Charlbury 302-8 (45 overs)
Ajit Shah 52
Ben Forrester 108
Josh Hornsby 51
Stuart Atkins 38
Yarnton & Cowley 169-8 (45 overs)
Ian Johnston 5-30
Charlbury lost the toss and on a cold day were asked to bat first. Ajit and Richard opened the batting for Charlbury. Yarnton started with nine men, but a late arrival soon made that ten. With early season conditions and not much batting between them both openers took a while to get going, but with the help of extras the score started to get a move on. Richard missed one and was bowled meaning debutant Ben Forrester now entered the fray. After five overs Charlbury were 17-1. Ajit was looking his usual dependable self, pushing the ball around and looking for the quick single or two and every opportunity. Ben started off well pushing a couple of singles around just to get himself moving. Ajit hit the first boundary of the day, cutting one behind square and then ben followed it up shortly afterwards, powerfully driving the ball to the boundary. Slowly the runs started to come and after 11 overs Charlbury were well set at 48-1. Yarnton now took one of their opening bowlers off and brought on a spinner who quickly slipped into a good line and length. Ben was playing the more aggressive game of the two batsmen as he stroked the ball around on both sides of the wicket for runs. Ajit was looking to give Ben the strike at every chance he had and several quick singles were run. Another change in the bowling was made as another spinner replaced the other opening bowler. Ben took and instant liking to the new spinner and smashed him for two boundary fours. After twenty overs Charlbury had reached 78-1 and now was the time to start pushing on. Ben continued to punish any loose bowling by smashing it to the boundary and so another change was made as a new bowler entered the attack. The hundred mark was reached as both batsmen pushed hard for runs, Ajit with his hard running and Ben with his forceful play. Ben pushed another single and reached a well deserved fifty as Charlbury reached 113-1 off 27 overs. With the overs now starting to run out Charlbury needed to push on hard to ensure they capitalised on their great start. Ajit smashed back to back fours before taking a single and letting Ben hammer a boundary of his own. This onslaught led to a double change in the bowling with the first spinner coming back on and a new bowler entering the attack. Ben launched the spinner out of the ground for a huge six and then hammered the new bowler for three fours in his first over. The score was now racing along and there seemed nothing Yarnton could do to stem the flow of runs. Ben hit another big six back over the bowler’s head and this forced another change in the bowling as one of the opening bowler’s re-entered the attack. Ajit hit a four and reached a well deserved fifty, but next ball disaster struck as he was bowled. Ben and Ajit had put on a record 169 runs for the second wicket. Josh now entered the fray and looked in great form from the first ball he faced. Josh hammered a couple of fours before launching one delivery for a big six. Ben pushed a quick single that took him to his hundred. After 37 overs Charlbury were 211-2 and with Josh hammering a couple of boundaries in the next over Charlbury were on for a massive total. Then disaster struck as Ben edged one and was caught by the keeper, bringing his fantastic innings of 108 to an end. Stuart now entered the fray. The runs continued to flow at a very quick rate with both players running hard for twos and Josh smashing nearly every ball he faced to the boundary. After facing only 22 balls Josh reached brutally reached his fifty with another boundary. Next ball though in trying one more big shot he was bowled. debutant Ian Johnston now arrived at the crease and with not long left it was throw the bat at everything and run as fast as you could. Ian missed one and was bowled and then new man Steve was quickly run out going for a three which meant Nik arrived to join Stuart. After 42 overs the score was 262-6 and the last three overs were big ones. The other opening bowler was brought back into the attack in place of the spinner, but Stuart was now in full flow and in the last couple of over he hammered three huge sixes before being bowled with two deliveries left and the 300 mark reached. Bimalka was caught first ball going for a six and so Charlie joined Nik for the last ball on which they ran a single to take Charlbury to an imposing 302-8.
Yarnton & Cowley were going to have to bat really well if they were to get anywhere near their target. Jake and Ian opened the bowling and got Charlbury off to a great start. In his first over for the club Ian wrapped one batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. The other opening batsman played his shots and with fielding restrictions now in place in the league he found a few early boundaries. After five overs Yarnton had reached 20-1. Jake was bowling a good line and length and causing some early problems for the batsmen. Ian too was bowling a good line and length and with his extra height and pace the batsmen were struggling to lay a bat on him. The fielders were backing up the good bowling with some excellent diving stops and were chasing everything to the boundary. The outfield was still quick and so the ball ran away fast from the fielders. Both bowlers were keeping things fairly tight, but Charlbury wanted wickets to really ramp up the pressure on the batting side. Ben was bowling a quick spell and eventually he made the breakthrough when he clean bowled one batsman leaving Yarnton 52-2 off 14 overs. Ian now took a break and Stuart joined Jake in the attack. Jake then grabbed Charlbury their third wicket when he clean bowled the attacking opening batsman. In his next over he bowled the new batsman leaving Yarnton in trouble at 77-4. Yarnton now took some time to try and re-build their innings, taking things slowly and only taking runs if they were easy. Jake finished his great 12 over spell and so Bimalka entered the attack. The overs ticked by with only the occasional boundary or single coming. After 28 overs Yarnton had reached 105-4. With the overs now running out the batsmen decided to try and attack a bit more hitting a couple more boundaries. The runs were coming, but slowly and Charlbury needed wickets if they were to pick up maximum points. Stuart left the attack and Charlie entered it. In his second over Charlie grabbed a wicket when, after being hit for six, the batsman dragged his back foot out of the crease and quick as a flash Steve stumped him. Bimalka started tossing a few deliveries up to see if either batsman would throw their wicket away. A few more boundaries came, but he batsmen looked content to just try and bat the overs out. The overs were ticking by and so Bimalka came out of the attack and Ian re-entered it to devastating effect. In his second over he clean bowled one batsman to leave Yarnton 160-6 off 43 overs. Stuart replaced Charlie as Charlbury looked for the last few wickets, but he could not get one. Ian then clean bowled two batsman in three balls to mean that Charlbury needed a wicket off the last ball to bowl Yarnton out. The last man just blocked the ball and stood his ground as Yarnton ended their innings on 169-8.
A great win for the lads set up by two debutants. Ian played a magnificent innings to reach a hundred and was ably backed up by Ajit, Josh and Stuart and then Ian ripped through the Yarnton batting to seal the victory – well played lads.
Charlbury 29 points