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Charlbury 112-9 (25 overs)
Alex Gray 34
Minster Lovell 116-4 (24.3 overs)
Minster Lovell won the toss and elected to field first. Needing to win the game to win the league Minster were eager for the game to go ahead, but rain was falling which meant a lot of hanging around. Finally the rain relented and at about 3:40pm the game commenced as a 25 over a side game. Graham and Tom opened the batting for Charlbury, but things did not go well. In the first over Tom cut one delivery, but hit it straight to a fielder and was caught. Alex now entered the fray. Graham was looking to bat in his usual way, attacking any loose delivery and found several in the second over. A couple of hard run twos and a boundary four set the Charlbury score on the way. With the outfield being wet the batsmen were going to have to run hard for all of their runs as the ball was liable to run slower over the outfield. After four overs Charlbury had reached 18-1 and were going to have to keep pushing hard if they were to set a defendable score. Alex got off the mark with a a boundary four, hit square of the wicket. In the next over Graham launched the bowler back over his head and into the river for six as Charlbury continued to push hard. After seven over a change in the bowling was made and this had an immediate impact on the Charlbury innings. The new bowler managed to find a way thru Graham’s defences second ball and he as bowled for a hard hit 29. Bimalka now joined Alex at the crease. Alex was batting really well as he stroked the ball around on both sides of the wicket while also looking to defend the many good deliveries that were bowled. After ten overs Charlbury had reached 54-2 and with the overs now starting to run out they would have to push on hard to set a defendable total. After twelve overs another change in the bowling was made as the first of Minster’s spinners entered the attack. Bimalka was batting well, just looking to rotate the strike and with Alex batting well this was working well. Bimalka hit a couple of boundaries as did Alex as Charlbury continued to push hard. Then disaster struck as Bimalka hit out at the spinner, but could only hit the ball high into the air and a fielder caught it. Stuart now arrived at the crease. Minster’s other spinner now entered the attack and in his first over grabbed the wicket of Stuart when he miss-hit one straight back to the bowler for a caught and bowled. 87-4 off 16 overs as Josh came to the crease. The spinners had now dropped into a good line and length and suddenly run scoring started to become much harder. A couple of overs ticked by with hardly any runs coming. The pressure eventually told when Alex danced down the wicket, missed the ball and was stumped. Charlie now joined his captain at the crease. Next over Josh tried to hit one spinner back over his head for six only to see a fielder run round the boundary and take the catch. Hasula now came to the crease. In the 21st over Charlie missed one and was bowled leaving Charlbury 98-7. Dean now came to the crease. In the next over Hasula tried to hit a six, but only found a fielder on the boundary and was caught meaning Jake came to the wicket. Dean batted well as he looked to push the ball around for ones and twos and with Jake running well the score started to go up a bit quicker. Jake then took a step down the wicket, missed the ball and was stumped meaning last man Rob had to go to the wicket. A few more runs were pushed in the last over as Charlbury finally ended their innings on 112-9.
