Sat 16th June Charlbury 2nd vs Abingdon Vale 3rd

Charlbury 2nd 214-9 dec (44.3 overs)

Tom Harris 45

Charlie Sinton 40

 

Abingdon Vale 3rd 140 (35.3 overs)

Matt Doran 3-33

Ellie Norton 4-41

 

Abingdon Vale won the toss and so Charlbury were asked to bat first. Tom Harris and Andy opened the batting and got Charlbury off to a good start. Tom started well, hitting a couple of early boundaries and kept on making sure the scoreboard moving ticking over. Andy started off more defensively, keeping out the good deliveries whilst also looking to push a few singles around. The Abingdon bowlers took a couple of overs to find their lengths and lines, but slowly they managed to settle down. Tom was by far the more aggressive batsman as he played his shots on both sides of the wicket, finding another boundary. The runs were coming at a good rate and Charlbury needed to maintain the pressure on the fielding side. The fifty mark was reached without either batsman looking in too many problems so Abingdon decided to make a double change in the bowling as they began to get desperate for the breakthrough wicket. Tom attacked one of the new bowlers from the off and with Andy also finding a boundary the score started to move along. Then disaster struck as Andy hit out at one delivery, but the ball flew straight to a fielder and he was caught. Charlie now entered the fray. One bowler had settled well, but the other not so much. Charlie started well, pushing a few quick singles around to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Another change in the bowling was made as a new bowler entered the attack as Abingdon looked to stem the flow of runs. Then disaster struck as Tom missed one delivery and he was bowled for a great 45. Robert now joined his captain at the crease. Robert was quickly off the mark with a boundary four, but then next over he too missed one and was bowled leaving Charlbury 89-3. Neil now strode to the crease. Abingdon were changing their bowling around as they kept searching for wickets and so one of the opening bowlers now re-entered the attack. Charlie was looking in good form as he stroked the ball around, pushing a few ones and twos and also the odd boundary. Neil was just looking to stay there and give Charlie the strike. Then just after the hundred mark had been reached Neil was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Rob now came to the wicket and was quickly off the mark with a single. As the overs now began to run out another change of bowling was made as the other opening bowler re-entered the attack. Charlbury were pushing on hard now for runs, running hard for every single to see if they could turn it into a two. Rob hit a couple of boundary fours thru the covers. Charlie then hit one in the air and was caught for a great 40. Matt now came to the crease. Both batsmen now threw the bat at just about everything as they tried to push Charlbury to a defendable score. The score raced passed 150, but then Rob played one shot too many and he was caught. Paul now joined Matt at the crease. Paul started quickly with a boundary four. Matt was looking good as he pushed the ball around for a few singles and with a few extras as well the score started to rise quickly towards 200. Another change in the bowling was made as the second change bowler replaced one of the opening bowlers. Paul was then wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW and Charlbury had lost their seventh wicket. Ian came to the crease. Next over Matt hit out at one, but skied the ball and was caught and so Mark joined Ian at the wicket. Both batsmen now ran hard for every run in the closing couple of overs. Mark managed to launch one shot over the infield and it flew away to the boundary for four. Shortly afterwards Ian called for a two, but Mark was not quite quick enough to make his ground and so was run out and Charlbury declared on 214-9.

 

Charlbury opened the bowling with Paul and Matt and they got Charlbury off to a great start. In only his second over Paul found the edge of the bat and Andy took the catch in the slips. The new batsman decided to play a defensive innings, defending the many good deliveries being bowled and just looking for the odd single. The other opening batsman began to try and attack the bowling and he found a couple of early boundaries to get the Abingdon score moving along. A change in the bowling was then made as Paul left the attack and Ellie entered it. Matt was bowling a good line and length, getting the batsmen to play and miss at several deliveries. Ellie dropped straight into a great line and length from the off and with a little bit of movement off the pitch she was starting to cause some problems. The run rate started to slow a bit as both bowlers started to bowl well and with some great fielding backing up the bowlers Charlbury were in control. Then Ellie got the breakthrough as she clean bowled one batsman. Things got even better for Charlbury a couple of overs later when Ellie again clean bowled the new batsman to leave Abingdon 48-3. Matt had now finished his great spell and so Mark entered the attack. Mark quickly dropped into his usual line and length and continued to put all of the pressure onto the batsmen. Then Charlbury got a bonus as Ellie clean bowled the opening batsman, who had scored most of the runs. A few overs ticked by and Abingdon were now falling behind the required rate, but Charlbury were desperate for more wickets to secure a victory. Mark came out of the attack and Paul re-entered it as Charlbury continued to put pressure on the batsmen. Ellie was bowling a magnificent spell, causing problems for all of the batsmen with her guile and swing. Paul was hit for a boundary, but got his revenge later in the over when the batsman tried to hit him again, missed the ball and was bowled. The batsmen now tried to get back in the game and hit a couple of boundaries and started to run harder for every run. The hundred mark was reached and still only five wickets down and the overs were beginning to run out. Paul left the attack and Andy entered it. Then Ellie got the breakthrough when the set batsman tried to hit out, but could only find Robert and he gratefully took the catch, Charlbury were once again in control. Ellie now left the attack and Charlie came on for a bowl. Andy then got amongst the wickets when he clean bowled one batsman leaving Abingdon 116-7. Matt then came on to replace Charlie as Charlbury looked to finish off the innings. Ellie then re-entered the attack. Charlbury were in total control and even more so when one batsman tried to hit out at Matt, but hit the ball into the air and Mark took the catch. In his next over Matt clean bowled the new batsman as Charlbury raced towards victory. One wicket left and still plenty of overs to bat. The last two batsmen put on a few runs, but when Matt clean bowled him the game was over leaving Abingdon all out for 140 and Charlbury the victors.

 

A great win for the seconds built on two great innings from Tom and Charlie and then some excellent bowling from Ellie and Matt to finish the game off – well played lads and lasses.

 

Charlbury 2nd 25 points

 

Sat 16th June Charlbury vs Brackley

Brackley 246-5 declared (48 overs)

 

Charlbury 62 (31.4 overs)

 

