Shrivenham 1st 252-9 (45 overs)
Kieran Reynolds 4-81
Charlbury 2nd 225-5 (45 overs)
Andy Glass 94 not out
Tim Jarvis 32 not out
Charlbury won the toss and elected to field first. Kieran and Andy opened the bowling for Charlbury, but it was Shrivenham who got off to a quick start. One of the opening batsmen went for it from the first ball and hammered several boundaries in the first couple of overs as Shrivenham started like a train. an early change in the bowling was made as Andy made way for Tim. Tim dropped straight into a great line and length and immediately run scoring became much harder from one end. Kieran had started well, bowling a good line and length despite the onslaught and he quickly grabbed an early wicket when he had the harder hitter of the two openers caught. The wicket was good and the outfield quick and with fielding restrictions imposed for the first fifteen overs the boundaries continued to pile up. Charlbury were bowling and fielding well, but were going to need to keep taking wickets if they were to slow the scoring down a bit. Kieran came out of the attack and Charlie brought himself into it. Tim was still bowling a fantastic spell, but with no luck so far, but his variations were causing some problems for all the batsmen. Charlie quickly dropped into a good line and length and with a bit of turn he managed to gain a bit of control. The batsmen now seemed to content to just bat for a few overs and just accumulate runs with ones and twos and so the score continued to rise. The hundred mark had been reached and still only one wicket down and Charlbury were now getting desperate for a wicket. As the over started to tick down the batsmen became much more attacking and started to run for everything. This brought about the second wicket when a quick single was attempted, but a direct hit saw the stumps broken and the batsman run out. Tim had now finished his great twelve over spell and so Dean entered the attack to see if he could get any turn out of the wicket. The new batman began to try and attack from the off as Shrivenham looked to set a huge score that they could defend. Charlie took himself off and brought on Martin to see if he could grab a wicket. Dean dropped into a good line and length and managed to find some turn. The batsmen continued to attack hard and with the overs running out fast they started to take some risks. Charlie came back into the attack in place of Martin and quickly grabbed a wicket when he had one batsman caught. Charlbury then quickly got a bonus when the opening batsman was called thru for a quick single, but a good throw into the keeper’s end saw Rob whip the bails off and leave the opener stranded. Kieran now re-entered the attack in place of Charlie as Charlbury searched for more wickets. The batsmen threw the bat at everything, but when one missed Kieran bowled him. Andy now re-entered the attack in place of Dean as Charlbury continued to search for wickets. Kieran then had another batsman caught for his third victim of the day. Shrivenham were throwing wickets away in the pursuit of quick runs, but it was slowing their scoring down. Andy then grabbed two wickets in one over when he clean bowled one batsman and then did the same to the new batsman. In the last over Kieran had his fourth wicket via a catch as Shrivenham finished on 252-9.
Charlbury would have to bat well if they were to get anywhere near their target. Charlie and Rob opened the batting, but did not get off to the best of starts. Rob missed one early on and was bowled meaning Andy had to make an early appearance at the crease. Charlie had started well with the bat, pushing the ball around for ones and twos, but defending anything that was on the stumps. Andy started off cautiously, defending many good deliveries, but looking for singles and twos where available. The score started to rise as both players grew in confidence and both players managed to finds a couple of boundaries. Shrivenham were bowling and fielding well and this was keeping the score down and keeping the pressure on the batsmen, but slowly Charlbury were coming into the game. Andy cut a couple of deliveries to the boundary for four as Charlbury started to make a push. Shrivenham were also bowling a few wides which was helping the score along. Charlie had been batting really well, but just as it looked like he might cut loose a vicious delivery took the edge and he was caught for a well made 28. dean now entered the fray as a double change in the bowling was made. One of the bowlers dropped straight into a great line and length from ball one and was very difficult to get away. the other bowler was slightly looser and so the batsmen tried to target him. Dean hit out at one, but to his horror the ball flew straight to a fielder and he was caught. Nick Powell now entered the fray and was quickly off the mark with a single. Charlbury were now more than half way thru the overs, but now half way there on score and so they were going to need to push on hard if they were to reach their target. nick took a couple of overs to get going, but then he started to hit out and found a couple of boundaries. Shrivenham changed their bowling around as they searched for the wickets that might slow Charlbury down. Nick continued to hit out as he tried to lower the required rate, but when he miss-hit one he was caught and Martin had to come to the wicket. Andy pushed a quick single and reached a well deserved fifty. Martin attacked the bowling from the off to try and get Charlbury back on track with the required run rate. With the overs starting to run out the running became frantic as both players began to run for everything. Martin smashed a couple of boundaries to keep things going, but then disaster struck. In attempting another quick single Martin was run out when he did not quite get in before the bails were off. Tim now entered the fray. Both batsman had no option but to try and cut loose ad with some hard running the runs came. Charlbury were still quite a way behind where they needed to be and with the overs now running out fast it was looking like they might just lose. Andy was batting fantastically well as he stroked the ball around on both sides of the wicket. Tim too was looking good as he hit a couple of boundaries and constantly looked for the single. In the end it was not to be as Charlbury finished on 225-5 to finish 27 runs short with Andy left on 94 not out.
Charlbury 2nd 9 points