After a short break the players went straight back out and so Jake and Stuart opened the bowling. They got Charlbury off to a great start with the ball with only five runs coming in the first couple of overs. Then Jake got the breakthrough when he clean bowled one batsman. A couple more overs were bowled with very few runs coming from them as Charlbury tightened the screw on the batsmen. With the required rate rising the batsmen had to go for it and with the outfield drying up and becoming quicker a couple of boundaries were found. after eight overs Minster had reached 36-1 and a double change in the bowling was made. Bimalka and Hasula now entered the attack. Both bowlers immediately dropped into a great line and length and began to make run scoring difficult apart from the odd single. Charlbury were fielding well, diving all over the place to try and stop any shot scoring runs. After 14 overs Minster had reached 49-1 and with the overs now starting to run out and not many runs coming something was going to have to give. Hasula was bowling a great spell, using his variations in pace and spin to beguile the opposing batsmen. Bimalka too was bowling a great spell, getting the ball to turn some balls, but not others. Then the breakthrough came when one batsman took a couple of steps down the wicket towards Hasula, missed the ball and quick as a flash Alex whipped off the bails to stump him. Next over one batsman played a delivery from Bimalka in the air and a diving Josh took a good catch leaving Minster Lovell 54-3 off 17 overs. With the required rate starting to rise the batsmen started to show some more urgency and began running harder. In his last over Bimalka wrapped one batsman on the pads and the batsman was given out LBW. Bimalka finished his great spell and next over Hasula did the same leaving Minster 79-4 off 22 overs. Charlie now entered the attack and with plenty of runs needed and a new bowler coming into the attack the batsmen had only one option, attack hard. The sun had by now come out and was drying things off well. The batsmen went hard after Charlie and found a few boundaries taking them right back into the game. Jake replaced Hasula in the attack, but the batsmen just went hard after him as well, running hard for every single and turning a couple of singles into twos. After 24 overs Minster had reached 109-4 and it was up to Stuart to bowl the last over. Some hard running over the first two deliveries left the scores tied and then third ball the game was won and Minster Lovell were division one champions.
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Charlbury 4 points
Charlbury 167-7 (25 overs)
Charlie Sinton 37
Charlbury won the toss and elected to bat first. A dull day with rain in the air and more forecast meant that this game started as a 25 over a side game. Tom Nash and Graham opened the batting for Charlbury. Graham got off to his customary start, hammering a poor early delivery to the boundary for four and then hitting another one in the next over. Tom too started strongly cutting two consecutive boundary fours in the third over. Some rain was now starting to fall and was getting heavier as the fourth over began. Then disaster struck as Graham missed one that cut back in and he was bowled. Alex now came to the crease. At the end of the over the players went off as the rain became torrential with Charlbury 18-1. Just short of an hour later the players re-entered the field. Alex was not there too long after the resumption as he got a delivery that cut back in late and bowled him. Bimalka now entered the fray. The running was hard from both batsmen as they tried to put the fielders under pressure for every run. Both batsmen crashed deliveries to the boundary for four as Charlbury reached 42-2 off ten overs. Tom hammered a four on the off side and then some hard running brought him a three later in the over. With the game being shorter on overs both batsmen were looking to score runs at every opportunity, throwing the bat at any delivery that they considered even slightly off line. After twelve overs a double change in the bowling was made. Tom missed one delivery from one of the new bowlers and was bowled for well made 25. Stuart now joined Bimalka at the wicket. Bimalka was batting well, striking the ball on both sides of the wicket and pushing hard to turn ones into twos. The fifteenth over was a big one for Charlbury as Bimalka smashed two consecutive sixes back over the bowler’s head and out of the ground taking Charlbury to 74-3. A couple of singles were pushed around, but then disaster struck as Bimalka got one that kept a bit low and it bowled him for a good 27. Josh now entered the fray. Stuart was just looking to push the ball around and pick up ones and twos to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Josh decided to hit out from the start and quickly launched one bowler back over his head for a six. Next over Josh got back on strike and then hammered an enormous six out of the ground and then followed it up two balls later with an even bigger one. Charlbury were now pushing on hard as the overs were beginning to run out. Next over Josh edged one and was caught by the wicket-keeper which meant Charlie had to come to the wicket. Some more rain had begin falling and it seemed to be getting heavier, but the umpires decided to stay out and at least finish the innings. Stuart then hammered one to the boundary for four. Next over a new bowler came on, but Charlie took an instant liking to him and despatched him back over his head for another six. After 21 overs Charlbury had reached 121-5 and now had to really push on hard if they were to set a defendable score. First ball of the next over and Charlie ran a three as both players continued to run hard. Stuart then launched the bowler back over his head for a big six and with some hard running the score started to rise very quickly. Chalie launched his second six of his innings in the next over, launching the ball back over the bowler’s head and out of the ground. One of the opening bowlers now came back into the attack, but Charlie dealt with him well, smashing him for consecutive boundary fours. The last over of the innings started badly as Charlie took a step down the wicket, missed the ball and was stumped for a fantastic 37. Tom Eaton came to the crease. Stuart then did the same as Charlie, with the same result and he was stumped for a good 21. Jake now faced the last three balls of the innings and finished it off with a boundary four taking Charlbury to an impressive 167-7 off their 25 overs.