Charlbury won the toss and elected to field first. Matt Lyver and Jake opened the bowling for Charlbury and got them off to a reasonable start. There is quite a slope at Brackley and one bowler has to run uphill while the other downhill and this just meant it took a few deliveries to get the right length. Matt started strongly getting into a good groove and getting some movement of the ball which made the batsmen play and miss a couple of times. Jake too was bowling  a good spell, getting the ball to nip around a bit. Then disaster struck as in his third over Matt injured his side and was no longer able to bowl so Ollie had to finish the over off. Things did get batter for Charlbury in the next over though as when one batsman tried to hit Jake back over his head, he did not get all of it and the ball flew into the air long enough for Dean to run under the ball and take a great catch. After eight overs Brackley were 38-1. Ollie came out of the attack so as to bring Dean into it. Dean dropped into a good length and line and managed to get the ball to turn a bit. The outfield was quick and when the ball broke thru the inner ring in would fly quickly for four. The fielders were backing up their bowlers with some great diving stops and chased after every shot played. Then Charlbury got their second wicket when the other opening batsman tried to pull one of Jake’s deliveries, but could only hit it straight to Graham who took a good catch. Jake now left the attack and Bimalka entered it. Charlbury had the initial quick run rate down, but now they needed wickets to make sure they stayed in the game. Bimalka dropped into a great line and length from the first delivery, getting some spin and bounce. After 18 overs Brackley had reached 84-2. The two batsmen were just looking to push the ball around for ones and twos, running hard to try and keep the pressure on the fielders. The overs ticked by and the runs kept on coming, albeit at a slower rate, but Charlbury were beginning to get desperate for more wickets. Dean left the attack after his good spell and so Marcus entered it. Bimalka was bowling a lovely spell, getting the ball to spin and getting all of the batsmen to play and miss. Charlbury now changed their wicket-keeper around as Barry went into the outfield, ready to bowl later, and Ben took over the duties. Marcus started well, putting the ball in good areas and not giving the batsmen much to play at. After 32 overs Brackley had reached 125-2 and were now looking to push on to set a defendable target. Then things did get bad for Charlbury as Ben was hit on the end of his finger and it dislocated meaning he had to give up the gloves and so Graham became the third keeper of the innings. Charlbury were now trying to hide two fielders due to injuries and the batsmen sensing this began to hit out. The running became even harder and a few more boundaries were hit. Finally Charlbury got the breakthru they needed as Bimalka clean bowled one batsman. The new batsman took a few deliveries to get going then he began playing some shots and running hard for every run. Then Charlbury got a bonus when the batsman who was hitting most of the runs edged a delivery from Bimalka and Graham took a good catch. The score was still rising too quickly and Charlbury would have to keep taking wickets. Marcus then got in on the act when one batsman tried to smash him over his head, but got more height than distance and Bimalka ran round and took the catch. After 44 overs Brackley had reached 203-4 and now they just went for everything. Marcus left the attack and Barry entered it as Charlbury sought to get back in the game. The runs continued to flow as one batsman played a series of ramp shots and sweeps. After 48 overs with the score on 246-5 Brackley decided to declare.

 

Charlbury were going to need to bat well if they were to get close to their target and so they opened the batting with Tom Nash and Ajit. Tom hit a boundary four in the first over down towards third man. In the third over Tom played one along the ground and this also raced away to the third man boundary for four. Then disaster struck as Tom played out at another delivery, but could only hit the ball straight to a fielder and was caught. Graham now entered the fray. Brackley bowled one bowler for one over then they changed things around bringing a new bowler into the attack. The new bowler made an immediate impact as Graham defended a good ball, but it managed to squeeze back passed him and just rolled onto the stumps, barely hitting them, but enough to just knock the bails off and he was out bowled. Bimalka now joined Ajit at the crease. Both batsmen now decided to play a few overs out to make sure Charlbury did not loose any more quick wickets. The Brackley bowlers had dropped into a great line and length and were making run scoring very difficult and after ten overs Charlbury had only reached 13-2. Ajit was batting in his usual style, keeping the good deliveries out, but always on the lookout for the quick single. Bimalka was playing a very defensive role against some tight bowling so he too was not playing many attacking shots. Brackley then changed their bowling around again as the opening bowler left the attack and a left arm seamer entered it. The new bowler was right on the money from the first ball, if this continued then Charlbury were going to really struggle. Another change in the bowling was made when a spinner entered the attack to replace the first change bowler. The spinner made an immediate impact as Bimalka hit out at a full toss, but could only look on in horror as he hit the ball straight to fielder and was caught. Things got even worse for Charlbury in the next over when Ajit missed one and was bowled leaving Charlbury 19-4 off of 15 overs. Marcus and Ollie had now come to the wicket to try and re-build the innings. Marcus hit an early boundary four when he swept the spinner. The spinner now left the attack and another new bowler entered it. Both batsmen were still having to play very defensively against a good bowling attack and with some good fielding backing it up Charlbury were struggling to score many runs. Then one delivery kept a bit low, wrapped Ollie on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. Barry now joined Marcus at the crease. Yet another change in the bowling was made as the opening bowler re-entered the attack as Brackley sought to bowl Charlbury out. Marcus smashed a four thru the covers and then followed this up with a hard run two to finally get the score moving. In trying to hit out at another delivery Marcus hit the ball straight to a fielder and was caught. Dean now joined Barry at the wicket. Barry hit out at one delivery and found a boundary four  to take Charlbury to 43-6 off 27 overs. More changes in the bowling saw one new bowler come on and one bowler change ends. Barry crashed another boundary four off of the new bowler. Next over Dean missed on and was bowled meaning Jake had to come to the wicket. Barry continued to hit out and found another four as Charlbury’s score started to try and get some momentum. Another boundary from Barry in the next over took Charlbury over sixty, but then next delivery the ball cut back in and despite his best efforts Barry missed it and was bowled. Matt now came to the crease. Matt tried to stay there, but was struggling with his injury and had to retire and with last man Ben unable to bat due to his hand injury it meant that Charlbury were all out for 62.

 

Charlbury 2 points

Sat 9th June Charlbury 2nd vs Buckingham 4th

Charlbury 2nd 132 (44.2 Overs)

Charlie Sinton 30

Andy Glass 33

 

Buckingham 4th 123 (42 Overs)

Matt Doran 7-25

 

On a warm day Charlbury travelled to Gawcott for their Division 8 clash with Buckingham. Charlbury batted first and so Tom Harris and Abi opened the batting. It was quite a big pitch and the outfield was slow so hard running was going to be the order of the day as there would not be many boundaries. Both of the Buckingham opening bowlers quickly settled into a good length and line and made run scoring difficult. Both players just looked early on to get their eye in by pushing a few singles around. Abi was first to go when she missed one delivery and was bowled. Captain, Charlie, now strode to the crease. Tom was starting to look in better form as he stroked the ball around for a few singles. Charlie took a few overs to get in, just looking for the odd single early on. The overs ticked by and the score was moving up slowly. Charlie hit a boundary four to get things moving along. Slowly the runs started to come as Charlie began to hit out a bit. A change in the bowling was then made as a new bowler entered the attack. The new bowler made a quick impact when he managed to bowl Tom early in his spell. Andy now came to the crease to join his captain. A couple of overs later another change in the bowling was made as the other opening bowler left the attack. Andy started slowly, just looking to push a few singles around to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Charlie was starting to look in good form as he stroked the ball around and managed to find another boundary. Then disaster struck as Charlie tried to hit out at one, but miss-timed his shot and the ball flew into the air and the catch was taken. Neil now entered the fray. Andy was still looking comfortable at the crease, pushing the ball around for a few singles whilst also defending the many good deliveries. Neil started slowly and just looked to push the odd single around. The overs were now starting to run out and Charlbury would have to try and push on hard if they were to set a defendable score. Buckingham then changed their bowling around, bringing on a new bowler. The new bowler made a quick impact on the game when he found the edge of Neil’s bat and the catch was taken. Rob now came to the crease, but was not there too long as the new bowler also found the edge of his bat and he too was caught. Martin now joined Andy at the crease. One of the opening bowlers now came back into the attack as Buckingham looked to finish off the Charlbury innings. Andy found a boundary four when he hit one delivery thru the covers. The hundred mark had been reached and Charlbury were looking to push hard in the last few overs to try and grab every run available. Martin hit out to one rom the opening bowler, but the ball flew straight to a fielder and he was caught. Matt now came to the crease. Not many overs left. Then disaster struck. Andy had been batting really well, but when he tried to play one shot too many he was bowled for a good 33. Paul now came to the wicket and was quickly off the mark with a boundary four. Paul continued to try and hit out and was caught soon afterwards. Ian now joined Matt at the crease. Matt was just looking to push a few singles around. A couple of overs to go and Matt hit out at one, but the pitch was coming on well enough and he skied the ball and was caught. Ellie now came to the crease. Ian and Ellie nearly batted out the overs, but just before the end Ellie was wrapped on the pads and given out LBW leaving Charlbury 132 all out.

