Sat 7th July Charlbury 2nd vs Oxford Downs 3rd

Charlbury 2nd 190-7 (45 overs)

Andy Glass 77 not out

 

Oxford Downs 3rd 181 (43 overs)

Matt Doran 5-44

Ellie Norton 3-54

 

On a hot day Charlbury batted first and so Richard and Michael opened the batting and got Charlbury off to a good start. Both batsmen started slowly in the first few overs as they just tried to get themselves in. Richard started cautiously, looking to defend the many good deliveries, but also looking for the single when he could. Michael attacked slightly more and found a couple of boundaries to get the score moving along. After eight overs a change in the bowling was made from one end. Both batsmen were looking comfortable, pushing singles and twos around to keep the scoreboard moving along. Then disaster struck as Michael miss-hit one and was caught. Matt Lyver now entered the fray. Richard was looking good at the crease and managed to find a boundary four. Next over Richard edged one and was caught meaning the captain, Andy had to enter the fray. Both batsmen now just looked to push a few singles around to keep the scoreboard ticking over whilst also trying to make sure Charlbury did not lose any more quick wickets. Downs were bowling well and with their fielders backing the bowlers up it was not going to be easy to score runs. Matt was looking confident at the wicket, defending anything on the stumps, but looking to attack anything else. Andy too was batting well, always looking for the single, but also hitting a couple of boundary fours. A change in the bowling was made from one end, but the new bowler did not settle as Matt decided to go on the attack. Matt hit a couple of fours off of the new bowler’s first over and then Andy hit a couple of off his second to get the score moving. The new bowler was quickly replaced by another new bowler. The new bowler dropped onto a much better length and line. Matt tried to attack the new bowler, but could only hit the ball straight to a fielder and was caught for a good 28. Then disaster struck as first new batsman Matt Doran was bowled and then before the end of the over his replacement, Neil was caught by the wicket-keeper. Nathan now came to the wicket as another change in the bowling was made. Nathan now entered the fray. Andy was still batting well and found another couple of fours. Nathan hit a boundary, but shortly afterwards he was caught and Charlbury were six wickets down as Paul Jenkins strode to the crease. Paul just looked to give Andy the strike and let him score the bulk of the runs. The overs were ticking by and the hundred mark had been passed. Andy was looking better and better with every over that went by. Both batsmen were running hard for every run. Andy hit another four and reached a well deserved fifty. The score had now moved along, but then Paul was hit and decided he needed to go off and so he retired hurt. The overs were now running out fast as Liam came to join his captain at the crease. Andy took the bulk of the strike and pushed hard for home so that Charlbury could set a defendable target. A change in the bowling was made as the first change bowler re-entered the attack. Liam hit a four off of the new bowler, but in trying to repeat the feat he was caught. Ian now came to the crease for the final few overs and Charlbury eventually finished on 190-8.

 

Charlbury would have to bowl well if they were to win the game and so Matt Doran and Liam opened the bowling. Liam started off well, bowling a good length and line and getting some movement off of the pitch. Matt too was bowling well, getting some bounce on the hard wicket. Both bowlers settled quickly and put some pressure onto the batsmen. One batsman hit a boundary four, but next over Matt got him when he found a way thru his defences and bowled him. Charlbury were fielding well, diving around trying to stop the ball going to the boundary on the fast outfield. Matt then clean bowled the new batsman and then in his next over he clean bowled his replacement as well. Charlbury were in charge with three early wickets and now it was time to keep the pressure on. A change in the bowling was made as Matt finished his seven over spell and was replaced by Paul. Paul as still feeling the effects of his earlier retirement and did not bowl for long and so a double change was made as Ellie and Andy entered the attack. Both bowlers quickly dropped into a great line and length and started to cause the batsmen a few problems. Downs were slightly behind where they needed to be and so would have to start attacking if they were to get close. One batsman started to hit out and found a couple of boundaries to start the fightback. The batsman tried one shot too many and Andy had his man when he clean bowled him. The opening batsman was still there and Charlbury would need him out if they were to win the game. Then Ellie grabbed a wicket when she clean bowled the new batsman, Charlbury were still in the game. The batsmen continued to attack and it was starting to look like Charlbury would have to bowl Downs out if they were to win the game. The overs were running out and Downs were getting closer to victory. Then Charlbury got the wicket they wanted when Ellie had the opening batsman caught. Six wickets down and Charlbury seemed to be wrestling control back, but the Downs batsman had other ideas and continued to attack. Andy left the attack and Matt re-entered it. Ellie then had another batsman caught and Charlbury thought they were finally in charge. Matt then picked up two quick wickets. First he had a batsman caught and then in his next over he clean bowled the new batsman. The last two batsmen at the crease and still plenty of runs required, but still Downs fought back. The runs continued to come and with a fast outfield a few boundaries were hit. The score was getting closer and closer and Charlbury now started to worry as Downs started to believe they could win. Matt finished his second spell and so Liam re-entered the attack. Ten runs needed for victory and still a couple of overs left so it was all to play for. Then the last man tried to play a big shot, missed the ball and Liam bowled meaning Charlbury won by nine runs.