After tea the rain did not let up and the players could not get back onto the ground so after a while it was agreed to abandon the game.
Charlbury 8 points
Charlbury 143-3 (28 overs)
Bimalka Liyanarachchi 41 not out
Josh Hornsby 39 not out
Radley 113-9 (28 overs)
Jake Godfrey 3-25
Ashley Rump 3-11
Radley won the toss and elected to field first. On a grey day with rain forecast for later in the afternoon Charlbury batted first on pitch 5 at Radley college. Tom Nash and Graham opened the batting and got Charlbury off to a reasonable start. The game had been reduced to forty overs a side from the start due to some rain before the game. Graham got the innings moving along in the third over by hammering a couple of leg-side deliveries to the boundary for four. In the next over Graham smashed another boundary four, but then in stretching to reach one delivery he miss-hit it and the ball flew straight o a fielder and he was caught. Ashley now made his way to the middle. Tom played on the off-side and the ball flew to the boundary for four as Charlbury reached 18-1 off five overs. Tom had started well, defending the good deliveries and then looking to rotate the strike whenever he could. The Radley bowlers had by now found a better line and length and with some good fielding backing them up the scoring rate started to slow a little. Both batsmen were running hard for every run and this brought about several twos. Ashley then started to find his feet, hammering a boundary four and then another one in the next over. In the twelve over Ashley hit a boundary four and then launched the bowler back over his head and all the way over the boundary for a big six as Charlbury reached 54-1. Ashley was starting to look in good form and with Tom looking to give him the strike at every opportunity it meant Charlbury might reach a defendable score. A change in the bowling was then made as one of the opening bowlers came off and a new bowler entered the attack. In his first over Ashley hit out at one delivery, but the ball flew high into the air, a fielder ran back as fast as he could and just stuck out a hand and the ball landed in it and a great catch was taken. Bimalka now joined Tom at the crease. Charlbury now looked to just see off the other opening bowler while trying to pick up a few runs where they could. There was lightning around the ground by now and lots of dark clouds which seemed to be getting nearer. Tom was then wrapped on the pads and given out LBW meaning Josh had to come to the crease. After twenty overs Charlbury were 65-3 and the umpires decided in the interests of safety to take the players off the ground. Soon afterwards it began to rain and this got heavier and finally an early tea was called for. After a long break the rain finally abated and the players could resume the game with the match now reduced to 28 overs a side. Radley now changed their bowling around as the opening bowler had now finished his allotted spell. With only eight overs left top bat Charlbury really had to go for it. The first couple of overs after the break were used by the batsmen to get themselves in, but after that they both began to run for everything. Bimalka hit an early four, but with the field now spread twos were the order of the day. After 23 overs Charlbury had reached 81-3 and with only five overs remaining things were going to get frantic. Bimalka was batting well, throwing the bat at every delivery and running hard to make sure Charlbury grabbed every available run. Josh too was batting really well, hitting the ball very hard and then running his socks off to get back on strike. The 24th over was a big one, with a couple of no-balls in it and lots of hard running. The first change bowler now left the attack and was replaced by a new bowler. Charlbury just had to keep pushing hard and with Josh finding a couple of boundaries and Bimalka also doing the same the score to started to raise very quickly. After 26 overs Charlbury had reached 123-3. It had been raining again, but as the rain stopped the umpires too the players off the ground to give it time to dry out a bit. Five minutes later they returned and the carnage continued. More hard running and a boundary from Josh kept the score moving along quickly. In the last over one of the opening bowlers returned to the attack, but both batsmen just pushed the ball around and ran hard as Charlbury eventually finished their innings on 145-3.
