Charlbury 197-2 declared (39 overs)
Charlie Sinton 70
Matt Lyver 41 not out
Cublington 2nd 91 (37 overs)
Matt Doran 3-16
Matt Lyver 4-26
Charlbury travelled to second place Cublington for their division eight clash. Charlbury batted first and so Paul and Ajit opened the batting and got Charlbury off to a good start. Both batsmen just looked to see what the bowling was like in the first couple of overs. Ajit quickly settled into his usual style, defending the good deliveries while looking to push ones and twos whenever possible. Paul started off slowly, but became the more attacking batsmen and found a couple of early boundary fours. Slowly the score started to increase as Paul attacked the ball more and backed up with some quick running from Ajit. Ajit then played a late cut which sent the ball to the boundary for four. Paul was looking good as he stroked the ball around on both sides of the wicket. Then disaster struck as Paul was hit by the ball and after a few minutes decided to retire hurt and so Charlie now entered the fray. At the same time Cublington changed the bowling around from one end. The new bowler quickly dropped into a good line and length and started to make scoring slightly more difficult. The opening bowler too had settled down by now and was bowling a better line and length. Charlie started slowly, just looking to push a few singles around to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Then disaster struck as the new bowler found the edge of Ajit’s bat and the catch was taken in the slips. Matt now entered the fray. After twenty overs another change in the bowling was made as the new bowler left the attack and a new bowler entered it. Both batsmen gave themselves a couple of overs to look at the bowling and make sure Charlbury did not lose any more quick wickets. Charlie hit another couple of boundaries to keep the score moving along. After thirty overs Cublington had to change their bowling around as the opening bowler had finished his allotted fifteen over spell and so a new bowler entered the attack. With the overs now starting to run out both batsmen started to attack harder. Both batsmen ran hard for every run and with a couple of boundaries hit the score started to rise quickly. The overs were by now starting to run out so Charlbury had to push hard if they were to set a defendable target. Charlie hit a massive six and followed it up with another boundary. Matt too now started to hit out and found a couple of boundaries. The score was rising quickly now and Cublington did not seem able to slow the rate down. Both batsmen targeted the new bowler and found several boundaries off of him. Then disaster struck as Charlie, going for a big shot, missed the ball and was bowled for a good 70. Andy now entered the fray. Andy just looked to give Matt the strike and let him hammer the ball around. The score was rising quickly, but then the shout came from the captain that he was going to declare. A couple more big shots were played and Matt hit another boundary as Charlbury declared on 197-2.
Charlbury now had an extra six overs in which to bowl Cublington out. Matt Doran and Andy opened the bowling. The Cublington batsmen took their time in the first few overs, but then one hit out and hit a couple of boundaries. A quick change in the bowling was made as Matt Lyver replaced Andy in the attack. Then Charlbury got the breakthru when Matt Doran had one opener caught after finding the edge of the bat. A couple of overs later and things got even better for Charlbury as Matt Doran had the new batsman caught and Cublington were two wickets down. Charlbury were bowling really well with Matt Doran settling into a fantastic line and length and Matt Lyver causing some problems with his extra bounce. the new batsman tried attacking and found a couple of boundaries and with a few singles from the opening batsman the score started to rise. Cublington were going to have to bat well if they were going to get anywhere near their target after the start they had made. Matt Lyver then got amongst the wickets when he clean bowled the opening batsman. Matt then came out of the attack and was replaced by Ellie. Matt Doran was still bowling a fantastic line and length and was causing real problems for all of the batsmen. Ellie was her normal accurate self, giving the batsmen nothing to play at and as always bowling an immaculate line and length. The runs now dried up a bit as Charlbury took complete control. The overs ticked by with only the only single or two coming. Finally Matt got his third victim when he clean bowled the new batsman. The new batsman was not there too long as he tried to hit one of Ellie’s deliveries, but was caught by Liam. Matt Doran then finished his great spell and so Matt Lyver re-entered the attack. One batsman was leading the fightback and was using many deliveries up as he tried to help Cublington to a draw. The overs ticked by with the score not moving much, but then Matt got the breakthru when he bowled one batsman. The new batsman got a couple of runs, but when Ellie got him caught Cublington were seven wickets down. Liam now replaced Ellie in the attack. Matt was bowling a fantastic spell, but came out of the attack and Charlie brought himself on as Charlbury looked to take the last couple of wickets. Liam bowled well, quickly settling into a good line and length and making run scoring difficult. Slowly the score started to rise as a couple of boundaries were hit. Then Liam got amongst the wickets as he clean bowled one batsman. The new batsman played a few shots and hit a couple of boundaries as Cublington looked to try and get back into the game. A double change in the bowling was made as Matt Lyver and Paul came into the attack. A few more runs followed, but the end was not long in coming as first Matt caught and bowled the new batsman and then before then end of the over he clean bowled the last man and Cublington were all out for 91.
A great win for the 2nds built on a great innings from Charlie backed up by Matt and then the two Matts tore thru the Cublington innings to see Charlbury to victory – well played lads and lasses.
Charlbury 2nd 25 points