Charlbury 2nd 84 (36.2 overs)
Charlie Sinton 55 not out
Oxenford 2nd 74 (38.2 overs)
Zak Jarvis 3-9
Ellie Norton 4-15
Charlbury travelled to Keble College in Oxford to play Oxenford. On a grey looking day and after heavy rain in the morning and more expected in the afternoon Charlbury batted first. Charlie and Ajit opened the batting for Charlbury. Things did not start well as Ajit edged one early on and was caught meaning Andy had to make an early appearance at the crease. Thee pitch was a bit green and the ball was moving around a bit which was making batting very difficult. The bowlers had settled into a great line and length from the off and this was making run scoring difficult at best. Charlie looked in good form from the first ball he faced and he began to get the scoreboard moving with a few singles. The tough going continued as Charlbury struggled to just push ones and twos around, the morning rain making the outfield sluggish. Then disaster struck as Andy edged one and was caught. Tim now came to the crease. A couple of overs later a change in the bowling was made from one end. The new bowler quickly dropped into a great line and length. Charlie smashed one delivery and finally Charlbury had a boundary four. Tim just looked to stay there and make sure no more early wickets fell, but also tried to rotate the strike so that Charlie could try and attack the bowling. Slowly the score started to rise. Charlie was looking in good form as he stroked the ball around on both sides of the wicket, picking up several ones and twos. The players now came off for a short rain break and upon the resumption Oxenford made a double change in the bowling. Tim had been batting really well, but when he missed one he was bowled and Charlbury had lost their third wicket. Zak now entered the fray. The ball was still moving around a bit and the odd delivery was keeping low making things even more difficult. Zak hit out at one only to see the ball fly straight into a fielders hands and he was out. Martin now came to the wicket. Charlie was batting out of his skin on a difficult wicket, stroking the ball around and picking up ones and twos to make sure the scoreboard kept on ticking over. Martin spent a couple of overs trying to get himself in and then he tried to counter attack. Martin smashed a delivery to the boundary for four as Charlburys score started to rise slightly quicker. In continuing his attack though Martin missed a delivery and was bowled meaning Abi had to join her captain at the wicket. Charlie was still pushing hard for every single run, knowing it would be vital and could be the difference in the end. Abi edged one and was caught and so Martyn now arrived at the wicket. The score had now passed the fifty mark and the overs were beginning to run out. Charlbury had to try and press on hard to try and set a defendable score. Martyn just looked to defend so that Charlie could keep on scoring. Another change in the bowling was made as the first change bowler re-entered the attack. Charlie hit another couple of boundaries to keep things moving along. Then Martyn hit out at one and was caught. Ian now came to the crease. With the overs running out fast the batsmen began to try and run for everything and this led to Ian’s downfall as he did not quite make his ground as the stumps were broken and he was run out. Kieran now came to the crease. Charlie pushed another single and reached a well deserved fifty. Kieran hit out at one and was caught meaning Ellie had to join Charlie at the crease. A few more runs were pushed before Ellie was caught and Charlbury finished their innings on 84 all out.
Charlbury were going to have to bowl well if they stood any chance in this game. Father and son Tim and Zak Jarvis opened the bowling and got Charlbury off to a great start. In the first over Zak clean bowled on batsman and then in his second over he also clean bowled the new batsman to put Oxenford on the back foot. Tim was bowling a great spell, finding a great line and length and getting the ball to nip around a bit. Zak too was bowling well using his extra pace to cause some problems as well as moving the ball around. A couple of overs later things got even better for Charlbury when Tim found the edge and the catch was taken. Zak now came out of the attack and Ellie entered it. Ellie dropped straight into a great line and length and made the batsmen play and miss several times. The outfield was drying up now and this meant that boundaries were slightly easier to come by, although the wicket was still very difficult to bat on. The over s ticked by and Charlbury could not get another wicket and the score, albeit slowly, started to rise. Charlbury were going to have to bowl Oxenford out if they were to win the game. Tim was still bowling a magnificent spell and all the batsmen were having a job just to lay a bat on him let alone score off him. Ellie too was bowling a great spell, getting the ball to move around a fair bit. Tim finished his great ten over spell and so Ajit entered the attack. Then Charlbury got a breakthrough when one batsman tried to hit out at Ellie, but skied the ball and a good catch was taken. Ajit dropped into a good length and line and combined with his lack of pace the ball was hard to get away. The new batsman hit a boundary four to get the score moving, but tried to repeat the act off Ellie’s bowling and was caught. Oxenford were five wickets down and not even half way to their target. Ajit came out of the attack and Kieran entered it. The going was slow as Oxenford were finding batting just as tough as the Charlbury batsmen had and there were many maiden overs being bowled. The set batsman decided to attack and hit out at Kieran. Ellie soon got the set batsman out as when he edged the ball he was caught and Ellie had her third wicket. Kieran then got the other batsman out by virtue of a catch and Oxenford were seven wickets down. Oxenford were creeping closer and closer to victory, but if Charlbury kept on taking wickets then they might just win. In her last over Elklie had another batsman caught and things were now getting tight. A double change in the bowling was made as Zak re-entered the attack and Charlie came on. Oxenford had got it down to single figures to in when Charlie struck. The batsman had a big swing, but skied the ball and a catch was taken. The game was all over in the next over when Zak found the edge and the catch was taken leaving Oxenford 74 all out and Charlbury the winners by nine runs.
A great win for the seconds built on a magnificent innings by Charlie in testing conditions and then a fabulous bowling and fielding display saw Charlbury to victory – well played lads and lass.
Charlbury 2nd 26 points