Charlbury were going to have to bowl well if they were to win the game as chasing in rain-affected games can be easier than setting. Jake and Ellie opened the bowling. First over from Ellie and one batsman tried to smash her back over her head for six, but could only find Tom Eaton on the boundary and he took a good catch. The outfield hadn’t been slow all day so when the batsmen got the ball thru the inner ring then it stood a good chance of going for a boundary. The fielding was good as all the players flung themselves around desperately trying to stop any runs being scored and also chased the ball all the way to the boundary. After six overs Radley had reached 24-1 and Charlbury were going to need to keep on taking wickets if they were to win the game. Jake was bowling a good spell, getting the ball to move around a bit off the seam. Ellie too was bowling a good line and length and the batsmen were finding her deliveries hard to get away. After eight overs a change in the bowling was made with Bimalka replacing Jake in the attack. First over from Bimalka and he clean bowled one batsman. Ellie bowled one more over and then she was replaced by Hasula. Both spinners quickly dropped into a good line and length and with a bit of turn were causing some problems for the batsmen. A few singles were pushed around and this was getting the ball wetter, making it harder to grip and the batsmen started to try and exploit this. With both spinners finding it hard to grip the ball the batsmen began pushing ones around and then finding a few boundaries. After 16 overs Radley were well set on 75-2 and Charlbury were going to need to break this partnership if they were to stand any chance in this game. Bimalka came out of the attack and Jake re-entered it and this turned out to be an inspired move. Hasula also left the attack and was replaced by Ashley. First over back from Jake and he got the breakthrough when one batsman tried to cut a delivery, but hit the ball straight to Tom Nash and the catch was gratefully taken. Things got even better for Charlbury in Jake’s next over. Fifth ball of the over and the new batsman hit out at Jake only to see Josh take a stunning diving catch low to the ground. Next ball Josh clean bowled the other set batsman and Charlbury were really in the game. First ball of Ashley’s next over and the batsman edged the ball and wicket-keeper Craig took the catch to make it three wickets in three balls and reduce Radley to 95-6 off 22 overs. If Radley could bat the overs out they stood a good chance of winning the game as they were ahead of the rate, but Charlbury had some big overs at the back end of their innings and that might make the difference. The scoring rate now slumped as both bowlers began to turn the screw. Jake finished his allotted spell and so Bimalka re-entered the attack. First over from Bimalka and he clean bowled one batsman, Charlbury were now favourites for the win. Ashley then got one to swing back in, the batsman missed the ball and was bowled. Last ball of the over the batsman took a step down the wicket, had a big swing and missed the ball, quick as a flash Craig grabbed the ball and whopped the bails off to complete the stumping and leave Radley 106-9 off 26 overs. Radley just played the last couple of overs out and looked to pick up a bonus point which they managed, but Charlbury won by 32 runs.
A great win for the lads and lass in difficult circumstances. Two great knocks from Bimalka and Josh set up a good total and then a great bowling and fielding display too Charlbury to victory – well played.
