Charlbury Fantasy Cricket League 2019 has started

This season we are seeing the return of the Fantasy Cricket League. This is your chance to see if you can pick a better side than our selection committee. All you need to do is pick eleven players within the 450 point limit and then see how you can get on against the rest of the club. Full rules and entry form can be found under the Club Info tab – fantasy League 2019. Good luck all.

Sat 1st Sept Charlbury 2nd vs Long Marston 3rd

Charlbury 2nd 201-6 (45 overs)

Richard Nash 59

Martyn Scull 54 not out

 

Long Marston 3rd 182-5 (45 overs)

Alex Bush 3-32

 

The last game of the season and Charlbury travelled all of the way to Long Marston. Charlbury won the toss and elected to bat first and so Richard and Michael opened the batting. Both batsmen started confidently pushing a few singles around to get the scoreboard moving. It took the Marston bowlers a couple of overs to get their lines and lengths right, but when they did its started to make run scoring more difficult. Richard pushed one delivery thru the covers and the ball shot away for four over the quick outfield. Michael was batting confidently pushing a few singles around, but also always looking to defend the many good deliveries coming his way. Richard looked in top form from the off, stroking the ball around on both sides of the wicket, but also looking to defend when necessary. Michael hit one delivery to the boundary and then next over Richard did likewise. Then disaster struck as Michael miss-hit one and was caught meaning Ben had to come to the wicket. Ben had not been well and so started slowly, just defending the ball to make sure he did not get out. Richard was just pushing the ball around for singles. A change in the bowling was then made as one of the opening bowlers came out of the attack. The new bowler dropped straight into a great line and length and made run scoring awkward. A couple of overs later another change was made as the other opening bowler left the attack and a new bowler entered it. Early on Ben missed one and was bowled meaning that Martyn had to come to the wicket. Martyn started slowly, just looking for the odd single. Richard now started to attack more and found another couple of boundaries. Another change in the bowling was then made as the first change bowler left the attack and a new bowler entered it. Both players now began to play a few more shots and the score started to rise. The hundred mark was passed and with just under half the overs left Charlbury were looking to set a good score. The overs ticked by with both batsmen pushing ones and twos around to keep the score moving along. Richard pushed another single and reached a well deserved fifty. As the overs were now beginning to run out both batsmen began to run harder and take a few more risks. Another change in the bowling was made as another new bowler entered the attack. Another quick run was called, but disaster struck as a direct hit saw Richard just run out for a great 59. Abi now joined Martyn at the wicket. Martyn hit a boundary four as did Abi as the Charlbury score started to mount quickly. Then the new bowler hit a patch of form. First he had Abi caught after she edged one. Dean now arrived at the crease, but was not there too long as he tried to hit out at one, but hi the ball straight to a fielder and was caught. Andy now came to the wicket. Andy was quickly off the mark with a four as Charlbury pushed hard in the last few overs. Andy then missed one as he tried to force the runs and was bowled meaning Alex had to come to the crease as anew bowler entered the attack. Alex attacked hard from the off throwing the bat and finding an early four before pushing a couple of singles. Martyn ran another single and he reached a maiden half century for the second team. Some hard running in the last couple of overs saw Charlbury reach 201-6.

 

Now it was over to the bowlers and so Emilia and Andy opened the bowling and got Charlbury off to a great start. Both bowlers settled into a great line and length from the off, getting the ball to move a round a bit and making both the batsmen play and miss. Emilia got the early breakthrough when she found the edge of the bat and wicket-keeper Abi did the rest with a good catch. Hardly a run scored in the first six overs and Charlbury were in charge, Marston were going to have to bat well if they were to win. Emilia had settled into a great line and length and bowled four maidens in her opening spell which put Marston well behind the required rate. Andy too bowled a great opening spell, hardly giving any runs away. After 13 overs a change in the bowling was made as Andy left the attack and Dean entered it. Dean dropped instantly into a great line and length and with some turn and bounce made run scoring hard. Slowly the runs started to come as the batsmen pushed a few singles around. The outfield was still quick and a couple of fours were hit, despite some valiant fielding to try and stop them. After eighteen overs another change was made as Emilia left the attack and Mark entered it to try and weave some magic. Charlbury now had two spinners on and although they were getting thru the overs they just could not get the wickets. Then they got a bonus when one batsman ran and the other was slow away, the ball was quickly fielded and thrown in to the keeper and the bails were whipped off for the run out. The batsmen were just content to push a few singles around and then see if they were close later in the game. The opening batsman was stubborn, just pushing a few singles around and making sure Marston were not bowled out cheaply. Mark came out of the attack and Emilia re-entered it as Charlbury continued to search for wickets. Dean was bowling a fabulous spell, getting the batsmen to play and miss, but just could not find the edge or take the wicket he deserved. Dean left the attack after finishing his nine overs and so Ben entered it. Try as Charlbury might they just could not get a wicket. Andy, the captain, then took Emilia off and brought Alex on. Marston were getting closer to victory, but the overs were starting to run out quickly so the required rate was still going up. Alex made a quick impact on the game when he clean bowled one batsman, Charlbury had their breakthrough. Marston now looked like they would settle for the draw as they started to play more defensively. Ben left the attack and Emilia re-entered it to see if she could add to her wickets. Then Charlbury had a big over as first Alex clean bowled the new batsman, and then before the over was out he clean bowled his replacement. Not enough overs left to bowl Marston out and try as they might Long Marston held out to reach 182-5.

 

A great season for the second team, winning their league 54 points. Now I hope you have enjoyed reading these match reports this season and will come back over the winter to find out how the club gets on in the Banbury Indoor League.

