Dou­ble win as cricket club bowl them over

The Oban Times - - Sport -

OBAN Cricket Club gained their first two wins of the 2016 sea­son with re­cent vic­to­ries at home against Cal­lan­der and a week later with a win away at In­nel­lan.

At a sun baked Taynuilt on June 5, Cal­lan­der were the vis­i­tors for their first ever fix­ture against Oban and they chose to bat first. They made a good start with a few early bound­aries but Kay Khan and Kenny MacKen­zie took a wicket each to see off the open­ing bats­men and, af­ter this, the Cal­lan­der in­nings be­gan to stall. Neill Belshaw, Tris­tan Carre and An­drew Leach all bowled well for Oban and helped re­strict the vis­i­tors to a fi­nal to­tal of 97, which al­ways looked a low score on a good wicket.

This proved to be the case as Oban reached their tar­get of 98 for the loss of only three wick­ets. Jack White­ley played his best in­nings so far for Oban in mak­ing 23 not out and Ja­heed Ahmed was also un­beaten on 30.

The fol­low­ing Sun­day, Oban trav­elled to Cas­tle To­ward to play In­nel­lan in much dif­fer­ent con­di­tions and again they bowled first. The home side, con­tain­ing some young play­ers turn­ing out reg­u­larly for Greenock, looked as if they were set for a big to­tal but solid bowl­ing from Oban kept the pres­sure on and wick­ets be­gan to fall.

Dun­can Camp­bell took two wick­ets, Taj Is­lam three and Ja­heed Ahmed two as In­nel­lan closed their score on 129 for nine. In re­ply, Oban lost three wick­ets quickly but Tris­tan Carre and Ron­nie Kelly helped steady the in­nings and take the score past 50. How­ever, both of these bats­men were out soon af­ter and the game was very much still alive when An­drew Leach joined Ja­heed Ahmed at the wicket. They put to­gether an ex­cel­lent part­ner­ship of 74 to take com­plete con­trol and Ahmed was only dis­missed for a su­perb 54 when the scores were level at 129. Leach though, com­pleted the vic­tory for Oban, to fin­ish a very good fort­night for the side. Scores: Cal­lan­der 97, Oban 99-3. In­nel­lan 129-9, Oban 133- 6 The match ball for Oban’s home match on June 5 was spon­sored by Oban Fish and Chip Shop

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