Thompson to set up an excellent base for the run chase. Joel was first to be dismissed by Wade Risdale for another valuable innings of 68. Anthony fell soon after being stumped off the same bowler for a super 64. This introduced Ollie Horne to the wicket and after a watchful start; his innings soon accelerated driving and pulling the ball to all parts. He had a very understanding partner in Rob Dent who was content to allow Ollie the Strike whenever possible. Their great stand of 125, all but got the ODs home, Ollie eventually caught in the deep off veteran Gypsy off spinner John Belfield for a stunning match winning 82 with the score at 280. Rob Dent went similarly soon after for a valuable 28. It was left to Oscar Newcome and Luca Cappucini to see the ODs home with a single over to spare to retain The Doctor’s Trophy.

This was presented during the splendid post-match BBQ by ODCC President Rupert Lane to OD Skipper Alex Hume. Together with the Gipsies skipper Tony Wright, they jointly thanked the umpires, scorers and school caterers.  Tim Lawrence’s sterling BBQ work was as valuable as ever.

Thanks to all those who played in the three fixtures this year; Matt Court, Sam Norwood, Henry Elsey, Alfie Orr-Ewing, Oli Cahill, Luca Cappuccini, Jamie Slatter-Drinkwater, John Schubach, Alex Hume, Joel Price, Rob Dent, John Nicholson, Matt Nicholson, Phil Nicholson, Nicky Schubach, James Schubach, Anthony Thompson, Jack Logan, James Davies, Ollie Horne, Joe Lane, Kameel Sahabdeen, Oscar Newcombe and Orly Giannini.


OD Cricket Report

By Jeremy Winter (Hon. Secretary)

OD Cricketers Two out of Two in 2018!

At the time of penning this, in the heat of 2018, the fact that rain was the cause of cancellation of cricket at Commemoration (May) seemed unthinkable, but, sadly, it was thus.

With indications that side raising for the early July OD Cricket Week was proving difficult, a decision was made to leave out the evening T.20 on the Wednesday of the Week and concentrate on efforts for the Dumbleton and Gloucestershire Gipsies fixtures on Thursday and Friday.

This proved successful and two excellent and exciting matches resulted in two victories for the ODs.


ODs vs Dumbleton – Thursday 5th July

The toss won by John Nicholson at Dumbleton for the 40 overs a side match was warmly greeted by the ODs and an excellent opening partnership of 139 resulted between Matt Nicholson and friend of a friend, Joel Price. Matt went for a fine 25 but Joel continued to score freely, assisted in turn by young Nicky Schubach and then in a big stand with school leaver Henry Sleeman during which Joel passed his 100, eventually to be dismissed for a magnificent 132.

Alex Hume then joined Henry and they had a most productive stand of 60 in the last 8 overs, resulting in a final team score of 273-3 with Henry 53 not out and Alex 22 not out.

The young and talented Dumbleton batsmen soon showed their promise despite the penetrating opening attack of Sam Wheatley and John Weaver, and it was the latter that struck first pinning Boorman LBW. Sam continued his fine spell with Joel Price’s off spin at the other end who took the other opener Bragg, thanks to a fine catch by James Schubach. Holland, one of the star Dumbeton players, was looking very dangerous and had good stands with three of the home side middle order.

John Nicholson, though, made sensible bowling changes, including himself in turn with leg spinner James Schubach and his brother Nicky’s medium pace. Holland passed his 100 as the home team’s run chase continued to gather greater momentum, but thanks to skipper Nicholson’s decision to bring back Price, Holland eventually fell for 116 to another great catch by Sam Wheatley – a vital breakthrough. Soon after, with Dumbleton requiring a fairly modest 30 in 6 overs with wickets in hand another vital skipper Nicholson decision was to bring himself back on again, who promptly got 2 wickets in 1 over!

With a dozen to win in still the last 2 overs, Dumbleton, now 8 wickets down, fell just short in the end, resulting in a great win for the ODs by 5 runs. Star bowlers of the day – skipper J. Nicholson 3 for 43 and J. Price 3 for 44.


