Charlbury 2nd 79 (31.5 overs)
Brill 83-4 (14.5 overs)
Charlie Sinton 3-33
On a warm day Charlbury travelled to early pace setters Brill. Charlbury batted first so the brothers Nash, Tom and Richard, opened the batting. The bowlers quickly dropped into a good line and length and made scoring difficult in the early stages. Both batsmen just looked to push a few singles around early on and make sure that Charlbury did not lose any early wickets. Tom cracked the first boundary of the innings as things started to move along. One bowler in particular was difficult to get away and both batsmen were just trying to see him off and then hopefully attack the new bowler. Tom was batting well, pushing a few singles around, making sure that the strike kept on rotating. Richard too was pushing a few singles and both batsmen were looking fairly comfortable. Then disaster struck as Tom missed one and was bowled meaning Ben now came to the crease. Ben was quickly off the mark as he crashed the ball thru the off side for four. Richard then found a boundary after stroking one thru the leg side. After seventeen overs the tighter of the two bowlers came out of the attack and a new bowler entered it. Ben cracked another boundary to keep the scoreboard ticking over. The new bowler dropped straight into a great line and length and was making scoring even harder than the opening bowler had. Then Richard edged one and was caught for a well made 15. Charlie now entered the fray. Ben was looking good at the wicket, keeping the good deliveries out and then pouncing on anything he felt he could score off. Charlie missed one early on and was bowled meaning Tyrone now joined Ben at the crease. A couple of singles were pushed, but then a mix up in the calling saw Tyrone stranded in the middle of the wicket and run out. Charlbury had now lost three quick wickets and were going to have to take a few overs out to try and make sure no more wickets were lost. Barry now came to the crease and quickly smashed a boundary four. Both batsmen now tried to take the attack to the bowlers to try and knock them off their good line. Ben hit out at one, but could only hit it straight to a fielder and was caught. The captain, Paul, now joined Barry at the crease. Brill now took their other opening bowler out of the attack and brought on a new bowler. Barry missed one and was bowled in the next over and then later in the over Martyn edged one and was caught leaving Charlbury seven wickets down. Paul now tried to hog the strike and just dead bat a few overs just to see if Charlbury could bat their overs out. Jake had joined his captain at the wicket. The overs were ticking by, but not many runs were being scored. Jake missed one and was bowled meaning Rob now came to the crease. Rob hit out at an early one and smashed a boundary four to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Paul was batting really well as he defended the many good deliveries and then pushed the odd singles when it was on offer. The overs were now starting to run out, but Charlbury had to just keep trying to stick in there. Rob missed one and was bowled meaning last man Dave now entered the fray. Dave managed to stay there for a little while, but when he was wrapped on the pads he was given out adjudged LBW and Charlbury were all out for 79.
Charlbury were going to have to bowl really well if they were going to get anything out of this game. Paul opened the bowling with Charlie. One batsman decided to take the bowlers on and to make sure that Brill did not get bogged down as he hit several early boundaries. The other batsman decided to just try and give the hitter the strike and the score started to rise quickly. Paul quickly took himself out of the attack and brought Barry into it. Then Charlbury got the breakthrough as the big hitter tried to take on Charlie once to often, skied the ball and the catch was taken. Next over, after being hit for a four, Barry clean bowled the new batsman as he tried to repeat the feat. Charlbury now stood a slim chance of winning the game if they could just keep on taking wickets. Barry had dropped into a great line and length and was making run scoring much harder and the scoring slowed down. Charlie then grabbed his second wicket of the innings when he wrapped one batsman on the pads and he was given out LBW. The new batsman hit Charlie for four, but Charlie quickly got his revenge when he clean bowled him. Brill were four wickets down, but were well over half way to their target. The two batsman now just looked to push a few singles and twos around as the back of the target had been broken. The seventy mark was passed and still only two wickets down and so Charlie came out of the attack and Jake entered it. Not many runs needed for victory and when a four was hit the game was over and Charlbury had lost by six wickets.
Charlbury 2nd points