 

A great win for the seconds built on a fabulous innings from Andy and then Ellie and Matt took the wickets to win the game – well played lads and ladies.

 

Charlbury 2nd 25 points

Sat 14th July Charlbury vs Shipton-Under-Wychwood

Shipton-Under-Wychwood 169 (53 overs)

Jake Godfrey 6-52

 

Charlbury 172-3 (34.3 overs)

Tom Harris 100 not out

 

Shipton won the toss and on a very hot day elected to bat first. Barry and Bimalka opened the bowling for Charlbury and got them off to a good start. Barry dropped straight on the mark from ball one, getting the ball move around a bit off the pitch which made the batsmen play and miss several times. Bimalka also dropped into a great line and length, getting some turn and bounce which made run scoring difficult from the off. After eight overs Shipton were 5-0 as the Charlbury bowlers sought to strangle the life out of the innings. Charlbury were fielding well, backing their bowlers up which made run scoring even harder. After ten overs a change in the bowling was made as Barry made way for Paul. Bimalka was bowling a great spell and both the batsmen were struggling to get him away. Paul was quickly into a good line and length and kept all the pressure on the batsmen. Bimalka then came out of the attack and Jake entered it. An over later Paul left the attack and Tom Harris entered it. After 20 overs Shipton had reached 26-0 and although they were not scoring quickly they had set a good foundation on which to build. Finally the breakthru was made when a miss-field off of one of Jake’s deliveries saw the batsmen run, but Tom Harris made a quick recovery, threw the ball to Steve and he executed the run out. Two young batsmen now at the crease and they began to play a few more shots and run harder for every run. A double change in the bowling was made as Charlbury sought to take more wickets, so Ollie and Barry came on to bowl. First ball of Ollie’s spell and he grabbed a wicket when he found the outside edge and Steve took a good catch behind the stumps. With such a slow start the batsmen now had to attack hard and with Charlbury keeping an attacking field plus a very fast outfield the runs started to come. After 30 overs Shipton had moved onto 79-2 and would now need to push on hard for the remainder of their innings. Ollie then grabbed his second victim of the day when he bowled one batsman. Another double change in the bowling was made as Bimalka and Jake both returned to the attack. Both bowlers immediately dropped into an immaculate line and length, giving very little away and making the batsmen do all the work. Jake then grabbed his first wicket when he found the edge of the bat and Barry took a sharp catch at slip leaving Shipton 108-4 off of 37 overs. The overs were now running out and so the batsmen had to play more shots and try and take some risks if they were going to set a defendable total. The batsmen were running hard for every single trying to turn as many as they could into twos. Bimalka was bowling a good spell and still causing problems for all the batsmen. Jake had now settled into a great line and length, giving very little away whilst also posing a threat with virtually every ball. Jake wrapped one batsman on the pads and he was given out LBW then in his next over he found the edge of the bat and Steve took a good catch leaving Shipton 135-6 off of 45 overs. Shipton had to keep on pressing for runs and this started to give Charlbury chances to take wickets. One batsman dragged his back found out of his ground and Steve made a great stumping off of Jake to give him his fourth wicket of the game. Next over things got even better when Bimalka wrapped a batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. Bimalka had now finished his great 17 over spell and so Ollie had to come on for one over. Jake bowled the last over and it was a great one. Early on he clean bowled one batsman to leave Shipton nine wickets down and then last ball of the innings the last man tried to hit Jake for six, but could only find Tom Harris on the boundary who took a great catch to give Jake his sixth victim of the day and to leave Shipton all out for 169.