 

Charlbury 3rd 15 points

 

Sat 1st Sept Charlbury vs Abingdon Vale 2nd

Charlbury 267-8 (50 overs)

Stuart Atkins 86

Charlie Sinton 60

 

Abingdon Vale 2nd 145 (35.1 overs)

Jake Godfrey 3-18

Charlie Sinton 4-17

 

Abingdon Vale won the toss and elected to field first. The two Toms, Nash and Harris, opened the batting for Charlbury and got them off to a reasonable start. Tom Harris got things moving when he stroked a couple of deliveries to the boundary for four. The outfield was fairly quick and the ball would fly off towards the boundary if it beat the infield. A no-ball was bowled and Tom Nash made the most of a free hit by hammering the ball back passed the bowler for four. After eight overs Charlbury were 25-0. Both batsmen were playing a cautious game against some tight bowling, both playing defensively when needed, but also looking for the quick single. After ten overs a change in the bowling was made and this had an instant impact as Tom Nash missed the first delivery and was bowled. Graham now strode to the crease. Graham was quickly off the mark, hitting one shot over the top for a one bounce four. Another change in the bowling was made as the other opening bowler left the attack and a new one entered it. Graham hammered an early boundary off of the new bowler to try and put some pressure onto the fielding side. Then disaster struck as first Graham miss-timed one and hit the ball high into the air and was caught. Then two balls later Tom edged one to the keeper and was caught leaving Charlbury 43-3 off of 16 overs. Ben and Ashley had now entered the fray. Ben was quickly off of the mark when he drove the ball for four. Ashley got off the mark next over when he pushed the ball to the boundary before Ben finished the over with another four. Both batsmen were playing well and it looked like Charlbury were getting back into the game. In the 20th over Ashley launched one back over the bowler’s head and the ball hit the middle of the side-screen for a six. Then disaster struck as Ben edged one and was caught by the keeper. Bimalka now came to the crease. The two bowlers slowly settled into a better length and line and started to make run scoring slightly harder so both batsmen contented themselves with pushing a few singles around. Then Ashley edged one and he too was caught by the wicket-keeper leaving Charlbury 77-5 off of 24 overs. Stuart now came to the crease. Stuart was quickly off of the mark with a couple of fours. Bimalka was batting cautiously, trying to make sure Charlbury did not lose any more wickets. A change in the bowling was then made. Bimalka edged one off of the new bowler to slip and was caught meaning Charlie had to come to the crease. Charlbury still had many more overs to bat and were still some way off a defendable target. Charlie was quickly away with a boundary four. Stuart was looking good at the crease, always on the lookout for a single, but also punishing anything loose. Another change in the bowling was made as a new bowler entered the attack. Charlbury attacked the new bowler from the off hitting him for several fours and so after two overs he left the attack and a new bowler came on. Charlie was busy at the wicket, constantly on the lookout for the single, but also playing defensively when needed. Charlie hit a couple of fours prompting another change in the bowling as one of the opening bowlers returned to the attack. Stuart attacked the returning opening bowler, hitting him for a couple of fours before Charlie finished the over off with another boundary. Charlbury were now flying along as they reached 183-7 off of 41 overs. Stuart then launched a massive six out of the ground before pushing a single to take him to a well deserved fifty. Next over Charlie pushed a single and he too reached a well deserved fifty. The overs were now running out fast and so Charlbury had to start attacking harder. The hundred partnership was brought up as both batsmen continued to press hard. Stuart then hit back to back fours as Charlbury started to really push on. Next over and the partnership was broken as Charlie missed one and was bowled for a great 60. Matt now entered the fray and just tried to give the strike to Stuart. Next over and the other opening bowler re-entered the attack. Matt hit the returning bowler for four before Stuart finished the over off with another massive six. The first change bowler then had to come on for the 49th over as the other opening bowler had finished his spell. Matt launched into the returning bowler, powerfully pulling three consecutive boundary fours. Last over and Stuart tries to hit a six, but is caught on the boundary for a fantastic 86. Some hard running in the last couple of balls took Charlbury to an impressive 267-8.

 

Charlbury would have to bowl well as it seemed to be a good wicket. Matt and Stuart opened the bowling. The outfield was still quick and a couple of shots broke thru the infield and shot off to the boundary. Matt quickly dropped into a good line and length and started to cause a few problems for the batsmen. Stuart took a couple of overs to find his length and line, but when he did he started to make life awkward, using his pace and bounce to cause problems. After eight overs Abingdon had reached 33-0. One batsman was dominating the strike and he was also doing the bulk of the scoring, Charlbury were going to need him out quickly if they were to stay in the game. A couple more boundaries were hit and both batsmen were looking fairly comfortable. Then in the twelfth over Stuart got one to swing back in, the batsman left it and was bowled, Charlbury had the man they wanted. Chasing a big total meant that the batsmen had to keep on trying to go for it just to keep up with the required rate. After 14 overs a change in the bowling was made as Matt left the attack and Bimalka entered it. Bimalka was quickly into a good length and line, finding some turn which made run scoring slightly more difficult. After 20 overs Abingdon had reached 91-1 and were still looking in a good position to make an assault on their target. A change in the bowling was now made as Jake came on for Stuart. Jake dropped straight into an immaculate length and line and the batsmen found him almost impossible to get away. In his third over Jake got the breakthru as he wrapped one batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. Next over things got even better for Charlbury as the new batsman tried to hit Bimalka for six, but could only find Tom Nash on the boundary and he took a great catch leaving Abingdon 113-3 off of 25 overs. A double change in the bowling was now made as Charlie came on for Jake, who changed ends replacing Bimalka. The change made an instant impact as the new batsman miss-hit one off of Charlie and the ball flew up on the leg-side and Bimalka took a good catch. In his next over the new batsman hit one high in the air and again Bimalka took the catch. Jake then got amongst the wickets as he clean bowled the new batsman, leaving Abingdon 122-6 off of 29 overs. Abingdon had really collapsed and Charlbury were now going for the kill. The two Abingdon batsman just tried to see off a few overs, with the opening batsman now playing more attacking shots. The score started rise, but then Charlbury got a massive bonus. The batsmen took a single off of Jake, Ashley threw at the stumps and missed, the ball was then miss-fielded and the batsmen went for the second, Bimalka quickly recovered the ball and threw it Steve who executed the run out. The game was all but over now as in the next over Charlie found the edge and the ball flew to first slip where Ben took a good catch. Next over Jake found the edge and Steve took a good catch behind the stumps leaving Abingdon nine wickets down. It was all over first ball of the next over as Charlie wrapped a batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW and Abingdon Vale were 145 all out.