ODs vs The Gloucestershire Gipsies – Friday 6th July

Another fine day followed at Dean Close with 12-a-side for the Gloucestershire Gipsies all day match, the visitors skippered by ex-England International rugby referee Chris White. It was also a welcome back for new OD captain Mark Whitney – who promptly lost the toss and took the field with just four of the star squad from the Dumbleton game – Wheatley, Price, Sleeman and Hume, plus 8 newcomers.

One of the best opening pairs of OD bowlers in recent years, Jack Hobbs and Sam Wheatley, started off well but the early breakthrough was not forthcoming, although it was Hobbs who had Medhurst well caught by Henry Sleeman with the score at 75. Joel Price joined Hobbs in the attack and soon had Cheltenham Town’s player Steve Houghton caught for 43. Price then quickly had Micro caught by Nawaz Mucadam for 1.

OD President Rupert Lane then had the pleasure of watching sons George and Joe bowling in tandem for a spell during which both were treated with considerable respect – George’s slow medium and Joe’s flighted leg breaks. It was George who had James Waters well held by Nawaz to bag the Gipsies’ fourth wicket with the score at 94.


A good stand of 87 then followed after lunch, with Tom Nicholls and Sam Waters taking the Gipsies to 179, when Mucadam had Waters caught by George Walker for 47. Young Nicholls continued to score freely in a sixth wicket stand until Chris White called his men in with the score at perhaps a possibly vulnerable 216 for 5 declared. Tom Nicholls was left with 55 no.

Joel Price continued his fine form with the bat from the previous day and had an opening stand of 108 with the stylish looking school young left-hander James Humphreys, who had already done a fine job for the ODs as wicket keeper. James sadly missed out by 1 in getting his 50, falling LBW to the Gipsies veteran off spinner John Belfield.

Sleeman then joined Price but the latter fell soon after for a fine 67. The ODs lost some momentum then with Nawaz Mucadam and James Davies missing out, but Henry continued his fine form from Dumbleton in a stand with George Lane of 67 until Henry missed a straight one on 43 with the home side at 198-5. The ODs by now were fairly well ahead of the run rate required and the very steady and correct straight bat of Lane (37 not out) and newcomer George Walker (3 not out) saw the ODs home in comfortable time by 5 wickets for the first OD win in the match since 2009!

It was a great pleasure to see The Doctor’s Trophy presented to Mark Whitney by the ODCC President Rupert Lane (pictured), who spoke some wise and kind words of thanks to all, including the School caterers for such a fine post-match BBQ.


Cricket at Commemoration: KNIGHTLEY’S 98 not out, all in vain!
A 30 over game at Commemoration saw some experienced ODs in action. Ollie Horne (63), James Humphries (44) and school skipper Sam Norwood (38) set up a very good foundation for the school’s total of 181-4. In reply the ODs within 3 overs were 3-3 with Charlie Hunte, Tom Warren and Mike Salmon back in the Pavilion! In strode Charlie Knightley, an experienced class player and a combination of himself Gregor Lovatt and skipper Sam Wheatley set about trying to write the semi sunken ship. A spectacular innings of 98 not out from OD and Felsted School’s Master in Charge of Cricket, Charlie Knightley, dominated, taking most of the strike, but in the end an early hiccup proved fatal to the OD side and the task was just too great. Time ran out and the OD side fell 22 runs short.

Knife Edge Finishes for OD Cricketers during Cricket Week.

Thursday 13th June

Alternative commitments for many regular OD cricketers led to a decision in good time to shorten the number of fixtures in the Cricket Week to just two. But what excellent, exciting, well-contested matches they proved to be.

Dumbleton batted first at their lovely Dairy Lane ground and lost opener Baldwin early, bowled by Sam Wheatley. An onslaught on the bowling by Aussie Cranitch followed and his five sixes and three fours shot his innings to 50 before Oli Horne had him stumped by Phil Nicholson. Veteran John Weaver got amongst the middle order in his four overs sending four back to the pavilion, conceding just 23 runs and, with Chris Townsend at the other end 2-12, restricted the home side to 156-9 in their 20 overs.

The OD reply had a couple of early disappointments, losing Mark Whitney and Townsend to Loveday. Young Oli Horne then had two key stands: firstly 40 with Sam Wheatley and then 43 with Matt Court. On 49, Oli fancied the deep mid-wicket boundary but his fine hit was caught well by Tegg right on the line. A couple of quieter overs followed, plus the loss cheaply of young Archie Benson. This brought Stuart Hughes together with skipper John Nicholson still needing 39 to win in four overs. Despite a string of boundaries and frantic running between the wickets, it still left 22 to win in the last over.