 

Charlbury were going to have to bat well if they were going to win the game. The two Tom’s opened the batting, Harris and Nash, and got Charlbury off to a good start. Tom Harris started it off by cracking a four in the first over before Tom Nash flicked one on the leg side for four in the second. The third over was good for Charlbury as the bowler bowled a bit short on the leg-side and Tom Harris stroked him for three boundaries in the over and then hit another in the next for good measure to take Charlbury to 26-0 off of four overs. Finally the bowlers started to find their length and line which made run scoring slightly harder. Then disaster struck as Tom Nash was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Ajit now entered the fray. Tom Harris was batting superbly well, stroking the ball around on both sides of the wicket, but also defending where necessary. Ajit started in his usual fashion, defending the good balls, but also always on the lookout for the quick single. Ajit then suddenly attacked one bowler, hitting him back over his head for two fours in one over as Charlbury continued to keep the pressure on the bowlers. Both batsmen hit another four a piece over the next couple of over to take Charlbury to 57-1 off only 12 overs. A double change in the bowling was now made. The change an immediate impact as a mix-up in the calling saw Ajit stranded in the middle of the wicket and run out. Bimalka now joined Tom at the wicket. Bimalka started slowly, just making sure no more quick wickets fell. Tom continued to attack any bowling he felt was loose, finding another four before Bimalka also smashed one delivery to the boundary. Tom was now looking in top form, stroking the ball around all over the ground, but also playing cautiously against the slower bowlers. A double change in the bowling was made as a new bowler came on from one end and the spinner moved to the other end. After 20 overs Charlbury were half way on 85-2 and just needed to keep going in order to win the game. Tom drove another delivery to the boundary to bring up a well deserved fifty. Then disaster struck as next over Bimalka got an inside edge which cannoned into his stumps and he was out bowled. Josh now entered the fray. Charlbury continued to press hard, running lots of quick singles to keep the pressure on the fielding side. Josh found a four when he drove one shot back over the bowler’s head. Tom was also pushing hard, running quick twos, but also finding the odd boundary. After 30 overs Charlbury had reached 130-3 and Shipton decided to change the bowling around and bring on a new bowler. The new bowler proved to bee costly as Tom hit his first delivery for four and then launched the next one out of the ground for six. Last ball of the over and Josh joined in the fun when he smashed a big six. Both batsmen continued to press hard in the next over with both players finding a boundary four. The new bowler continued and Tom smashed him for another couple of fours as Charlbury started to race to the victory line. A signal went out that Tom was nearing his hundred and so Josh played out a maiden over. Next over the game was won when Tom hit a boundary four and this also brought up his hundred.

 

A great win for the lads built on a great bowling display from Barry, Bimalka and Jake (who bowled eleven overs on the bounce) and then a great innings from Tom Harris saw Charlbury home – well played lads.

 

Charlbury 22 points

Sat 7th July Charlbury vs East Oxford

Charlbury 158 (49.5 overs)

Ben Sinton 33

 

East Oxford 161-6 (34 overs)

Charlie Sinton 3-12

 

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

 

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

 

Charlbury 8 points

Sat 30th June Charlbury 2nd vs Long Marston 3rd

Long Marston 3rd 225-7 (45overs)

Matt Doran 3-44

Ellie Norton 4-57

 

Charlbury 2nd 226-2 (39.4 overs)

Michael Rae 102 not out

Robert Jenkins 46

Simon Smith 49

 

Charlbury won the toss and on a hot day they decided to field first. The annual Charlbury Beer Festival was on the main pitch and so the second team had to play their game on the nursery ground. Matt and Ellie opened the bowling for Charlbury. Both bowlers quickly settled into a good line and length and started to cause a few problems for the batsmen. The nursery pitch is much smaller than the main pitch and so any deliveries that broke thru the inner circle shot off for four. Ellie was bowling well, getting a bit of movement of the pitch and causing a few problems for the batsmen. Matt too was bowling a good spell, getting a bit of bounce and movement. The overs ticked by and Charlbury could not get a wicket. Charlbury had started the game one short and when the last man arrived they finally had a full complement and could block one hole in the field. As the overs went by the batsmen grew in confidence and started to play a few more shots. Charlbury were fielding well, making several diving stops to back their bowlers up. Matt came out of the attack and Mark entered it as Charlbury sought the breakthrough wicket. The runs continued to come and one batsman in particular was scoring heavily, Charlbury would need him out if they were to keep Marston to a gettable target. A double change in the bowling was then made as Ellie and Mark left the attack and Josh and Liam entered it. Both bowlers settled into good lines and lengths, but by now the batsmen had their eye in and so only took a couple of overs just to see what the new bowlers were like before they started to try and attack them. Liam started well, getting the ball to nip off the seam a bit and causing a problem or two at the start. Josh too bowled well, getting the ball to swing around in the sultry conditions. The hundred mark had been passed and still no wicket, Charlbury were getting desperate. The batsmen were both now starting to play a few more shots and the score was starting to mount quickly, it looked like Charlbury might have to chase a big score. 30 overs in and still no wicket down and the score was now starting to go towards the 200 mark. Another change in the bowling was then made as Ellie returned to the attack in place of Liam. In her first over back Ellie got the breakthrough when she clean bowled one batsman. Next ball the new batsman hit the ball straight to Neil and he took a catch. Then last ball of the over things got even better for Charlbury as Ellie found the edge of the bat and wicket-keeper Adam caught the new batsman out leaving Long Marston 171-3. Ellie had dropped into a great line and length and now all of the batsmen were struggling to lay a bat on her. Matt now re-entered the attack in place of Josh. His first over was a good one too when he clean bowled the new batsman. Charlbury were now right back in the game and with the overs running out Marston had to keep trying to press hard. The opening batsman was still there and Charlbury would need to get him out if they were to win the game. A couple of overs ticked by and the batsmen again seemed to be getting the upper hand, but then Charlbury got the wicket they wanted most. The opening batsman tried to hit out at Ellie, but did not catch it right and the ball flew high in the air, Liam came round and got underneath it and took a great catch. The 200 mark was now reached as the new batsman hit a couple of fours, but when Matt bowled his quicker one he found a way thru his defences and the batsman was bowled. Only a couple of overs left and the batsmen were running for everything and throwing the bat in order to try and pick up a few boundaries. Matt clean bowled another batsman to pick up his third victim of the day as Long Marston finished on 225-7.