 

A great win for the lads built on a club record seventh wicket partnership of 126 between Stuart and Charlie and then Jake and Charlie ran thru the Abingdon innings to seal victory and sixth place in Division 4 – well played lads.

 

Charlbury 25 points

Sat 25th Aug Charlbury vs Long Marston 2nd

Charlbury 252-7 (45 overs)

Ben Forrester 46

Bimalka Liyanarachchi 58

Stuart Atkins 40 not out

Barry Nutt 30 not out

 

Long Marston 2nd 128 (35.5 overs)

Bimalka Liyanarachchi 4-19

Jake Godfrey 3-30

 

Long Marston won the toss and elected to bowl first. Tom and Rob opened the batting and got Charlbury off to a reasonable start. A no-ball was bowled in the first over meaning there was a free hit. Tom took a stride forward and smashed the ball back passed the bowler for four. Both batsmen then pushed the ball around for twos and threes on the huge outfield. Then disaster struck as Rob was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Ajit now came to the crease. Bot h Long Marston bowlers had now settled into a great line and length and both batsmen were struggling to get the ball away for any runs. In the eighth over Ajit edged one and was caught at first slip to leave Charlbury 26-2. Ben now strode to the crease. Tom was batting very cautiously, pushing the odd single around, but mainly playing defensively against some good bowling. Ben started more aggressively, getting off the mark with a hard run three before in the next over hitting back to back fours. After eleven overs a change in the bowling was made and Long Marston brought on a new bowler. The new bowler quickly dropped into a good length and line. Ben pulled a delivery into the leg-side and the ball quickly flew to the boundary for four. Then disaster struck as Tom missed on and was bowled leaving Charlbury 46-3 off of 18 overs. Graham now entered the fray. Ben was looking good as he stroked the ball around on both sides of the wicket, always on the lookout for a run, but playing defensively when needed. Some rain began to fall and the players had to leave the ground, on the resumption the game had been reduced to 48 overs a side. Ben then crashed two more boundaries thru the off side as Charlbury started to try and accelerate the innings. Graham lofted the ball back over the bowler’s head and to the boundary for four, then next ball flicked one leg side for another boundary. Next ball Graham tried to repeat the act, but got a leading edge and the ball flew high into the air and the bowler took the catch. The captain, Bimalka, now came to the wicket. Ben cracked another couple of lovely shots and on each occasion the ball flew to the boundary for four. A change in the bowling was now made as the opening bowler had finished his allotted overs and a new bowler entered the attack. Ben drove the new bowler to the boundary for four, but then late on in the over he missed one and was bowled for a good 46. Charlie now strode to the crease. A couple of overs later a new bowler entered the attack replacing the first change bowler. The new bowler was a spinner and in his first over Bimalka hit him to the boundary for four. After 27 overs Charlbury had reached 127-5 and now needed to push on hard if they were to set a defendable total. Both players ran hard for every run and Charlie hit a couple of fours to keep the score moving along at a good rate. Bimalka was looking good, playing defensively at first just to get himself in before looking to attack. Then disaster struck as Charlie was wrapped ion the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Before new batsman Stuart could face a ball down came the rain and the players left the field once again. On the resumption the game had been reduced to 47 overs a side. Now with the overs running out fast Charlbury had to try and put their foot down. A change of bowling was made as one of the opening bowlers returned to the attack. Both batsmen took a couple of overs to get going. Then Bimalka pulled one to the leg-side and the ball flew all the way over the boundary for six. Stuart was looking comfortable at the wicket, pushing a few ones and twos around and trying to give Bimalka the strike. Then Bimalka hit out, running hard for twos and threes whilst also hitting a couple of fours off of one over to take Charlbury to 174-6 off of 37 overs. Next over Bimalka pushed a two and went to a well deserved fifty. A change in the bowling was then made as the opening bowler left the attack and the Long Marston captain brought himself on. Then disaster struck as Bimalka miss-hit one straight at a fielder and he was caught meaning Barry now came to the crease. Both players ran hard and both found a boundary four before yet more rain came with Charlbury 212-7 off of 42 overs. An early tea was had and on the resumption the game was reduced to 45 overs a side. The last three overs were carnage  with both batsmen running hard for everything, Stuart hit a couple of fours and the score raced along. Then came the last over. A couple of singles were pushed leaving Barry on strike. Barry leant into one shot and the ball flew out of the ground and into a neighbouring field for a massive six. A boundary four soon followed before last ball of the innings another massive six was hit meaning Charlbury had hit 40 runs in the last three overs taking them to 252-7.

