Oxenford 2nd 132 (38.5 overs)
Max Lucas 3-19
Charlbury 2nd 133-8 (40.4 overs)
Charlie Sinton 35
Jake Godfrey 56 not out
Charlbury won the toss and elected to field first. Jake and Max opened the bowling for Charlbury and got them off to a great start. In his first over max clean bowled one of the opening batsmen. Jake quickly dropped into a good line and length and made run scoring difficult for the batsmen. Max too dropped into good lines and with a bit of movement was causing some problems for the batting side. The scoring was slow early on as both bowlers gave very little away and with some great fielding backing them up. The outfield was lightning quick some when a shot broke thru the infield it would shoot to the boundary. Jake then grabbed his first wicket of the innings when one batsman hit the ball straight to Ben Sinton and he took a fine catch. The overs ticked by with few runs being scored as the Oxenford batsmen just looked to see off a few overs and then see what other bowlers Charlbury had. Max then got his second wicket when the new batsman tried to play an attacking shot, but could only hit the ball off the bottom of the bat and the ball tamely lobbed up to be caught. Max then grabbed his third wicket in his next over as he had the new batsman caught and Oxenford were four wickets down. Charlbury were looking in control as Oxenford had not even reached fifty and were already four wickets down. Max now left the attack and Ellie entered it. Ellie quickly dropped into a great line and length and continued the good start that Charlbury had got off too. Jake then grabbed his second wicket of the day as Tom Nash caught the opening bat leaving Oxenford 43-5. Jake was bowling a good spell, getting the ball to move around a bit and causing problems for all of the batsmen. Ellie had slipped into a great line and length and the batsmen were struggling to get her away for more than the odd single. Jake finished his spell and Matt now entered the attack. Charlbury then grabbed their sixth wicket with a great piece of fielding. The ball was hit over Max’s head, but he quickly turned and chased it down and as the batsmen tried to take a second run, Max hurled the ball in from half way to the boundary and hit the stumps to leave the batsman in out. The overs were now starting to run out and still Oxenford had not reached the hundred mark. Ellie wrapped a batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. The batsmen now decided to throw caution top the wind and just go for it. A couple of lusty blows were played and the score now started to rise quicker. Matt came out of the attack and Charlie came into it to try and slow things down. Still the batsmen attacked hard and the runs were now coming quickly. Ellie then made the breakthrough when she had a batsman caught. Charlie now got amongst the wicket when he had the new batsman caught. In his next over, after one big hit, Charlie clean bowled the last batsman and Oxenford were all out for 132.
Charlie and Tom opened the batting for Charlbury and got them off to a steady start. Both the opening bowlers for Oxenford quickly dropped into a great line and length and with the movement they were getting run scoring became difficult. There was no pace for the batsmen to work with so it was even harder to get the ball away for runs. Then disaster struck as Tom missed one and was bowled. Richard now entered the fray. Charlie was looking in good form as he stroked the ball around for ones and twos and made sure the scoreboard kept ticking over. Finally Charlie found the first boundary when he hit a four. A change in the bowling was made from one end and this gave Charlie the ability to play a few more shots. The runs started to come a bit quicker, but then disaster struck as Charlie edged one into his pads and was given out LBW. Some good sportsmanship saw Charlie called back. Another change in the bowling was made from the other end. Charlie had hammered a couple more boundary fours to really get the score moving, but in trying one more big shot he hit the ball straight to a fielder and was caught for a well made 35. Ajit now arrived at the crease. Another change in the bowling was made as Oxenford desperately searched for wickets. After 18 overs Charlbury were 49-2, but the new bowlers had by now dropped into a great line and length and run scoring was starting to become much more difficult. The fifty mark was reached, but then Richard missed one and was bowled meaning Rob had to go to the crease. Rob edged one early on to slip and was caught as Charlbury lost their fourth wicket. Martyn now entered the fray. Ajit was playing in his usual style, blocking the good deliveries and then trying to push quick singles around to keep the scoreboard moving. Another new bowler entered the attack. Ajit went to sweep one, but missed the ball as it turned and was bowled meaning Jake now entered the fray. Charlbury were starting to make hard work of this. Martyn relived some pressure by hitting a four as did Jake. Martyn was then wrapped on the pads and given out LBW. Matt now entered the fray, but was not there too long as he was bowled. Ben now joined Jake at the wicket and still with more than fifty runs needed for victory. Jake now played the aggressor and hit a couple of loose deliveries to the boundary for four before smashing the spinner for a big six. Ben just contented himself with just staying there and picking up the odd single here and there. the running was hard as both batsmen looked for the quick single and with a couple of overthrows the score started to mount quickly. Oxenford continued to change their bowling around as they sought to break the partnership that was looking to win the game. The hundred mark was reached and now Charlbury were in sight of victory. Ben then miss-hit one and was caught and Charlbury lost their eighth wicket. Jake continued to attack hard and with Ellie coming to the wicket and running hard, Charlbury still looked like they could win. Jake edged one for four and then blasted one back over the bowler’s head and out of the ground for a massive six and now Charlbury were closing in on victory fast. Jake ran a quick single and brought up his first ever fifty, a moment for him to long celebrate. Ellie then swept one leg-side for three and Charlbury were nearly there. With four runs needed the bowler bowled a loose one, the keeper missed it and it went for four byes and Charlbury had won the game.
A great win for the seconds built on a great all round bowling and fielding display and then some nervy moments at the end, but Jake’s maiden fifty saw Charlbury to victory – well played lads and lass.
Charlbury 2nd 28 points