Charlbury 2nd 199-9 (45 overs)
Charlie Sinton 64
Tetsworth 2nd 149 (40.1 overs)
Tim Jarvis 3-27
On a very hot day Charlbury travelled to Tetsworth and batted first. Neil and Charlie opened the batting for Charlbury, but it did not get off to a very good start. Early on Neil missed one and was bowled meaning Declan had to make an early appearance at the wicket. The Tetsworth bowlers seemed to settle fairly quickly and dropped into a good line and length. Charlie looked good from the off, hitting a couple of early boundaries to get the score moving, but defending well when needed. Declan hit an early boundary to keep the score moving. The outfield was quick and the ball would shoot off towards the boundary if it broke thru the fielding ring. Declan tried to play another attacking shot, but edged the ball and was caught. Andy, making his first appearance in a couple of years, now strode to the wicket. Despite his absence Andy looked like he had never been away as he stroked the ball around the ground. Charlie was still batting well and with some hard running the score started to rise. Tetsworth made a double change in the bowling as they searched for more wickets. Both bowlers quickly found their length and line and run scoring started to become more difficult. Andy cut one of the bowlers to the boundary for four. Both batsmen were starting to look in good form as they stroked the ball around, finding ones and twos. The overs were ticking by and Charlbury were still scoring well, but then disaster struck as Andy hit out at one, but could only find a fielder and as caught. Martin now joined his captain at the wicket. Charlie was still looking in top form, running singles and punishing some loose bowling by hitting boundaries. Martin took a couple of overs to get going and then he started to play some shots. Both batsmen were running hard trying to turn ones into twos. A change in the bowling at one end saw an opportunity for scoring more runs. The new bowler did not drop straight into a great line and length and Martin took advantage of this by hitting a couple of boundary fours. Charlie too took advantage and attacked the new bowler hard. Martin played one shot too many and was caught for a well made 25. Tim now entered the fray. Charlie ran a quick single and reached a well deserved fifty. Tim tried to hit out at a loose delivery, but the ball flew straight to a fielder and he was caught. Abi now joined her captain at the crease as another change of bowling was made. The new bowler dropped into a better line and length and suddenly from one end runs were harder to come by. The overs were by now starting to run out. Then disaster struck as Charlie missed one and was bowled for a great 64. Nathan now came to the crease, but was not there too long as he was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Ian now entered the fray. Abi had hit one boundary, but when she was wrapped on the pads she was given out adjudged LBW and Charlbury had lost their eighth wicket. Kieran now came to the crease. Kieran attacked the bowling from the off and found a couple of boundary fours. Ian too began to attack the bowling and with some hard running the score started to mount quickly. Another change in the bowling was made as one bowler had finished his allotted twelve over spell. Both batsmen ran hard for every run. In the last over Kieran was caught for a great 21. Matt now entered the fray. Charlbury eventually finished their innings on 199-9 with Ian ending on 20 not out.
Charlbury were going to have to bowl well if they were to defend their total. Matt and Kieran opened the bowling and got Charlbury off to a good start. Both bowlers quickly dropped into a good line and length and made run scoring difficult for the opening batsmen. Matt was bowling a good spell, getting the ball to nip around a bit. Kieran too as bowling a good spell, making the ball swing both ways. Kieran grabbed the first wicket when he clean bowled one batsman. Soon afterwards he grabbed the second wicket when he clean bowled the new batsman and Tetsworth were two wickets down early on. The batsmen now began to attack the bowling as they tried to break the shackles the Charlbury bowlers were imposing on them. A couple of boundaries were hit and the score started to get going. A change in the bowling as made as Kieran left the attack and Andy entered it. A couple of overs later Matt left the attack and Charlie entered it. The batsmen continued to attack hard and so Andy left the attack and Tim entered it. Tetsworth were right back in the game and Charlbury were going to need to break this partnership if they were to win the game. Both bowlers quickly dropped into a good line and length. Charlie was bowling a good spell, getting the ball to turn and bounce. Tim dropped straight on the mark from the first ball and used his variations of pace to stifle the batsmen. The scoring rate now started to slow down as both bowlers started to and wrest control back from the batsmen. Charlbury were fielding well with all the players diving around to stoop the ball. Tim then got the breakthrough wicket as he clean bowled the opening batsman. The scoring now started to drop off as Tetsworth tried not to lose another quick wicket. The pressure stated to tell on the batsmen and when one danced down the pitch at Charlie, he missed the ball and Abi whipped the bails off to stump him. The new batsman didn’t last too long as Tim had him caught early on and Tetsworth had lost their fifth wicket. The batsmen now seemed content to just push the ball around for singles, but slowly they were getting behind with the required rate. The overs were now starting to run out and Tetsworth were going to have to start scoring quicker if they were to win the game. Charlie then took himself out of the attack and brought Martin on. Martin made a quick impact on the game when he bowled one batsman. A couple of overs later he bowled the new batsman and Tetsworth were in trouble. Martin now left the attack and Andy re-entered it. In his first over back Andy bowled one batsman as Charlbury got themselves on the brink of victory. The new batsman hit a couple off boundaries, but in his last over Tim tempted him down the wicket, he missed the ball and Abi had her second stumping of the game. First ball of the next over and it as game over as Andy clean bowled the last man and Tetsworth were all out for 149.
A great win for the seconds built on a great innings from Charlie and some telling contributions at the end and then an all round bowling display with Tim the pick of the bowlers aw Charlbury to victory – well played lads and lass.
Charlbury 2nd 29 points