Wootton & Boar’s Hill 2nd 143 (40.3 overs)
Ajit Shah 7-41
Charlbury 2nd 144-6 (42.4 overs)
Ajit Shah 30 not out
Charlbury bowled first in their division six clash. Max and Carla opened the bowling for Charlbury and got them off to a good start. Both bowlers quickly dropped into a good line and length and made run scoring difficult in the early going. Carla was bowling a great spell, a great length and line and with some movement of the ball as well. Max too was bowling well, getting the ball to move around a little bit. The bowlers were also being backed up by some superb fielding with diving stops being pulled off to stop attempted scoring shots. Max grabbed the first wicket when he clean bowled one batsman. After twelve overs a double change in the bowling was made with Charlie and Ellie entering the attack. Charlie did not keep himself in the attack for too long and so Alex Bush entered it. Ellie dropped straight into a good line and length and kept up the good work the opening bowlers had put in. The scoring was slow as the batsmen struggled to get to grips with the bowling, but slowly they started to try and push things along. Alex then grabbed a wicket when he bowled one batsman and then bowled the new batsman in his next over. Ellie was bowling a great spell and was causing problems for all of the batsmen. Ellie now left the attack so that Ajit could come on and try and weave some magic. The overs were ticking by and the scoring was slow so one batsman tried to attack Ajit, but did not get the distance and was caught going for a six. The new batsman went on the offensive and hit Alex around for a couple of overs and so he came out of the attack and Ellie re-entered it. Ajit was causing some problems for the batsman due to his lack of pace, with the batsman thinking the ball was there to hit when in fact it just hadn’t arrived. The overs ticked by and the batsmen were content to push the ball around for singles and twos and also hitting the odd boundary. The hundred mark was brought up with only three wickets down and Charlbury would need more wickets if they were to win the game. Ajit then took the wicket of the opening batsman when he skied one and was well caught. Ajit quickly bowled the new batsman to put Wootton on the back foot. Ajit then hit the top of off stump to clean bowl the new batsman. Ajit was bowling a fantastic spell and none of the batsmen could play his variety of deliveries. The new batsman tried early in his innings to break the shackles Ajit had on his team, but could only hit the ball straight to a fielder and was caught. The overs were running out fast and so the batsmen continued to try and play their shots. A couple of boundaries were hit, but another catch saw Ajit pick up his sixth wicket of the innings. Things were soon over as Ajit clean bowled his seventh victim as Wootton were bowled out for 143.
Charlbury were going to have to bat well if they were to reach their target. Charlie and Neil opened the batting and got Charlbury off to a good start. One bowler quickly dropped into a good line and length and made run scoring difficult, but this did not happen at the other end and this was the end Charlbury targeted. Charlie played a couple of big shots and hit a couple of early fours as did Neil as the score started to move along. Both batsmen ran hard trying to turn ones into twos. The score was starting to rise and so after ten overs a change in the bowling was made as Wootton looked for the breakthrough wicket. Charlie was the first wicket to fall as he missed one and was bowled for a good 27. Nick Powell now entered the fray. Neil was still looking good at the wicket, pushing the ball around for ones and twos, just trying to rotate the strike. The new bowler had settled into a good line and length and the scoring rate had begun to slow. Nick then missed one and was bowled meaning Ajit had to go to the crease. Ajit started in his usual manner, defending all of the good deliveries while looking to push ones and twos around whenever possible. The overs were ticking by and Charlbury were just about up with the required rate. Then Neil was wrapped on the pads and given out LBW for a well made 22 meaning Charlbury had lost their third wicket. Jon Florey made his way to the wicket, but was not there too long as he missed an early delivery and was bowled. Carla now joined Ajit at the crease. A double change in the bowling was made as Wootton continued to search for more wickets. Ajit cut a delivery to the boundary to keep the score moving along. The game was evenly balanced as the overs began to tick down. Carla was looking in good form with the bat as she pushed a few singles and twos around. Then disaster struck as Carla hit one straight to fielder and was caught. rob now entered the fray. Rob played in his usual style, attacking the bowling and putting the fielding team under pressure. The hundred mark was passed as Rob hit a couple of boundaries. Ajit was still looking in no trouble as he just pushed the ball around and tried to give Rob the strike. Wootton changed their bowling around again as they desperately searched for more wickets. Charlbury were getting closer and closer to victory, but then Rob played one shot too many and was caught meaning ALex had to come to the crease. Alex hit a four to take the game Charlbury’s way and with Ajit pushing another quick single victory was sealed by four wickets.
A great win for the seconds built on a fabulous bowling display by Ajit, backed up by all the other bowlers and then a fine all round batting display saw them home – well played lads and lasses.
Charlbury 2nd 29 points