Sat 9th Sept Charlbury 2nd vs Kidlington 2nd

Kidlington 2nd 200-6 (45 overs)

 

Charlbury 2nd 188 -9 (45 overs)

Zak Jarvis 31

Charlie Sinton 65

 

Charlbury won the toss and elected to field first. Zak and Matt opened the bowling for Charlbury and got them off to a great start. In the first over Zak was too quick for one of the opening batsmen and clean bowled him. Zak had quickly settled into a good line and length and started to cause a few problems for the batsmen. Matt too quickly settled into a good line and length and with his extra height was managing to find some bounce. After eight overs Kidlington were 25-1, but dark skies were around and rain was forecast so the batsmen decided to try and play a few more shots to get their scoring rate up. Then Charlbury grabbed their second wicket when the new batsman miss-hit the ball straight back at Matt who took a good catch off his own bowling. Zak now left the attack and Tim entered it. Mat then got his second wicket when the other opening batsman hit the ball straight to Dean and he gratefully took the catch. Zak now re-entered the attack in place of Tim for one over and then there was a double change in the bowling as Tim again replaced Zak and Dean replaced Matt. Light rain was now falling which made the ball hard to grip. After 15 overs Kidlington had moved onto 59-3. Charlie now replaced Dean in the attack. The rain was still falling, but not enough to take the players off the ground, but it did make the batsmen attack more just in case they did have to leave. Tim was bowling a good spell, tying the batsmen up and keeping the run rate down. Charlie too was bowling a good spell, getting the ball to turn and bounce. The batsmen were running hard for every run and finding a few boundaries as the ball skidded along the ground. Tim came out of the attack and Ellie entered it. After 24 overs Kidlington were 114-3 and Charlbury were now getting desperate for a wicket to break this partnership and slow the runs down. Ellie was bowling well, getting the ball to move around a bit and cause some problems. The rain had now just about stopped. Then Charlbury got a wicket when Charlie hit one batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. In his next over Charlie got his second wicket when he clean bowled the new batsman and Charlbury were back in the game. The overs were by now starting to run out and so the running became a little harder as the batsmen sought to get every last run. Charlie came out of the attack and Ayan entered it. After 35 overs Kidlington were 153-5 and now looking to put their foot down in the last few overs. Ayan dropped into a good line and length and managed to keep the scoring rate down. Zak then replaced Ellie for an over, but the batsmen just used his extra pace to score runs and so Ellie -re-entered the attack. In the last couple of overs Ellie grabbed the sixth wicket of the innings when she wrapped the batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. Kidlington finished their innings on 200-6.

 

Charlbury were going to have to bat well if they were to win the game and so Richard and Neil opened the batting. They got off to a reasonable start, pushing a few singles and twos around in the first couple of overs. Richard then found a boundary four. Then disaster struck as Neil edged one and was caught. Zak entered the fray and hammered his first two deliveries to the boundary for four. Next over Richard hit out at one and he too was caught meaning Andy had to come to the crease. Zak was a man on a mission as he hit one bowler for three huge sixes in one over to take Charlbury to 48-2 off eight overs. Zak then cracked another four in the next over as Charlbury started to get a move on. Then disaster struck as Zak went for another big shot, but miss-hit it and was caught for a nineteen ball 31. Ayan now came to the crease, but missed one early on and was bowled leaving Charlbury 59-4 off 13 overs. Charlie now joined Andy at the wicket as they tried to re-build the innings. Both batsmen just looked to push the odd single early on to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Charlie then launched a short one over the boundary for six and then two overs later repeated the feat, hitting another big six. After 20 overs Charlbury were 81-4. Andy was batting well, keeping the good deliveries out, but looking to rotate the strike whenever possible. Charlie was batting well, pushing ones and twos and punishing anything else with boundaries. In the 22nd over Charlie started off smashing the bowler for four and then finished it by launching him for yet another six. Kidlington now made a change in the bowling from one end and then a couple of overs later they changed it around from the other. Both the new bowlers were spinners and so Charlbury were going to have to work the ball around. Andy hit a boundary four and Charlie hit one in the next over as Charlbury kept the pressure on the bowling side. Some more light rain was now falling, but this just seemed to slow the outfield down which meant the batsmen were going to have to run hard to get full value for their shots. Then disaster struck as Andy pulled hard at a full toss only to see the ball fly straight to a fielder who just about managed to keep hold of the ball and he was out caught. Dean now entered the fray. Charlie pushed a single and reached a well deserved fifty. Charlbury were still right in the game, but just had to make sure they did not keep losing wickets. Dean started with confidence, pushing a few singles and twos around to keep Charlie on strike. Then disaster struck as Charlie hit one straight to a fielder and was caught for a great 65. Matt now entered the fray. The runs now started to dry up a bit as Kidlington started to exert some pressure. Dean edged one and was caught by the wicket-keeper and then next over Matt was struck on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Tim and Abi were now at the crease with Charlbury 157-8 off 37 overs. Both players looked to push the ball around for quick singles to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Abi was then wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW meaning Ellie had to come to the crease. Tim now had to start trying to hit out and find boundaries. He hit one and a two as Charlbury kept themselves in the game. After 43 overs Charlbury were 179-9 needing 22 runs for victory. In the end it was just too much as despite Tim hitting a couple of boundaries they just could not quite score enough runs and Charlbury finished on 188-9.

 

A great season for the seconds sees them finish 2nd in division six. I hope everyone has enjoyed reading these match reports and will come back next season to find out how the seconds get on. Thank you.

