The 4s welcomed Oaklands to Raphaels in what promised to be a huge game as both sides battled it out near the top of the table with both sides harbouring promotion hopes.
We were without our talisman and skipper but vice captain S duke carried on Shaz's tradition of winning the toss and we decided to bat first and try to get a big score on the board to put the opposition under pressure. The decision appeared vindicated as the opening pair put on 93 for the first wicket before the impressive Rowe walked after nicking one behind. This brought the big hitting Pontin to the crease with a platform to do some real damage. He decided to go from ball one but unfortunately didn't quite get hold of it and put it a mile up which made the catch even more impressive. The big hitting mantle was taken up by Little who with some huge blows raced to an impressive 51 off just 47 balls taking one over for 22. He was run out when his body just couldn't quite carry him any further but Wallace and the younger Pontin then ran superbly between the wickets to get us up to an impressive total of 207.
After the break we came out fired up and young B Duke got his now customary early wicket trapping Ayris plumb in front with the score on only 15. At the other end Browne was bowling superbly with all his old pace and fire back, we lost count of the amount of times he beat the bat, the deliveries were just too good and somehow he remained wicketless. Fortunately for Athletic Duncan was making an impressive return to form. He accounted for the other opener due to a terrific diving one handed catch by the younger Duke and he also removed the big hitting Kettley just as he was threatening to take the game away from us by swinging one in to him that cleaned him up. However, this only brought Gill to the crease who proved to be a thorn in our side as he set about trying to win the game for Oaklands with an impressive 58 but just as he was winning the game for his side the impressive Jones outfoxed him and he chipped one to midwicket to give B Duke the easiest of his three catches of the day. This proved to be the turning point of the match as Jones and Thomas bowled remarkably impressive spells to run through the rest of the innings like a knife through butter as Jones took 3 and Thomas 4 proving high class bowling is too good for the lower order as the opposition crumbled from 159 for 3 to 175 all out losing their last seven wickets for just 16 runs. A truly fantastic victory from nowhere cements our position in the promotion shake up. A thoroughly enjoyable game played in the right spirit by both sides.