Oaks depart in style

Falk­land (201-9) Wokingham (202-2)

The Wokingham Paper - - CRICKET -

WOKINGHAM de­parted Thames Val­ley Divi­sion 1 with a thump­ing eight-wicket win over Falk­land.

Crowned cham­pi­ons last week, the Oaks over­came a shaky start with the bat to cruise to a fi­nal-day win thanks to fine un­beaten knocks from Dan Housego (88) and Jack Wood (79) to chase down 202 to beat Falk­land.

As promised, Wokingham shuf­fled the pack in terms of their squad to give some of the young­sters a chance in the first team.

Two of the lead­ing lights from the sec­ond string, who won pro­mo­tion from Divi­sion 3a this year, in teenage bowlers Calum Creighton and Toby Barker took their spots in the squad and the Oaks opted to bowl first.

Falk­land, who ended the sea­son third from bot­tom, started well, reach­ing 65 be­fore vet­eran spin­ner Paul Dewick struck.

Barker then marked his first team de­but with his first of two quick wick­ets and Creighton soon re­peated the trick, tak­ing two wick­ets of his own. Falk­land closed on 201-9 from their 50 overs and when open­ers Rahul Pa­tel

(4) and Lewis Sharp (1) had been dis­missed, the vis­i­tors were strug­gling on 18-2.

How­ever, that proved to be the end of the wick­ets and play­er­coach Housego (pic­tured) and young­ster Jack Wood came to the crease, push­ing the score all the way to 202-2 af­ter 13 bound­aries be­tween them to clinch the win.

WOKINGHAM bat­ting: Pa­tel 4, Sharp 1, J. Wood 79no, Housego 88no, Hayter dnb, Clark dnb, Creighton dnb, Barker dnb, T. Wood dnb, Dewick dnb, Clapham dnb.

Bowl­ing: Sharp 1-38, Clark 0-42, Dewick 1-26, Barker 2-41, Clapham 0-11.

Pic­tures: Steve Smyth

Left: John McDon­ald took two wick­ets for Wokingham 2s Far left: Wokingham 2s pipped War­grave to the Divi­sion 3a ti­tle

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