 

Charlbury 2nds 7 points

Sat 2nd Sept Charlbury 2nd vs Chipping Norton 2nd

Chipping Norton 2nd 73 (33.4 overs)

Dean Warner-Carter 7-24

 

Charlbury 2nd 75-2 (17.1 overs)

Richard Nash 39

 

On a sunny day Charlbury entertained Chipping Norton who batted first. Matt and Zak opened the bowling for Charlbury and got them off to a good start. Early on Zak found the edge of the bat and a catch was taken in the slips. Matt had slipped into a good line and length and was causing some problems for the batsmen with his movement off the pitch. Zak too was bowling a great line and length and was causing some problems with his pace and movement. Charlbury were backing their batsmen up with some great fielding, with several diving stops early in the game. The new batsman was trying to play a few shots and managed to find a couple of early boundaries to get the score moving along, but it was still tough going. The overs ticked by and slowly the runs started to come for Chippy. Charlbury then made a change in the bowling as Tim entered the attack in place of Zak. Next over Matt grabbed a wicket when he had the other opening batsman caught. Tim dropped into a great line and length from ball one, using his variations in pace to make run scoring very difficult. Dean now entered the attack in place of Matt and this turned out to be an inspired change. In his first over Dean turned one thru the gate of the new batsman and clean bowled him. Dean had dropped into a great line and length and was bowling a fantastic spell, getting the ball to turn and bounce and none of the batsmen seemed able to play him with confidence. The runs now began to dry up as Tim was giving nothing away and Dean was hardly giving a run away. Dean then got another wicket when Abi took a great catch off a thick edge and Chippy were four wickets down. Dean was quickly back in the wickets when in his next over the new batsman dragged his back foot out of the crease, missed the ball and quick as a flash Abi had him stumped. The overs were ticking by and Charlbury were in total control as the Chippy batsmen had no answer to either of the bowlers. Dean grabbed yet another wicket when he spun one in viciously, the batsman missed it and was bowled. One batsman was giving some resistance and Charlbury would need to get him out to ensure Chippy did not get away from them. Then Charlbury got the wicket they wanted when the batsman scoring the runs was caught off of Dean’s bowling for his fifth wicket of the day. Chippy were now struggling badly and things got even worse for them when Dean turned yet another delivery thru the gate and bowled one batsman. The two new batsmen tried to play a few shots and managed to hit a boundary four, but Dean had his revenge  when he clean bowled one batsman as he tried to repeat the dose. Tim now left the attack and Zak re-entered it. It did not take Zak long to finish off the innings and when he clean bowled the last man Chipping Norton were all out for 73.

 

Richard and Neil opened the batting for Charlbury, but things did not go how they were planned. Early on Neil was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW meaning Andy had to make an early appearance at the wicket. The Chippy bowlers had settled into reasonable lines and lengths and early on both batsmen just looked to push the ball around for a few singles to keep the scoreboard ticking over and to make sure no more early wickets fell. Richard was looking in good form from the off, stroking the ball around on both sides of the wicket. Andy too was looking in good form, attacking the loose deliveries while defending any good balls bowled. Richard hit out and smashed a couple of boundary fours off of him. After eleven overs a change in the bowling was made as Chippy desperately searched for more wickets to try and get in the game. Andy started off attacking the new bowler, hitting a couple of boundaries off of him. Charlbury were on the charge and with some hard running the score was starting to mount quickly. Another change in the bowling was made as the other opening bowler left the attack. Richard was by now in full flow, hitting the ball around and running hard for every single run. A couple more boundaries from Richard followed, but then disaster struck. Richard had been looking good, but he hit out at one too many and was caught for a great 39. Tom Eaton now entered the fray with not many runs needed for victory. Andy hit another boundary as Charlbury raced to their target and the game was all over when a new bowler entered the attack and Tom smashed him to the boundary for four meaning Charlbury had won by eight wickets.

 

A great win for the seconds built on a fantastic spell of bowling from Dean and then Richard and Andy saw Cahrlbury home – well played lads and lass.

 

Charlbury 2nd 30 points

Sat 2nd Sept Charlbury vs East & West Hendred

East & West Hendred 95 (37.4 overs)

Jake Godfrey 3-21

Ian Johnston 3-30

 

Charlbury 97-1 (17.1 overs)

Ashley Rump 49 not out

 

Charlbury travelled to East Hendred for their title decider. East & West Hendred won the toss and elected to bat first. Jake and Ian opened the bowling for Charlbury and got them off to a great start. The first couple of overs were tight as both bowlers quickly dropped into a great line and length. First ball of the third over and Jake found the edge of the bat and Barry, fielding at first slip, took a great catch. After six overs Hendred were 15-1. Jake was bowling a great spell, getting the ball to nip around a bit and causing lots of problems for all the batsmen. Ian too was bowling a great spell, using his extra pace and swing to make the batsmen play and miss several times. Then Charlbury grabbed their second wicket when Jake again found the edge and this time Bimalka took a good slip catch. Charlbury were backing up their great bowling display with a magnificent display in the field, with all the fielders chasing every ball and making many fine diving stops. The Hendred batsmen tried to play a few shots and were scoring some runs, but Charlbury were really keeping them under pressure. Jake then grabbed his fourth wicket when he wrapped a batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. Next over things got even better for Charlbury as Ian got his first wicket. Ian had been bowling the ball to swing away from the batsmen, but when he brought one back in, the batsman missed it and was bowled leaving Hendred 26-4 off twelve overs. Charlbury were in control of the game and as long as they did not ease up then they should be able to keep the Hendred score down to a manageable one on a good pitch. The batsmen now tried to break the shackles that Charlbury were imposing on them by hitting out at a few deliveries and they managed to find a couple of boundary fours. Ian then broke the partnership that was starting to develop. The batsman tried to smash a delivery from Ian over long-off, but the ball hit the bottom of the bat and he skied it, Stuart got under the ball and gratefully took the catch. A change in the bowling was now made as Bimalka replaced Jake in the attack. Bimalka started well by bowling several early maidens which kept all the pressure on the batsmen. Ian bowled one more over and then was replaced by Ollie. After 20 overs Hendred had reached 42-5 and were going to need to go some if they were to set a defendable total. Ollie had slipped into a good line and length and was getting the ball to move around a bit. Bimalka had settled into his usual miserly line and length, giving the batsmen nothing to hit. The overs ticked by with hardly any runs coming. Then Bimalka grabbed his first wicket when the batsman missed one of his deliveries and he was bowled. After 30 overs Hendred had reached 71-6 and with the overs now starting to run out they needed to try and get a move on with their score. Ollie now left the attack after a great six over spell and was replaced by Stuart. Stuart made an immediate impact with the ball when last ball of his first over the batsman played the ball into the ground and it bounced back and hit his stumps to leave him bowled. Bimalka also left the attack and Ian re-entered it as Charlbury looked to finish off the Hendred innings quickly. Stuart had settled into a good length and line, bowling with pace and aggression and causing problems for the batsmen. Stuart then got his second wicket when he clean bowled one batsman to leave Hendred eight wickets down. Next over Ian grabbed his third wicket of the day when he bowled a Yorker to clean bowl the new batsman leaving Hendred 91-9 off 36 overs. Ian had now finished his great twelve over spell and so Bimalka re-entered the attack. It did not take long to finish off the innings as when Bimalka wrapped the last man on the pads he was given out adjudged LBW and Hendred were all out for 95.