 

Charlbury would have to bowl well if they were going to win the game. Matt and Ellie opened the bowling, but after the first over Matt wanted to change ends and so Paul came on for the third over and Matt then replaced Ellie. It did not take long for this change to make an impact as Matt found the edge of the bat and Andy took the catch in the slips. Paul had dropped into a good line and length from the off and was causing some problems for the batsmen. Matt too was bowling a great line and length and using his height to extract some bounce from the pitch. Matt then grabbed his second wicket when another catch was taken in the slips off of his bowling. In his next over things got even better for Charlbury as early in the over he found a thin edge and wicket-keeper Rob took the catch and then the same combination took the next batsman before the end of the over. Charlbury were in charge and even more so when Paul found the edge and Rob took his third catch of the innings. Buckingham were 19-5 and would have to re-build their innings and so the batsmen now took a few overs to just see off the opening bowlers and also to try and get their eyes in. A double change in the bowling was then made as Charlie and Andy entered the attack. Both bowlers quickly dropped into good lengths and lines and started to cause some problems for the batsmen. The fielders were also backing up their bowlers with some fine diving stops and by never giving the chase of the ball up. Slowly the runs started to come as the batsmen started to play a few more shots, finding a few singles and twos. Andy came out of the attack and Ellie re-entered it as Charlbury continued to look for more wickets. The Buckingham batsmen were looking to get to their target slowly, defending the many good deliveries, but also by looking for the quick single. Ellie left the attack and Martin entered it. Buckingham were creeping nearer and nearer their target and Charlbury were going to need to bowl them out if they were to win the game. Charlie had been bowling a good spell, getting some turn and bounce from the pitch, but without success. A double change was made in the bowling as Andy and Matt re-entered the attack to try and get the breakthrough wicket. Early on Matt found the breakthrough as he found the edge of the bat and Rob did the rest taking a good catch behind the stumps, Charlbury were right back in the game and Matt had his fifth victim of the game. Andy was bowling a good length and line and was making the batsmen play and miss. A few overs ticked by with only a few singles being pushed before another boundary four was hit. Andy then got the seventh wicket of the innings when he had the new batsman caught after the batsman skied the ball. Still not quite at the hundred mark and seven wickets down, but Buckingham were still right up with the required rate. Andy came out of the attack and Paul re-entered it as Charlbury continued to search for more wickets. The two Buckingham batsmen now tried to grind out the victory, slowly moving closer and closer to their target. The hundred mark was passed and with a couple of boundaries it looked like Buckingham might snatch victory. Matt had other ideas and found the edge for Rob to take yet another catch and the set batsman was out. Paul was bowling a great spell and all the batsmen were finding him hard to get away. In Matt’s next over he had the new batsman caught at slip and Buckingham were nine down. Not many runs needed for victory, but only one wicket standing. One batsman played a big shot, missed the ball and Paul had clean bowled him leaving Buckingham 124 all out.

 

A great win for the seconds built on good innings from Andy and Charlie, then an exceptional bowling display from Matt saw the Buckingham batsmen blown away – well played lads and lasses.

 

Charlbury 2nd 25 points

 

Sat 9th June Charlbury vs Bletchley Town

Charlbury 213-8 (53 overs)

Ajit Shah 32

Ben Forrester 111 not out

 

Bletchley Town 203-9 (47 overs)

Ashley Rump 5-52

 

Charlbury won the toss and on a warm day decided to bat first. Tom Nash and Ajit opened the batting for Charlbury as the season moved from win-lose cricket to timed matches. The opening bowlers from Bletchley quickly found a good line and length and started to cause some problems for the batsmen. Tom hit the first boundary as he put one shot thru the covers. The disaster struck as Tom was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Ashley now came to the crease. Ajit got himself off of the mark by hitting one delivery over the slips heads and to the boundary for four. Ashley tried to whip one delivery away, but missed it and was bowled leaving Charlbury 15-2 off of seven overs. Ben now strode to the crease. Both batsmen now just took a couple of overs to make sure Charlbury did not lose any more early wickets. Ajit was looking good with the bat as he defended the good deliveries and then looked for ones and twos. After ten overs Bletchley made a change from one end a new bowler entered the attack. Ajit played a late cut and grabbed another boundary four and then next over Ben played a fantastic cover drive to the boundary for four. Ben was starting to look in a bit of form as he stroked the ball around for a few early singles, making sure the scoreboard kept on ticking round. After 17 overs Charlbury had reached 40-2 and were looking to set a good platform from which to build a good score. Ben played another couple of drives thru the covers and to the boundary for four. Another change in the bowling was made as the new bowler left the attack and a spinner entered it. The spinner quickly settled into a good length and line and Charlbury contented themselves with just pushing ones and twos around. Bletchley were bowling well and were making both batsmen work for every single run. Ajit played a very late cut to the spinner and the ball flew to the third man boundary for four. After 27 overs Charlbury had reached 70-2. Ben was by now batting superbly well, hitting the ball on both sides of the wicket and starting to find runs slightly more easily. Ajit too was batting well, constantly looking for the quick single. A change in the bowling was now made as the opening bowler finished his spell and the other opening bowler replaced him. Ben played another sumptuous cover drive to the boundary for four and then Ajit hit the returning bowler for four as well. The opening bowler was then replaced in the attack by a new spinner. Then disaster struck as Ajit tried to sweep the new bowler, missed the ball and was bowled for a good 32. Graham now entered the fray and pulled his first delivery to the boundary for four. Ben then hit another four to bring up a well deserved fifty. Graham tried to pull one more delivery, but it kept a bit low and bowled him meaning Bimalka had to come to the crease. Bimalka was now there too long as he was wrapped on the pads by another low delivery and was given out adjudged LBW. Marcus now joined Ben at the crease. After 37 overs Charlbury were 125-5 and now needed to start pushing on as the overs were beginning to run out. Both players now looked to push a few singles around as the bowling side looked to tighten their grip. Ben hammered another delivery to the boundary as Charlbury looked to start pushing on. Marcus was then wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW and so the captain, Ollie, had to come to the crease. Bletchley now changed their bowling around again taking one spinner off and bringing on a medium pacer. The bowling change had the desired affect as the new bowler wrapped Ollie on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW leaving Charlbury 143-7 off 43 overs. Barry now strode to the crease. Not many overs left, but now many wickets left either so Charlbury had to be careful how they approached it. Barry then attacked the ball, smashing two deliveries in one over to the boundary for four. One of the opening bowlers now returned to the attack. Both batsmen played him around for a couple of singles in his first over. Ben then launched the spinner for six before Barry repeated the dose with a huge six to end the over. Next over Barry hammered a boundary four before the batsmen exchanged singles. Ben then hit consecutive fours to end the over and bring up a well deserved hundred, the first by a Charlbury player in the Cherwell League. Next over Barry went to hit another six, but was caught on the boundary for a hard hit 26. Dean now came to the wicket for the last couple of overs. The opening bowler left the attack and the fourth change bowler re-entered it for the last over. Charlbury hit the ball around with Ben finding another boundary four to finish on a magnificent 111 not out and Charlbury ended their innings on 213-8.

