Sat 17th June Charlbury vs Stonesfield

Charlbury 158 (41 overs)

Bimalka Liyanarachchi 38

 

Stonesfield 103 (29.5 overs)

Ian Johnston 3-37

Stuart Atkins 3-31

Bimalka Liyanarachchi 4-26

 

Charlbury won the toss and on a very hot day decided to bat first. Tom Nash and Graham opened the batting for Charlbury. Tom was quickly off and going, hammering consecutive twos thru the off-side. Graham got in on the act in the next over when he smashed a delivery to the boundary for four. Then in the fourth over disaster struck as Graham was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Ajit now strode to the crease. Tom flicked one off his pads and the ball flew to the boundary for four as Charlbury reached 17-1 off six overs. Next over Tom edged one and was caught by the wicket-keeper meaning Ben had to come to the crease. In the next over Ajit launched one over the top, square on the off side for a boundary four. Ajit was batting well, defending the many good deliveries while pushing singles off anything loose. Ben looked in good form from the off and early on played a great straight drive for four. Stonesfield were bowling and fielding well and Charlbury were finding runs hard to come by. Ben hammered another ball to the boundary for four as Charlbury reached 33-2 off 12 overs. Next over ben drove another delivery for four, but two balls later was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Bimalka now joined Ajit at the wicket. A change in the bowling was made from one end as a spinner now entered the attack. Charlbury now spent the next couple of overs trying to re-build the innings and to make sure no more quick wickets fell. A couple of overs later another change in the bowling was made as the other opening bowler left the attack and another spinner entered it. Bimalka crashed a delivery to the boundary for four and Ajit did likewise in the next over as the score started to move along. After 22 overs Charlbury had reached 61-3 and would now need to start pushing on if they were to set a defendable score. Bimalka was looking good at the wicket, looking for ones and twos at every opportunity, but defending the good balls when needed. Ajit was still going along in his normal fashion, just looking to stay there and let the rest of the team bat around him. Bimalka then launched a big six back over one of the bowlers heads. Then disaster struck as in the next over Ajit was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW for a fine 22. Stuart now arrived at the crease. Things got even worse for Charlbury in the next over as Bimalka tried to hit another six, but did not quite middle it and only found the fielder on the boundary who took the catch. Ian now entered the fray. After 30 overs Charlbury had reached 108-5 and with the overs now running out would have to push on hard. A couple of overs later Stuart miss-hit one and the ball just lobbed up into the covers and the catch was taken. Tom Eaton now joined Ian at the wicket. Ian was batting well, looking to push ones and twos off of every ball. Tom started slowly, but when he found his mark he smashed a huge six to get going. Both batsmen were running hard for everything, turning ones into twos. Tom went for another big hit, but did not get it quite right and was caught near the boundary for a well made 20. Rob now entered the fray, but was not there too long as he was bowled. Captain, Ollie, now came to the crease. A change in the bowling had been made as one of the spinners had finished his allotted twelve over spell and so one of the opening bowlers returned. Ollie tried to hit out at this bowler, but lobbed the ball up to point and was caught. Last man Max now came to the crease with Charlbury 148-9 off 40 overs. Ian then hammered a massive six back over the spinner’s head and followed it up by smashing him powerfully to the boundary for four. Last ball of the over Ian missed it and was bowled leaving Charlbury all out for 158.

 

Charlbury were going to have to bowl well on a good pitch if they were to defend their total. Ian and Stuart opened the bowling and got Charlbury off to a good start. Both bowlers dropped into a good line and length from the off and started to cause problems for the batsmen. In the fifth over Ian found an edge, wicket-keeper Ben took the catch and Stonesfield had lost their first wicket. Ian was bowling a fantastic spell, getting the ball to move around a bit and making run scoring difficult. Stuart too was bowling a great spell, using his extra pace and bounce to great effect and with a little bit of movement the batsmen were struggling to get him away. Stuart then got in on the act when he found the edge and ben took his second catch of the match. In Stuart’s next over he wrapped a batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW leaving Stonesfield 30-3 off ten overs. Charlbury were right back in the game and with some attacking fields and great fielding chances were being created. The batsmen now went on the offensive to try and counter the Charlbury attack and a couple of boundaries came off of the bowlers. Stuart now made way in the attack for Bimalka. In his first over Bimalka got one to turn back in, the batsman missed it and was bowled. In the next over Charlbury got the wicket they wanted. One batsman had been leading the counter-attack and had hit several fours, but when Ian bowled one a bit quicker that just slightly moved away the batsman missed the ball and was bowled. Stonesfield were now 56-5 off 15 overs and Charlbury were looking in control. Charlbury kept the field up so as to snaffle any loose shots played and to put more pressure on the batsmen. A couple of boundaries were hit as Stonesfield tried to hit their way to victory. The score was now starting to rise as a few more shots were played. After 21 overs Stonesfield had reached 85-5 and Charlbury were getting desperate for the breakthrough wicket to slow things down again. Next over Bimalka grabbed his second wicket of the innings when he clean bowled one batsman. In Ian’s last over of his twelve over spell Ian clean bowled the new batsman to finish with three wickets and give complete control back to Charlbury. One batsman had been hitting out a bit, so Charlbury moved the field around to try and stifle him and it worked, as he tried to manoeuvre a delivery from Bimalka to the off-side he missed it and was bowled. 87-8 off 24 overs and Stuart now re-entered the attack. The batsmen now pushed and prodded their way to a few more runs, just trying to see off a few more overs and see if they could get close to their target. In his second over back Stuart grabbed his third wicket of the day when he bowled one batsman. Only one more wicket for Charlbury to get and  a couple of overs later the game was over when one batsman tamely hit the ball straight back to Bimalka and he gratefully took the catch to leave Stonesfield 103 all out.

 

A great win for the lads built on a solid batting display by Bimalka, Ajit and Ian and then followed up by a fantastic bowling display to which Stonesfield had no answer – well played lads.

 

Charlbury 28 points