 

Charlbury now knew they needed 96 runs to secure the title. Tom Nash and Graham opened the batting and Graham was quickly away with a hard run two. Two balls later Graham was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW, maybe this would be harder than Charlbury were hoping for. Ashley now entered the fray and started off how he meant to go on. Ashley hammered his first two deliveries to the boundary for four. Tom started to second over well when he cut the bowler to the boundary for four. Slowly the bowlers started to find a better line and length and started to make run scoring slightly harder. Tom then played a glorious cover drive that flew to the boundary for four to take Charlbury to 27-1 off five overs. Hendred now changed their bowling around from one end, but it made little difference to Ashley who smashed the new bowler for four. Tom was looking in good form as he stroked the ball around, playing defensively when needed, but hitting runs off anything loose. Ashley was looking in top form from the off, hammering fours for fun, but defending the good balls as well. Tom then cut another delivery to the boundary for four as Charlbury continued to press on hard for victory. After ten overs Charlbury had reached 49-1 and were more than half way to their target. A change in bowling was now made as one opening bowler left the attack and the other re-entered it. Ashley took an immediate liking to the change of ends for the opening bowler, smashing him for two fours in his first over and then repeating the dose in his next. After 14 overs Charlbury had reached 73-1 and they were in total control of the game. Hendred again changed their bowling around , taking the opening bowler off and bringing on a young leg spinner. Charlbury’s score was also being helped by a few extras pushing the score along quite quickly. Ashley was now in full flow and hammered a couple of boundaries of the spinner to take Charlbury to the brink of victory. The game was won first ball of the 18th over when Tom missed one delivery, the keeper also missed it and the ball flew off for four byes giving Charlbury victory by nine wickets and more importantly ensuring they were division one champions for the first time.

 

A great win for the lads built on and all round fantastic bowling and fielding display and then great knocks from Tom and Ashley saw Charlbury home – well played lads.

 

Well that is the end of a magnificent season for the club culminating in us winning the top flight for the first time ever. I would just like to say thank you to all the players for making this season so enjoyable and to everyone who has read these reports and I hope you have enjoyed them and will come back next season to see how the club fares. Thank you again.

 

Charlbury 30 points

Sat 26th Aug Charlbury 2nd vs Faringdon 2nd

Faringdon 2nd 209-5 (45 overs)

 

Charlbury 2nd 210-8 (40 overs)

Richard Nash 31

Tom Eaton 66

Dean Warner-Carter 39

 

Charlbury travelled to Faringdon for their division 6 clash and Faringdon batted first. Paul Quibell-Smith and Matt opened the bowling for Charlbury. Early on Charlbury got a wicket when Matt found the edge of the bat and one batsman was out caught. Matt had dropped into a great line and length and was causing some problems for the batsmen. Paul too had dropped into a good line and length and was getting the ball to move around a bit. The pitch was fairly flat and the outfield quick and this meant that the batsmen got full value for their shots. Slowly the runs started to come and as both batsmen grew in confidence then they began to play more shots. Charlbury were going to need to take more wickets if they were to keep the scoring in check. Matt finished his allotted seven over spell and so Ellie entered the attack to try and find the breakthrough. Paul Jenkins then replaced Paul Quibell-Smith at the other end as Charlbury continued to change things around in their search for wickets. Both of the new bowlers quickly dropped into great lines and lengths and slowed the scoring rate down. Ellie was bowling a fantastic spell, getting the batsmen to play and miss several times. Charlbury were fielding well, with many diving stops. The runs continued to come and Charlbury were now getting desperate to get that second wicket. Then Paul got the breakthrough when he had the other opening batsman caught. The batsmen were running well and managing to hit the odd boundary as well and the score was still rising quicker than Charlbury would have liked, even with a new batsman at the crease. The score had passed the hundred mark and with only a couple of wickets down Faringdon now had a base from which to accelerate from as the overs began to run out. Paul was bowling a great spell, using his varieties of speed and movement to cause problems for all of the batsmen. Paul had now finished his spell and so Dean entered the attack. Dean quickly dropped into a good line and length and found a little bit of turn off the wicket. The batsmen were now running hard for every run. Dean quickly grabbed a wicket when one batsman tried to play a big shot at one of his deliveries only to miss it and get bowled. The new batsman was not there too long either as a mix-up in the running after some great fielding saw him stranded and run out. Ellie had now finished her twelve over spell and so Paul Quibell-Smith re-entered the attack. The new batman went on the offensive from the first ball and hit several boundaries as the score started to rise quickly in the closing overs. Charlbury were still bowling well, but the batsman was in form and hit the ball everywhere. Last ball of the innings and Paul managed to bowl one batsman as Faringdon ended their innings on 209-5.

 

Charlbury would have to bat well if they were to win. Paul Quibell-Smith and Richard opened the batting for Charlbury. Things did not go well for Charlbury early on as Paul was quickly bowled. Andy now came to the crease, but was wrapped on the pads early on and given out adjudged LBW. Neil now entered the fray and he and Richard had to try and re-build the innings. Both batsmen started off slowly, just looking for a few singles to get the innings moving, but not taking any risks. Richard was looking in good form as he stroked the ball around on both sides of the wicket. Neil too was looking good as he hit a couple of early boundary fours. Charlbury were also being helped by a few extras being bowled early on. Charlbury were up with the required rate and were starting to put some pressure on the Faringdon bowlers. A change in the bowling was made as Faringdon now began to search for wickets to try and keep the score down. Both players were batting well, pushing the ball around for singles and picking up the odd boundary. Then disaster struck as Neil hit out at one and was caught. Tom Eaton now arrived at the wicket and looked in good form from the off as he was quickly away with a single. Charlbury were running hard for every run to try and keep the pressure on the fielding side and with the outfield still quick they were able to get full value for their shots. The new bowler had now settled into a good line and length and this slowed the run rate a bit as Faringdon started to try and put some pressure back on the batsmen. The hundred mark had been passed and Charlbury were still very much in the hunt. The other opening bowler had now finished his allotted twelve over spell and a new bowler came into the attack. Tom went straight on the offensive and smashed him for a couple of fours. Then disaster struck as Tom called for a quick single, but some quick fielding saw the ball thrown to the keepers end and Richard just failing to make his ground and run out for a great 31. Martin now entered the fray, but was not there too long as he was wrapped on the pads and given out LBW. Dean now entered the fray. Tom hit another boundary to bring up a well deserved fifty and keep all the pressure on the fielding side. Tom continued to attack hard, but this caused his undoing as he went for one big shot too many and was caught fro a fabulous 66. Matt now entered the fray as Faringdon changed their bowling around again. Dean was looking good at the crease as he pushed the ball around just looking to keep the scoreboard ticking over as Charlbury were by now well ahead of the asking rate. Matt his a four, but in trying to repeat the act he was caught meaning Abi had to come to the wicket. Not many wickets left, but Charlbury were well ahead of the rate and if they could just bat the overs then they would surely win. Dean hit a couple of boundaries to settle the nerves a bit. Abi was looking composed at the crease as she just defended the good deliveries and then looked for a single whenever possible to get Dean back on strike. Then with the victory line in sight disaster struck as dean miss-hit one and was caught for a great 39. Ellie now entered the fray. Slowly Abi and Ellie pushed and nurdled Charlbury over the 200 mark and with five overs left they winning runs were hit and Charlbury had won by two wickets.

