|OEA Sporting Club - Cricket|
On the final day of the 2022 Odey Wealth Championship the OE's needed to defeat Griffins by a large amount to overturn the net run rate difference and try to leapfrog Griffins to the title.
The day started off with OE's loosing the toss and being put into bat against a strong Griffins attack.. The OE's were missing regular openers Matt Stokes and Charlie Birch, Fintan Ridgwick and Peter Birch took on the challenge of opening the batting. Birch was the first to go removed by Luke Bichard with the score on 12. This brought Captain Charlie Clapham to the crease however his stay was brief given out caught behind off the bowling of Dane Mullen. Harry Duke was the next to go in his final game for the OE's before moving off island to continue his education. Bichard removed him for 4 leaving the OE's in trouble at 48 for 3.
Ridgwick was joined by OE's player coach Ben Ferbrache, the pair managed to navigate through to drinks however disaster struck 4 balls after drinks when Ridgwick mistimed a sweep shot off the top edge and was dismissed for a very well made 33 of 38 balls. Marcus Thomas joined Ferbrache and the pair kept the scoreboard ticking over. Thomas looked to carry on where he left of against Victoria College during the week by punishing any loose bowling, he deposited Luke Le Tissier for two maximums over square leg. He went to his maiden half century for the OE's off 49 balls however was removed the next ball by Griffins Captain Tom Kirk.
Ferbrache also went to his second half century of the season before he was removed by Luke Le Tissier. The lower order all chipped in and the OE's posted a competitive 215. Griffins started the run chase tentatively knowing even a narrow defeat would be enough for them to retain the title. Luke and Nathan Le Tissier put Griffins in the driving seat at drinks with the score on 72 for no loss.
Guernsey Under 19 Captain, Ollie Clapham got the all important breakthrough removing ex Elizabeth College Captain Nathan Le Tissier for 39. Adam Martel joined fellow Guernsey team mate Le Tissier and scored freely during his stay. With the score on 162 Jake Swaisland removed Martel who was well caught by Charlie Forshaw at backward point. Another ex Elizabeth College student, James Hudson joined Le Tissier and never looked at ease. He was well caught behind by Joe Marshall off the bowling of Clapham. Charlie Forshaw returned from the pavilion end and was rewarded for another excellent display of seam bowling. He removed Le Tissier 8 runs short of his century. Forshaw was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 10-2-33-1. Griffins did canter to victory in the 42nd over with Captain Kirk hitting the winning runs.
Another successful season for the OE's, 16 players were used throughout the season with 3 debutants. This season sees year 13 students Peter Birch, Charlie Clapham and Jake Swaisland move on along with young Harry Duke who is to continue his education off island. We would like to thank all 4 students for their efforts throughout their Old Elizabethans cricket careers and wish them all the best in the future.