Sat 7th July Charlbury vs East Oxford

Charlbury 158 (49.5 overs)

Ben Sinton 33

 

East Oxford 161-6 (34 overs)

Charlie Sinton 3-12

 

On a very hot day Charlbury won the toss and elected to bat first. The two Tom’s Harris and Nash opened the batting. The East Oxford bowlers quickly dropped into a good line and length and Charlbury realised early on it would be tough to score runs. Tom Harris straight drove one delivery straight back passed the bowler and to the boundary for four. Next over he tried to pull one, but just got a glove on it and was caught by the wicket keeper and so Ajit had to come to the crease. Tom Nash was batting in his usual way, keeping out the many good deliveries whilst also looking to push a few quick singles around. After six overs Charlbury had reached 20-1. Ajit was batting cautiously, just looking to rotate the strike whenever he could. The East Oxford bowlers were finding some bounce and this was making it hard for the batsmen to get on top of the ball. Ajit then played one down thru the slips and it raced away over the parched ground for four. Both batsmen were running hard for every run as they tried to maximise every bad delivery. The runs were coming slowly as both players just looked for the single. After 15 overs Charlbury had reached 47-1. Next over Ajit played a late cut and the ball flew to the boundary for four. Then disaster struck as last ball of the over Ajit missed it as it swung in and he was bowled. Graham now strode to the crease. A change in the bowling was made as one opening bowler left the attack. The new bowler dropped straight into a great line and length and he continued to make run scoring awkward. Graham hammered one straight back passed the bowler and it flew to the boundary for four. Another change in the bowling was then made as a spinner entered the attack in place of the other opening bowler. Graham attacked the spinner and hit him thru the covers to the boundary for four. After 24 overs Charlbury had reached 82-2. Tom pushed out at one, but did not get over it and it lobbed up to a close fielder and he was caught meaning Ben had to enter the fray. Ben played defensively at first as he tried to get himself in. Then disaster struck as Graham tried to hit out at the spinner, but the ball flew high into the air and he was caught. Bimalka now joined Ben at the crease. Bimalka was quickly off the mark when he drove the spinner for four. Ben was looking good as he just tried to push a few singles around the ground, running hard for all of them. Bimalka hit another couple of fours off of the spinner to get the Charlbury score moving. After 34 overs Charlbury had reached 110-4 and would now have to try and start pushing on if they were to set a defendable total. Then East Oxford made a double change in the bowling bringing a leg spinner on from one end and then changing ends for the first change bowler. The change worked as Bimalka missed one and was bowled by the first change bowler. Charlie now joined his son at the crease. Ben then swept the leg-spinner for two consecutive fours as Charlbury tried to get their score moving along quicker. Charlie then hit a four in the next over, but when he took a step down the wicket to the leg-spinner he missed the ball and was stumped. Barry now entered the fray. Ben hammered another four, this time in front of square, off of the leg-spinner and then took a single. Barry now went for it and tried to hit the bowler back over his head for six, but did not quite catch hold of it and was caught on the boundary leaving Charlbury 146-7 off of 45 overs. Ollie now arrived at the wicket. A change of bowling was now made as the first change left the attack and the spinner re-entered it. Ollie was wrapped on the pads  by the leg-spinner and given out adjudged LBW. Ben cracked another four off of the other spinner, but then at the end of the over he just dragged his back foot out of the crease and was stumped for a good 33. Dean now joined Jake at the wicket. Jake hammered a four, but fifth ball of the over he was wrapped on the pads and given out LBW leaving Charlbury 158 all out.

 

Charlbury were going to have to bowl well if they were to win the game against promotion chasing East Oxford. Ollie and Bimalka opened the bowling. The batsmen started off fast, hitting a couple of early boundaries as they tried to stop the bowlers from settling. Bimalka quickly settled into a good line and length and started to cause some problems for the batsmen. One batsman tried to flick one shot off of his hip from one of Bimalka’s deliveries, but hit the ball straight to Tom Nash who gratefully took the catch. Ollie then took himself out of the attack and brought Barry into it. Barry made an immediate impact as he bowled a short one at the new batsman who just gloved the ball up into the air for Bimalka to take the catch leaving East Oxford 31-2 off of seven overs. The loss of early wickets did not stop the batsmen from attacking any delivery that they thought of as loose. The outfield was quick and so any shot that broke thru the infield went to the boundary. The fielders were backing up the bowlers with lots of diving stops and by chasing every ball, stopping many runs. Charlbury were going to need to bowl East Oxford out if they were to win the game and so short bursts from bowlers was going to have to be used. After 14 overs the score had raced onto 68-2 and so another change in the bowling was made as Jake replaced Barry in the attack. Bimalka was bowling a great spell just with little luck. Jake settled into a good line and length, but just could not make the breakthru that Charlbury needed. The runs were coming much quicker than Charlbury would have liked and so a double change in the bowling was made. Dean and Charlie now entered the attack as Charlbury desperately searched for more wickets. Finally Charlbury got the breakthru when the opening batsman hit one straight to Tom Nash and he took a good catch. In Charlie’s next over he grabbed another wicket when he wrapped a batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. Bimalka now came back into the attack in place of Dean. After 26 overs East Oxford were 139-4. Then Bimalka grabbed his second victim of the game. The batsman tried to hit out at one of Bimalka’s deliveries, but hit it high in the air, Ollie ran backwards to catch the ball, stuck out a hand above his head and took a fantastic catch. Next over Charlbury were right back in the game as Charlie found the edge of the bat and Barry took a good catch in the slips. The batsman now just looked to push their way with singles to victory. Two runs needed for victory and the field came in, the batsman took a big swing, connected and the ball went for four and East Oxford had won by 4 wickets.

 

Charlbury 8 points