 

A great win for the seconds built on an all round bowling and fielding display and then some good batting from Richard, Tom and Dean ensured Charlbury victory – well played lads and lasses.

 

Charlbury 2nd 27 points

Sat 19th Aug Charlbury 2nd vs Tetsworth 2nd

Tetsworth 2nd 104 (32 overs)

Tim Jarvis 7-18

 

Charlbury 2nd 85

 

On a sunny afternoon Tetsworth batted first. Ellie and Carla opened the bowling for Charlbury and got them off to a good start. Early on Carla wrapped a batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. Carla was bowling a good spell, making the batsmen play and miss and getting some movement off the pitch. Ellie too was bowling and had quickly settled into a good line and length which was making run scoring difficult. The runs started to come although it as slow going as Charlbury were bowling and fielding well. Then Carla grabbed her second wicket when she clean bowled the new batsman leaving Tetsworth two wickets down early on. After bowling six overs Ellie came out of the attack and was replaced by Tim. Tim quickly dropped into a great line and length and started to cause problems for all of the batsmen. A couple of overs later another change in the bowling was made as Carla left the attack and Dean entered it. The batsmen now started to play a few more shots as they grew in confidence and they managed to find a couple of boundaries. Then Tim got the breakthrough when he bowled one batsman. Things got even better for Charlbury as the new batsman did not hang around long with Tim clean bowling him as well. With little turn on offer Dean left the attack and Paul entered it. The new batsman went on the offensive and hit a couple of early fours. Tim was bowling magnificently well and all of the batsmen were having great problems even scoring a run off him. Paul had dropped into a good line and length and was starting to cause some problems for the batsmen. Slowly the runs started to rise, but just as it seemed like Tetsworth might be coming back into the game Tim grabbed another wicket when he bowled one batsman. The batsmen now just tried to keeping the scoreboard ticking over for a few overs and tried not to lose any more wickets. The running was hard as Tetsworth continued to try and reach a score they could defend. One batsman had been scoring the bulk of the runs and Charlbury were going to need to get him out if they were to win the game and it was Tim who got him when he clean bowled him. Next over Paul got a wicket when Carla took a catch off of his bowling. Charlbury were completely on top and were looking like getting a wicket every over. Tim bowled the new batsman and then soon afterwards bowled the next batsman to pick up his sixth victim of the day. The end was not long in coming when Ellie took a catch off Tim’s bowling to leave Tetsworth 104 all out.

 

Charlbury went out to bat with Charlie and Neil, but things did not go to plan. In the first over Charlie missed one and was bowled meaning Andy had to make an early appearance at the wicket. Andy was not there long as in the next over he was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Ayan now entered the fray. The Tetsworth bowlers had settled into a great line and length and were making run scoring very difficult. Things got even worse for Charlbury a couple of overs later when Ayan was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Tim now strode to the wicket and he and Neil had to try and re-build the innings. Slowly the runs started to come, although some of this was being helped by a plethora of extras. Neil edged one and was caught leaving Charlbury four wickets down. Paul now strode to the wicket. Both batsmen now played very cautiously, trying to make sure they did not get out, but still looking for ones and twos. Paul started confidently pushing the ball around on both sides of the wicket for singles. Tim was looking good as he stroked the ball around, but mainly playing defensively against the many good deliveries that were being bowled. The overs were ticking by and the score was moving along albeit slowly. Both batsmen now looked as if they were intent in seeing off the opening bowlers and then seeing what else Tetsworth had. Just as it was looking like they might manage this Tim was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Dean now entered the fray and he and Paul saw off the opening bowlers. Charlbury were more than half way to their target, but had lost half of their wickets. A double change in the bowling was now made as both opening bowlers had finished their allotted twelve over spells. Both of the new bowlers dropped straight into a great line and length from the off and both batsmen struggled to get the ball away. Paul hit out at one, but the ball flew straight to a fielder and was caught. Carla now came to the crease. Then Dean hit out at one and he too was caught. Martyn now came to the crease, but was not there too long as he was quickly bowled. Ian now came to the wicket. The wickets were falling quickly, but the runs were not coming quickly enough. Carla hit one straight at a fielder and was caught meaning Ellie had to come to the crease. Still a long way from victory, but edging closer every over. Ian hit a few runs, but the game was over when a quick single was called and Ellie did not quite make her ground and was run out leaving Charlbury 85 all out.

 

Charlbury 2nd 6 points

Sat 19th Aug Charlbury vs Stonesfield

Stonesfield 70 (29.2 overs)

Ian Johnston 6-24

 

Charlbury 71-7 (29.1 overs)

 