 

Charlbury were going to have to bowl well if they were to win the game because if Bletchley did not want to go for the runs then they could just look for the draw. From the off it was clear Bletchley were not looking for the draw as they attacked from the off. Jake and Ollie opened the bowling and got Charlbury off to a reasonable start. A couple of early boundaries were hit as both bowlers slowly settled into a good line and length. Jake grabbed the first wicket when one batsman tried to smash him back over his head for six, but got too much loft on the ball. Dean ran back fast from his position at mid-on and took a brilliant catch low down and close to the boundary. Ollie took himself out of the attack and brought Marcus on in his place to try and keep the scoring down. The batsmen continued to hit out especially the other opening batsman, Charlbury would need to get him out if they were to get anything out of this game. Then Jake got his second wicket when the new batsman tried to go over the top of mid-off, but Ollie was wise to it and moved swiftly into position to take a good catch leaving Bletchley 55-2 off nine overs. Marcus took a couple of overs to settle down, but slowly started to find his length and line. Jake now came out of the attack and Bimalka now entered it. Bimalka quickly settled into a good line and length and between him and Marcus they managed to slow the run rate down. The hard hitting opening batsman managed to finds a couple of boundaries and both batsmen looked for a few singles to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Charlbury were fielding well and backing their bowlers up with many fine dives that saved runs. After 19 overs Bletchley were in command at 87-2 and Charlbury were going to need to start taking wickets if they were to make a game of it. The overs ticked by with both batsmen pushing singles and picking up the odd boundary, Charlbury were now getting desperate for the breakthru wicket. The hundred mark was passed and still no wicket and both batsmen were starting to grow in confidence. Marcus then came out of the attack and was replaced by his brother Ashley. Ashley made a quick impact on the game as in his second over he wrapped the hard hitting batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. First ball of his next over the batsman ran a single, but a mix-up in the calling saw one batsman run for a second and the other now move. Tom quickly fielded the ball and threw it to wicket-keeper Barry, Barry threw the ball to Ashley who threw the stumps down to run the other set batsman out. Charlbury were back in the game as Bletchley now had to new batsmen at the crease and were 147-4 off 32 overs. Bimalka was still bowling beautifully, getting some turn and causing some problems. Ashley had now settled into a good line and length and the batsmen were finding him harder to get away. One batsman then tried to flick Bimalka for six, but could only find Ashley stood on the longest boundary and he gratefully took the catch. Next over things got even better for Charlbury as the new batsman tried to hit out at Ashley, but Jake was on the boundary and took a good running catch. Charlbury were now right back in the game and any one of three results were still possible. The batsmen now just looked to push a few runs around to keep them in touch. Then one batsman hit a big six to try and break the shackles the bowlers were starting to impose. Then there was a big over for Charlbury. First Ashley wrapped one batsman on the pads and he was given out LBW and then later in the over the new batsman had a big swing at one, missed the ball and was bowled leaving Bletchley 178-8 off 40 overs. Bimalka had now finished his allotted overs and so Jake re-entered the attack, but only for one over and then Marcus replaced him. Ashley then grabbed his fifth victim of the day when  the middle order batsman who was looking to take the game away from Charlbury missed one and was bowled. 43 overs gone and Bletchley were 200-9, the game could still go either way. The batsmen now settled for the draw instead of taking risks which might have lost it and only a couple of runs were hit in the final few overs as they finished on 203-9.

 

A good result for the first team after recent games built on a fabulous innings by Ben and then backed up by Ashley’s great bowling display – well played lads on getting a winning draw.

 

Charlbury 16 points

Sat 2nd June Charlbury 2nd vs Shipton-Under-Wychwood 3rd

Shipton-Under-Wychwood 3rd 39 (26.4 overs)

Andy Glass 4-21

Mark Fitzgerald 5-11

 

Charlbury 2nd 41-4 (12 overs)

 

On a hot day Charlbury entertained local rivals Shipton-Under-Wychwood. After heavy rain on Thursday the wicket was still a bit damp and so Shipton batted first. Matt Doran and Andy opened the bowling and got Charlbury off to a great start. First ball of the match and Matt clean bowled the opening batsman. Andy quickly settled into a great line and length and with a bit of movement off of the pitch he started to cause all sorts of problems for the batsmen. Matt was also bowling well, getting the ball to nip around a bit and using his pace to rush the batsmen. The batsmen were finding run scoring very difficult and with some excellent fielding backing the bowlers up Charlbury were in control. One batsman tried to hit out and found a couple of boundaries. Then Andy wrapped one batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. Matt now came out of the attack and slow bowler Mark entered it. The Shipton team were a fairly young side and so Charlbury brought on Mark to try and tease them out with his variations of spin. A couple of overs passed by with not a run being scored, but them Andy grabbed the third wicket of the game when the batsman lobbed the ball back at him and he gratefully took the return catch. Mark had dropped into a great line and length and with a little bit of movement off of the pitch he was causing lots of problems for all of the batsmen. The new batsman managed to find a way thru the inner ring of fielders and the ball made its way to the boundary for four a couple of times. The new batsman then took a step down the wicket to try and hit Mark out of the park, but he missed the ball and quick as a flash wicket-keeper Abi collected the ball, whipped the bails off and stumped him. The score was hardly moving at all as Andy bowled maiden after maiden. In Mark’s next over he wrapped the new batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW, leaving Shipton 34-5. Things got even better for Charlbury in the next over as Andy grabbed another victim by clean bowling him. Charlbury were now in complete control and were just trying to bowl Shipton out as quickly as possible. Then Mark bowled a decisive over. First he had one batsman caught when he tried to hit out, skied the ball and Rob took a great catch and then next ball he clean bowled the new batsman to leave the Shipton innings in disarray. The batsmen were now just looking to see how long they could bat and were playing very defensively, only pushing the odd single around. Andy then grabbed his fourth victim of the innings when he clean bowled one batsman. The end was not long in coming as when one batsman tried to hit out at Mark the ball flew in the air straight to Charlie who took a good catch to give Mark his fifth wicket and to leave Shipton all out for 39.

