Stonesfield 70 (29.2 overs)
Ian Johnston 6-24
Charlbury 71-7 (29.1 overs)
Stonesfield won the toss and elected to bat first. After some overnight rain Stonesfield decided they would like first use of the wicket and so Jake and Ian opened the bowling for Charlbury and got them off to a good start. Both bowlers quickly settled into a great line and length and made run scoring very difficult in the first few overs. Eventually the batsmen started to play a few shots and after six overs Stonesfield had reached 13-0. The going was tough on a pitch that was doing a little bit and with a slow outfield runs were going to be hard to come by. Ian grabbed the first wicket when he hit one batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. A couple of overs later and Jake grabbed is first wicket when the other opening batsman hit the ball towards Tom Nash and he took a good catch low down. The batsmen, realising runs were at a premium, began running hard for everything, picking up several ones and twos. Then Ian bowled a big over. First Ian wrapped one batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW and then next ball the new batsman did not move his feet and when the Yorker from Ian hit his pads he too was given out LBW. After 14 overs Stonesfield were 39-4. The batsmen now just tried to play a few overs out without losing any more quick wickets. Ian was bowling a magnificent spell, getting the ball to nip around and using his pace to rush the batsmen. Jake too was bowling well, getting the ball to move around a bit off the pitch and making the batsmen play and miss a lot. Jake then came out of the attack after bowling nine overs and Bimalka entered it. Bimalka dropped straight into a great line and length and kept up the pressure on the batsmen. Ian then grabbed his fourth victim of the day when one batsmen hit the ball straight to Josh stood close in and he gratefully took the catch. In his next over Ian caused more havoc to the Stonesfield innings as first ball he had the new batsman caught by Steve behind the stumps and then next delivery he clean bowled the new batsman. After 22 overs Stonesfield were 61-7. Ian had now finished his fabulous spell and so Ollie entered the attack and was quickly bowling a good line and length. Bimalka then got amongst the wickets. The batsmen had been content to just play defensively towards Bimalka, but with wickets running out and no runs being scored one batsman decided to attack. The batsman threw the bat at the ball, but as he hit it thru the covers a diving Ben snatched the ball from the air and the catch was taken. A couple of overs later Ollie got his first wicket when, after bowling a couple of away swingers, he got the ball to move back in, beat the batsman’s defences and clean bowled him leaving Stonesfield nine wickets down. The end was soon in coming when in the next over the last man had a wild swing at one of Bimalka’s deliveries and was bowled leaving Stonesfield 70 all out.
Charlbury had to bat for half an hour before tea so it was vital to get a good start. Tom Nash and Graham opened the batting and got off to a reasonable start. Graham hammered the second delivery of the innings for four and then in the second over he smashed the first delivery to the boundary for four. After this initial flurry the bowlers began to find their length and line and suddenly Charlbury began to find run scoring as hard as Stonesfield had. Both batsmen ran hard for every run. Then disaster struck as Graham missed one and was bowled. Nik now came to the crease. More hard running ensued as Charlbury sought to chase their target down as quickly as possible. A mix up in the running saw both batsmen at the same end and Tom run out. Things got even worse for Charlbury as in the same over Nik edged the ball to the keeper and was caught. Ben and Stuart were now at the crease. Only a couple of overs to go till tea, but then things got even worse for Charlbury as Ben was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. After 11 overs Charlbury were 27-4 and headed off to tea. Josh had come to the crease just before tea and it was down to him and Stuart to re-build the innings on the restart. Things started well as Josh smashed one of the bowlers back over his head for a big six. A double change in the bowling was then made. Josh hammered a boundary four off of one of the new bowlers as Charlbury’s score started to get a move on. Then disaster struck again as Josh was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Steve now entered the fray. next over Stuart edged the ball to the wicket-keeper and was caught leaving Charlbury 41-6 off 15 overs. Ian had now joined Steve at the crease and they now took a couple of overs just to settle things down again. Steve crashed one delivery to the boundary and then pushed a hard run two as Charlbury finally reached fifty. Ian was batting sensibly, keeping out the many good deliveries, but always on the lookout for the single and pushing hard to run twos. Steve too was batting well, running hard for every run, but playing defensively when needed. Another change in the bowling was made as the second change bowler came off and one of the opening bowlers returned to the attack. Charlbury were edging closer and closer to victory and when Steve hit the returning bowler for four the required runs had almost dropped to single figures. With plenty of time to get the runs it was all about not getting out and just waiting for the ball you could hit. Ian hit the ball and both players ran hard to pick up a three and now Charlbury needed nine to win. Stonesfield then changed the bowling around at both ends. Ian took advantage of the first bowler smashing him for four early in the over and then again on the fifth ball. One to win and Ian went for the big shot, missed the ball and was bowled. Bimalka now came to the crease. First ball of the next over Steve hit a single and Charlbury had won by three wickets.
A great win for the lads built on a magnificent bowling display by Ian, backed up by all the other bowlers and then a hard fought batting display saw Charlbury thru to victory – well played lads.
Charlbury 27 points