Stonesfield won the toss and elected to bat first. After some overnight rain Stonesfield decided they would like first use of the wicket and so Jake and Ian opened the bowling for Charlbury and got them off to a good start. Both bowlers quickly settled into a great line and length and made run scoring very difficult in the first few overs. Eventually the batsmen started to play a few shots and after six overs Stonesfield had reached 13-0. The going was tough on a pitch that was doing a little bit and with a slow outfield runs were going to be hard to come by. Ian grabbed the first wicket when he hit one batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. A couple of overs later and Jake grabbed is first wicket when the other opening batsman hit the ball towards Tom Nash and he took a good catch low down. The batsmen, realising runs were at a premium, began running hard for everything, picking up several ones and twos. Then Ian bowled a big over. First Ian wrapped one batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW and then next ball the new batsman did not move his feet and when the Yorker from Ian hit his pads he too was given out LBW. After 14 overs Stonesfield were 39-4. The batsmen now just tried to play a few overs out without losing any more quick wickets. Ian was bowling a magnificent spell, getting the ball to nip around and using his pace to rush the batsmen. Jake too was bowling well, getting the ball to move around a bit off the pitch and making the batsmen play and miss a lot. Jake then came out of the attack after bowling nine overs and Bimalka entered it. Bimalka dropped straight into a great line and length and kept up the pressure on the batsmen. Ian then grabbed his fourth victim of the day when one batsmen hit the ball straight to Josh stood close in and he gratefully took the catch. In his next over Ian caused more havoc to the Stonesfield innings as first ball he had the new batsman caught by Steve behind the stumps and then next delivery he clean bowled the new batsman. After 22 overs Stonesfield were 61-7. Ian had now finished his fabulous spell and so Ollie entered the attack and was quickly bowling a good line and length. Bimalka then got amongst the wickets. The batsmen had been content to just play defensively towards Bimalka, but with wickets running out and no runs being scored one batsman decided to attack. The batsman threw the bat at the ball, but as he hit it thru the covers a diving Ben snatched the ball from the air and the catch was taken. A couple of overs later Ollie got his first wicket when, after bowling a couple of away swingers, he got the ball to move back in, beat the batsman’s defences and clean bowled him leaving Stonesfield nine wickets down. The end was soon in coming when in the next over the last man had a wild swing at one of Bimalka’s deliveries and was bowled leaving Stonesfield 70 all out.

 

Charlbury had to bat for half an hour before tea so it was vital to get a good start. Tom Nash and Graham opened the batting and got off to a reasonable start. Graham hammered the second delivery of the innings for four and then in the second over he smashed the first delivery to the boundary for four. After this initial flurry the bowlers began to find their length and line and suddenly Charlbury began to find run scoring as hard as Stonesfield had. Both batsmen ran hard for every run. Then disaster struck as Graham missed one and was bowled. Nik now came to the crease. More hard running ensued as Charlbury sought to chase their target down as quickly as possible. A mix up in the running saw both batsmen at the same end and Tom run out. Things got even worse for Charlbury as in the same over Nik edged the ball to the keeper and was caught. Ben and Stuart were now at the crease. Only a couple of overs to go till tea, but then things got even worse for Charlbury as Ben was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. After 11 overs Charlbury were 27-4 and headed off to tea. Josh had come to the crease just before tea and it was down to him and Stuart to re-build the innings on the restart. Things started well as Josh smashed one of the bowlers back over his head for a big six. A double change in the bowling was then made. Josh hammered a boundary four off of one of the new bowlers as Charlbury’s score started to get a move on. Then disaster struck again as Josh was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Steve now entered the fray. next over Stuart edged the ball to the wicket-keeper and was caught leaving Charlbury 41-6 off 15 overs. Ian had now joined Steve at the crease and they now took a couple of overs just to settle things down again. Steve crashed one delivery to the boundary and then pushed a hard run two as Charlbury finally reached fifty. Ian was batting sensibly, keeping out the many good deliveries, but always on the lookout for the single and pushing hard to run twos. Steve too was batting well, running hard for every run, but playing defensively when needed. Another change in the bowling was made as the second change bowler came off and one of the opening bowlers returned to the attack. Charlbury were edging closer and closer to victory and when Steve hit the returning bowler for four the required runs had almost dropped to single figures. With plenty of time to get the runs it was all about not getting out and just waiting for the ball you could hit. Ian hit the ball and both players ran hard to pick up a three and now Charlbury needed nine to win. Stonesfield then changed the bowling around at both ends. Ian took advantage of the first bowler smashing him for four early in the over and then again on the fifth ball. One to win and Ian went for the big shot, missed the ball and was bowled. Bimalka now came to the crease. First ball of the next over Steve hit a single and Charlbury had won by three wickets.

 

A great win for the lads built on a magnificent bowling display by Ian, backed up by all the other bowlers and then a hard fought batting display saw Charlbury thru to victory – well played lads.

 

Charlbury 27 points

Sat 12th Aug Charlbury 2nd vs Kidlington 2nd

Charlbury 2nd 129-9 (45 overs)

Andy Glass 41

 

Kidlington 2nd 130-8 (32.2 overs)

Charlie Sinton 3-25

 

Charlbury travelled the short distance to Kidlington for their division 6 clash. Charlbury batted first so Charlie and Neil opened the batting. The Kidlington bowlers quickly settled into a very good line and length and from the off runs were hard to come by. The ball was also doing a bit off the pitch and this was making things even tougher for the batsmen. Early on Charlie missed a delivery and was bowled and so Andy now entered the fray. Neil was looking comfortable at the crease, defending the many good deliveries whilst also looking for the single whenever it was on offer. The scoring rate was slow as both batsmen just tried to get themselves in. Andy was looking good with the bat as he stroked the ball around, picking up ones and twos, but defending the many good deliveries. Then Neil was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Nik now joined Andy at the crease. Nik played a couple of early attacking shots as the scoreboard started to get moving a bit. One bowler in particular was hard to get away and he was bowling maiden after maiden. Andy then managed to find a boundary as he smashed one away for four. Both players ran hard when there was the opportunity for a run as it looked like every run might be vital. Slowly the score started to rise. The overs were ticking by and Charlbury were only just scoring faster than one an over and the plan seemed to be see the openers off and then see what was to come. Nik tried to hit out at one, but hit the ball straight to a fielder and was caught meaning Zak came to the wicket. Kidlington were backing their excellent bowling up with some good fielding which was making it even harder for Charlbury to score many runs. The running was hard for both players as they tried to up the run rate. Then Zak missed one and was bowled meaning Tim had to come to the crease. Both the opening bowlers had now nearly finished their allotted twelve over spells, but when Tim nicked one early on they had their fifth wicket between them. Dean now entered the fray. Dean and Andy saw off the opening bowlers and then waited to see what was to come. A couple of loose early deliveries were pounced upon by Andy as he slammed another couple of boundaries. The running as hard as the overs now began to run out as Charlbury now needed to push on hard if they were to set a defendable total. Then disaster struck as Dean missed one and was bowled. Paul now joined Andy at the crease. Paul took a few overs to get his eye in, but then he started to attack the bowling, pushing a few ones and twos around. Andy was by now playing more shots and the score was rising at the fastest it had all game. Just as it seemed Charlbury might reach a score they could defend Andy hit one in the air and was caught for a great 41. Ian now joined Paul at the crease for the final few overs. Charlbury had finally passed the hundred mark. Both players were running hard and a couple of boundaries were also hit as Charlbury pushed on hard. In the last over Paul was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW for a fine 29 meaning Kieran had to come to the crease. Last ball of the innings and a quick single was taken, but Kieran could not make his ground and was run out as Charlbury finished on 129-9.