Charlbury 27 points
Charlbury 140-9 (25 overs)
Graham Atkins 50
Tom Eaton 35
Oxenford 141-4 (23.2 overs)
Oxenford won the toss and elected to field first. The game was reduced to 25 overs a side from the off due to the threat of rain showers during the afternoon. Tom Nash and Graham opened the batting and got Charlbury off to a quick start. In only the second over Graham hammered two boundaries fours and then smashed another one for good measure in the third over. A single was taken and Tom got in on the act, driving one delivery to the boundary for four to take Charlbury to 24-0 off three overs. The outfield was quick and Graham took full advantage of this hammering consecutive boundary fours to start the fourth over. The bowlers had yet to settle and with both batsmen looking for quick singles and Graham in particular hammering boundaries the score was racing along. Then disaster struck as Tom hit out at one only to see a hand put out by a fielder and the catch taken. Alex now arrived at the wicket, but was not there too long as he edged one and was caught by the wicket-keeper. Nik now strode to the crease. One bowler now started to find a better length and line and started to make run scoring slightly more difficult. Graham was batting fantastically well, swotting anything even slightly loose to the boundary for four. The ninth over was a big one for Charlbury as Graham hit a huge six and then followed it up by pulling two leg-side deliveries to the boundary for four. Then a mix-up in the calling saw a direct hit run Nik out.. After ten overs Charlbury were well set on 64-3, but the rain was by now coming down and as it got heavier the players had to leave the field. Half an hour later the players returned and Oxenford brought on a new bowler. Graham Smashed another boundary four to take himself to a well deserved fifty. Then disaster struck as two balls later the bowler fell over as he delivered the ball, Graham then miss-hit it and the bowler stretched out a hand and the ball fell into it and Graham was out caught. Josh was at the crease and he was now joined by Richard. Oxenford were helping Charlbury along by giving away a plethora of extras and this was keeping the scoreboard ticking along as both batsmen tried to get themselves in. Josh tried to hit out at the new bowler, but hit the ball very high up into the air, the fielder steadied himself and then took a good catch. Tom Eaton now joined Richard at the crease. A slow bowler now entered the attack. Both batsmen pushed a few singles around and Richard smashed a four as Charlbury reached 91-5 off 17 overs. The overs were by now running out and Charlbury needed to really push on hard if they were to set a defendable score. Then Tom opened up. Tom smashed the slow bowler for a massive six and then two balls later followed it up with another. Just for good measure Tom finished the over smashing a boundary four and then launching his third six of the over. The slow bowler left the attack and a new bowler came on. Richard was playing well, stroking ones around while defending the good deliveries. Then disaster struck as Richard missed one and was bowled. Worse was to come as new batsman Hasula also missed an early delivery and he too was bowled. 119-7 off 21 overs, Charlbury needed to put a spurt on. Jake had joined Tom at the wicket, but was not there too long as he edged one and was caught by the keeper. Abi now entered the fray. Tom crashed two consecutive boundaries to give the innings some impetus at the end, but in trying to hit a third he hit the ball to mid off who took the catch. Carla now arrived at the crease. A few runs were scored in the last couple of overs as both girls managed to hit the ball to the boundary for four and Charlbury finished their innings on 140-9.
Charlbury were going to have to bowl well if they were to win the game. Jake and Hasula opened the bowling and got Charlbury off to a good start. First over from Hasula and he wrapped one batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. Charlbury would have to keep taking wickets if they were to win the game. Jake had dropped into a good length and line and was making run scoring difficult for all of the batsmen. Hasula too had dropped into a good line and length and with his variations of spin and pace was also causing some problems. After six overs Oxenford had reached 23-1. A double change in the bowling was made as Carla and Josh entered the attack. The outfield was still quick despite the earlier rain and anything that beat the infield was difficult to stop going to the boundary despite several desperate dives. With the required rate starting to rise the batsmen now started to throw the bat a bit more and also started trying to take a few more quick singles, putting pressure on the fielders. The runs started to come and so another change was made as Alex came on for Carla. First over from Alex and he bowled a full toss which the batsman tried to hit, but all he could do was smash the ball low to Abi’s left and she took a great catch leaving Oxenford 70-2 off 13 overs. Josh now came out of the attack and Jake re-entered it as Charlbury desperately searched for wickets. The batsmen pushed a few singles around and the odd boundary and this was keeping them just about up with the required rate. Alex left the attack and Hasula re-entered it as Charlbury desperately searched for the breakthrough wicket. Then it came, but not how anybody would have wanted. Jake bowled a bouncer and the batsman went to hook the ball, but he got an edge on it into his face and had to leave the field to go to hospital to check nothing was broken. In his next over Jake got a wicket when he found the new batsmans edge and Nik took the catch behind the stumps. 102-4 off 18 overs. Josh now came back into the attack as Charlbury continued to search for wickets. The opening batsman was still there, pushing the ball around for ones and twos and hitting the odd boundary. Jake finished his great spell and so Hasula re-entered the attack. Try as they might Charlbury just could not get another wicket and with only ten balls left Oxenford ran another single and Charlbury had lost by six wickets.
