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Oban 127 for five
Carradale 64 for six
Accurate bowling from Oban’s youthful side put Carradale to the sword.
Earlier, roads running with rain had not boded well for Carradale as the cricket team bowled along to Taynuilt last Sunday.
Most of the team rendezvoused with Oban at 12pm before news came through that the Arran contingent, Chris Marriot and Tony Brooks, needed to make up the numbers, had made the ferry and were enroute.
At first there was some reluctance to don whites and mark the boundary of the field as the rain continued to hammer down.
A Courier reporter, who had been netted by Carradale on Friday night, after a break of 35 years from competitive cricket, was surprised to find out the game would go ahead whatever the weather.
Once kitted out players went out for some catching practice in what had turned into a dreich early afternoon.
The psychology failed to wear down Oban.
As the weather cleared up it was decided to play 20 overs per side with Oban in to bat.
Jahed Khan and Daniel Booker gave the home side a good start. Booker made 16 and Khan 23 and Tristan Carre continued his early season form by hitting 38. Mark Parry added more runs at the end of the innings, finishing 28 not out as Oban posted 127 for five from their 20 overs.
There was jubilation from Carradale when Booker succumbed to 19-year-old Calum Hooper’s bowling and moments later Calum’s dad Jonathan, proved their was life in his slow bowling, when he gained Khan’s scalp.
Oban gave many opportunities for catches, but the only Carradale fielder without butter fingers was Stan McMillan who ended Carre’s spell at the crease.
Calum found the mark to have Jack Whiteley declared lbw and R Kelly was run out.
Chasing 127 was going to be a big ask for Carradale, which was not helped when newcomer, Mark Davey, caused his batting partner Bob Morkell, 72, to be run out.
Another zero was recorded when Arran’s Tony Brooks, who replaced Davey, hoisted a ball into the heavens and provided a perfect catch for Jahed.
Oban’s bowlers gave very little away with the pick of the bowling coming from Jack Whiteley and Neill Belshaw, who bowled eight overs between them for 21 runs.
Carradale needed a heap of sixes. They were left with two fours, in his 18 runs, from Calum Hooper and a sturdy 12 from McMillan plus 14 other runs finishing on 64 for six, leaving Oban winners by 63 runs.
Carradale is in action, at home, on Sunday against Glasgow Accies at 12.30pm. New players are especially welcome with the added bonus of an afternoon tea.
Arran’s Chris Marriot on his way to nine before he was run out. 25_c21cricket05_arran_batsman_chris_marriott
Calum Hooper in fine form hits out. 25_c21cricket06_carradales_calum_hooper
Carradale’s Bob Morkell looks at the disappointing score. 25_c21cricket089_bob_morkell
Stan McMillan faces Jahed Khan’s bowling. 25_c21cricket02_oban_bowling_jahed