 

Charlbury were going to have to bowl well if they were to defend their total. Zak and Kieran opened the bowling. A quick change in the bowling was made as Kieran came out of the attack and Tim entered it. Zak started off well, finding a good length and line and caused some problems for the batsmen. Tim dropped into his usual length and line and started to make things awkward for the batsmen. Slowly, as they got their eye in, the batsmen started to attack more and tried not to get bogged down like Charlbury had early on. A couple of early boundaries were hit as Kidlington made sure they were ahead of the required rate early on. Charlbury were going to need to take wickets if they were to keep the score down and defend their total, but none were forthcoming. Tim came out of the attack and Ellie entered it. Ellie dropped into a good length and line, but she too had no luck in making the vital breakthrough. A double change was then made as Zak and Ellie left the attack and Dean and Charlie entered it. The Kidlington batsmen were by now confidently playing their shots and this game would be over quickly if Charlbury did not start taking wickets. Finally Dean made the breakthrough when he clean bowled one batsman. Then in the next over Charlbury grabbed their second when Charlie clean bowled the new batsman. Charlbury were now back in the game and with both spinners bowling great spells it was now Kidlington’s turn to struggle scoring runs. In the next few overs the Kidlington batsmen contented themselves with just pushing the odd single or two and making sure they did not lose another quick wicket. Charlie then grabbed his second wicket when he bowled the other opening batsman, now Charlbury had their chance to try and gain an advantage. Both spinners were getting the ball to turn and bounce and this was causing problems for all of the batsmen as they had very little answer to it. The batsmen were now just trying to see the spinners off and hope they were still in front of the run rate when other bowers came on. Dean then grabbed his second wicket when he bowled a batsman to leave Kidlington four wickets down. Dean now came out of the attack and Zak re-entered it and Charlbury went for broke to try and bowl Kidlington out. Zak was quickly amongst the wickets when he bowled the new batsman. Charlbury now had a chance in this game, but Kidlington were edging closer and closer and were still way in front of the required rate. The overs ticked by and Kidlington edged closer to their target, but then Charlie grabbed his third wicket as he clean bowled another victim. A couple of overs later Zak had the new batsman caught and Charlbury might just win the game. A mix up in the running in the next over saw Ellie throw the ball to wicket-keeper Nik and a run out was completed as one batsman was left stranded half way down the wicket. Only two wickets left, but only a few runs needed for victory and plenty of overs left. A single was pushed and Kidlington held on for a two wicket victory.

 

Charlbury 2nd 6 points

Sat 12th Aug Charlbury vs Faringdon

Charlbury 72 (27.3 overs)

 

Faringdon 73-1 (13 overs)

 

Charlbury lost the toss and were asked to bat first. Tom Nash and Graham opened the batting for Charlbury, but things did not go well. In the first couple of overs both players looked comfortable and pushed a few runs around, then disaster struck. In the third over Tom missed one that just moved a bit off the seam and was bowled. Ashley now came to the crease and was quickly off and going with a lovely boundary four thru the covers. Next over Graham edged one to the wicket-keeper and was caught meaning Ben had to make an early appearance at the wicket. The bowlers had now settled into a great line and length and all the batsmen were finding it tough to get the ball away for even a single. Things kept on going downhill for Charlbury as in the fifth over Ashley miss-hit one and the ball flew straight into a fielder’s hands. Stuart now arrived at the crease to try and re-build the innings. Next over Ben edged one to the keeper and was caught meaning Steve had to come to the crease. Last ball of the sixth over and Steve edged one onto his thigh pad and the ball bounced down and hit the stumps and he was bowled leaving Charlbury in deep trouble at 10-5. Josh had now arrived at the crease and he and Stuart now just tried to see the opening bowlers off and then see what else Faringdon had to bowl. Both batsmen took things steady, pushing the odd single and two around. Then disaster struck again. Last ball of the eleventh over and Stuart got one that just moved away from him, he missed the ball and was bowled. Ian now entered the fray. Next over Ian left one that moved back into him and he was bowled. Ollie now joined his captain at the crease. Faringdon now changed their bowling around as one of the opening bowlers left the attack. Josh smashed a delivery to the boundary for four as Charlbury reached 30-7 off 13 overs. Josh was batting well, keeping out the many good deliveries while pushing singles and twos whenever he could. A couple of overs later Josh flicked one off his legs and to the boundary for four. Ollie was looking comfortable at the wicket, pushing the odd single around to give Josh the strike while also defending well. Another change in the bowling was then made as the first change came off and a spinner entered the attack. Both batsmen were just trying to stay there and give Charlbury some sort of total to bowl at. After twenty overs Charlbury had reached 46-7. The overs were ticking by with Charlbury pushing the odd single and two around. The opening bowler then finished his allotted twelve over spell. First ball of the next over the spinner bowled a full toss, Ollie hit out at the ball, but to his horror it flew straight to a fielder and was caught. Barry now entered the fray and quickly hit the spinner to the boundary for four. Josh was still looking good at the crease, pushing the ball around for quick ones and hard run twos. A new bowler now came on and he was another spinner. Last ball of his first over he wrapped Josh on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW for a well made 28. Jake now entered the fray. Barry hit a couple of runs, but then he hit the ball back over the bowler’s head only to see a fielder run hard and taking a diving catch just off the ground to end the Charlbury innings on 72.

 

Charlbury were going to have to bowl out of their skins to get anything from this game. Jake and Ian opened the bowling. The batsmen were not going to wait around for things to happen and attacked hard from the off. A couple of fours were hit in the first over and more runs pushed in the next. Jake’s hamstring felt a bit tight so he left the attack and Ollie entered it. The batsmen continued to attack hard, pouncing on anything that was short or that they felt was loose in anyway. Then Charlbury got the breakthrough they needed when Ian found the edge of the bat and Steve took the catch. Faringdon were 25-1 off 4 overs. The batsmen continued to attack hard and put all of the pressure onto the fielding side. Charlbury were trying hard and created a couple of chances, but they just could not stem the flow of runs. After nine overs Faringdon had raced onto 53-1 and Charlbury were now desperate to take another wicket. Ollie came out of the attack and Barry entered it as Charlbury searched for that vital breakthrough, but it was not forthcoming. Try as they might they just could not get the breakthrough and last ball of the 13th over Faringdon hit the winning runs.