 

Matt and Stuart opened the bowling for Charlbury and got them off to a reasonable start. Matt was quickly into a great line and length and caused a few problems for the batsmen. Stuart did not quite find as good a line, but when he did he managed to rush the batsmen and get them playing and missing. The fielders backed the bowlers up from the off, diving around to stop the ball and chasing everything to the boundary. Then Charlbury got a bonus when the non-striker called for a run and the striker hesitated. Rob quickly fielded the ball and threw it in to Matt who executed the run out. Charlbury were bowling well and making sure that the batsmen had to work hard for every one of their runs. After ten overs Long Marston had reached 46-1. A double change in the bowling was then made as Bimalka came on for Stuart and then an over later Jake replaced Matt. Both bowlers immediately dropped into great lines and lengths and made run scoring very difficult. In Bimalka’s second over Charlbury got a big wicket when the Long Marston captain lofted the ball into the deep, but could not clear Charlie who took a great catch. Then Charlbury had a big three over spell. First the other opening batsman tried to hit out at Bimalka, but just hit the ball high into the air and Stuart stood at long-on took a good catch. Next over Jake came to the party and clean bowled one batsman and then in the next over Bimalka bowled a batsman leaving Long Marston 74-5 off of 20 overs. Charlbury were in the driving seat and kept the pressure on, keeping close fielders in. The batsmen now contented themselves with pushing the ball around for the odd run or boundary while trying to make sure no more wickets were lost. Then Bimalka finally broke thru one batsman’s defences and bowled him. After 28 overs Long Marston were 100-6 and Bimalka had just finished his great nine over spell. Jake now bowled his last over and it was a great one. First he bowled a slower one, deceived the batsman and bowled him and then two balls later he clean bowled the new batsman, Charlbury were nearly there. Stuart now entered the fray in place of Bimalka and Charlie came on for Jake. Both bowlers kept up the pressure on the batsmen. In his second over back Stuart was too quick for one batsman and bowled him. The last couple of batsmen put on a few runs, but when the last man missed one from Charlie he was bowled and Charlbury had won by 124 runs.

 

A great win by the lads built on innings from Ben, Bimalka, Stuart and Barry and then some great bowling from Bimalka and Jake sealed the victory – well played lads.

 

Charlbury 25 points

Sat 18th Aug Charlbury 2nd vs Abingdon Vale 3rd

Charlbury 2nd 146 (44.4 overs)

Ayan Chakravartty 42

 

Abingdon Vale 3rd 127 (35.3 overs)

Emilia Bartram 3-39

Ellie Norton 3-42

 

Charlbury travelled to division 8 rivals Abingdon Vale knowing a victory would make them champions. Richard and Simon opened the batting, but it did not start well. Early on Richard edged one and was caught by the wicket-keeper meaning captain, Andy, had to make an early appearance at the crease. Both Abingdon bowlers had settled into a good line and length and Charlbury were struggling to get them away for many runs. Andy looked good at the crease from the off, pushing a few singles around before hitting one thru the leg-side to the boundary for four. Simon was playing a more cautious game, just looking to defend the good deliveries and push the odd single around. Then Simon hit out at one, but the ball flew straight tot a fielder and he was caught meaning Michael had to come to the crease. Michael started confidently pushing a couple of singles around to try and get Andy the strike. After 13 overs a change in the bowling was made and a new bowler entered the attack. Andy attacked the new bowler and hit him for a couple of early boundaries to get the score moving along. The new bowler also did not settle into a great line and length and started to bowl a few wides which helped the Charlbury score. Just as it looked like Charlbury might be getting on top Andy hit one straight to a fielder and was caught for a good 26. Ayan, making his first appearance of the season, now made his way to the wicket with Charlbury 48-3. Ayan played an attacking game from the off, running hard for every shot to make shot he scored every run he could. Michael was looking confident at the crease, stroking the ball around for a few singles and just keeping the good deliveries out. Ayan then launched a massive six out of the ground as the Charlbury score started to accelerate. The first change bowler now left the attack and a new bowler entered it. The new bowler made a quick impact as he bowled Michael when he missed one. Rob now entered the fray, but was not there long as next over he too was bowled leaving Charlbury 76-5. Neil now joined Ayan at the crease. Ayan continued to try and take the game to the bowlers and hit another boundary four. The opening bowler then finished his spell and a new bowler entered the attack as Abingdon continued to search for wickets. Neil was just looking to give Ayan the strike and to just keep all of the good deliveries out. Ayan hit the new bowler for a six as he continued to put all the pressure on the bowling side. The hundred mark was brought up as the overs began to run out quickly. Neil hit out at one and was caught meaning Martin now came to the wicket. Martin was not there too long as he tried to hit out at one early on, but was caught near the boundary. Emilia now joined Ayan at the crease. Ayan smashed a third six of the innings as he raced towards fifty. Emilia edged one delivery and it flew to the boundary. Then disaster struck as first as Ayan took a big swing at one, but edged the ball to the wicket-keeper who caught him for a great 42. Then before the over was out Emilia edged one and she too was caught by the keeper. Mark and Ellie now had to try and bat out the last few overs. Mark smashed two deliveries in one over thru the covers and to the boundary for four. Ellie just looked to push a few singles around to get Mark on strike. Mark was looking confident at the crease as he stroked the ball around, finding singles and another boundary four. In the last over Ellie looked to hit out at one, missed the ball and was bowled as Charlbury were all out for 146.