 

Charlbury were going to have to bat well to get the runs as the pitch was still difficult to bat on. New batsman Tom Harris and Neil opened the batting for Charlbury. Things got off to a poor start as first ball Thom mis-hit the ball straight back to the bowler and was caught. Ben now strode to the wicket. Ben has now picked up a bat in nearly two years, but from the off he looked in good form. Ben hit a couple of early boundary fours to get the scoreboard moving along. Then disaster struck as Neil missed one and was bowled leaving Charlbury 10-2. Martin now joined Ben at the crease. The wicket was tough to bat on and both of the Shipton bowlers had dropped into a good line and length and were causing lost of problems. Ben hit another couple of boundaries as the score started to get closer and closer to the victory mark. After eight overs Shipton decided to change the bowling around. Martin hit out at one from the new bowler, but the ball flew straight to a fielder and was caught. Rob now came to the crease, but was not there long as one kept a bit low in the next over and he was bowled. Andy now joined Ben at the crease with nine runs still needed for victory. Both batsmen pushed a couple of singles around and with some hard running the game was nearly over. When Ben hammered his fifth boundary four of the innings Charlbury had reached their target and won by six wickets.

 

A great win for the seconds built on a brilliant bowling display from Andy and Mark and the Ben’s hard-hitting finished the game off – well played lads and lasses.

 

Charlbury 2nd 25 points

 

Sat 26th May Charlbury 2nd vs Cublington 2nd

Charlbury 197-2 declared (39 overs)

Charlie Sinton 70

Matt Lyver 41 not out

 

Cublington 2nd 91 (37 overs)

Matt Doran 3-16

Matt Lyver 4-26

 

Charlbury travelled to second place Cublington for their division eight clash. Charlbury batted first and so Paul and Ajit opened the batting and got Charlbury off to a good start. Both batsmen just looked to see what the bowling was like in the first couple of overs. Ajit quickly settled into his usual style, defending the good deliveries while looking to push ones and twos whenever possible. Paul started off slowly, but became the more attacking batsmen and found a couple of early boundary fours. Slowly the score started to increase as Paul attacked the ball more and backed up with some quick running from Ajit. Ajit then played a late cut which sent the ball to the boundary for four. Paul was looking good as he stroked the ball around on both sides of the wicket. Then disaster struck as Paul was hit by the ball and after a few minutes decided to retire hurt and so Charlie now entered the fray. At the same time Cublington changed the bowling around from one end. The new bowler quickly dropped into a good line and length and started to make scoring slightly more difficult. The opening bowler too had settled down by now and was bowling a better line and length. Charlie started slowly, just looking to push a few singles around to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Then disaster struck as the new bowler found the edge of Ajit’s bat and the catch was taken in the slips. Matt now entered the fray. After twenty overs another change in the bowling was made as the new bowler left the attack and a new bowler entered it. Both batsmen gave themselves a couple of overs to look at the bowling and make sure Charlbury did not lose any more quick wickets. Charlie hit another couple of boundaries to keep the score moving along. After thirty overs Cublington had to change their bowling around as the opening bowler had finished his allotted fifteen over spell and so a new bowler entered the attack. With the overs now starting to run out both batsmen started to attack harder. Both batsmen ran hard for every run and with a couple of boundaries hit the score started to rise quickly. The overs were by now starting to run out so Charlbury had to push hard if they were to set a defendable target. Charlie hit a massive six and followed it up with another boundary. Matt too now started to hit out and found a couple of boundaries. The score was rising quickly now and Cublington did not seem able to slow the rate down. Both batsmen targeted the new bowler and found several boundaries off of him. Then disaster struck as Charlie, going for a big shot, missed the ball and was bowled for a good 70. Andy now entered the fray. Andy just looked to give Matt the strike and let him hammer the ball around. The score was rising quickly, but then the shout came from the captain that he was going to declare. A couple more big shots were played and Matt hit another boundary as Charlbury declared on 197-2.

 

Charlbury now had an extra six overs in which to bowl Cublington out. Matt Doran and Andy opened the bowling. The Cublington batsmen took their time in the first few overs, but then one hit out and hit a couple of boundaries. A quick change in the bowling was made as Matt Lyver replaced Andy in the attack. Then Charlbury got the breakthru when Matt Doran had one opener caught after finding the edge of the bat. A couple of overs later and things got even better for Charlbury as Matt Doran had the new batsman caught and Cublington were two wickets down. Charlbury were bowling really well with Matt Doran settling into a fantastic line and length and Matt Lyver causing some problems with his extra bounce. the new batsman tried attacking and found a couple of boundaries and with a few singles from the opening batsman the score started to rise. Cublington were going to have to bat well if they were going to get anywhere near their target after the start they had made. Matt Lyver then got amongst the wickets when he clean bowled the opening batsman. Matt then came out of the attack and was replaced by Ellie. Matt Doran was still bowling a fantastic line and length and was causing real problems for all of the batsmen. Ellie was her normal accurate self, giving the batsmen nothing to play at and as always bowling an immaculate line and length. The runs now dried up a bit as Charlbury took complete control. The overs ticked by with only the only single or two coming. Finally Matt got his third victim when he clean bowled the new batsman. The new batsman was not there too long as he tried to hit one of Ellie’s deliveries, but was caught by Liam. Matt Doran then finished his great spell and so Matt Lyver re-entered the attack. One batsman was leading the fightback and was using many deliveries up as he tried to help Cublington to a draw. The overs ticked by with the score not moving much, but then Matt got the breakthru when he bowled one batsman. The new batsman got a couple of runs, but when Ellie got him caught Cublington were seven wickets down. Liam now replaced Ellie in the attack. Matt was bowling a fantastic spell, but came out of the attack and Charlie brought himself on as Charlbury looked to take the last couple of wickets. Liam bowled well, quickly settling into a good line and length and making run scoring difficult. Slowly the score started to rise as a couple of boundaries were hit. Then Liam got amongst the wickets as he clean bowled one batsman. The new batsman played a few shots and hit a couple of boundaries as Cublington looked to try and get back into the game. A double change in the bowling was made as Matt Lyver and Paul came into the attack. A few more runs followed, but the end was not long in coming as first Matt caught and bowled the new batsman and then before then end of the over he clean bowled the last man and Cublington were all out for 91.

 

A great win for the 2nds built on a great innings from Charlie backed up by Matt and then the two Matts tore thru the Cublington innings to see Charlbury to victory – well played lads and lasses.

