Chipping Norton 2nd 73 (33.4 overs)
Dean Warner-Carter 7-24
Charlbury 2nd 75-2 (17.1 overs)
Richard Nash 39
On a sunny day Charlbury entertained Chipping Norton who batted first. Matt and Zak opened the bowling for Charlbury and got them off to a good start. Early on Zak found the edge of the bat and a catch was taken in the slips. Matt had slipped into a good line and length and was causing some problems for the batsmen with his movement off the pitch. Zak too was bowling a great line and length and was causing some problems with his pace and movement. Charlbury were backing their batsmen up with some great fielding, with several diving stops early in the game. The new batsman was trying to play a few shots and managed to find a couple of early boundaries to get the score moving along, but it was still tough going. The overs ticked by and slowly the runs started to come for Chippy. Charlbury then made a change in the bowling as Tim entered the attack in place of Zak. Next over Matt grabbed a wicket when he had the other opening batsman caught. Tim dropped into a great line and length from ball one, using his variations in pace to make run scoring very difficult. Dean now entered the attack in place of Matt and this turned out to be an inspired change. In his first over Dean turned one thru the gate of the new batsman and clean bowled him. Dean had dropped into a great line and length and was bowling a fantastic spell, getting the ball to turn and bounce and none of the batsmen seemed able to play him with confidence. The runs now began to dry up as Tim was giving nothing away and Dean was hardly giving a run away. Dean then got another wicket when Abi took a great catch off a thick edge and Chippy were four wickets down. Dean was quickly back in the wickets when in his next over the new batsman dragged his back foot out of the crease, missed the ball and quick as a flash Abi had him stumped. The overs were ticking by and Charlbury were in total control as the Chippy batsmen had no answer to either of the bowlers. Dean grabbed yet another wicket when he spun one in viciously, the batsman missed it and was bowled. One batsman was giving some resistance and Charlbury would need to get him out to ensure Chippy did not get away from them. Then Charlbury got the wicket they wanted when the batsman scoring the runs was caught off of Dean’s bowling for his fifth wicket of the day. Chippy were now struggling badly and things got even worse for them when Dean turned yet another delivery thru the gate and bowled one batsman. The two new batsmen tried to play a few shots and managed to hit a boundary four, but Dean had his revenge when he clean bowled one batsman as he tried to repeat the dose. Tim now left the attack and Zak re-entered it. It did not take Zak long to finish off the innings and when he clean bowled the last man Chipping Norton were all out for 73.
Richard and Neil opened the batting for Charlbury, but things did not go how they were planned. Early on Neil was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW meaning Andy had to make an early appearance at the wicket. The Chippy bowlers had settled into reasonable lines and lengths and early on both batsmen just looked to push the ball around for a few singles to keep the scoreboard ticking over and to make sure no more early wickets fell. Richard was looking in good form from the off, stroking the ball around on both sides of the wicket. Andy too was looking in good form, attacking the loose deliveries while defending any good balls bowled. Richard hit out and smashed a couple of boundary fours off of him. After eleven overs a change in the bowling was made as Chippy desperately searched for more wickets to try and get in the game. Andy started off attacking the new bowler, hitting a couple of boundaries off of him. Charlbury were on the charge and with some hard running the score was starting to mount quickly. Another change in the bowling was made as the other opening bowler left the attack. Richard was by now in full flow, hitting the ball around and running hard for every single run. A couple more boundaries from Richard followed, but then disaster struck. Richard had been looking good, but he hit out at one too many and was caught for a great 39. Tom Eaton now entered the fray with not many runs needed for victory. Andy hit another boundary as Charlbury raced to their target and the game was all over when a new bowler entered the attack and Tom smashed him to the boundary for four meaning Charlbury had won by eight wickets.
A great win for the seconds built on a fantastic spell of bowling from Dean and then Richard and Andy saw Cahrlbury home – well played lads and lass.
Charlbury 2nd 30 points