A new bowler Tegg was called from the deep and the OD pair took full advantage, hammering 18 off the first five balls, leaving four to win off the last ball…a swing, a miss, byes…three were run…but a tie was denied with Nicholson being called for a ‘one short’!

The result therefore was a Dumbleton win by one run! Stuart Hughes finishing with a superb unbeaten 19 off 9 deliveries and Nicholson 13.

Friday 14th June

A strong squad of ODs assembled for the Friday match v the Gloucestershire Gipsies giving skipper Matt Shayle a number of options. Oli Horne and Sam Wheatley restricted the visitors to 17 off the first 10 overs but then the run rate gradually increased to 75 off the first 20 with still no breakthrough. The score got to 137 before John Weaver had Sadler well caught by Matt Court. Cheltenham Town 1st XI top batsman, Kieran Smith, was then joined by another of his Saturday teammates, Pete Woodland. By now Smith was in full flow reaching an impressive century prior to Matt Court having him well caught in the deep by Oli Horne on the stroke of lunch. Shayle gave all his bowlers a go, nine in all, although it was he who bagged most wickets, 2 for 24 from his four overs. Under bowled perhaps were Horne 6-4-5-0, Wheatley 8-1-35-0 and Court 6-0-43-1, but the Gipsies very fair declaration came at 250-5 after 42 overs.

George Lane and Luca Cappuccini opened the ODs reply, with Lane striking the ball with authority in classic style and Luca hitting the off line ball well. They gave the innings a fine start before the latter went for 20. Like the day before, Sam Wheatley was in good form, giving Lane good support and they had a fine stand of 75 before both fell within a spell of a few minutes, Wheatley for 37 and Lane for a superb 66. Matt Court with 35 and Oli Cahill 32 strengthened the middle order and with the score at 215-6 and five overs to go in the last hour, all results looked on.

The Gipsies kept the spinners on to the death and they teased out Molyneaux and Paul Marchand cheaply but then, with Stuart Hughes managing to retain most of the strike and hitting out very effectively, just 13 were required in the last two overs. Alex Hume got in a tangle and was bowled by off spinner Woodland bringing last man Shayle in….Final over, 10 to win. First ball from Kieran Smith and Hughes slams it for a six over the pavilion, but two dot balls followed and then a bye run. Three to win off the last two balls, Matt Shayle was trapped LBW giving the Gipsies a two run win!

Thus the Doctor’s Trophy remains in their hands for another year.

Courtesy of the Old Decanian Society and the Development Team, the school caterers provided a magnificent post-match barbecue for both sides, ODs, former staff and friends of the School. Grateful thanks also to Rupert Lane, President of the ODCC, who stood all the players their first drink.


The school decreed that the match at Commemoration should be just a T20 which was a disappointment to some, however the OD’s put out a pretty good side and batting first set up a very useful total of 164, with fine contributions from Liam Brignull (52), Jack Hobbs (39) and Craig Graham (31). At 56-1 the School were looking good but wickets then started to fall to the steady OD bowling & were all out in the end for 135 in the last over. A well-deserved victory for the Old Boys.

In the Cricket Week the weather took its toll in the evening T20 Over 25’s v the Under 25’s match. The seniors batted first and finished up with 125 thanks to 50’s from Alex Hume and Matt Nicholson. The juniors innings lasted just three overs before the rain had its say finally. An excellent barbecue was though enjoyed by all.

At King’s, Gloucester the next day the OD’s skipper’s confidence in his batting proved misplaced with a final total of just barely three figures and the home side eased to an comfortable win. Important that a better show next year at home.

The Thursday 40 Over Dumbleton game again was most competitive and enjoyable. The home side started shakily losing two quick wickets to Charlie Hunte but their middle order restored their fortunes despite more good overs from Charlie and young Oli Horne, still in the Remove at school, who played in all the Week’s matches. Dumbleton’s innings finished at 182 in their last over. Charlie was again the visitors’ best batsman and his 56 anchored the OD’s reply. With 28 from Jack Hobbs and 22 from Ali Parker the side were 160-7 with five overs to go and looked favourites. However it was not to be and Dumbleton got home by just 10 runs in a tense finish.