 

Charlbury 2nd 25 points

Sat 2nd June Charlbury vs Tiddington 2nd

Charlbury 156 (42.2 overs)

Steve Hicks 31

 

Tiddington 2nd 157-1 (25 overs)

 

Tiddington won the toss and elected to bowl first. With all of the heavy rain that fell on Thursday evening the pitch at Tiddington was slightly damp and so they elected to bowl first after winning the toss. Tom Nash and Graham opened the batting and got Charlbury off to a reasonable start. Graham git the first ball of the innings to the boundary for four. Next over, after a spate of wides, Tom played the ball down to the third man boundary for another boundary. A short ball was bowled to Graham in the fourth over which he hammered over the boundary for a six. Next over disaster struck as Tom edged one and was caught by the wicket-keeper. The captain, Ajit, now entered the fray. Ajit was quickly off the mark when he hit his third delivery to the boundary for four. A change in the bowling was made and a new bowler entered the attack, but only for one over as he bowled several wides and Graham then finished the over off with back to back fours. After 6 overs Charlbury had reached 43-1. The other opening bowler had now settled into a good line and length and was making runs harder to come by. Tiddington had again changed their bowling around and now their young spinner entered the attack. The spinner was straight on the money from the first ball, getting a bit of movement out of the pitch. Graham was batting well, hitting out and scoring runs off the loose deliveries, but defending all of the good deliveries. Ajit was playing in his normal style, defending the good deliveries, but always looking for the single when it was on offer. Another change in the bowling was made with the other opening bowler leaving the attack and a new bowler entering it. The batsmen now just took a couple of overs to look at the new bowlers. Then disaster struck when Graham tried to cut the young spinner, but only got an edge and was caught by the keeper. Ben now entered the fray. After 16 overs Charlbury had reached 63-2. Ben hit a boundary four off the young spinner and then followed it up with another one a couple of overs later. Then disaster struck as one delivery stuck in the pitch a bit and as Ben tried to hit it the ball just lobbed up and was caught. Steve now joined his captain at the crease. Both batsmen now just tried to see the two slow bowlers off and then see what else Tiddington had. Ajit hit another boundary four and Steve found a couple of early ones as well as the score continued to rise. After 23 overs Charlbury had reached 81-3 and now needed to start pushing on if they were to set a defendable score. Ajit was still batting well, setting out his stall to try and bat thru the innings. Steve was looking comfortable at the crease, defending the good deliveries, but also looking to punish anything loose. The young spinner finished his allotted ten over spell and so a new bowler entered the attack. The new bowler bowled a couple of wides early on, but otherwise dropped straight into a good line and length and made getting the ball away difficult. The other slow bowler finished his spell and so the first change bowler returned from the other end. Steve hammered this bowler for a couple of boundary fours. Then disaster struck as first Ajit played one delivery onto his stumps and was bowled and then next ball new batsman Marcus was given out adjudged LBW leaving Charlbury 106-5 off 32 overs. Nik had now joined Steve at the crease. Steve hit another four powerfully to the boundary. A change in the bowling was then made as the first change came out of the attack again and a new bowler entered it. The new bowler made an instant impact. First Steve hit out at a full toss, but did not quite get hold of it and was caught at long-off. Matt Lyver now came to the crease. A couple of singles were taken, but last ball of the over another quick single was called and this time Matt did not quite reach his ground and was run out. Jake now joined Nik at the crease. Jake was quickly off the mark with a four. Next over from the new bowler saw Nik hit a boundary four and then a couple of wides were bowled. Last ball of the over was a bit quicker, Nik missed it and was bowled. Dean now joined Jake at the crease with Charlbury 137-8 off 37 overs. One of the opening bowlers was now brought back into the attack to try and finish Charlbury off. Jake hit another boundary four, but in trying to repeat the feat later in the over he was bowled meaning Ellie had to come to the crease. Dean and Ellie put on a few runs, but when Dean missed one he was bowled and Charlbury were all out for 156.

 

With the pitch drying out fast on a hot day Charlbury were going to need to bowl really well if they were to defend their total. Jake and Matt opened the bowling. Jake dropped straight into a good length and line from the first over and the batsmen found him difficult to get away. Matt was a little short in his first over and was hit for a couple of boundaries. The outfield was speeding up as it dried and so more boundaries were likely in the second innings. Then Charlbury grabbed their first wicket. Matt bowled one a bit short, but the batsman pulled the ball straight to Tom stood at square leg and he was caught leaving Tiddington 18-1 off  four overs. The batsmen now just took stock for a couple of overs. Matt then came out of the attack and Ellie entered it as Charlbury searched for more wickets. An over later Jake came out of the attack and Dean entered it. Charlbury were bowling well and fielding well, but just could not make the breakthru. The outfield was quick and most shots that penetrated the infield shot to the boundary for four. After 13 overs Tiddington had reached 60-1 and the batsmen now started to take the attack back to the Charlbury bowlers. The runs started to come a bit quicker than Charlbury would have liked as a few boundary fours were hit. Both batsmen were running well, picking up singles and finding a boundary an over. Dean left the attack and Marcus entered it as Charlbury now began to desperately search for the breakthru wicket. The hundred mark was brought up in the twentieth over and still only one wicket down. Jake replaced Ellie in the attack to see if he could make the breakthru. The batsmen now pushed hard for victory hitting a couple of sixes of the bowling of Marcus and finding a couple of fours off of Jake. The score was now rushing along and it was only going to be a matter of time before Tiddington sealed victory. Five singles pushed in the 25th over saw Tiddington to victory by nine wickets.

 

Charlbury 3 points

Sat 26th May Charlbury vs Thame 2nd

Thame 2nd 275-5 (50 overs)

 

Charlbury 83 (27 overs)

 

On a warm day Charlbury won the toss and elected to bowl first. Jake and Stuart opened the bowling. Both bowlers took a couple of overs to find their length and line. Stuart started off well, bowling a good line and length and managing to extract some bounce from the pitch. The batsmen started off cautiously, just looking to push ones and twos around. After eight overs Thame had reached 32-0 and Charlbury were going to need wickets if they were to keep the score down. The umpires have been instructed to give anything down the leg-side as a wide and Charlbury were bowling a few of those. After 11 overs a change in the bowling was made as Stuart left the attack and Barry entered it. Barry was quickly into a good line and length and caused a few problems for the batsmen. Jake was by now bowling well and with a bit of movement was causing some problems for the batsmen, but Charlbury were just unable to pick that first wicket. As the overs ticked by the batsmen began to grow in confidence and started to play a few more shots. After 18 overs Thame had reached 76-0 and Charlbury were now getting desperate for the breakthru wicket. Jake finished his great ten over spell and so Bimalka now entered the attack. Bimalka started well bowling a couple of maidens to start with to slow the scoring rate down. Barry was bowling a good spell, but was having no luck at all, despite creating a couple of chances. Barry then came out of the attack and Dean entered it. After 26 overs Thame had reached 112-0 and were now looking to push on so as to set a big total. Then Charlbury got the wicket they craved as Bimalka found a way thru one batsman’s defences and clean bowled him. The batsmen now took a couple of overs just to make sure another wicket did not fall by pushing a few singles around. The score was still rising much quicker than Charlbury would have wanted and anything even slightly loose was being seized on and hit to the boundary. After 34 overs Thame had reached 151-1 and with a great platform now built they were looking to push on hard and set a mammoth total. Stuart now came back into the attack replacing Dean. Then Charlbury got some good fortune. First the new batsman hit out at Bimalka, but could only find Marcus on the boundary who took a good catch. Next over things got even better for Charlbury when Stuart clean bowled the other opening batsman. Charlbury were now back in the game, but would need to keep taking wickets if they were to keep the score down. The new batsmen started off just looking to push ones and twos around to get themselves in, running hard for each and every run. Then a double change in the bowling was made as Bimalka finished his great ten over spell and Stuart was taken out of the attack and they were replaced by Josh and Marcus. With the overs now starting to run out and a good platform set the batsmen now started to hit out at everything. After 43 overs Thame had reached 195-3. The batsmen were running hard and throwing the bat at just about everything as they looked to set a big total. Then Charlbury grabbed their fourth wicket when one batsmen hit the ball straight back to Marcus who gratefully took the catch. Josh came out of the attack and Stuart re-entered it as Charlbury looked for more wickets. The score was rising quickly now with several boundaries being hit. Marcus picked up his second wicket when Josh took a catch close to the boundary. Stuart then came out of the attack after finished his ten over spell and so Josh came back on for the last over. Some big hitting in the last couple of overs saw Thame reach an imposing 275-5.

