By John Thompson

Risinghurst 1st’s followed the 2nd’s in the Semi-final of the Cup with a comfortable victory against Wolvercote at Cutteslowe Park.

On a grey afternoon we had no hesitation in inserting the home side and Lucky struck early to dismiss one opener for a duck and then their second shortly after for an agressive 21. Romio bowled their number 3 before Wolvercote skipper Richard Oliver dug in. He dominated the rest of the innings as the remainder of his team failed to get to grips with Martin and JT. Martin took three wickets in his 8 overs for 27 and JT two for 30 in his with a run out thrown in for good measure to leave Wolvercote 9 down with 130 odd on the board. Skipper Oliver made the most of a life given to his partner when JT failed to spot them taking a second run with the ball in his hands over the stumps before the number 11 was finally run out with the total on 167 in the 40th and final over. The final part of the innings being hampered by Romio taking a blow on the wrist fielding a crashing drive off his own bowling and having to leave the field until the interval.

The Risinghurst reply was dominated in the first part by Martin who followed up his top bowling figures with a quickfire 54 and with Saurabh going early, when he and Romio went with the total in the 80s the game could have slipped away from us. But Sandeep (34*) fresh from 50 on Saturday steadied the ship and added 50 with Lucky before Mansoor smashed us to victory with more than 5 overs to spare. A deserved win against what could have been tricky opposition that takes us one step from a return to the Steve Dixon final that we graced twice in the mid-2010s. Our opponents are yet to be confirmed but we will be away at either Brill or Horspath 4s on July 25th. Thanks to Duncan for an excellent umpiring performance and to Satish for filling in as 11th man at the last minute when he thought he was going to be 12th!


Date Time League Season Result
June 27, 2021 1:00 pm Steve Dixon Memorial Cup 2021 RCC 1 Won by 6 wickets


Wolvercote 2


Wolvercote 216710Loss
RCC 11694Win

Wolvercote 2

Batting Dismissal Fielder Bowler Runs
Ben Madden+Caught Lokeshwar Bandhu0
Cameron HomerBowled Lokeshwar Bandhu21
Chris PotterBowled Romio Fernandes9
Richard Oliver*Not Out  74
Otis GibbonsBowled Martin Kalyan4
Thomas AkermanBowled Martin Kalyan15
Ajay MehndirattaRun OutSaurabh Mehrotra 6
Daniel JamesCaught John Thompson0
Tom SherwoodLBW Martin Kalyan0
Tom FieldCaught John Thompson1
Sam PayneRun OutSaurabh Mehrotra 2
Total   167
Bowling O M R W
Sam Payne72211
Tom Sherwood70380
Ajay Mehndiratta40150
Tom Field80331
Richard Oliver*50321
Otis Gibbons3.40261


Batting Dismissal Fielder Bowler Runs
Martin Kalyan*CaughtAjay MehndirattaRichard Oliver54
Saurabh MehrotraCaughtThomas AkermanSam Payne7
Romio FernandesCaughtRichard OliverTom Field14
Sandeep GeorgeNot Out  34
Lokeshwar BandhuCaughtTom FieldOtis Gibbons23
S M Mansoor Abbasi+Not Out  17
Rakesh NambiarDid Not Bat  0
Gaurav SamuelDid Not Bat  0
Praneel SiliveruDid Not Bat  0
Satish YakkalakotaDid Not Bat  0
John ThompsonDid Not Bat  0
Total   169

Did not bat: Rakesh Nambiar, Gaurav Samuel, Praneel Siliveru, Satish Yakkalakota, John Thompson

Bowling O M R W
Rakesh Nambiar7.30220
Lokeshwar Bandhu80262
Romio Fernandes5.10131
Praneel Siliveru10170
Martin Kalyan*8000
John Thompson81302
Sandeep George20240