 

Charlbury were going to have to bat well if they were to reach their target. Michael and Robert opened the batting for Charlbury and got them off to a brisk start. One of the bowlers settled into a good line and length and made run scoring hard, but the other did not settle at all. Robert took a liking to one bowler and flayed him for several boundaries and with a few wides thrown in as well the score started to race along. Robert was playing the more attacking role, throwing the bat and finding a few boundaries. Michael was playing a more defensive role, keeping out the good deliveries, but also making sure he got himself in. Robert crashed one delivery for six and so this prompted an early change in the bowling. The new bowler settled quicker than the previous, but Robert still thrashed an early delivery over the boundary for six. The fifty mark had been reached and in quick time, Marston were already looking desperate for a wicket to try and take back some control of the game. Then disaster struck as Robert tried to hit out at one delivery from the new bowler, miss-hit it and was caught for a quick fire 46. Simon now strode to the crease. Both batsmen now contented themselves with pushing a few singles and the odd two around as Charlbury were well ahead of the required rate. Michael was slowly getting into form and managed to stroke a couple of deliveries to the boundary for four. Simon started confidently, hitting one early delivery to the boundary to get himself going and also pushing runs on both sides of the wicket. Both the Marston bowlers had by now settled into good lines and lengths and Charlbury were finding it slightly harder to score runs. Then a double change in the bowling was made as Marston sought to get the breakthrough wicket. Charlbury took this as a time to start accelerating the innings and Michael in particular hit a few boundaries to ensure the score started to move quickly. The hundred mark had been reached and only one wicket down and plenty of overs left. Both batsmen were running hard, pushing the ball around on both sides of the wicket and looking for the quick single. Simon hit of back to back fours to ensure the score started to race along. Michael then pushed a quick single to reach a well deserved fifty. The 150 mark had now been reached and still with fifteen overs to go and so Marston again changed their bowling around as they desperately searched to break this blossoming partnership. Two new bowlers entered the attack, but neither batsman gave them any time to settle attacking right from the off. Simon was looking in top form now as he stroked the ball around and looked destined to reach his fifty. Then disaster struck. Another change in the bowling was made and in the new bowler’s first over he had Simon caught for a great 49. Josh now came to the wicket with the score 191-2 and still many overs left. Michael now took control smashing the ball to all parts and running hard for every run. Josh just looked to give Michael the strike as he pushed a few singles around. One bowler came out of the attack and the expensive opening bowler returned to it. Six needed for victory and Michael launched him back over his head and out of the ground to not only bring up victory, but also his own century on debut for the seconds.

 

A great win for the seconds built on great bowling displays from Matt and Ellie and then Robert and Simon batted around Michael who completed a fine century – well played lads and lasses.

 

Charlbury 2nd 25 points

 

Sat 30th June Charlbury vs Abingdon Vale 2nd

Charlbury 131 (47.1 overs)

Ben Sinton 35

 

Abingdon Vale 2nd 133-5 (35.5 overs)

 