Matt Shayle has taken over running the Friday Glos. Gipsies game and could not resist choosing to bat first on winning the toss……a mistake I am afraid, despite handy contributions from Anthony Thompson 34,Hunte 23 and 15 from the skipper and the Gipsies cantered home pretty easily to a 6 wicket victory, Thursday retaining the antique solid silver Doctor’s Trophy.

The school’s caterer’s put on a super barbecue after the match enjoyed by the players, OD golfers and many friends of the School. Our President Rupert Lane again generously provided drinks for all, and sincere thanks are due to him for this gesture.

Looking ahead to 2017.

Commemoration match Saturday 27th May 1pm start. Interested parties please contact skipper Sam Wheatley or Alex Hume in the OD office.

Cricket Week Tues 11th – Friday 14th July. More support would be appreciated for all matches to ensure the future of this very long standing OD tradition of Old Decanian cricket. Don’t forget no match fees and free accommodation at the school in The Week.

Jeremy Winter (Court 1961)


After a fine OD victory at Commem, the July Cricket Week highlight was certainly a wonderfully enjoyable afternoon at Dumbleton where John Nicholson’s well balanced side knocked up 210 all out in their 40 overs and then successfully restricted our hosts to 174-9 in a tense finish. Many highlights included a fine 77 from Matt Nicholson, Tom Warren’s quick-fire 34, a super tea put on by the club, followed then by some excellent bowling, ground fielding and catching by the O.D’s.

Earlier in the week on Monday evening the O.25’s modest 90-8 was comfortably exceeded by the U.25’s with Matt Wheeler 28 top score. An excellent barbecue put on by the stalwarts of the Committee was enjoyed by all.

King’s Glos. Old Boys came to DCS on Tuesday and their total of 263-9 was sadly far too many for the ODs despite Charlie Hunte scoring 44. Again, on Wednesday the Glos. Gipsies with a strong side were a bit too hot rattling up 258-3dec. The ODs could only reply with 195, thus the Doctor’s Trophy remains in the Gipsies hands. However afterwards the school caterers put on a splendid barbecue for all including local OD supporters, OD golfers and many friends of the school.

Firstly, as many of you will have heard, the excellent news is that Rupert Lane has accepted the Presidency of the club, after the sad passing of Chris Kenyon.

What’s to come in 2016

2016’s fixture list starts with the Commem match on Saturday 28th May. Interested parties need to contact Alex Hume and or Gregor Lovatt who will be Captain on the day.

The Cricket Week matches see a slight change with the T20 starting us off on the evening of Tuesday 12th July running through to Friday 15th July for the Gipsies game, as you will see from the fixture card; barbecues to follow those two games.

A few new faces are appearing to organise and captain sides and they will need your support to ensure the future of this longstanding OD event. No match fees and free accommodation at the school are surely an incentives to get involved!

The 2015 Player of the Week award was won by Dan Jones, not only for his fine consistent opening bowling but for playing in all of the Week’s matches.


After the disappointment of Commem 2014 being washed out, in the writer’s view (Mr. Winter), the OD Cricket Week 2014 was one of the most enjoyable and successful for many years.
Full sides, with many promising young cricketers playing, excellent off the field support at social events, almost fine weather throughout, plus the assistance of a very efficient young lady scorer, Amy Collinson for all the games made it a memorable event.
Please click on the drop down boxes (below) for a full report on individual matches from the cricket week. Courtesy of Jeremy Winter.

Congratulations to Charlie Hunte who was awarded Player of The Week for which he was given an Old Decanian striped cricket cap.



James Mears was the star for the over 25’s in the opening Monday evening T.20 event, with a match winning 66 not out. This pushed the side to a final 147-5, brother Brad adding 21 not out being the next best score. Sam Wheatley the most successful U.25’s bowler with 2-25.

With the early departure of Tom Warren it was left to Simon Slabbert (42 runs), Charlie Hunte (19), Jack Hobbs (16) and Jonny Cahill (24) to lead the run chase which narrowly failed by just 7. John Weaver 2-27 and Dave Masson 3-24 did most damage for the O.25’s.