 

Charlbury were going to need to bowl well if they were to win. Emilia and Ellie opened the bowling and got Charlbury off to a brilliant start. A boundary was hit in the first over. Next over though Ellie found the edge of the bat and wicket-keeper Rob did the rest with a good low catch. Next over Emilia wrapped one batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. Things continued to go well for Charlbury as in Ellie’s second over she again found the edge of the bat and wicket-keeper Rob took his second catch. Emilia bowled the fifth over and grabbed another wicket as one batsman tried to hit out, skied the ball and Martin took a great catch leaving Abingdon 7-4 off of 5 overs. Charlbury were now in complete control and the batsmen decided to bat out a few overs just to make sure they did not lose any more quick wickets. A couple of boundaries were hit as Abingdon started to try and get back in the game. Ellie was bowling a great spell, getting some movement off of the pitch and causing problems for all the batsmen. Emilia too was bowling really well, also getting movement off of the pitch and constantly beating the bat. One batsman then hit Ellie for a couple of boundaries, but she soon had her revenge when he tried to repeat the dose, the batsman hit the ball straight to Michael and he took the catch. A change in the bowling was then made as Mark came into the attack in place of Emilia. Mark dropped straight into a good line and length and managed to extract some turn from the wicket. Charlbury were going to need to bowl Abingdon out if they were to win, but one batsman was getting in their way as he pushed the ball around for ones and twos with the odd boundary thrown in. the outfield was quick, but Charlbury were backing their bowlers up by chasing down everything. Ellie then left the attack and Ayan entered it. Ayan dropped into a reasonable length and line, but with no luck. Then Charlbury got a bonus when a quick run was attempted, but quick fielding saw the ball quickly into Rob’s hands and he whipped the bails off to execute the run out. Things got even better next over when a mix up in the calling saw the new batsman stranded and run out leaving Abingdon 79-7, but with plenty of overs left. The two batsmen now contented themselves with pushing a few singles around and with some hard running they started to get closer to the hundred mark. Ayan came out of the attack and Ellie re-entered it, but to no avail. With the batsmen growing in confidence and hitting a couple of boundaries the game was starting to get close. The hundred had been passed and Abingdon only needed to score just over two runs an over to win the game. Andy then brought himself into the attack to try and make the breakthrough. It worked as Andy bowled the batsman who was scoring the bulk of the runs leaving Abingdon 122-8. Emilia now re-entered the attack as Charlbury went for the kill. In Andy’s next over he clean bowled the new batsman to leave Abingdon nine wickets down. Next over and the game was won as the set batsman skied one and Emilia took a great caught and bowled to leave Abingdon 127 all out and Charlbury champions.

 

A great win for the seconds built on Ayan’s innings and then some phenomenal bowling by Ellie and Emilia saw the top order blown away – well played lads and lasses and congratulation on winning Division 8.

 

Charlbury 2nd 25 points

 

Sat 18th Aug Charlbury vs Brackley

Charlbury 100 (34.4 overs)

 

Brackley 104 (20.1 overs)

 

Charlbury won the toss and elected to bat first. The two Toms, Harris and Nash, opened the batting. The first over was good with a couple of runs pushed before Tom Nash hammered a free hit to the boundary, smashing the ball square of the wicket. Next over things started to go wrong. Tom Harris missed one and was bowled bringing captain, Ajit to the crease. Ajit was there a couple of overs, but when he edged one the wicket-keeper took the catch and Charlbury were 9-2 off of 4 overs. Ben Sinton now walked to the wicket. Tom flicked off of his pads and the ball rolled to the boundary, just making it over the white line. Tom was looking good, defending the many good deliveries, but always on the lookout for the quick single. Ben too started confidently, pushing a couple of singles, but looking to leave anything not on the stumps. Ben flicked a ball leg-side for four and then next over Tom hit two deliveries to the boundary, both of them teasing the fielders to stop them before trickling over the line. After ten overs Charlbury had reached 33-2. After 14 overs a double change in the bowling was made and this had an immediate impact. First over from one of the new bowlers and he wrapped Tom on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. Josh now entered the fray. The new bowlers had both dropped into a great line and length from the off and suddenly Charlbury found runs almost impossible to score. The overs ticked by with hardly a run being scored, then disaster struck. First Ben called for a quick single, but the Brackley fielder quickly got hold of the ball threw it at the stumps and a direct hit saw Ben run out. Then two balls later Josh edges one and the wicket-keeper took the catch. Steve and Charlie were both now at the crease and had to try and rebuild the innings. After 22 overs Charlbury had reached 48-5. Charlie then smashed one back over the bowler’s head and it ran away for four. Then disaster struck as Charlie got a fine edge and the wicket-keeper took another catch. Next over Steve was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Tom Eaton and Matt now came to the crease. Tom was quickly off and going when he smashed his second delivery to the boundary for four. Matt too was quickly off and going when he drilled one back passed the bowler for four. A change in the bowling was now made as the first change bowler left the attack and a spinner entered it. Matt now started to attack, launching one bowler for consecutive fours. Then next over Tom smashed the spinner for four to take Charlbury to 82-7 off of 29 overs. Matt hammered another delivery for four, but two deliveries later he got an edge and the wicket-keeper took a very low down catch. Ollie now came to the crease. Tom launched another boundary off of the spinner and so the spinner was taken out of the attack and one of the opening bowlers returned. Next over Tom tried to hit out at another delivery, missed the ball and was bowled. Dean now came to the crease. Dean pushed the ball for a two before playing a lovely lofted drive back over the bowler’s head for a one bounce four, taking Charlbury to 100. Two balls later Dean tried to play the same shot again, but did not quite catch it right and a fielder got underneath it and took a catch on the boundary.

