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A busy two weeks for Oban Cricket Club saw two home games against Glasgow Accies and Yorkshire travelling club The Drones, who made their annual visit to Oban.
Both fixtures were played at Taynuilt in glorious weather and each game had a close finish.
Against Glasgow Accies, Oban batted first and posted a decent total of 201 for 8 in their 40 overs. The Glasgow side were a mixture of youth and experienced players and provided a stern test with tight bowling and fielding.
Tristan Carre and Mark Parry top scored for Oban, both making 41.
In reply, Glasgow started brightly and looked as if they would make the total easily before Oban’s bowlers started to make inroads and peg back the visitors. In the end though Glasgow made it over the line, reaching 202 with only one wicket in hand.
Scores: Oban 201-8; Glasgow Accies 202-9.
The following week, Drones Cricket Club from Doncaster were the visitors and batted first in warm conditions. David Orme and George Castro both passed 50 and, although Oban took wickets later in the innings, a total of 234-7 from 30 overs always looked a difficult ask for Oban.
This looked the case when Oban replied as Andrew Leach fell early for 11, victim of a low ball.
Further wickets fell after this and, at 75 for 6, Oban’s run chase was in danger of collapsing. However, Mark Lambson joined Ronnie Kelly at the wicket and they put on a tremendous counter attacking partnership of 132 before Kelly was run out for 72 in the last over. Roger Ashforth Joined Lambson with eight runs needed to win and helped take the score to 233.
Lambson faced the last ball with two runs needed to win and top edged it for four to see Oban home in an improbable run chase against a big total.
Thanks are due to Iain Darling Butchers for providing food for the after match barbecue.
Scores: Drones 234-7 (Orme 85); Oban 237-7 (Lambson 77 not out; Kelly 72).
Next game for Oban is away to Vale of Leven on Sunday July 28.