Sat 2nd June Charlbury vs Tiddington 2nd

Charlbury 156 (42.2 overs)

Steve Hicks 31

 

Tiddington 2nd 157-1 (25 overs)

 

Tiddington won the toss and elected to bowl first. With all of the heavy rain that fell on Thursday evening the pitch at Tiddington was slightly damp and so they elected to bowl first after winning the toss. Tom Nash and Graham opened the batting and got Charlbury off to a reasonable start. Graham git the first ball of the innings to the boundary for four. Next over, after a spate of wides, Tom played the ball down to the third man boundary for another boundary. A short ball was bowled to Graham in the fourth over which he hammered over the boundary for a six. Next over disaster struck as Tom edged one and was caught by the wicket-keeper. The captain, Ajit, now entered the fray. Ajit was quickly off the mark when he hit his third delivery to the boundary for four. A change in the bowling was made and a new bowler entered the attack, but only for one over as he bowled several wides and Graham then finished the over off with back to back fours. After 6 overs Charlbury had reached 43-1. The other opening bowler had now settled into a good line and length and was making runs harder to come by. Tiddington had again changed their bowling around and now their young spinner entered the attack. The spinner was straight on the money from the first ball, getting a bit of movement out of the pitch. Graham was batting well, hitting out and scoring runs off the loose deliveries, but defending all of the good deliveries. Ajit was playing in his normal style, defending the good deliveries, but always looking for the single when it was on offer. Another change in the bowling was made with the other opening bowler leaving the attack and a new bowler entering it. The batsmen now just took a couple of overs to look at the new bowlers. Then disaster struck when Graham tried to cut the young spinner, but only got an edge and was caught by the keeper. Ben now entered the fray. After 16 overs Charlbury had reached 63-2. Ben hit a boundary four off the young spinner and then followed it up with another one a couple of overs later. Then disaster struck as one delivery stuck in the pitch a bit and as Ben tried to hit it the ball just lobbed up and was caught. Steve now joined his captain at the crease. Both batsmen now just tried to see the two slow bowlers off and then see what else Tiddington had. Ajit hit another boundary four and Steve found a couple of early ones as well as the score continued to rise. After 23 overs Charlbury had reached 81-3 and now needed to start pushing on if they were to set a defendable score. Ajit was still batting well, setting out his stall to try and bat thru the innings. Steve was looking comfortable at the crease, defending the good deliveries, but also looking to punish anything loose. The young spinner finished his allotted ten over spell and so a new bowler entered the attack. The new bowler bowled a couple of wides early on, but otherwise dropped straight into a good line and length and made getting the ball away difficult. The other slow bowler finished his spell and so the first change bowler returned from the other end. Steve hammered this bowler for a couple of boundary fours. Then disaster struck as first Ajit played one delivery onto his stumps and was bowled and then next ball new batsman Marcus was given out adjudged LBW leaving Charlbury 106-5 off 32 overs. Nik had now joined Steve at the crease. Steve hit another four powerfully to the boundary. A change in the bowling was then made as the first change came out of the attack again and a new bowler entered it. The new bowler made an instant impact. First Steve hit out at a full toss, but did not quite get hold of it and was caught at long-off. Matt Lyver now came to the crease. A couple of singles were taken, but last ball of the over another quick single was called and this time Matt did not quite reach his ground and was run out. Jake now joined Nik at the crease. Jake was quickly off the mark with a four. Next over from the new bowler saw Nik hit a boundary four and then a couple of wides were bowled. Last ball of the over was a bit quicker, Nik missed it and was bowled. Dean now joined Jake at the crease with Charlbury 137-8 off 37 overs. One of the opening bowlers was now brought back into the attack to try and finish Charlbury off. Jake hit another boundary four, but in trying to repeat the feat later in the over he was bowled meaning Ellie had to come to the crease. Dean and Ellie put on a few runs, but when Dean missed one he was bowled and Charlbury were all out for 156.

 

With the pitch drying out fast on a hot day Charlbury were going to need to bowl really well if they were to defend their total. Jake and Matt opened the bowling. Jake dropped straight into a good length and line from the first over and the batsmen found him difficult to get away. Matt was a little short in his first over and was hit for a couple of boundaries. The outfield was speeding up as it dried and so more boundaries were likely in the second innings. Then Charlbury grabbed their first wicket. Matt bowled one a bit short, but the batsman pulled the ball straight to Tom stood at square leg and he was caught leaving Tiddington 18-1 off  four overs. The batsmen now just took stock for a couple of overs. Matt then came out of the attack and Ellie entered it as Charlbury searched for more wickets. An over later Jake came out of the attack and Dean entered it. Charlbury were bowling well and fielding well, but just could not make the breakthru. The outfield was quick and most shots that penetrated the infield shot to the boundary for four. After 13 overs Tiddington had reached 60-1 and the batsmen now started to take the attack back to the Charlbury bowlers. The runs started to come a bit quicker than Charlbury would have liked as a few boundary fours were hit. Both batsmen were running well, picking up singles and finding a boundary an over. Dean left the attack and Marcus entered it as Charlbury now began to desperately search for the breakthru wicket. The hundred mark was brought up in the twentieth over and still only one wicket down. Jake replaced Ellie in the attack to see if he could make the breakthru. The batsmen now pushed hard for victory hitting a couple of sixes of the bowling of Marcus and finding a couple of fours off of Jake. The score was now rushing along and it was only going to be a matter of time before Tiddington sealed victory. Five singles pushed in the 25th over saw Tiddington to victory by nine wickets.

 

Charlbury 3 points