 

Charlbury were going to have to bowl well if they were to stand any chance in this game. Matt and Ollie opened the bowling. The batsmen attacked in the first couple of overs to try and put the bowlers under pressure. The outfield was quick and a couple of early shots flew to the boundary for four. Then one batsman took a big swing at one of Matt’s deliveries, skied the ball and wicket-keeper Steve got underneath the ball and took the catch. After five overs Brackley were 21-1. After seven overs Ollie came out of the attack and Charlie entered it as Charlbury continued to search for wickets. The batsman was left handed and attacked from the off, hitting a couple of early boundaries. Brackley were pushing hard and with a low total to defend Charlbury could not have too many defensive fielders. Then Charlbury grabbed their second wicket when the left hander tried to hit Charlie for six, but could only find Josh on the boundary and he took the catch. Matt was bowling really well, getting some movement off of the pitch and with his height also getting a bit of bounce. Charlie too was bowling well, getting some turn and bounce and causing a few problems for the batsmen. Just before tea Matt left the attack and Dean entered it as Charlbury desperately searched for more wickets. The players went to team with Brackley 73-2 off of 13 overs. On the resumption Charlie and Dean continued to bowl. Dean had started slowly, but was now landing the ball in good areas and getting some turn out of the pitch. Charlie too was still bowling well and the batsmen were unable to get him away for many runs, he was also making the batsmen play a few false shots. The batsmen knew they had plenty of overs in which to get the runs so just contented themselves with pushing ones and twos around. Slowly but surely the target got closer and closer and when one batsman hit Dean for a four the game was over and Brackley had won by eight wickets.

 

Charlbury 3 points

Sat 11th Aug Charlbury 2nd vs Buckingham 4th

Buckingham Town 4th 191-9 (45 overs)

Matt Lyver 3-25

Ellie Norton 3-38

 

Charlbury 2nd 118-2 (26.1 overs)

Ajit Shah 39 not out

Andy Glass 44 not out

 

Buckingham won the toss and elected to bat first. Matt Doran and Emilia opened the bowling for Charlbury and got them off to a good start. Emilia dropped straight into a great line and length from the off, getting the ball to move around a bit off of the pitch and cause problems for both the opening batsmen. Matt too dropped into not a bad line and length, using his extra height to extract some bounce out of the hard wicket. Then one batsman got a leading edge and the ball flew up in the air and straight back to the bowler, Emilia and she took a good catch. Charlbury were backing their bowlers up with some great fielding, diving all over the place in a desperate bid to stop the ball flying to the boundary. The opening batsman was very cautious, just looking to push the odd single around whilst playing very defensively. The new batsman was slightly more attacking and found a couple of boundaries to get the score moving along. The overs ticked by and Charlbury were doing well in keeping the score down. After fifteen over a change in the bowling was made as Matt Doran was replaced by Matt Lyver. Matt quickly dropped into a great line and length and with a bit of movement off of the pitch started to cause some problems. A couple of overs later another change in the bowling was made as Emilia left the attack after her great spell and Barry entered it. Matt then found the edge of the bat and Ajit did the rest taking a good, low catch at slip. In his next over Matt grabbed another wicket when he clean bowled the new batsman to leave Buckingham three wickets down. Barry had settled into a good length and line and managed to get the batsmen playing and missing several times. Charlbury were in control, keeping the runs down and taking wickets. A few overs later and Matt grabbed his third victim when the new batsman took a step down the wicket and swung the bat, he missed the ball and quick as a flash Abi collected the ball and stumped him. Barry now left the attack An Ellie entered it. Ellie was straight on the money from the off, using her guile to get the batsmen playing and missing constantly. The opening batsman was still there and still playing defensively. The overs were ticking by and Charlbury wanted to try and bowl Buckingham out as the weather for the end of the day was not good. Matt came out of the attack and was replaced by his namesake. The change had a quick impact as Matt Doran found a way thru one batsman’s defences and clean bowled him. Ellie was bowling really well, but with no luck. Matt then left the attack and so Mark entered it to see if he could make an impact. Impact made when in his first over he wrapped one batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. Then Buckingham really went for it. The new batsman attacked hard, finding several boundaries and took the score up quickly. Mark left the attack and Matt Doran re-entered it. The hard hitting batsman continued to try and play his shots, but in trying to hit Ellie he skied the ball and Tom Eaton got underneath it and took a fine catch. With only a few overs left the batsmen continued to attack hard, finding a few more boundaries. Ellie then bowled a big over. First she clean bowled one batsman leaving Buckingham eight wickets down, then before the end of the over she clean bowled the new batsman and ensured she set a new record for most wickets in a season by a second team player. Buckingham batted out the last couple of overs to finish on 191-4.

 

Charlbury now needed to bat well if they were to win the game. Richard and Ajit opened the batting and got Charlbury off to a reasonable start. Ajit started off in his usual fashion, defending the good deliveries, whilst also looking for a quick single at every opportunity. Richard too started slowly, just looking to push the ball around for the odd single. Then disaster struck as Richard edged one and was caught meaning Tom had to come to the crease. Both of the Buckingham bowlers had settled into a good length and line and were making run scoring difficult in the early stages. Tom started aggressively, hitting a couple of early boundaries to get the scoreboard moving along. Tom continued to try and hit out, but when he miss-hit one he was caught leaving Charlbury 28-2. Captain, Andy, now entered the fray. Both batsmen now just played out a couple of overs as they tried to make sure no more quick wickets were lost. A change in the bowling was then made as Buckingham continued to search for wickets. Andy started slowly, just looking to push a few singles around, but defending any good delivery. Ajit played a late cut and the ball flew to the boundary over the hard ground. Another change in the bowling was made and now Charlbury began to attack a bit more. Andy attacked the new bowler, hitting a couple of fours off of his first couple of overs. Ajit began running harder for every single as Charlbury began to push hard. Light rain now began to fall, but not enough to take the players off. Both batsmen tried to attack harder, running hard for everything and finding the odd boundary. Another change was made in the bowling as Buckingham now searched desperately for the breakthrough that might get them back into the game. The rain was getting harder. Andy was now looking in top form as he stroked th ball around on both sides of the wicket, pushing Charlbury passed the hundred mark with plenty of overs to go. Finally the rain came down even harder and now the players had to leave the field. Both teams tried to keep the game on, but eventually they had to relent to the rain and the game was abandoned as a draw.