 

Charlbury 1 point

Sat 5th Aug Charlbury 2nd vs Oxenford 2nd

Charlbury 2nd 84 (36.2 overs)

Charlie Sinton 55 not out

 

Oxenford 2nd 74 (38.2 overs)

Zak Jarvis 3-9

Ellie Norton 4-15

 

Charlbury travelled to Keble College in Oxford to play Oxenford. On a grey looking day and after heavy rain in the morning and more expected in the afternoon Charlbury batted first. Charlie and Ajit opened the batting for Charlbury. Things did not start well as Ajit edged one early on and was caught meaning Andy had to make an early appearance at the crease. Thee pitch was a bit green and the ball was moving around a bit which was making batting very difficult. The bowlers had settled into a great line and length from the off and this was making run scoring difficult at best. Charlie looked in good form from the first ball he faced and he began to get the scoreboard moving with a few singles. The tough going continued as Charlbury struggled to just push ones and twos around, the morning rain making the outfield sluggish. Then disaster struck as Andy edged one and was caught. Tim now came to the crease. A couple of overs later a change in the bowling was made from one end. The new bowler quickly dropped into a great line and length. Charlie smashed one delivery and finally Charlbury had a boundary four. Tim just looked to stay there and make sure no more early wickets fell, but also tried to rotate the strike so that Charlie could try and attack the bowling. Slowly the score started to rise. Charlie was looking in good form as he stroked the ball around on both sides of the wicket, picking up several ones and twos. The players now came off for a short rain break and upon the resumption Oxenford made a double change in the bowling. Tim had been batting really well, but when he missed one he was bowled and Charlbury had lost their third wicket. Zak now entered the fray. The ball was still moving around a bit and the odd delivery was keeping low making things even more difficult. Zak hit out at one only to see the ball fly straight into a fielders hands and he was out. Martin now came to the wicket. Charlie was batting out of his skin on a difficult wicket, stroking the ball around and picking up ones and twos to make sure the scoreboard kept on ticking over. Martin spent a couple of overs trying to get himself in and then he tried to counter attack. Martin smashed a delivery to the boundary for four as Charlburys score started to rise slightly quicker. In continuing his attack though Martin missed a delivery and was bowled meaning Abi had to join her captain at the wicket. Charlie was still pushing hard for every single run, knowing it would be vital and could be the difference in the end. Abi edged one and was caught and so Martyn now arrived at the wicket. The score had now passed the fifty mark and the overs were beginning to run out. Charlbury had to try and press on hard to try and set a defendable score. Martyn just looked to defend so that Charlie could keep on scoring. Another change in the bowling was made as the first change bowler re-entered the attack. Charlie hit another couple of boundaries to keep things moving along. Then Martyn hit out at one and was caught. Ian now came to the crease. With the overs running out fast the batsmen began to try and run for everything and this led to Ian’s downfall as he did not quite make his ground as the stumps were broken and he was run out. Kieran now came to the crease. Charlie pushed another single and reached a well deserved fifty. Kieran hit out at one and was caught meaning Ellie had to join Charlie at the crease. A few more runs were pushed before Ellie was caught and Charlbury finished their innings on 84 all out.

 

Charlbury were going to have to bowl well if they stood any chance in this game. Father and son Tim and Zak Jarvis opened the bowling and got Charlbury off to a great start. In the first over Zak clean bowled on batsman and then in his second over he also clean bowled the new batsman to put Oxenford on the back foot. Tim was bowling a great spell, finding a great line and length and getting the ball to nip around a bit. Zak too was bowling well using his extra pace to cause some problems as well as moving the ball around. A couple of overs later things got even better for Charlbury when Tim found the edge and the catch was taken. Zak now came out of the attack and Ellie entered it. Ellie dropped straight into a great line and length and made the batsmen play and miss several times. The outfield was drying up now and this meant that boundaries were slightly easier to come by, although the wicket was still very difficult to bat on. The over s ticked by and Charlbury could not get another wicket and the score, albeit slowly, started to rise. Charlbury were going to have to bowl Oxenford out if they were to win the game. Tim was still bowling a magnificent spell and all the batsmen were having a job just to lay a bat on him let alone score off him. Ellie too was bowling a great spell, getting the ball to move around a fair bit. Tim finished his great ten over spell and so Ajit entered the attack. Then Charlbury got a breakthrough when one batsman tried to hit out at Ellie, but skied the ball and a good catch was taken. Ajit dropped into a good length and line and combined with his lack of pace the ball was hard to get away. The new batsman hit a boundary four to get the score moving, but tried to repeat the act off Ellie’s bowling and was caught. Oxenford were five wickets down and not even half way to their target. Ajit came out of the attack and Kieran entered it. The going was slow as Oxenford were finding batting just as tough as the Charlbury batsmen had and there were many maiden overs being bowled. The set batsman decided to attack and hit out at Kieran. Ellie soon got the set batsman out as when he edged the ball he was caught and Ellie had her third wicket. Kieran then got the other batsman out by virtue of a catch and Oxenford were seven wickets down. Oxenford were creeping closer and closer to victory, but if Charlbury kept on taking wickets then they might just win. In her last over Elklie had another batsman caught and things were now getting tight. A double change in the bowling was made as Zak re-entered the attack and Charlie came on. Oxenford had got it down to single figures to in when Charlie struck. The batsman had a big swing, but skied the ball and a catch was taken. The game was all over in the next over when Zak found the edge and the catch was taken leaving Oxenford 74 all out and Charlbury the winners by nine runs.

 

A great win for the seconds built on a magnificent innings by Charlie in testing conditions and then a fabulous bowling and fielding display saw Charlbury to victory – well played lads and lass.