On a very hot day Abingdon Vale won the toss and put Charlbury into bat. Tom Nash and Ajit opened the batting and got Charlbury off to a reasonable start. In the second over Ajit played a late cut which flew to the boundary for four. The Abingdon bowlers quickly settled into a good length and line which made run scoring difficult. After seven overs Charlbury had reached 16-0. Ajit was playing his usual game, pushing a few singles around, but also looking to defend the good deliveries. Tom too was playing a defensive innings, keeping the many good deliveries out, but also on the lookout for the quick single. Ajit cut another delivery and the ball again flew to the boundary for four. Both batsmen were running hard for every run, trying to keep the pressure on the fielding side. Tom then launched one shot thru the covers and the ball went to the boundary for four. Next over Ajit found the boundary as the score started to move on. After 16 overs Charlbury had reached 43-0 and Abingdon made a double change in the bowling. Then disaster struck. First Ajit just moved slightly out of his ground and was stumped. Graham now came to the crease, but was not there long as before the end of the over he got a leading edge and the ball flew up into the air and he was caught. Charlie now came to the crease. Things got even worse for Charlbury in the next over as Tom chased a wide one, got an inside edge back onto his stumps and was bowled. Marcus now joined Charlbury at the crease as Charlbury tried to re-build their innings. Both players looked to just try and keep the ball out and make sure Charlbury did not lose another quick wicket. Marcus played a lovely shot thru the covers and the ball raced away to the boundary for four. Next ball Marcus miss-hit one and the ball lobbed up to a close fielder and he was caught meaning Tom Eaton entered the fray. Charlie was batting well, pushing some ones and twos around whilst also keeping out the many good deliveries. Tom hit a couple of lofted drives back over the bowler’s head for twos to ensure the scoreboard kept on ticking over. Then disaster struck as Tom tried to pull one, missed the ball and was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. A change in the bowling was then made and this made an immediate impact. First ball from the new bowler and Charlie missed meaning he was bowled and so Ben Sinton and Paul Quibell-Smith were now at the crease. After 28 overs Charlbury had reached 70-6 and still had a long time to bat. Ben started slowly, playing defensively until he got his eye in and only looking for the single early on. Paul too started slowly, playing a lot of defensive shots to ensure more quick wickets did not fall. Ben played a straight drive and the ball went to the boundary for four. Then Paul pulled one and the ball went to the boundary as Charlbury started to try and get back in the game. Ben hammered another boundary a couple of overs later. Ben was now starting to look good as he kept the good deliveries out, but anything loose and he pushed the ball around for runs on both sides of the wicket. Paul too was looking good, playing a few shots and running hard to make sure he got value for every shot. A change in the bowling was then made as one bowler left the attack and one of the opening bowlers re-entered it. Paul hit out at one, but it was too close to a fielder and an outstretched arm saw a good catch taken. Ollie now joined Ben at the crease. Both batsmen ran hard for everything, turning ones into twos and a two into a three. Ollie was then wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW leaving Charlbury 103-8 off of 39 overs. Dean now came to the crease with Charlbury still having 14 overs to bat. Ben hit another shot to the boundary for four as Charlbury continued to try and press for runs. Dean looked good as he kept the good balls out, but pushed several singles and ran hard for every run. Ben was now looking in good form scoring runs off of all the bowlers, but playing defensively when needed. Another change in the bowling was made as the other opening bowler returned to the attack. Then disaster struck as after playing so well Ben missed one and was bowled for a great 35. Jake now came to the crease. The innings soon came to a close when Jake was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW leaving Charlbury 131 all out.

 

Charlbury were going to have bowl really well if they were to defend their total. Jake and Ollie opened the bowling and got them off to a great start. Last ball of the first over and Jake got one to nip back off the seam and bowl one batsman. Both bowlers quickly settled into a good line and length, but with it being so hot short spells would be the order of the day. After six overs Abingdon were 20-1 and a double change in the bowling was made. Paul and Marcus now came into the attack. Paul quickly settled into a great line and length, getting the ball to nip around a bit and making the batsmen play and miss. Marcus also settled in quickly, getting a bit of turn to cause some problems. Both batsmen were just looking to stay there and get their eye in and then hit anything they thought of as loose. Then Charlbury had a big over as first Paul clean bowled one batsman, then before the over ended he wrapped the new batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW, Charlbury were right back in the game. Marcus came out of the attack and Charlie entered it as Charlbury sought to take more wickets. After 18 overs Abingdon had reached 50-3 and Charlbury were starting to get desperate for the breakthru wicket. Paul left the attack and Dean entered it. Dean dropped straight into a great line and length and the batsmen found him hard to get away. Charlie was bowling a good spell of leg spin, getting some turn and bounce to make things awkward for the batsmen. Then Charlbury got the wicket they wanted when the opening batsman who was scoring most of the runs hit the ball straight back at Dean and he took a good catch. Next over things swung back Charlbury’s way as Charlie clean bowled the new batsman leaving Abingdon 60-5 off of 22 overs. Both batsmen now took a couple of overs just to make sure they did not loose any more quick wickets. The runs started to come, slowly, but the outfield was still quick and any hard hit shots would go to the boundary. Charlbury needed to keep the runs down whilst also taking wickets, not an easy task. A double change in the bowling was made as Paul and Ben entered the attack. Abingdon were edging closer an closer to their target and Charlbury were getting desperate. Paul was bowling a great second spell, but just could not find the wicket. Ben came out of the attack and Ollie re-entered it as Charlbury continued to change things around hoping for the breakthru. After 33 overs Abingdon had reached 114-5 and now both batsmen were playing more shots as they tried to get Abingdon over the line in quick time. A couple of overs later and the game as over and Abingdon Vale had won by five wickets.