 

Charlbury 2nd 11 points

 

Sat 11th Aug Charlbury vs Bletchley Town

Charlbury 124 (36.3 overs)

Ben Forrester 33

 

Bletchley Town 126-5 (22.5 overs)

 

Charlbury won the toss and elected to bat first. Ben Sinton and Graham opened the batting for Charlbury. Graham got off to a good start hitting a couple of early fours straight back passed the bowler. Ben started slowly, defending the good deliveries and pushing a few singles and twos around. Then disaster struck as Graham flicked one on the leg-side, but a fielder dived in and took a good catch just above the ground. Bimalka now entered the fray. Both bowlers had settled into a reasonable length and line and Charlbury were finding run scoring more difficult. Bimalka crashed a shot through the covers for four. Slowly the score started to move along as both players started to get their eye in. The outfield was still fairly quick and several shots that beat the infield flew towards the boundary. Ben was batting really well, stroking the ball around on both sides of the wicket and leaving anything he did not need to play at. Bimalka was more aggressive, looking for the single, but also pouncing on anything even slightly loose and hitting it away to the boundary. Ben then crashed a boundary four, flicking the ball through the leg-side. A change in the bowling was then made as one opening bowler left the attack and a new bowler entered it. The new bowler dropped straight into a great line and length and both batsmen found him hard to get away for any runs. Bimalka hit another couple of boundaries at the other end to ensure the score continued to move along. The fifty mark was reached and now Charlbury were looking to push on a bit harder to set a defendable total. Then disaster struck as Bimalka was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Ben Forrester now strode to the crease. Ben Forrester looked in top form from the off, pushing a quick two before stroking one off of his legs ands to the boundary for four. Ben Sinton was now starting to open up a bit and started to play a few more strokes, picking up several singles. Ben Forrester just continued to look in good form as he stroked the ball around, putting the ball wherever he wanted and finding a couple more boundaries through the off-side. The score was now starting to race along and Charlbury were looking to take charge of the game. After 20 overs a change in the bowling was made as the opening bowler finished his ten over spell and a spinner entered the attack. The spinner was on the mark from ball one and using his variations of pace and length started to cause some problems. Ben Sinton edged one and the wicket-keeper took the catch, the spinner had his first wicket. Stuart now joined Ben at the crease. Ben continued to smash the ball around on both sides of the wicket, if the bowler dropped it short he pulled the ball and if he bowled it wider then he cut it. Ben hit the spinner for a couple of boundaries to bring up the hundred mark. Then things went wrong. First Ben edged one and was caught at slip for a fine 33. Charlie now came to the wicket. Both bowlers had now settled into great lines and lengths and the batsmen were only able to push the odd single. A couple of overs later Stuart edged one and he too was caught at slip. Josh now came to the crease with Charlbury 105-5. A couple of overs went by, but then Josh was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Marcus now entered the fray. Then Bletchley had a big over as first Marcus hit the ball straight ot a fielder and was caught and then two balls later his replacement, Steve, missed the ball and was bowled. Ollie now joined Charlie at the wicket to try and repair the innings. Both batsmen now looked to use up a few overs and just see how many Charlbury could get. The overs ticked by with a a few ones and twos being pushed as Charlbury just could not find the boundary. Ollie hit out aat a couple of balls and managed a couple of twos. A change in the bowling was made as the first change bowler left the attack and a new one entered it. The new bowler struck quickly when he wrapped Ollie on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. Jake now came to the crease. A couple more overs went by with a few runs scored, but then Charlie skied one and was caught by the wicket-keeper and Charlbury were all out for 124.

 

Charlbury had to bowl for an hour before tea and so Stuart and Jake had to open the bowling. The batsmen knowing they had a low target to chase decided to go for it from the off and hit a couple of early fours to put the pressure on the bowling side. Stuart was bowling well, but struggled a little bit with his line. Jake too was bowling well, getting a little movement out of the pitch. The batsmen continued to attack and with the quick outfield found several boundaries. The score was rising quickly, but then Charlbury got the wicket they wanted when the Bletchley captain miss-hit one from Stuart straight to Marcus in the covers and the catch was taken. The batsmen continued to attack the ball and hit a couple more boundaries so a double change in the bowling was made as Charlie and Bimalka entered the attack to slow things down. Charlie dropped straight into a great line and length and found some turn out of the pitch. Bimalka too dropped into a good line and length, causing several problems for the batsmen. The new batsmen was more cautious, just looking to push the od single around. The opening batsman continued to attack and found a couple of boundaries to take the score passed 50. Then Charlbury got their second wicket when the opening batsman drilled one to Charlie stood at mid-off and he took a good catch. Next over Charlbury got another wicket when the other batsman edged one off of Charlie and the ball flew to Ben Forrester low down and he managed to get his fingers under it and take a fabulous catch. A few more runs came and tea was getting closer. Then Charlbury grabbed their fourth wicket when the new batsman edged one to Graham stood close in and he took a fine reaction catch leaving Bletchley 68-4. Stuart bowled the last over before tea, but did not get a wicket. On the resumption A change of bowling was made as Stuart made way for Charlie. This was an inspired choice as one batsman tried to smash Charlie out of the park, but could only find Ollie on the boundary and he took a great catch. Charlbury now thought they were in with a shout, but one batsman had other ideas. One batsman went on the attack and pulled a couple of deliveries rom Bimalka to the boundary for four. Stuart then replaced Charlie after only one over after tea. Stuart dropped straight into a great line and length, but the new batsman kept him out. Then a huge over from the other batsman took the game away from Charlbury as he smashed the ball to all parts. Bimalka came out of the attack and Jake joined it, but to no avail and the hard hitting batsman hit a boundary to win the game for Bletchley.

