Sat 14th July Charlbury 2nd vs Challow 3rd

Challow 3rd 248-8 (45 overs)

Matt Doran 3-50

Emilia Bartram 4-61


Charlbury 2nd 164-7 (45 overs)

Robert Jenkins 35

Andy Glass 54


A top of the table clash saw Charlbury entertain Challow. Charlbury won the toss and elected to bowl first. Liam and Matt opened the bowling for Charlbury and got them off to a good start. Liam bowled a great length and line from ball one, getting the ball to move around a bit off the pitch and causing lots of early problems. Matt too bowled a great line and length, getting some bounce off of the hard wicket. The outfield was fast and so any shot that broke the infield would shoot away to the boundary for four. Liam was getting the batsmen to play and miss at many deliveries, but just could not find the edge. Matt made the breakthru when he clean bowled one batsman, then in his next over he clean bowled the new batsman to leave Challow 28-2. Charlbury would need to keep taking wickets if they were to keep the Challow score down. The batsmen now started to try and attack slightly more and found another couple of boundaries. All the batsmen were running hard for their runs in order to maximise every shot. In his last over of his spell Matt grabbed his third victim of the day when he clean bowled the new batsman. Charlbury were going to need to get the opening Challow batsman out if they were to keep the score down and despite Liam getting him to play and miss quite a bit the batsman had not given a chance. Dean now replaced Matt in the attack. The batsmen sensed their chance to attack and started to go after Dean, trying not to let him settle. The runs now started to come at a much quicker rate and with the quick outfield in was tough chasing the ball around in the outfield. Liam finished his great spell and so Ellie entered the attack as Charlbury sought to get the wicket that could slow things down. The batsmen continued to attack and so Dean left the attack and debutant Emilia entered it. Ellie was bowling a great spell, getting a bit of movement off of the pitch, but also bowling a great line and length. Emilia started slowly, just trying to find a good length and line and not to give away many runs. The score had passed the hundred mark and the new batsman was attacking hard, finding a couple of boundaries and running hard. Then Charlbury got the wicket. The new batsman decided to try and attack Ellie and threw the bat at one of her deliveries, but he did not quite get hold of it and Dean took a wonderful catch on the boundary, Charlbury were back in the game. The new batsman went on the attack from ball one, thrashing a couple of fours early in his innings. The overs were now starting to run out and so the batsmen were looking to set a big total after their good start. Emilia then grabbed her first wicket when the new batsman hit the ball high into the air and Richard caught it. Things got even better for Charlbury next ball as Emilia wrapped the new batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW leaving Challow 149-6. The opening batsman was still there and now he started to take charge, constantly running hard and finding a couple of fours. Ellie left the attack and Matt re-entered it as Charlbury sought to bowl Challow out. Emilia then grabbed her third victim when she found the edge and wicket-keeper Neil took the catch. Charlbury were fielding well, diving all over the place, but they just could not stop the runs from coming. Emilia got her fourth victim when Matt took a good catch from a miss-timed shot. The opening batsman then really went for it in the last few overs taking Challow well over the 200 mark and try and Charlbury could they could not get another wicket as Challow finished their innings on an imposing 248-8.


Charlbury would have to bat really well if they were to get anywhere near their target. Michael and Richard opened the batting, but it did not go well. Early on Michael miss-hit one and the ball flew high into the air, the wicket-keeper got under it and took the catch. Robert now entered the fray. Richard just looked to bat in his normal way, defending the good stuff and looking for a single whenever he could. Robert played a more attacking role and hit a couple of early boundaries thru the covers. Slowly the runs started to come as both players started to attack more. Robert started to attack a bit harder and found another couple of boundaries and with Richard also finding one the score went passed 50. Charlbury were setting a good platform from where they could attack their target. A double change in the bowling was made. The new bowlers quickly settled into a good length and line and suddenly run scoring became more difficult. One bowler in particular was hard to score from and so both batsman concentrated on trying to score runs from the other end. Then disaster struck as Robert miss-hit one and was caught for a good 35. The captain, Andy, now arrived at the crease. Two overs later things got even worse for Charlbury as Richard missed one and was bowled for 25. Dean now joined his captain at the wicket. Charlbury only needed a draw to maintain their lead at the top of the table and so did not need to go hard at their target. Andy was looking good, keeping the many good deliveries out, but also always on the lookout for a single. Then disaster struck as Dean missed one and was bowled meaning Jon had to come to the wicket. Jon was quickly off and going with a boundary four. Andy cut a couple of deliveries to the boundary for four. Jon then attacked again, but this time he miss-hit the ball and it flew high into the air and the catch was taken leaving Charlbury 94-5 as Neil joined his captain at the crease. Both batsmen now just looked to bat time as the required rate was going up and half the team was out, better a draw than a defeat. Both batsmen played defensively, but were always on the lookout for a single. A double change in the bowling was made as Challow sought to get more wickets and this let Andy attack more. Andy smashed a couple more fours to get the score moving along. The overs were now starting to run out and Charlbury were not going to win so it was about how many points they could get. The two new bowlers were quickly removed from the attack as their attempt to buy a wicket had not come off and so both opening bowlers returned. Andy attacked and found the extra pace to his liking hitting more boundaries. A quick single saw Andy reach a well deserved fifty. Then disaster struck as Andy hit one straight to a fielder and was caught for a great 54. Emilia now came to the crease. Neil was still batting well, making sure he did not get out and by taking the bulk of the strike making sure Charlbury did not lose. Emilia edged a delivery to the boundary for four, but when she missed one she was bowled. Liam now came to the crease and hit an early four. Neil made sure there were no more dramas in the innings as he led Charlbury to 164-8 and the draw.


Charlbury 2nd 12 points