 

Charlbury were going to have to bat really well to get anywhere near their target. Tom Nash and Graham opened the batting, but it started badly. First ball of the innings and Graham smashed it to the boundary for four, but next ball he mis-hit it straight to square leg and was caught. Bimalka now entered the fray. Both batsmen hit a couple of singles as they tried to make sure no more early wickets fell. The bowlers had dropped into a fairly good line and length and were both causing problems for the batsmen. In the fourth over Tom missed one and was bowled meaning Marcus had to go to the wicket. Marcus was quickly off and running, hitting a two and then following this up with the first boundary of the innings. The Thame bowlers too were bowling a few wides and this was helping to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Bimalka was batting well, defending the many good deliveries while trying to score off anything loose. Bimalka then hit a four as Charlbury continued to press. Then disaster struck as Marcus was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW leaving Charlbury 31-3 off 6 overs. Steve now came to the crease. Bimalka hammered another couple of boundary fours as he tried to help Charlbury get back into the game. Steve just took a couple of overs to try and get himself in, not looking to play the big shot. Then disaster struck as Steve edged one low down and the wicket-keeper stuck a hand out and took a fantastic catch. Josh now entered the fray. Charlbury were in real trouble as the captain came to the wicket. Bimalka was still batting well and finding the odd boundary to go with a few singles. Josh was then wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. After 14 overs Charlbury were 53-5 as Thame made a double change in the bowling. Dean had now joined Bimalka at the crease. Two spinners had now entered the attack and so Charlbury too a couple of overs just to see what they were like. Bimalka then took ma stride own the wicket to hit one bowler, missed the ball and was bowled. Stuart now joined Dean at the crease. Stuart called for a quick single, but some quick fielding saw the ball thrown to the keepers end and the stumps broken before Dean could make his ground and he was run out. Tom Eaton now came to the wicket. Both batsmen just looked to push a few singles around. Tom then hit a big six. After 22 overs Charlbury were 70-7 and were just looking to see if they could get any batting points. Tom hit out at another delivery, but was caught meaning Jake had to come to the crease. Next over Stuart edged one and was caught by the keeper. Barry, who had twisted his knee whilst fielding, now joined Jake at the wicket. Jake smashed a boundary four, but missed the next delivery and Charlbury were all out for 83.

 

Charlbury 5 points

Sat 19th May Charlbury 2nd vs Witney Mills 2nd

Witney Mills 2nd 141-8 (45 overs)

 

 

Charlbury 2nd 142-5 (35 overs)

Charlie Sinton 42

 

On a sunny day Charlbury entertained Witney Mills. Mills batted first and so it was up to the two Matts, Doran and Lyver, to open the bowling for Charlbury. Both bowlers dropped straight into great lines and lengths, using their extra height to get some extra bounce and a bit of movement off the wicket. Charlbury backed up this great start with the ball with some good fielding as the Mills batsmen found things tough from the off. Matt Doran was bowling a good spell, getting the ball to move around a bit and getting the batsmen to play and miss. Matt Lyver was using his height to extract some bounce out of the wicket whilst also bowling a fabulous line and length. The overs ticked by with few runs being added to the score. Matt Doran then came out of the attack and so Ellie entered it. Ellie was right on the mark from ball one, getting the ball to move around a bit while also bowling a good line and length. Finally Charlbury got the breakthru wicket they wanted when Matt clean bowled one of the opening batsmen. Things got even better for Charlbury in the next over when the other opening batsman hit the ball in the air off Ellie’s bowling and Jon took a good catch. Both bowlers were causing problems for the batsmen and none of them were able to get the ball away for runs on a regular basis. A couple of boundaries had been hit. The overs ticked by and the score was moving along very slowly. Then Matt grabbed another wicket when he again clean bowled one batsmen. Three wickets down and only 38 runs scored. Ellie was bowling a fabulous spell and all of the batsmen were struggling to score runs off of her. Matt Lyver came out of the attack and Matt Doran re-entered it as Charlbury really looked to turn the screw on the Mills batsmen. Matt was straight on the mark in his second spell, putting the ball in good areas and giving nothing away. The runs were slowly coming, but with the overs beginning to run out the batsmen were going to have to be more attacking if they were to set a defendable target. Then Charlbury got the breakthru when Ellie bowled one batsman. Things got even better in the next over when Matt bowled the other set batsman and now Mills had two new batsmen at the crease as the overs began to run out. The two new batsmen just tried to stay there for a few overs before they launched their attack. Charlbury were bowling well and still fielding really well, stopping many boundary bound balls from reaching their target. A double change was made as Ellie and Matt made way for Liam and Andy. With the overs now running out fast the running was harder and the score started to rise at the quickest it had all match. The hundred mark was reached, but soon afterwards Charlbury were back amongst the wickets. One batsman tried to hit out at one of Andy’s deliveries, but hit the ball straight to Matt Doran who gratefully took the catch. Next over things got even better for Charlbury as a mix-up in the calling saw one batsmen short of his ground as Matt Lyver threw the stumps down. Soon afterwards things got even better as Liam clean bowled a batsmen to leave Mills 110-8. The new batsman hurt himself taking a run early on and so retired hurt. The last two batsmen then threw the bat at everything and ran as hard as they could as Witney Mills finished on 141-8 off their 45 overs.

