Both Owmby CC teams suffered defeats at the weekend, the Saturday team were comfortably beaten at home to Outcasts while the Sunday team narrowly lost away at Cherry Willingham.
On Saturday Outcasts won the toss and elected to field. Owmby got off to a cautious start and struggled to get many runs on the board.
With some tight bowling from the visitors, Owmby had already lost six wickets by drinks for just 51 runs. There was a brief recovery thanks to a 45 run partnership between Rakesh Chandar-Nair (33) and Edwin Chappell (27), but despite that Owmby only managed 122 in their 45 overs. The standout bowler for Outcasts was G. Fletcher with figures of 5-30 off 12 overs.
In reply Outcasts punished a weakened Owmby bowling attack. With a few of the usual bowlers missing, the hosts had to manage with what little options they had. When the first wicket fell in the seventh over Outcasts had already got 40 runs on the board.
Despite Owmby picking up a couple of wickets Outcasts easily reached the target in the first over after the drinks break.
On Sunday Owmby travelled to Cherry Willingham and having won the toss the home side chose to bat, which proved to be a good decision.
Despite losing five wickets, Cherry Willingham continued to push the run rate up and were on a 115 at drinks.
With some better fielding and tight bowling Owmby managed to restrict Cherry Willingham slightly, however an unbeaten score of 67 from Scott Coupland saw Cherry Willingham to 222-7 in their 40 overs.
Knowing that they needed to be positive Owmby started well in their innings and kept the run rate up without losing too many runs.
A 43 run partnership from Dan Hill (37) and Neil Looker (23) got Owmby to drinks with score on 82-2.
In the second part of the innings Owmby continued to chase down Cherry Willingham’s high score and with 10 overs to go they need 82 to win.
With some big hitting from debutante Ben Bradford, who scored 35 not out off 18 balls, Owmby fell 23 runs short and finished on 199-6 in 40 overs. Had Owmby conceded half the amount of extras that they did the result may have been different.
This week the Saturday team travel to Horncastle and the Sunday team host Nettleham.