 

Charlbury 7 points

Sat 23rd June Charlbury 2nd vs Brackley 2nd

Brackley 2nd 172 (44.1 overs)

Matt Doran 3-25

Ellie Norton 3-46

 

Charlbury 2nd 154 (37.2 overs)

Charlie Sinton 54

Simon Smith 30

 

On a hot day Charlbury travelled to Brackley for their division 8 clash and bowled first. Matt and Paul opened the bowling for Charlbury. Both bowlers quickly dropped into a good length and line. A couple of boundaries were hit by one batsman early on to get the scoreboard moving. A double change in the bowling was then made as Ellie and Andy entered the attack as Charlbury looked for the breakthrough wicket. The batsmen had settled quickly and were on the constant lookout for the quick single as well as finding a couple more boundaries. The overs ticked by and Charlbury were starting to get desperate for a wicket. Ellie was bowling a great spell, getting the ball to move around a bit and causing the batsmen some problems. Andy too was bowling a good spell and made the batsmen play and miss a couple of times. Andy then left the attack and so Charlie decided to bring himself on to bowl some leg-spin. Charlie dropped into a good length and line from the off, getting the ball to turn and bounce, but still no wickets. The batsmen were growing in confidence and they were starting to play a few more shots, especially one of the batsmen who was playing a more attacking role. Finally Charlbury got a wicket when one batsman tried to attack Charlie, but hit the ball up into the air and debutant Simon Smith took a good catch. Ellie had been bowling well, but she now made way for Mark in the attack. The batsmen saw their chance with two spinners on and started to attack more and the runs now started tom come a bit quicker. Charlbury were fielding well and backing their bowlers up by making several diving stops. Mark then left the attack and Ellie re-entered it. This proved a good move as Ellie grabbed a wicket when she found the edge of the bat and the catch was taken. Charlie was still bowling well and causing problems for all the batsmen. A couple of overs later things got even better for Charlbury when Ellie managed to get her second victim, also courtesy of a good catch. Next over Charlbury were right back in the game as Charlie clean bowled the new batsman. Brackley were now four wickets down and the game was finely placed. Charlie now left the attack and Andy re-entered it as Charlbury looked to go for the kill. The new batsman hit Andy to the boundary for four, but before the over’s end Andy had his revenge when he wrapped the batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. The overs were now beginning to run out and this is when Charlbury got the wicket they wanted. In her last over before finishing her spell Ellie managed to bowl the opening batsman. Matt now re-entered the attack as Charlbury looked to bowl ten man Brackley out. The overs just ticked by now as the batsmen just looked to push a few singles around and bat their overs out to see how many they could amass. Matt then found a way thru one batsman’s defences and clean bowled him. Charlbury were now in a good position and looking to end the Brackley innings early. Matt then managed to clean bowl the new batsman leaving the last two at the crease. Brackley nearly managed to bat their 45 overs out, but Matt had other ideas and clean bowled one batsman to pick up his third victim and leave Brackley 172 all out.

 