 

Charlbury were going to have to bat well if they were going to win the game. Martin and Carla opened the batting as both of them had somewhere to be, this meant they could throw caution to the wind and attack the bowling hard from the off. Both players found an early boundary to put the pressure onto the Mills bowlers. Slowly but surely the bowlers started to find their length and line. Martin smashed another couple of quick fours to keep the scoreboard moving along quickly. Carla was taking a more defensive attitude, keeping out the good deliveries, but also looking to run hard and score singles when she could. Then disaster struck as Martin hit out at one too many and was caught. Charlie now came to the crease. A few overs ticked by while both batsmen tried to make sure no more quick wickets fell and to give Charlie time to get his eye in. Carla struck a second boundary four to keep things moving along. A change in the bowling was made as Mills searched for the wickets that might get them back in the game. Charlie was batting well just looking to push the ball around for ones and twos to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Then disaster struck when Carla was wrapped on the pads by the new bowler and given out adjudged LBW. Andy now joined his captain at the crease as another bowling change was made. Charlie took a liking to the new bowler and hit him for an early boundary four. Andy just spent some time just trying to get his eye in whilst letting Charlie do the bulk of the scoring. Charlie then hit a massive six and followed it up with another in the new bowler’s next over. Charlbury were on a bit of a charge and Mills were going to need to take wickets if they were to get back in the game. A change in the bowling was made as an opening bowler returned to the attack. Charlie hit his third six of the innings as Charlbury started to pile on the pressure. Then disaster struck as the returning opening bowler found the edge of Charlie’s bat and had him caught by the wicket-keeper for a good 42. Matt Lyver entered the fray. Matt as never going to die wondering as he attacked the ball from the off and hit an early boundary. With some hard running the score rushed over the hundred mark and with plenty of overs left Mills only chance of winning was to bowl Charlbury out. Matt launched one bowler out of the ground for a big six as Charlbury seemed to be racing to victory. Then disaster struck as Matt hit one straight to a fielder and was caught. Robert now joined Andy at the wicket. Andy now took on the responsibility of winning the game as he stroked the ball around for ones and twos and made sure Charlbury did not look like losing another wicket. Charlbury needed just two runs for victory when Andy edged one to the keeper and was caught for a good 29. Jon now came to the crease and first ball he pushed it for two runs and Charlbury had won by five wickets.

 

A great win for the seconds built on a great all round bowling and fielding display and then a good batting display saw them home – well played lads and lasses.

 

Charlbury 2nd 25 points

Sat 19th May Charlbury vs Witney Mills

Charlbury 131 (38.3 overs)

Bimalka Liyanarachchi 36

 

Witney Mills 132-5 (33.2 overs)

 

Charlbury won the toss and on a hot day decided to bat first. Tom Nash and Graham opened the batting. Tom got the scoreboard moving when he smashed a delivery in the first over to the boundary for four. Slowly the bowlers started to find a better length and line and both the batsmen started runs harder to come by. Then disaster struck as Tom edged one and was caught in the slips. Ajit now came to the crease, but was not there too long as he was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Bimalka now joined Graham at the crease. Graham was batting well, defending the many good deliveries, but always looking for the single. Graham then hit out hitting a four in one over and then in the next he opened it with back to back boundary fours. After 9 overs Charlbury had reached 34-2. Bimalka was batting well, running hard for every run, but still playing defensively when needed. Bimalka then got in on the act as he hit a delivery to the boundary. It looked like Charlbury might have weathered the early storm, but then Graham hit out at one and the ball just lobbed up on the off-side and he was caught. Stuart now came to the crease. Bimalka was starting to look in good form as he crashed another couple of fours to keep the score moving. Stuart missed one and was bowled leaving Charlbury 54-4 off 15 overs. Marcus now joined Bimalka at the wicket. Marcus started quickly, cutting one delivery to the boundary for four. The opening bowlers seemed to be tiring a bit and this led to few wides being bowled which helped the score along. After twenty overs a double change in the bowling was made. Marcus was batting well, constantly looking for the single or two to keep the score moving along. Bimalka was also batting well, pushing ones and twos wherever he could. The first over from each of the new bowlers saw several more wides bowled. After two overs the spinner left the attack and another slow bowler entered it, this would be a pivotal moment. In the first over of the new bowler he wrapped Marcus on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW for a fine 22. Josh now came to the wicket. The other bowler had now settled into a good line and length and was starting to make runs hard to come by. In the new bowler’s second over Bimalka smashed a loose delivery wide of the bowler, but he stuck his hands out and took a good catch and Bimlka was out for a good 36. Barry now joined Josh at the crease with Charlbury 107-6 off 28 overs. Lots of overs to bat and Charlbury had to try and use them all up if they were to set a defendable total. Frustration got the better of Barry and he had a swing at one, missed it and was bowled. Josh was looking comfortable as he pushed a few singles and twos around, but also defended the many good deliveries. Dean had now joined his captain at the crease, but not for long as he hit the ball straight back to the bowler and was caught. Jake now entered the fray. Charlbury were now struggling to get the ball away for runs as the Mills bowlers started to strangle the life out of the innings. Joh edged one and was caught by the wicket-keeper meaning that last man Martyn had to come to the wicket. Jake, with nothing to lose, now started to hit out and he found a couple of boundary fours. Then disaster struck as a mix-up in the calling saw Jake just short of his ground and run out leaving Charlbury 131 all out.

 

Charlbury were going to have to bowl really well if they were to win the game. Jake and Stuart opened the bowling. Both bowlers quickly dropped into good lines and lengths and caused a few problems. Stuart was straight into a good length and line and with a bit of bounce was making the batsmen play and miss a lot. Jake too was bowling a good spell, getting the ball to move around a bit. After seven overs Mills had reached 21-0 and Charlbury were becoming desperate to get the breakthru wicket. Finally it came when one batsman tried to flick Jake on the leg-side, but could only hit the ball straight to Ajit who gratefully took the catch. Next over things got even better for Charlbury when Stuart wrapped the other opening batsmen on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. Jake now came out of the attack and Dean entered it. The new batsmen took a liking to Dean and attacked him from the off and found several boundary fours. The score suddenly rushed along and it looked liked Mills were in a hurry to win and so a double change in the bowling was made. Bimalka and Josh now entered the attack. in his first over Josh got the breakthru when one batsman tried to hit out, but could only find Graham, who had run a few paces and stuck out a hand and took a great catch. 80-3 off 18 overs and Charlbury were still in with a chance if they could keep taking wickets. Bimalka settled into his usual good line and length, giving very little away. Josh too was bowling a great spell, getting the ball to nip around a bit while bowling a good line and length. The runs were still coming, but just at a slower pace, but Charlbury needed wickets if they were to stand any chance in this game. After 25 overs Mills had reached 107-3 and the game seemed to be going away from Charlbury. Bimalka left the attack and Stuart re-entered it. Then a couple of overs later Charlbury got back into the game. One batsman tried to hit out at Josh, but could only hit it straight to Dean who took a fine catch. Next over and Stuart bowled the other batsman meaning Mills had two brand new batsmen at the crease. The batsmen just looked to push the odd single around as they got closer and closer to victory. A change in the bowling was made as Marcus came on for Josh. Stuart had now finished his great ten over spell and with the scores tied Charlbury gave Tom Nash a bowl. It took a couple of deliveries to get the winning run, but eventually Witney Mills won by 5 wickets.

 

Charlbury 7 points