Sat 23rd June Charlbury 2nd vs Brackley 2nd

Brackley 2nd 172 (44.1 overs)

Matt Doran 3-25

Ellie Norton 3-46

 

Charlbury 2nd 154 (37.2 overs)

Charlie Sinton 54

Simon Smith 30

 

On a hot day Charlbury travelled to Brackley for their division 8 clash and bowled first. Matt and Paul opened the bowling for Charlbury. Both bowlers quickly dropped into a good length and line. A couple of boundaries were hit by one batsman early on to get the scoreboard moving. A double change in the bowling was then made as Ellie and Andy entered the attack as Charlbury looked for the breakthrough wicket. The batsmen had settled quickly and were on the constant lookout for the quick single as well as finding a couple more boundaries. The overs ticked by and Charlbury were starting to get desperate for a wicket. Ellie was bowling a great spell, getting the ball to move around a bit and causing the batsmen some problems. Andy too was bowling a good spell and made the batsmen play and miss a couple of times. Andy then left the attack and so Charlie decided to bring himself on to bowl some leg-spin. Charlie dropped into a good length and line from the off, getting the ball to turn and bounce, but still no wickets. The batsmen were growing in confidence and they were starting to play a few more shots, especially one of the batsmen who was playing a more attacking role. Finally Charlbury got a wicket when one batsman tried to attack Charlie, but hit the ball up into the air and debutant Simon Smith took a good catch. Ellie had been bowling well, but she now made way for Mark in the attack. The batsmen saw their chance with two spinners on and started to attack more and the runs now started tom come a bit quicker. Charlbury were fielding well and backing their bowlers up by making several diving stops. Mark then left the attack and Ellie re-entered it. This proved a good move as Ellie grabbed a wicket when she found the edge of the bat and the catch was taken. Charlie was still bowling well and causing problems for all the batsmen. A couple of overs later things got even better for Charlbury when Ellie managed to get her second victim, also courtesy of a good catch. Next over Charlbury were right back in the game as Charlie clean bowled the new batsman. Brackley were now four wickets down and the game was finely placed. Charlie now left the attack and Andy re-entered it as Charlbury looked to go for the kill. The new batsman hit Andy to the boundary for four, but before the over’s end Andy had his revenge when he wrapped the batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. The overs were now beginning to run out and this is when Charlbury got the wicket they wanted. In her last over before finishing her spell Ellie managed to bowl the opening batsman. Matt now re-entered the attack as Charlbury looked to bowl ten man Brackley out. The overs just ticked by now as the batsmen just looked to push a few singles around and bat their overs out to see how many they could amass. Matt then found a way thru one batsman’s defences and clean bowled him. Charlbury were now in a good position and looking to end the Brackley innings early. Matt then managed to clean bowl the new batsman leaving the last two at the crease. Brackley nearly managed to bat their 45 overs out, but Matt had other ideas and clean bowled one batsman to pick up his third victim and leave Brackley 172 all out.

 

Charlbury would need to bat well if they were to win the game. Charlie and Simon opened the batting and got Charlbury off to a great start. Both batsmen started off slowly, just seeing what the opening bowlers did and making sure they did not get out. Charlie hit the first boundary when he smashed one delivery thru the covers and then in the next over Simon hit his first boundary, driving the ball back passed the bowler for four. Both batsmen were looking for the quick single and the score started to mount. Charlbury were up and over the required rate and if they could keep this up then they were in with a great chance of winning. The fifty partnership was put up and no wickets down, Brackley were going to have to do something if they were to get back into the game. A change in the bowling was made and then a couple of overs later the other opening bowler left the attack. Two slow bowlers had now entered the attack and this started to slow the run rate down. Charlie was batting really well, stroking the ball around on both sides of the wicket. Simon too was batting well, keeping the good balls out, but also on a constant lookout for a quick single. Then disaster struck as Simon played one shot too many, missed th ball and was bowled. Tom Eaton now joined his captain at the wicket. Tom attacked one of the slow bowlers from the off and found a couple of early boundary fours. Charlie also began attacking this bowler and the score continued to mount at a good rate. Charlie hit another boundary four and brought up a well deserved fifty. Then disaster struck as Charlie miss-hit one and the ball flew up into the air and he was caught for a great 54. Matt now entered the fray. Tom was still looking good as he stroked the ball around. Matt hit a four, but soon afterwards hit one straight at a fielder and was caught meaning Paul had to come to the crease. Brackley were slowly getting back into the game as the run rate began to slow slightly. Paul hit a four, but as then bowled in the next over. Martin now came to the crease with Charlbury four wickets down. Charlbury still had plenty of time to score the runs, but seemed to want to do it too quickly. Tom hit out at one, but just succeeded in hitting the ball straight back to the bowler who took the catch. Andy now came to the crease. Martin hit a couple of fours off of one bowler and so he was replaced in the attack by another slow bowler. Andy had hurt himself whilst fielding and struggled with the bat and when he was wrapped on the pads he was given out adjudged LBW. Mark came to the crease, but was not there too long as he was clean bowled. Ian now joined Martin at the wicket. Charlbury only needed just over twenty runs to win with more than enough overs to get them. Martin hit out at one, but hit the ball straight to a fielder and was caught. Nathan now came to the wicket. Nathan quickly hit out at one delivery, skied the ball and was caught meaning Ellie had to come to the crease. Ellie and Ian saw off a couple of overs and picked up a couple of runs, but when Ian was caught Charlbury were all out for 154.

 

Charlbury 2nd 13 points