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Sixth League Title for OCC

5 years ago By Oban CC

Oban CC wrapped-up their sixth Argyll League Title after an extraordinary win in Kintyre against Carradale.

Despite being bowled-out for only 46, the visitors held on during a tense run chase to win by two runs.

Despite being covered prior to the match, the wicket played unevenly throughout as the batsmen struggled with variable pace and bounce. Oban were put in to bat and soon lost openers Leach and Mackenzie with no runs on the board. Allan Laycock hit a huge six before unluckily dragging the ball onto his stumps and Koyes Kahn was soon back in the hutch for two.
Ronnie Kelly's uncompromising batting style was just the tonic for the sinking Oban ship as he withstood the accurate Carradale attack. While showcasing his usual array of majestic cover-drives, Kenny Mackenzie top-scored for the visitors with 9. Carre and Belshaw hoicked a few into the trees but Bennett cleaned-up the tail to leave Oban at a below-par 46 all out.

Having beaten Sannox earlier in the season, Carradale were still in with a chance of winning the league if they could chase 47 runs to win. Their innings began with a wobble when Andrew Leach dismissed both openers but Carradale then unveiled their trump card at three, James Laite - an ex-county batsman. As wickets tumbled at the other end, Laite showed his class to survive the onslaught from Laycock and Kahn and this helped the home side to 25 for 5. Laycock removed the dangerous Keogh for a duck and then bowled Bennett as the home side stumbled to 40 for 7. At this stage Carradale only needed another 7 runs to win with three wickets in hand but Koyes Kahn provided the pivotal moment when he showed tremendous athleticism to catch Laite off his own bowling. Another wicket tumbled to leave Carradale on 44 for 9 and Oban captain Davy Hannah then gave Mal Mackenzie the responsibility of bowling the last over. With the tension almost unbearable Murphy survived a lbw decision and a near-catch from Leach before being bowled by Mackenzie to give Oban a nail biting 2-runs-victory.

This coming Sunday, Mid Argyll are the visitors to Taynuilt for another Argyll League match and, as always, spectators are more than welcome to come and watch.

Where next?

Laycock on form at Helensburgh Oban CC travelled down to Helensburgh on Sunday for a friendly match.
Leach Sucks the Life Out of Sannox Sannox CC from the Isle of Arran were the visitors at Taynuilt for the latest Argyll Cricket League fixture.

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