Charlbury 2nd 132 (44.2 Overs)
Charlie Sinton 30
Andy Glass 33
Buckingham 4th 123 (42 Overs)
Matt Doran 7-25
On a warm day Charlbury travelled to Gawcott for their Division 8 clash with Buckingham. Charlbury batted first and so Tom Harris and Abi opened the batting. It was quite a big pitch and the outfield was slow so hard running was going to be the order of the day as there would not be many boundaries. Both of the Buckingham opening bowlers quickly settled into a good length and line and made run scoring difficult. Both players just looked early on to get their eye in by pushing a few singles around. Abi was first to go when she missed one delivery and was bowled. Captain, Charlie, now strode to the crease. Tom was starting to look in better form as he stroked the ball around for a few singles. Charlie took a few overs to get in, just looking for the odd single early on. The overs ticked by and the score was moving up slowly. Charlie hit a boundary four to get things moving along. Slowly the runs started to come as Charlie began to hit out a bit. A change in the bowling was then made as a new bowler entered the attack. The new bowler made a quick impact when he managed to bowl Tom early in his spell. Andy now came to the crease to join his captain. A couple of overs later another change in the bowling was made as the other opening bowler left the attack. Andy started slowly, just looking to push a few singles around to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Charlie was starting to look in good form as he stroked the ball around and managed to find another boundary. Then disaster struck as Charlie tried to hit out at one, but miss-timed his shot and the ball flew into the air and the catch was taken. Neil now entered the fray. Andy was still looking comfortable at the crease, pushing the ball around for a few singles whilst also defending the many good deliveries. Neil started slowly and just looked to push the odd single around. The overs were now starting to run out and Charlbury would have to try and push on hard if they were to set a defendable score. Buckingham then changed their bowling around, bringing on a new bowler. The new bowler made a quick impact on the game when he found the edge of Neil’s bat and the catch was taken. Rob now came to the crease, but was not there too long as the new bowler also found the edge of his bat and he too was caught. Martin now joined Andy at the crease. One of the opening bowlers now came back into the attack as Buckingham looked to finish off the Charlbury innings. Andy found a boundary four when he hit one delivery thru the covers. The hundred mark had been reached and Charlbury were looking to push hard in the last few overs to try and grab every run available. Martin hit out to one rom the opening bowler, but the ball flew straight to a fielder and he was caught. Matt now came to the crease. Not many overs left. Then disaster struck. Andy had been batting really well, but when he tried to play one shot too many he was bowled for a good 33. Paul now came to the wicket and was quickly off the mark with a boundary four. Paul continued to try and hit out and was caught soon afterwards. Ian now joined Matt at the crease. Matt was just looking to push a few singles around. A couple of overs to go and Matt hit out at one, but the pitch was coming on well enough and he skied the ball and was caught. Ellie now came to the crease. Ian and Ellie nearly batted out the overs, but just before the end Ellie was wrapped on the pads and given out LBW leaving Charlbury 132 all out.
Charlbury would have to bowl well if they were going to win the game. Matt and Ellie opened the bowling, but after the first over Matt wanted to change ends and so Paul came on for the third over and Matt then replaced Ellie. It did not take long for this change to make an impact as Matt found the edge of the bat and Andy took the catch in the slips. Paul had dropped into a good line and length from the off and was causing some problems for the batsmen. Matt too was bowling a great line and length and using his height to extract some bounce from the pitch. Matt then grabbed his second wicket when another catch was taken in the slips off of his bowling. In his next over things got even better for Charlbury as early in the over he found a thin edge and wicket-keeper Rob took the catch and then the same combination took the next batsman before the end of the over. Charlbury were in charge and even more so when Paul found the edge and Rob took his third catch of the innings. Buckingham were 19-5 and would have to re-build their innings and so the batsmen now took a few overs to just see off the opening bowlers and also to try and get their eyes in. A double change in the bowling was then made as Charlie and Andy entered the attack. Both bowlers quickly dropped into good lengths and lines and started to cause some problems for the batsmen. The fielders were also backing up their bowlers with some fine diving stops and by never giving the chase of the ball up. Slowly the runs started to come as the batsmen started to play a few more shots, finding a few singles and twos. Andy came out of the attack and Ellie re-entered it as Charlbury continued to look for more wickets. The Buckingham batsmen were looking to get to their target slowly, defending the many good deliveries, but also by looking for the quick single. Ellie left the attack and Martin entered it. Buckingham were creeping nearer and nearer their target and Charlbury were going to need to bowl them out if they were to win the game. Charlie had been bowling a good spell, getting some turn and bounce from the pitch, but without success. A double change was made in the bowling as Andy and Matt re-entered the attack to try and get the breakthrough wicket. Early on Matt found the breakthrough as he found the edge of the bat and Rob did the rest taking a good catch behind the stumps, Charlbury were right back in the game and Matt had his fifth victim of the game. Andy was bowling a good length and line and was making the batsmen play and miss. A few overs ticked by with only a few singles being pushed before another boundary four was hit. Andy then got the seventh wicket of the innings when he had the new batsman caught after the batsman skied the ball. Still not quite at the hundred mark and seven wickets down, but Buckingham were still right up with the required rate. Andy came out of the attack and Paul re-entered it as Charlbury continued to search for more wickets. The two Buckingham batsmen now tried to grind out the victory, slowly moving closer and closer to their target. The hundred mark was passed and with a couple of boundaries it looked like Buckingham might snatch victory. Matt had other ideas and found the edge for Rob to take yet another catch and the set batsman was out. Paul was bowling a great spell and all the batsmen were finding him hard to get away. In Matt’s next over he had the new batsman caught at slip and Buckingham were nine down. Not many runs needed for victory, but only one wicket standing. One batsman played a big shot, missed the ball and Paul had clean bowled him leaving Buckingham 124 all out.
A great win for the seconds built on good innings from Andy and Charlie, then an exceptional bowling display from Matt saw the Buckingham batsmen blown away – well played lads and lasses.
Charlbury 2nd 25 points