An excellent post match barbecue was enjoyed by all and particular thanks to Mr & Mrs Odell, Mr & Mrs Marchand, Mr & Mrs Kenyon and Tim & Sue Lawrence for all their work.


Off to King’s School, Gloucester on Tuesday where sadly, after a fine morning with the ODS 149-4 in a fine position at lunch, steady rain started and continued to fall for over two hours and the match had to be abandoned….9 miles away in Cheltenham not a drop!


The annual wednesday game versus a very useful Gloucester Gipsies side again provided a stern test and in the end the Gipsies retained the fine solid silver Doctor’s Trophy, donated some years ago by Dr. John Andrews, a celebrated past Gipsy President.

I am afraid it was an Old Cheltonian, Kyle Stovold who was the Gipsy star batsman hitting a fine 101, supported by ex.Glos. player Richard Coughtrie 61 n.o. and former England rugby referee Chris White 36; their 246-4 dec. proved too much of a target for the ODS despite some spirited batting including a great knock of 74 from Charlie Hunte and good contributions from Ben ‘The Heed’ Davis (26), Tom Warren (24), Rory McInnes-Gibbons (19) & Simon Slabbert (18). With the ODS 185-9, skipper Chris Townsend (batting far too low!) came in to join Ben and had a good stand, but in the end the latter fell to Chris White’s gentle off spin with the score at 211, leaving Chris 18 n.o.

The match again was followed by a very successful and well supported Hog Roast for all players, local ODS, OD golfers and friends of the school. Grateful thanks again here are due to the Odells, Marchands, Kenyons, Lawrences, plus Alex Hume and the school’s Development team of Graham Papenfus and Felicity Copp. Our President Chris Kenyon and Sarah generously provided wine and snacks.


On paper the ODS strongest side of the week set forth to Dumbleton on thursday for a 40 over match with Tom Warren skipper. For exactly an hour the ODS innings was dominated by a superb knock of 94 from Tim Johnson whose innings included sixteen 4’s and three 6’s. This was followed by a another great 85 from Charlie Hunte and with 37 from Rory McInnes-Gibbons and 24 from Dan Jones the ODS posted an impressive 289-9 in their 40 overs.

Dumbleton however were not daunted by a target of seven an over and S.African Matt Macdonald mixed aggression with defence in compiling his long innings,with plenty of support from others despite fine bowling spells from Dan Jones 2-50, Ben Davis 2-34 and Rory. It was left in the end to Chris Townsend brilliantly catching Macdonald off Tom Warren for a superb 135 when the score was 270. The ODS held on to win by just 10 runs in a very exciting finish.


On an overcast afternoon, the ODs were entertained by Bourton Vale. In a game which I am yet to win as a captain I was rather keen to redress the balance!!!! The toss went our way which was a good start and as is normally a positive move, the ODs batted.

With a strong batting line up, the omens were good. Tom Warren and young Charlie Hunte opened up and made a really positive start with a stand of 78 in the first hour and thoughts of setting a challenging total were filtering through the team as some took a boundary walk before lunch. With the loss of Tom Warren for 45, 4 wickets fell for 13 runs and so began a rebuilding session around lunch, which I am sure those who had lost their wicket enjoyed rather more! Brad Mears (49) applied typical grit and determination to dig the team out of a deep hole, with C. Hunte (78) and then yours truly (25) getting the score beyond 200, and an enjoyable rear guard by David Masson (18) and the senior Nicholson, Phil (12), the declaration was taken at a generous 226 after 54 overs. The Vale bowlers had restricted the ODs well.

The home team reply was kept in check by, at first Tom Warren, who had to leave after 2 overs (1-7), with the “Heeeed” Ben Davis 7 overs for 33 and Joseph Jenkins 10 overs 1-38. This was a positive response by the bowling attack but the thorn that could not be plucked was the captain of the Vale team, Jack Galpin who was able to nudge and nurdle the opposition to a 6 wicket win and collect a chance less 110.

A very enjoyable day’s cricket, although a win would have made a fitting end to the week of cricket and thanks must go to all players. Maybe next year will bring a change of fortune at Bourton Vale.

John Nicholson (Friday’s Captain)

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