Charlbury would need to bat well if they were to win the game. Charlie and Simon opened the batting and got Charlbury off to a great start. Both batsmen started off slowly, just seeing what the opening bowlers did and making sure they did not get out. Charlie hit the first boundary when he smashed one delivery thru the covers and then in the next over Simon hit his first boundary, driving the ball back passed the bowler for four. Both batsmen were looking for the quick single and the score started to mount. Charlbury were up and over the required rate and if they could keep this up then they were in with a great chance of winning. The fifty partnership was put up and no wickets down, Brackley were going to have to do something if they were to get back into the game. A change in the bowling was made and then a couple of overs later the other opening bowler left the attack. Two slow bowlers had now entered the attack and this started to slow the run rate down. Charlie was batting really well, stroking the ball around on both sides of the wicket. Simon too was batting well, keeping the good balls out, but also on a constant lookout for a quick single. Then disaster struck as Simon played one shot too many, missed th ball and was bowled. Tom Eaton now joined his captain at the wicket. Tom attacked one of the slow bowlers from the off and found a couple of early boundary fours. Charlie also began attacking this bowler and the score continued to mount at a good rate. Charlie hit another boundary four and brought up a well deserved fifty. Then disaster struck as Charlie miss-hit one and the ball flew up into the air and he was caught for a great 54. Matt now entered the fray. Tom was still looking good as he stroked the ball around. Matt hit a four, but soon afterwards hit one straight at a fielder and was caught meaning Paul had to come to the crease. Brackley were slowly getting back into the game as the run rate began to slow slightly. Paul hit a four, but as then bowled in the next over. Martin now came to the crease with Charlbury four wickets down. Charlbury still had plenty of time to score the runs, but seemed to want to do it too quickly. Tom hit out at one, but just succeeded in hitting the ball straight back to the bowler who took the catch. Andy now came to the crease. Martin hit a couple of fours off of one bowler and so he was replaced in the attack by another slow bowler. Andy had hurt himself whilst fielding and struggled with the bat and when he was wrapped on the pads he was given out adjudged LBW. Mark came to the crease, but was not there too long as he was clean bowled. Ian now joined Martin at the wicket. Charlbury only needed just over twenty runs to win with more than enough overs to get them. Martin hit out at one, but hit the ball straight to a fielder and was caught. Nathan now came to the wicket. Nathan quickly hit out at one delivery, skied the ball and was caught meaning Ellie had to come to the crease. Ellie and Ian saw off a couple of overs and picked up a couple of runs, but when Ian was caught Charlbury were all out for 154.

 

Charlbury 2nd 13 points

 

Sat 23rd June Charlbury vs Long Marston 2nd

Charlbury 227 (48.4 overs)

Tom Nash 69

Tom Harris 61

 

Long Marston 2nd 224-7 (51 overs)

 

Charlbury won the toss and on a hot day elected to bat first. The two Tom’s Nash and Harris opened the batti9ng for Charlbury and got them off to a great start. Nash got the scoreboard moving when he cut one along the ground thru the slips and to the boundary for four. It took the Marston bowlers a couple of overs to find their lengths and lines. Harris then hit a four when he played a lovely shot thru the covers. Tom Nash was playing well, defending the good balls, but always on the lookout for the quick single. Tom Harris too was batting really well, again defending the good deliveries, but also pushing ones and twos around to keep the scoreboard ticking over. After 8 overs Charlbury had reached 26-0. Both players hit another boundary four as the scoreboard started to move along. Long Marston were bowling well, but both batsmen were able to punish the loose ball and with a quick outfield anything that beat the inner ring was flying to the boundary. After 14 overs a change in the bowling was made as a left arm bowler entered the attack. The new bowler struggled a bit with his line and bowled a couple of wide deliveries. Tom Harris was taking control of the innings, facing most of the deliveries and scoring at a good rate. Tom Nash was just looking to give Harris the strike, but when the ball was there to be put away he duly sent it to the boundary. After 18 overs Charlbury had reached 61-0 and had now set a good base from which to score a big total. The left armer was still struggling with his line and when he bowled several wides in one over he came out of the attack and a left arm spinner entered it. Tom Nash clattered the spinner to the cover boundary in his first over as he tried to dominate from the off. Tom Harris then played two lovely shots, one thru the covers and then the other to a wide mid-off and both shots went for four off the opening bowler. Another change in the bowling was made as another spinner entered the attack in place of the opening bowler. Both players now contented themselves with pushing a few singles to keep the score moving along. The 28th over was a big one with both batsmen finding the boundary as Charlbury reached 108-0 and Tom Harris reached a well deserved fifty. With a good base now set the batsmen had to push on hard to set up a defendable total. A couple of overs later Tom Nash pushed a single and he too reached a well deserved fifty. Then disaster struck as Tom Harris pushed at one and the ball flew straight to a close in fielder and he took the catch and Tom was out or a great 61. Graham now entered the fray. A couple of overs now ticked by as Charlbury tried to make sure they did not lose another quick wicket. Tom then reeled off three consecutive boundary fours to get the score moving again. Graham then followed this up in the next over with three fours in four balls as Charlbury started to push hard for home. One of the spinners now left the attack and another medium pacer entered it. Graham clattered him to the boundary for four, but next delivery in trying to go over the top and hit a six he was caught on the boundary leaving Charlbury 163-2 off 38 overs. Bimalka now entered the fray. Then Charlbury hit a sticky patch. A mix up in the calling saw Tom just short of his ground to a direct hit and run out for a magnificent 69. Next ball Barry jabbed down on it, but the ball spun back, hit the stumps and he was bowled. Marcus now joined Bimalka at the crease. Next over Bimalka was wrapped on the pads and given out LBW and so Ben Geeson-Brown entered the fray. Things then went from bad to worse when Marcus was wrapped on the pads and given out LBW meaning Steve had to come to the crease. After 42 overs Charlbury were 178-6 and still had eleven overs to bat. Ben then went on the attack. First he hit a massive six, then next ball he smashed it for four. Steve also joined in the fun hitting a couple of boundary fours off of the next over to take Charlbury over the 200 mark. A change in the bowling was made as the fourth change bowler came out of the attack and one of the opening bowlers entered it. In his first over back the new bowler clean bowled Ben for a hard hit 27. Ollie came to the crease. Steve then tried to hit the spinner for six, but did not quite get hold of it and was caught on the boundary. Dean now joined his captain at the wicket. The game was moving along quickly now as Ollie edged one and was caught by the wicket-keeper meaning Jake came to the crease. Then Charlbury got a bonus when one delivery alluded both Jake and the wicket-keeper and then as the fielder threw the ball in it hit the helmet and Charlbury were awarded five penalty runs. Next over Jake was wrapped on the pads and given out LBW to leave Charlbury 227 all out.

