September 4th 2005
Junior Cricket Skills and Single Wicket Finals Day
Scorching hot weather once again greeted the young Oaks cricketers in pursuit of single wicket glory. A total of XX young cricketers turned out to contest the five age-group finals. Amongst them were four of last year's winners Joel Gallagher, Scott Hartley, Nick Crook and Jack Davison.
The morning's events were once again a six-discipline skills competition designed to whittle the numbers down to two in each age-group for the afternoon finals. The disciplines were Running, catching, batting, bowling, throwing and fielding. The Running was held in age-groups with other events in mixed groups although the scoring system was against only each cricketers peer group. The Running skill comprised a 100 yard sprint and a 66-yard 'three-run' simulation with bat in hand. As usual the crowd were unstinting in their derision of any one considered not trying and this year was no exception. The five-discipline rotation followed for the remainder of the morning. The results emerged as below:
Under 9s Final
Mighty mite Ben Howell took his first trophy, the Dobson & Robinson Cup for 2005. The Final with George Ingham was a tense affair as Ben scored just one from the bat, opting for a defensive strategy. Two wides from George swelle3d his tally to 9. Ben's bowling had earlier been exemplary with only 2 wides but he did capture George's wicket the once which was more enough to take George's score from 13 to 5.