Charlbury 4 points
Great Horwood 203-3 (45 overs)
Charlbury 149 (39.5 overs)
Charlbury won the toss and on a good looking wicket decided to field first. Jake and Stuart opened the bowling and got Charlbury off to a reasonable start. Both bowlers dropped straight into a great line and length from the first ball and made the Horwood play and miss several times. The outfield was quick and any shot that beat the infield would fly to the boundary for four. After eight overs Horwood had reached 21-0. Jake was bowling a great spell, getting the ball to move away from the batsmen consistently which in turn made the batsmen chase after the ball. Stuart too was bowling a great spell, getting some lift and movement with the ball, but unfortunately for Charlbury no wickets had fallen. Charlbury were backing their bowlers up with some great fielding, chasing every ball to the boundary and diving everywhere just trying to stop any quick singles from being taken. The overs ticked by and still no wicket and after 16 overs Horwood had reached 47-0. Charlbury were going to need wickets if they were to ensure that Horwood did not build too good a platform to start an assault on the bowling. Stuart left the attack and Barry entered it. Barry’s first over was a bit off, but the rest of his spell was on the button, but still Charlbury could not make the breakthrough. Charlbury were still bowling well and keeping the runs right down. Jake finished his great twelve over spell going for a mere 39 runs and so Bimalka entered the attack. Barry bowled one more over and then Hasula replaced him in the attack. The batsmen were still playing cautiously, possibly just getting ready for an assault on the bowling in the last few overs. After 27 overs Horwood had reached 97-0 and Charlbury were now getting desperate for a wicket. finally it came when one batsman cut the ball straight at Stuart and he gratefully took the catch. Bimalka was bowling a great spell, giving away hardly any runs and causing some problems for all the batsmen. Hasula too was bowling a good spell, using his variations of pace and spin to try and get the batsmen out. The runs continued to come despite the good fielding and bowling display. After 35 overs Horwood had reached 134-1 and now with the overs ticking out the batsmen began to run harder, picking up quick singles whenever they could. Finally the second wicket fell when one batsman missed one of Hasula’s deliveries and was bowled. A change in the bowling was now made as Hasula came out of the attack to be replaced by Stuart and Hasula then replaced Bimalka. The batsmen were now throwing the bat at everything and running hard for lots of quick singles. The runs kept on coming as the field was spread to try and stop the boundaries. Stuart then got a wicket when the opening batsman edged the ball and Alex, behind the stumps, took a good catch. Horwood finished their innings on 203-3.
Charlbury were going to have to bat well if they were to win the game and so Tom Nash and Graham opened the batting. Graham got off to his customary start, hammering the first delivery of the innings to the boundary for four. Tom started off well, defending the good deliveries and looking to score off of anything else. Graham was batting in a more controlled manner, playing very defensively to the good deliveries, but hitting anything loose hard to the boundary. In the fourth over Graham smashed three fours in four balls to take Charlbury to 21-0. Tom then played a lovely drive thru the leg-side to the boundary for four. The outfield was still quick and Horwood put a couple of fielders in the deep to try and counteract the Charlbury boundaries. The Horwood bowlers were bowling many good deliveries, but both batsmen were finding ways to score. Then disaster struck as Tom missed one and was clean bowled. Alex now entered the fray. He was quickly off the mark, playing a sweet drive back passed the bowler for four. Then disaster struck as one stayed low, Alex missed it and was bowled. Barry now came to the crease. Graham was still batting well, stroking around a few ones, but also defending well against the good deliveries. After 14 overs Charlbury had reached 58-2 and Horwood made a double change in the bowling. A spinner came into the attack and this was to Barry’s liking as first he smashed him for four and then he hit him for a massive straight six. Charlbury were now putting all the pressure on the bowlers as both batsmen started to accelerate the innings. Barry pulled another delivery from the spinner to the boundary for four, while Graham did the same to the bowler at the other end. Graham hit another four and reached a well deserved fifty. Then one delivery kept low and Barry missed it and was bowled for a well hit 19. Stuart now joined his brother at the wicket. Both batsmen began by running hard for everything to make sure the pressure was kept on the fielding side and with a couple of boundaries hit as well Charlbury were still up with the required rate. Then disaster struck as Graham popped one delivery straight back to the spinner and was caught for a great 