Optimus halt OV's charge
Rathbones OVs suffered their first defeat in the CI League on Saturday, going down by 6 wickets to Optimus at Les Quennevais.
Having lost the toss and being put into bat, OVs limped to 108 all out in 32.3 overs, something of a repeat of their Les Quennevais batting failure against Farmers-Caesareans earlier in the season.
Tony Carlyon and Ryan Driver did the damage with the ball for Optimus on a bowler-friendly track, Carlyon dismissing 4 of the OVs top order batsman and finishing with the impressive figures of 4-19 from 10 overs, including 5 maidens. Driver also picked up 4 wickets, conceding 31 runs from his 10 overs.
Yet the situation could have been far worse for the league leaders had it not been for the 52-run last-wicket partnership between Andy Brown and Peter Millar, lifting the OVs from the precarious 56-9 to 108 all out.
Optimus then knocked off the runs for the loss of 4 wickets, Jamie Brewster top-scoring with 32 and Ryan Driver finishing 29 not out.
Elsewhere in the CI League, Aztec Springfield beat St Ouen by 115 runs at FB1 with 16-year old Joe Bevis taking a 5-wicket haul.
Springfield made 246-8 in their 50 overs, Mark Saralis, in the absence of Dean Morrison, top-scoring with 49 runs at the top of the order. Their innings enjoyed a late surge as 46 runs were scored in the last 5 overs, Ben Searson and Tim Corson finishing on 30* and 35* respectively.
For St Ouen, Bevis was the star, picking up 5-54 in his 10 overs.
In response, St Ouen could only make 131 all out in 32.5 overs. Saralis added to his earlier batting performance by taking 3-12 in 4 overs whilst Jon Prince and Corson each took 2 wickets.
At Elizabeth College Field, Sporting Club were unable to build on their CI League victory of last weekend as they lost by 33 runs to Barclays Wealth Emerging Players.
SCF won the toss and elected to field, restricting the home side to 165-9 in 50 overs. Josh Kirk top-scored with 42 whilst Nick Dingle, Jon Evans and John Patterson each picked up 2 wickets.
In reply, SCF were all out for 132 in 43.2 overs. Teenager Matt Renouf bowled an impressive 6 maidens in his spell of 10 overs that went for 16 runs, whilst left-arm spinner Jeremy Frith returned figures of 4-27 from his 9 overs.
The results see Aztec Springfield move into 2nd in the CI League, ahead of Rathbones OV's, whilst putting Optimus firmly back in the hunt in the NatWest Weekend Premier League.