 

Charlbury were going to have to bowl well if they were to win the game as Long Marston gained all of the unused overs from Charlbury’s innings. Jake and Ollie opened the bowling and got Charlbury off to a reasonable start. Both batsmen attacked the ball from early on as they sought to get in front of the required rate. The outfield was still quick and so several deliveries flew to the boundary for four. Then in the sixth over Ollie got the breakthru when he wrapped a batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW leaving Marston 29-1. Both bowlers had settled into good lines and lengths and were causing some problems for the batsmen, who played and missed several times. The batsmen continued to attack and the boundaries continued to come , although not many singles were being taken. After twelve overs Ollie took himself out of the attack and brought Ben into it as Charlbury continued to search for wickets. Jake bowled one more over and then he was replaced by Bimalka. Ben quickly dropped into a good line and length and started to make run scoring more difficult for the batmen. Bimalka was unusually for him hit out at in his first over, but then he dropped into his usual miserly line and length. After 18 overs Marston had reached 91-1 and Charlbury were going to need to keep taking wickets if they were to stay in the game. Marston had 51 overs in which to reach their target so Charlbury were going to have to keep the pressure on. One batsman decided to attack Ben and hit some runs off of him to keep the run rate going. Ben left the attack and Barry entered it as Charlbury now began to get desperate to get the breakthru wicket. A couple of overs later Bimalka left the attack and Dean entered it. Dean made the vital breakthru as one batsman tried to smash him, missed the ball and was bowled, now Charlbury were back in the game. After 28 overs Marston were 135-2. Barry was bowling a great spell, getting some bounce and a little bit of movement. A double change in the bowling was then made as Bimalka re-entered the attack and Marcus entered it as Charlbury looked to strangle to life out of the Marston innings. In his second over back Bimalka grabbed a wicket when one batsman hit the ball in the air, Barry moved to his left, stuck out his big hands and took a good catch. A couple of overs later things got even better for Charlbury as the new batsman hit the ball straight back at Marcus and he gratefully took the catch. Long Marston were 165-4 off 36 overs, it was going to be tight. The number three batsman was still there and Charlbury would need him out if they were to stand any chance of victory. In his next over Marcus got another wicket when one batsman played a low drive, but hit the ball straight to a diving Bimalka who took a great catch. Charlbury were now right back in the game. The overs ticked by with the batsmen content to just push a few singles around and trying not to take any risks. Marcus was hit for a few runs in one over, but next over Bimalka kept Charlbury in the game when the new batsman lobbed the ball back at him for a catch. Long Marston were 195-6 off 43 overs. Marcus came out of the attack and Barry re-entered it. Barry was on the mark from ball one, he dropped straight into a fantastic line and length and immediately caused problems for the batsmen. Barry also got a bit of bounce out of the pitch which surprised the batsmen. Then Charlbury got the wicket they needed. The set batsman tried to hit out at Barry, but hit the ball high in the air and Tom Harris ran in from the square boundary to take a fantastic catch. Now it was down to the lower order to get the necessary runs. 216-7 off 49 overs, one a ball needed for the last two overs. An early boundary off of Barry looked to have sealed it for Marston, but Barry came back with some fantastic deliveries to mean Bimalka had six runs to defend. The batsman attacked too hard, looking for the boundary rather than the single and could only manage two in the last over as Charlbury hung on for a winning draw.

 

A great draw for the lads built on two fabulous innings at the start from the two Tom’s and then a great all round bowling and fielding display – well done lads.

 

Charlbury 15 points

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