Charlbury 131 (47.1 overs)
Ben Sinton 35
Abingdon Vale 2nd 133-5 (35.5 overs)
On a very hot day Abingdon Vale won the toss and put Charlbury into bat. Tom Nash and Ajit opened the batting and got Charlbury off to a reasonable start. In the second over Ajit played a late cut which flew to the boundary for four. The Abingdon bowlers quickly settled into a good length and line which made run scoring difficult. After seven overs Charlbury had reached 16-0. Ajit was playing his usual game, pushing a few singles around, but also looking to defend the good deliveries. Tom too was playing a defensive innings, keeping the many good deliveries out, but also on the lookout for the quick single. Ajit cut another delivery and the ball again flew to the boundary for four. Both batsmen were running hard for every run, trying to keep the pressure on the fielding side. Tom then launched one shot thru the covers and the ball went to the boundary for four. Next over Ajit found the boundary as the score started to move on. After 16 overs Charlbury had reached 43-0 and Abingdon made a double change in the bowling. Then disaster struck. First Ajit just moved slightly out of his ground and was stumped. Graham now came to the crease, but was not there long as before the end of the over he got a leading edge and the ball flew up into the air and he was caught. Charlie now came to the crease. Things got even worse for Charlbury in the next over as Tom chased a wide one, got an inside edge back onto his stumps and was bowled. Marcus now joined Charlbury at the crease as Charlbury tried to re-build their innings. Both players looked to just try and keep the ball out and make sure Charlbury did not lose another quick wicket. Marcus played a lovely shot thru the covers and the ball raced away to the boundary for four. Next ball Marcus miss-hit one and the ball lobbed up to a close fielder and he was caught meaning Tom Eaton entered the fray. Charlie was batting well, pushing some ones and twos around whilst also keeping out the many good deliveries. Tom hit a couple of lofted drives back over the bowler’s head for twos to ensure the scoreboard kept on ticking over. Then disaster struck as Tom tried to pull one, missed the ball and was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. A change in the bowling was then made and this made an immediate impact. First ball from the new bowler and Charlie missed meaning he was bowled and so Ben Sinton and Paul Quibell-Smith were now at the crease. After 28 overs Charlbury had reached 70-6 and still had a long time to bat. Ben started slowly, playing defensively until he got his eye in and only looking for the single early on. Paul too started slowly, playing a lot of defensive shots to ensure more quick wickets did not fall. Ben played a straight drive and the ball went to the boundary for four. Then Paul pulled one and the ball went to the boundary as Charlbury started to try and get back in the game. Ben hammered another boundary a couple of overs later. Ben was now starting to look good as he kept the good deliveries out, but anything loose and he pushed the ball around for runs on both sides of the wicket. Paul too was looking good, playing a few shots and running hard to make sure he got value for every shot. A change in the bowling was then made as one bowler left the attack and one of the opening bowlers re-entered it. Paul hit out at one, but it was too close to a fielder and an outstretched arm saw a good catch taken. Ollie now joined Ben at the crease. Both batsmen ran hard for everything, turning ones into twos and a two into a three. Ollie was then wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW leaving Charlbury 103-8 off of 39 overs. Dean now came to the crease with Charlbury still having 14 overs to bat. Ben hit another shot to the boundary for four as Charlbury continued to try and press for runs. Dean looked good as he kept the good balls out, but pushed several singles and ran hard for every run. Ben was now looking in good form scoring runs off of all the bowlers, but playing defensively when needed. Another change in the bowling was made as the other opening bowler returned to the attack. Then disaster struck as after playing so well Ben missed one and was bowled for a great 35. Jake now came to the crease. The innings soon came to a close when Jake was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW leaving Charlbury 131 all out.
Charlbury were going to have bowl really well if they were to defend their total. Jake and Ollie opened the bowling and got them off to a great start. Last ball of the first over and Jake got one to nip back off the seam and bowl one batsman. Both bowlers quickly settled into a good line and length, but with it being so hot short spells would be the order of the day. After six overs Abingdon were 20-1 and a double change in the bowling was made. Paul and Marcus now came into the attack. Paul quickly settled into a great line and length, getting the ball to nip around a bit and making the batsmen play and miss. Marcus also settled in quickly, getting a bit of turn to cause some problems. Both batsmen were just looking to stay there and get their eye in and then hit anything they thought of as loose. Then Charlbury had a big over as first Paul clean bowled one batsman, then before the over ended he wrapped the new batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW, Charlbury were right back in the game. Marcus came out of the attack and Charlie entered it as Charlbury sought to take more wickets. After 18 overs Abingdon had reached 50-3 and Charlbury were starting to get desperate for the breakthru wicket. Paul left the attack and Dean entered it. Dean dropped straight into a great line and length and the batsmen found him hard to get away. Charlie was bowling a good spell of leg spin, getting some turn and bounce to make things awkward for the batsmen. Then Charlbury got the wicket they wanted when the opening batsman who was scoring most of the runs hit the ball straight back at Dean and he took a good catch. Next over things swung back Charlbury’s way as Charlie clean bowled the new batsman leaving Abingdon 60-5 off of 22 overs. Both batsmen now took a couple of overs just to make sure they did not loose any more quick wickets. The runs started to come, slowly, but the outfield was still quick and any hard hit shots would go to the boundary. Charlbury needed to keep the runs down whilst also taking wickets, not an easy task. A double change in the bowling was made as Paul and Ben entered the attack. Abingdon were edging closer an closer to their target and Charlbury were getting desperate. Paul was bowling a great second spell, but just could not find the wicket. Ben came out of the attack and Ollie re-entered it as Charlbury continued to change things around hoping for the breakthru. After 33 overs Abingdon had reached 114-5 and now both batsmen were playing more shots as they tried to get Abingdon over the line in quick time. A couple of overs later and the game as over and Abingdon Vale had won by five wickets.
Charlbury 7 points