66. Josh now entered the fray. Both batsmen now just looked to push a few ones and twos around as the hundred mark was passed. After 26 overs Charlbury were still looking good at 113-4. Next over things started to go wrong as first Stuart hit one straight to a fielder and was caught. Tom Eaton now arrived at the crease. A couple of balls later a mix-up in the calling saw Josh run out to a direct hit and Charlbury were now in trouble. Hasula now entered the fray. Tom and Hasula kept trying to pressure the fielding side with some quick singles and a boundary for from Tom. Tom then tried to launch one bowler back over his head for six, but did not quite catch it right and the mid-off took a steepling catch. Rob now came to the crease. After 31 overs Charlbury were 120-7 and were now struggling. Hasula popped one straight back at the spinner and was caught meaning Bimalka came to the crease. Rob smashed a delivery to the boundary to give Charlbury some hope. Next ball he edged one and was caught by the wicket-keeper. Jake now came to the crease. Jake and Bimalka played the ball around to try and pick up another point. Jake hammered a boundary four back over the spinner’s head. A double change in the bowling was now made as both bowlers had finished their allotted twelve over spells and the opening bowlers came back into the attack. Bimalka smashed one of them to the boundary for four and then Jake did likewise at the other. Next ball Jake tried to play a cut shot, but hit the ball straight o the fielder and was caught leaving Charlbury 149 all out.
Charlbury 4 points
Shrivenham 238-8 (45 overs)
Charlbury 166 (35.4 overs)
Stuart Atkins 42
Josh Hornsby 57
Shrivenham won the toss and elected to bat first. Jake and Stuart opened the bowling for Charlbury and got them off to a good start. Second ball of the first over and Jake found the edge and wicket-keeper Nik took the catch. The outfield was quick and when the batsmen hit the ball and it beat the field it flew to the boundary for four. After five overs Shrivenham had reached 28-1. The new batsmen now began to attack, throwing his arms thru anything he considered slightly overpitched. Stuart was bowling a good spell, getting the ball to move around a bit and also generating some pace. A change in the bowling was made as Jake came out of the attack and Bimalka entered it. In his first over Charlbury grabbed a wicket. The batsman hit the ball back hard at Bimalka, who could only get a hand on it, but the ball then cannoned into the stumps and with the non-striker out of his crease he was run out. The runs were still coming at a quick pace as both batsmen hit anything loose to the boundary. After 15 overs Shrivenham had reached 78-2 and Charlbury were going to need to keep taking wickets if they were to keep the run scoring down. Hasula now replaced Stuart in the attack and started well, bowling a couple of maiden overs. The two spinners in tandem now started to slow things down a bit as both of them had settled into good lines and lengths. Charlbury were going to need to get the number three batsman out as when he hit out he went big and was scoring far too quickly for Charlbury’s liking. The runs kept on coming, with more singles than boundaries now being scored, but Charlbury would need wickets to stop an onslaught in the last few overs. After 25 overs Shrivenham had reached 113-2 and now with a good platform they would surely be looking to push on hard from here. The runs kept on coming, with the number three starting to hit out a bit more. The overs were now starting to run out and still only two wickets down. Bimalka now finished his twelve over spell and replaced in the attack by Charlie. Hasula was bowling a great spell, using his variations of speed, length and turn to cause problems for the batsmen. The overs were going by and the runs were still coming and no wickets were falling. After 35 overs Shrivenham had reached 181-2 and now Hasula came out of the attack and Stuart re-entered it as Charlbury desperately searched for the breakthrough wicket. Finally it came when one batsman hit out at Stuart, but hit the ball straight to Josh who gratefully took the catch. The new batsman just looked to get singles to get the set batsman back on strike. The two hundred mark was reached and still more than five overs to go. Then Charlie got the wicket Charlie needed. The number three batsman hammered one into the deep, but Graham ran in a couple of yards and took a great catch low down. Now Charlbury could potentially keep the runs down with two new batsmen at the crease. In his next over Charlie grabbed his second wicket when one batsman just lobbed the ball up and Bimlka took a great catch. Stuart got back in on the act ion the next over when he got a bit of extra bounce and as the batsman tried to leave the ball, it hit the edge of the bat and cannoned into the stumps. Charlie now made way for Hasula to bowl the last over. One batsman danced down the wicket, missed the ball and Nik completed the stumping and then next ball Hasula clean bowled the new batsman. Shrivenham finished their innings on 238-8.