 

Charlbury 2nd 26 points

Sat 5th Aug Charlbury vs Oxenford

Charlbury 222-9 (42 overs)

Graham Atkins 74

Stuart Atkins 67

 

Oxenford 91 (36.1 overs)

Ian Johnston 5-15

 

Oxenford won the toss and with rain expected later in the day elected to field first. Tom Nash and Graham opened the batting for Charlbury. Things did not start well for Charlbury as in the third over Tom miss-hit one straight to a fielder and was caught meaning Nik had to come to the crease. Graham had started slowly as he was just trying to get himself in on a pitch that was doing quite a bit. Graham eventually got going in the fourth over when he pushed a couple of hard run twos and also hammered one to the boundary for four. The outfield was slow after a heavy shower in the morning, so to get value for your shots hard running was required. The Oxenford bowlers had slipped into a good line and length early on and with the movement they were getting off the pitch run scoring was becoming tough. After eight overs Charlbury were 24-1 and some light rain was now beginning to fall. Then Nik edged one and was caught low down in the slips and Charlbury had lost their second wicket. Steve now strode to the crease and was off the mark first ball when the bowler dropped it in short and Steve pulled it to the boundary for four. Both batsmen were on the lookout for the quick single and ran several twos. Graham flicked one down the leg-side and to the boundary for four before Steve finished the over pulling the ball for another boundary four. The rain was now coming down harder and so the players left the field with Charlbury 52-2 off 14 overs. After a short break the players returned and it was decided to shorten the match to 42 overs a side. Quickly after the resumption Charlbury decided to put their foot down. Graham hammered another boundary before Steve finished the over off with consecutive boundaries. A double change in the bowling was made and this made the breakthrough. Steve smashed one bowler for four, but in trying to repeat the feat next delivery he skied the ball and the wicket-keeper took the catch. Stuart now strode to the wicket. Graham was looking in good form now and was confidently playing his shots on both sides of the wicket. Stuart looked in good form from the off as he crashed an early boundary. More runs followed as Charlbury pressed hard to set a defendable total. Graham pulled a no-ball to the boundary for four and reached a well deserved fifty. After 20 overs Charlbury had reached 97-3. Both batsmen were looking for the quick single and with some hard running were picking up a few twos as well. Stuart hit another couple of deliveries to the boundary to take Charlbury over the hundred mark. Another change in the bowling was made as the first change came off and a spinner entered the attack. The spinner settled straight into a good length and line and both batsmen were finding him hard to get away. Stuart was now batting really well, stroking the ball on both sides of the wicket and picking up singles and hitting boundaries. Another change in the bowling was then made as another spinner entered the attack in place of the second change bowler. The new bowler struggled with his line in his first over, bowling several wides. After 30 overs Charlbury had reached 150-3 and with the overs now running out Charlbury were going to need to accelerate their innings if they were to set a defendable score. Then disaster struck as Graham edged one to first slip and he took a very good catch low down and Graham was out for a fantastic 74. Ian now entered the fray, but wasn’t there too long as he hit one in the air and was caught. Ollie now entered the fray. After 35 overs Charlbury had reached 163-5. Stuart now started to put his foot down, hitting two fours off one of the spinners. Next over Stuart hit a massive six to go to a well deserved fifty and then followed it up by hitting a four. Ollie was just looking for the single to get Stuart on strike. Next over Stuart hit another massive six before pushing a two. Then disaster struck as Stuart tried to hit another six, but did not quite get hold of it and was caught on the boundary for a great 67. Barry now joined his captain at the wicket. Both batsmen were looking for the quick single in the final couple of overs. Ollie called for a quick single, but the ball was quickly fielded and Barry was run out. Dean now came to the crease. In the penultimate over Ollie was bowled meaning Jake came to the crease. Dean was looking good as he stroked a couple of singles around and then hammered a boundary four. Jake edged one to the keeper and was out and so Max came to the crease for the last ball. Max smashed the ball over the fielders heads and it flew off for four as Charlbury finished on an impressive 222-9.

 

Charlbury were going to have to bowl well if they were to win the game and so Jake and Ian opened the bowling. Charlbury got off to a fantastic start with the ball as in the first over Jake clean bowled one batsman. In his second over the other opening batsman edged one down the leg-side and Steve took a fantastic catch. After six overs Oxenford were 5-2. Jake had settled into a great line and length and was causing problems for the batsmen with every delivery he bowled. Ian too had settled into a good line and length and was getting the batsmen to play and miss several times an over. None of the Oxenford batsmen were finding things easy and with the wicket drying out from the earlier rain the bowlers were finding some movement off the pitch. Then Ian had a massive over. Second ball of his fifth over and Ian found the edge and Steve took the catch. Next ball he clean bowled the new batsman. Now on a hat-trick the field was brought in and the batsmen surrounded, Ian ran in and bowled, the batsmen missed the ball and was bowled giving Ian his first ever hat-trick and leaving the Oxenford innings shattered at 7-5 off 10 overs. Charlbury were now in total control of the game. A couple of overs later and Ian grabbed his fourth wicket when one delivery kept a bit low and bowled one batsmen. Jake now came out of the attack and Stuart entered it. Ian then grabbed his fifth wicket when one batsman edged the ball and Barry caught it in the slips leaving Oxenford 17-7 and giving Ian the incredible figures of 5 wickets for 2 runs off eight overs. The two new batsman now just dug in and made sure no more quick wickets fell, they also now looked to just try and play Ian out. Stuart came out of the attack and Dean entered it as Charlbury looked to finish the innings off. The overs ticked by with the score moving along slowly and by the time Ian finished off his magnificent spell Oxenford had reached 49-7 off 24 overs. Now it was just a matter of time to see if Charlbury could take the remaining wickets before the overs ran out. Barry now replaced Ian in the attack. The batsmen had been playing very cautiously, only looking for singles and the odd boundary. In his second over Barry made the breakthrough. Barry had been taking the ball away from the batsmen, but suddenly he bowled one that came back in, the batsman left it thinking it was going away from him and was bowled. Dean was bowling a good spell, tossing the ball up and teasing the batsmen to try and go after him. Barry too was bowling a good spell, getting the ball to move around a bit and not conceding many runs. After 30 overs Oxenford had reached 66-8. A couple of overs later Barry grabbed another vital wicket when he clean bowled one batsman to leave Oxenford nine wickets down. Barry now came out of the attack and Max entered it. The game was soon over when the last man tried to hit out at Dean, but could only find Ian who took a good catch and Oxenford were 91 all out.

 

A great win for the lads set up by some fantastic batting by the brothers Atkins and then an outstanding display with the ball from Ian, backed up beautifully by Jake, Barry and Dean – well played lads.

 

Charlbury 30 points