CRICKET: Another unbeaten weekend for Owmby

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Both Owmby Cricket Club teams were once again unbeaten this weekend.

On Saturday Owmby hosted title challengers Bracebridge Heath which ended in a tie as the game became a timed match due to a couple of rain delays during the day. The Sunday team comprehensively beat Heighington to move them up the table.

Owmby won the toss and elected to bowl on a green pitch. The first half of the visitor’s innings belonged to Owmby as they restricted their opponents to very few runs with some good tight bowling.

By the halfway stage Bracebridge were on 72-1. After drinks Bracebridge opener Graham McDowall brought up his 50, but was dismissed soon after some alert fielding from Daniel Clark, who ran him out for a well played 56.

With that wicket Owmby sensed a chance to restrict Bracebridge and picked up another three quick wickets to keep the pressure on the visitors.

However when Joe Peveritt joined Andrew McDowall at the crease with 10 overs to go they looked to play positively as they scored 70 runs together, which involved Andrew McDowall reaching 66 not out, the innings finished with Bracebridge on 211-5.

In reply, Owmby’s innings got off to a good start as Kev Bowring was looking to continue from his impressive 100 not out at Haxey.

Despite the early wicket of Joe Atkin, Bowring and Sam Atkin stood firm against some tight Bracebridge bowling as they put on 70 runs for the second wicket. When Bowring went for 33 Owmby were aiming to reach the 39th over without losing too many wickets as the match had to be finished in that over due to reaching the time limit. Owmby eventually finished on 121-4 with a fine knock of 44 from Sam Atkin.

On Sunday, Owmby won the toss and elected to bowl in what seemed to be bowler friendly conditions.

From the start Owmby ran riot on Heighington and never let them get the chance to put a decent partnership together. Only Jim Reeson got a notable score of 23 as the visitors were bowled out for 73.

The stand out performers were Sheldon Sekul, who took 4 wickets for 1 run in 3 overs, and Adam Bridle, who took his first wicket in senior cricket as he finished with figures of 1-7 from 4 overs.

In response, the home side’s innings got off to a shaky start as Owmby were 6-1 off 4 overs. However a 30-run partnership between Adam Barker (19) and Wesley Ellis (15) helped Owmby towards their small target.

Despite a quick flurry of wickets for Heighington thanks to Dave Pretorius, who took 3 wickets in 4 overs, Owmby reached their target for the loss of 6 wickets inside the 16th over.