 

Charlbury 6 points

 

Sat 4th Aug Charlbury 2nd vs Shipton-Under-Wychwood 3rd

Charlbury 2nd 207-9 (45 overs)

Tom Eaton 85

 

Shipton-Under-Wychwood 3rd 132 (39 overs)

Emilia Bartram 4-31

Mark Fitzgerald 3-15

 

Charlbury travelled the short distance to Shipton-Under-Wychwood for their division 8 clash. Charlbury batted first and so Michael and Simon opened the batting. Things did not start well as Michael got an edge early on and was caught by the wicket keeper meaning Tom Eaton had to come to the crease. The wicket taking bowler settled into a reasonable length and line, but the other bowler was not quite as accurate. Tom started quickly hitting a couple of boundary fours to get going. Simon had started slowly, playing defensively when needed and looking for the quick single when he could. Tom was a bit more cautious than his usual self, but if the ball was there to be hit then he smashed it to the boundary. The outfield was quick due to all of the recent warm weather and anything that broke thru the infield flew to the boundary. The fifty mark was brought up when Tom hit a boundary four thru the covers. Charlbury were batting well putting all of the pressure onto the fielding side. A change in the bowling was made as Shipton looked to take a breakthrough wicket. The new bowler started off bowling a reasonable length and line, but as both players began to attack the runs started to come. Then disaster struck as Simon hit out at one, miss-hit the ball and was caught. Andy now entered the fray. The other opening bowler left the attack and a new one entered it. Tom was looking in prime form as he stroked the ball around on both sides of the wicket. Andy started slowly, just trying to make sure Charlbury did not lose another wicket whilst also trying to give Tom the strike. The hundred mark was brought up and Charlbury were looking in control of the innings. Another change in the bowling was made as the first change left the attack and the one opening bowler returned. Then disaster struck as Andy missed one and was bowled. Jon now entered the fray. Tom was still going well and one big hit for six took him to a well deserved fifty. The overs were now starting to run out and so Charlbury began pushing harder for runs. Then disaster struck first Jon hit the ball straight to a fielder and was caught. Next over, Matt, who had just come to the crease was caught when he hit one straight back at the bowler. Abi now joined Tom at the crease. Then a couple of overs later Tom threw the bat at one, edged the ball and was caught for a great 85, leaving Charlbury 135-6.Martyn now came out to bat. The batsmen now just looked to push a few singles and twos, running hard for everything. The score went passed 150 and Charlbury were still looking in control. Another change in the bowling was made as the opening bowler left the attack and a new bowler entered it. The new bowler settled straight into a good length and line. Abi missed one and was bowled and so Nathan had to come to the crease. The other opening bowler now returned to the attack to try and blow away the Charlbury tail. Martyn was looking good as he pushed the ball around for ones and twos, making sure the scoreboard kept on ticking over. Another new bowler entered the attack and Nathan hit the new bowler for four. Only a couple of over left and Nathan hit out at the new bowler, but was caught going for a boundary leaving Charlbury 190-8. Emilia now joined Martyn at the wicket. Both players ran hard and pushed the score over 200. In the last over Emilia missed one and was bowled meaning Mark had to come to the crease. Mark and Martyn saw the innings out and Charlbury finished on 207-9.

 

Emilia and Matt opened the bowling for Charlbury and go them off to a reasonable start. Both bowlers quickly settled into a good length and line and both bowlers started causing problems with some movement and bounce. Emilia was especially tight, giving nothing away. The outfield was still quick and a couple of early boundaries were hit to get the Shipton score moving. Slowly the score moved along, but then Charlbury grabbed their first wicket when one batsman hit out at Emilia, but could only find Martyn who took a great catch. The new batsman hit an early four as Shipton started to try and take the game back to Charlbury. Matt was bowling well, using his extra height to get some bounce out of the pitch. Then Emilia grabbed her second wicket when the new batsman edged the ball and the wicket-keeper took a good catch leaving Shipton 48-2. Matt had now finished his seven over spell and so captain, Andy, now entered the attack. Andy quickly dropped into a good line and length and now, backed up by some great fielding, Charlbury started to really put a squeeze on Shipton. One of the opening batsman was still there and Charlbury would need him out if they were going to make the game easier for themselves. A couple more overs ticked by and the runs were coming albeit slowly and the required rate was rising putting pressure on the batting side. Then Charlbury had a major breakthrough. First Andy wrapped the opening batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW, then next over the other batsman hit out at Emilia, skied the ball and Andy took a fantastic catch. Shipton were now 76-4 and were going to have to start attacking hard if they were to get anything out of the game. The overs ticked by and the score continued to rise slowly. Emilia was looking in great form with the ball and had caused problems for all of the batsmen and before Shipton managed to reach the hundred mark She had her fourth victim. The batsman tried to play an attacking shot, but missed the ball and Emilia had bowled the batsmen. The overs were now starting to run out and so Charlbury made a double change in the bowling with Matt returning to the attack and Mark entering it for the first time. Charlbury were in complete control as both new bowlers dropped into a good length and line. Then Charlbury struck again as a mix-up in the calling saw a direct smash the stumps and one batsman was run out. Then last ball of the over and Mark clean bowled the new batsman. One of the batsmen then just tried hitting out as Shipton tried to pick up a few more batting points. A couple of boundaries were hit and the running became more frenetic. The hitting batsman then tried to hit out at Mark, but he missed the ball and was bowled leaving Shipton 128-8. Matt then wrapped one batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. The game was nearly over and net over it was as Mark clean bowled one batsman and Shipton were all out for 132.

 

A great win for the seconds built on a brilliant innings from Tom and then backed up by some great bowling from Emilia and Mark.

 

Charlbury 2nd 25 points