Charlbury were going to have to bat well if they were to reach their target. Alex and Graham opened the batting. Graham got the innings off to a good start when he hammered the opening bowler back over his head for six in the first over of the innings. In the fourth over of the innings Graham hammered another big six and then followed it up with a boundary four as Charlbury got their run chase off to a good start. Then disaster struck as one delivery hit Graham on the pads and cannoned back into the stumps and bowled him leaving Charlbury 19-1 off 6 overs. Nik now entered the fray. Alex was batting well, defending the many good deliveries bowled at him and then just looking to rotate the strike when he could. Alex then creamed a straight drive to the boundary for four. Nik the hammered two fours in three balls as Charlbury got going. Disaster then struck as last ball of the over Nik missed one and was bowled. Dean now entered the fray. The Shrivenham bowlers had by now dropped onto good lines and lengths and run scoring was becoming slightly harder. Then disaster struck as first Alex miss-hit one and was caught and then next over Dean tried to hit one over the top, but could only find mid-on and was caught leaving Charlbury 37-4 off twelve overs. Stuart and Josh now entered the fray to try and re-build the innings. Stuart was playing a fairly defensive role, defending the many good balls and looking for the odd single. Josh started more aggressively, hitting a couple of early boundary fours. Shrivenham now changed their bowling around from one end. Slowly the runs were coming as Charlbury sought not to lose another wicket. Josh then launched a massive six back over the opening bowler’s head and then in his next over really took to him. A couple of twos and then another big six before smashing him to the boundary for four taking Charlbury to 86-4 off twenty overs. A change in the bowling was now made as the opening bowler came out of the attack and a new bowler entered it. Josh took a liking to him as well, smashing him for a couple of fours. Stuart too was playing more aggressively now and had found a couple of boundaries, but was also looking for the single at every opportunity to give Josh the strike. Josh was looking in top form as he stroked the ball around, finding ones and twos and the odd boundary. Josh then hit another massive six off the new bowler and then a boundary four as Charlbury started to get right into the game. Another change in the bowling was made as the Shrivenham captain, a spinner, replaced the first change bowler. Another boundary to Josh and it brought up a maiden fifty for him in the first team. The first change bowler then came back on at the Walcot End. In his first over he got one that kept a bit low, Josh missed it and the ball bowled him for a fantastic 57. Charlie now entered the fray. After 27 overs Charlbury were right in the game at 135-5. Charlie tried to sweep one delivery from the spinner, missed the ball and was bowled. Tom Eaton now came to the crease, but was not there too long when he missed one from the spinner and was bowled. 146-7 off 31 overs, but Stuart was still there and batting well. Hasula had now come to the crease. Stuart now hammered a couple of deliveries to the boundary for four to keep Charlbury in the hunt. The runs were steadily piling on, but Charlbury would have to keep going if they were to get close to their target. Then disaster struck as a quick single was called for, but some good fielding saw the ball thrown to the keepers end and Stuart just run out for a well played 42. Bimalka now entered the fray. Next over and Hasula was bowled bringing last man Jake to the crease, he got off the mark first ball with a single. Next ball a quick delivery clean bowled Bimalka and Charlbury were all out for 166.
Charlbury 7 points