Sat 26th May Charlbury vs Thame 2nd

Thame 2nd 275-5 (50 overs)

 

Charlbury 83 (27 overs)

 

On a warm day Charlbury won the toss and elected to bowl first. Jake and Stuart opened the bowling. Both bowlers took a couple of overs to find their length and line. Stuart started off well, bowling a good line and length and managing to extract some bounce from the pitch. The batsmen started off cautiously, just looking to push ones and twos around. After eight overs Thame had reached 32-0 and Charlbury were going to need wickets if they were to keep the score down. The umpires have been instructed to give anything down the leg-side as a wide and Charlbury were bowling a few of those. After 11 overs a change in the bowling was made as Stuart left the attack and Barry entered it. Barry was quickly into a good line and length and caused a few problems for the batsmen. Jake was by now bowling well and with a bit of movement was causing some problems for the batsmen, but Charlbury were just unable to pick that first wicket. As the overs ticked by the batsmen began to grow in confidence and started to play a few more shots. After 18 overs Thame had reached 76-0 and Charlbury were now getting desperate for the breakthru wicket. Jake finished his great ten over spell and so Bimalka now entered the attack. Bimalka started well bowling a couple of maidens to start with to slow the scoring rate down. Barry was bowling a good spell, but was having no luck at all, despite creating a couple of chances. Barry then came out of the attack and Dean entered it. After 26 overs Thame had reached 112-0 and were now looking to push on so as to set a big total. Then Charlbury got the wicket they craved as Bimalka found a way thru one batsman’s defences and clean bowled him. The batsmen now took a couple of overs just to make sure another wicket did not fall by pushing a few singles around. The score was still rising much quicker than Charlbury would have wanted and anything even slightly loose was being seized on and hit to the boundary. After 34 overs Thame had reached 151-1 and with a great platform now built they were looking to push on hard and set a mammoth total. Stuart now came back into the attack replacing Dean. Then Charlbury got some good fortune. First the new batsman hit out at Bimalka, but could only find Marcus on the boundary who took a good catch. Next over things got even better for Charlbury when Stuart clean bowled the other opening batsman. Charlbury were now back in the game, but would need to keep taking wickets if they were to keep the score down. The new batsmen started off just looking to push ones and twos around to get themselves in, running hard for each and every run. Then a double change in the bowling was made as Bimalka finished his great ten over spell and Stuart was taken out of the attack and they were replaced by Josh and Marcus. With the overs now starting to run out and a good platform set the batsmen now started to hit out at everything. After 43 overs Thame had reached 195-3. The batsmen were running hard and throwing the bat at just about everything as they looked to set a big total. Then Charlbury grabbed their fourth wicket when one batsmen hit the ball straight back to Marcus who gratefully took the catch. Josh came out of the attack and Stuart re-entered it as Charlbury looked for more wickets. The score was rising quickly now with several boundaries being hit. Marcus picked up his second wicket when Josh took a catch close to the boundary. Stuart then came out of the attack after finished his ten over spell and so Josh came back on for the last over. Some big hitting in the last couple of overs saw Thame reach an imposing 275-5.

 

Charlbury were going to have to bat really well to get anywhere near their target. Tom Nash and Graham opened the batting, but it started badly. First ball of the innings and Graham smashed it to the boundary for four, but next ball he mis-hit it straight to square leg and was caught. Bimalka now entered the fray. Both batsmen hit a couple of singles as they tried to make sure no more early wickets fell. The bowlers had dropped into a fairly good line and length and were both causing problems for the batsmen. In the fourth over Tom missed one and was bowled meaning Marcus had to go to the wicket. Marcus was quickly off and running, hitting a two and then following this up with the first boundary of the innings. The Thame bowlers too were bowling a few wides and this was helping to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Bimalka was batting well, defending the many good deliveries while trying to score off anything loose. Bimalka then hit a four as Charlbury continued to press. Then disaster struck as Marcus was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW leaving Charlbury 31-3 off 6 overs. Steve now came to the crease. Bimalka hammered another couple of boundary fours as he tried to help Charlbury get back into the game. Steve just took a couple of overs to try and get himself in, not looking to play the big shot. Then disaster struck as Steve edged one low down and the wicket-keeper stuck a hand out and took a fantastic catch. Josh now entered the fray. Charlbury were in real trouble as the captain came to the wicket. Bimalka was still batting well and finding the odd boundary to go with a few singles. Josh was then wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. After 14 overs Charlbury were 53-5 as Thame made a double change in the bowling. Dean had now joined Bimalka at the crease. Two spinners had now entered the attack and so Charlbury too a couple of overs just to see what they were like. Bimalka then took ma stride own the wicket to hit one bowler, missed the ball and was bowled. Stuart now joined Dean at the crease. Stuart called for a quick single, but some quick fielding saw the ball thrown to the keepers end and the stumps broken before Dean could make his ground and he was run out. Tom Eaton now came to the wicket. Both batsmen just looked to push a few singles around. Tom then hit a big six. After 22 overs Charlbury were 70-7 and were just looking to see if they could get any batting points. Tom hit out at another delivery, but was caught meaning Jake had to come to the crease. Next over Stuart edged one and was caught by the keeper. Barry, who had twisted his knee whilst fielding, now joined Jake at the wicket. Jake smashed a boundary four, but missed the next delivery and Charlbury were all out for 83.

 

Charlbury 5 points