Sat 2nd Sept Charlbury vs East & West Hendred

East & West Hendred 95 (37.4 overs)

Jake Godfrey 3-21

Ian Johnston 3-30

 

Charlbury 97-1 (17.1 overs)

Ashley Rump 49 not out

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Charlbury 30 points

Sat 19th Aug Charlbury vs Stonesfield

Stonesfield 70 (29.2 overs)

Ian Johnston 6-24

 

Charlbury 71-7 (29.1 overs)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Charlbury 27 points

Sat 12th Aug Charlbury vs Faringdon

Charlbury 72 (27.3 overs)

 

Faringdon 73-1 (13 overs)

 

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

 

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

 

Charlbury 1 point

Sat 5th Aug Charlbury vs Oxenford

Charlbury 222-9 (42 overs)

Graham Atkins 74

Stuart Atkins 67

 

Oxenford 91 (36.1 overs)

Ian Johnston 5-15

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Charlbury 30 points

Sat 22nd July Charlbury vs Great Horwood

Charlbury 145-5 (20 overs)

Stuart Atkins 66 not out

 

Charlbury won the toss and elected to bat first. With rain forecast for later in the day it was decided to start the match as a 25 overs a side. Tom Nash and Graham opened the batting for Charlbury. A couple of loose deliveries saw Charlbury off to a good start and with Graham smashing a boundary in the second over Charlbury were flying. The bowlers then began to find their length and line and run scoring began to become a little more difficult. Then in the fifth over disaster struck as Graham tried to break the shackles, missed the ball and was bowled meaning Bimalka had to come to the crease. Tom was batting well, defending the good ball, but on the look out for the quick single at every opportunity. After six overs Charlbury had reached 26-1. Bimalka started with intent and was quickly off the ,ark with a boundary four. Rain was by now in the air, but it was not much and certainly not enough to come off in. With a shortened game it meant that both batsmen had to be on the lookout for the single at every opportunity as runs looked to be at a premium. Bimalka was looking in good form from the off, pushing a few hard run twos and cracking another delivery to the boundary for four. After eight overs a change was made in the bowling . Tom cracked the new bowler to the boundary for four, but in trying to repeat the feat next over he hit the ball straight to a fielder and was caught. Stuart now entered the fray. Stuart had taken out Barry’s heavy bat and it showed from the off as he stroked the ball around for a few easy singles. After ten overs Charlbury had reached 52-2 and now were going to have to push on hard if they were to set a defendable total. The running was hard from both batsmen as they tried to capitalise on any slip in the field. The ones and twos were now starting to come quickly and with Stuart smashing two fours in one over the score started to rise quickly. Then disaster struck as Bimalka, after batting so well, tried to guide the ball, but instead hit it straight into the fielder’s hands and was caught for a well made 29. Josh now entered the fray. After 14 overs Charlbury were 87-3. Stuart had been batting well, looking to turn the strike round as much as possible. Then Stuart started to hit out. He smashed the new bowler back over his head for six and then when Horwood put a fielder there, he hit another miles over the boundary for a second six of the over. A change in the bowling was now forced as the opening bowler had bowled his allotted seven overs and so a spinner entered the attack. First ball Josh tried to smash him, but hit the ball straight to a close fielder and after a lot of juggling he finally managed to cling on to the ball and Josh was out. Barry now arrived at the crease. The other opening bowler now re-entered the attack in place of the first change bowler. Stuart took a look at the first ball and then launched the second back over his head for a huge six before taking a single. Barry then hit out at the bowler, but did not quite middle it and was caught on the boundary leaving Charlbury 115-5 off 17 overs. Ian now entered the fray. With the overs now running out fast and the rain starting to come down slightly heavier the running became even more rushed. The batsmen were almost playing tip and run as they pushed the ball around and ran for everything. Stuart then launched yet another big six to bring up a well deserved fifty and then followed it up with a hard run three. Ian was looking to get Stuart on strike whenever possible. In the 20th over singles were exchanged before Stuart hit his fifth big six of the day. The rain was now coming down heavier and it was decided that the players should leave the field.  After a break for tea and then a bit of a wait to see if the weather would clear up it was decided that the game should be abandoned.

 

Charlbury 8 points

Sat 15th July Charlbury vs East & West Hendred

Charlbury 168 (45 overs)

Ian Johnston 39

 

East & West Hendred 136 (41.2 overs)

Ian Johnston 5-31

Stuart Atkins 3-20

 

On a grey day Charlbury entertained East & West Hendred in a top of the table clash. Charlbury won the toss and elected to bat first. Tom Nash and Graham opened the batting. Things started well for Charlbury as Tom hit his first delivery to the boundary for four. A couple of quick twos were pushed along with several singles as Charlbury started to get going. A couple of overs in and the Hendred bowlers started to find their length and line. Tom carved another shot to the boundary as Charlbury reached 17-0 off four overs. Then disaster struck as Graham was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Ashley now entered the fray. Ashley was not at the crease long as a couple of overs later he missed one and was bowled meaning Bimalka had to come to the wicket. Tom was batting in his usual style, defending the many good deliveries, but then looking for ones and twos off anything loose. The bowlers were now really on top of their game and being aided by some good fielding which was making run scoring tough. Bimalka threw the bat at a couple of deliveries, hitting consecutive boundary fours. Next over Tom got unlucky as one delivery kept a bit low and bowled him leaving Charlbury 32-3 off eleven overs. Stuart now joined Bimalka at the crease. Stuart clubbed an early delivery to the boundary for four. Runs were going to be at a premium today and so both players ran hard for every run knowing it could be vital in the final outcome. After sixteen overs a change in the bowling was made from one end. The new bowler quickly dropped into a good line and length and kept the pressure on the batsmen. After 20 overs Charlbury had reached 59-3 and were going to have to press on hard if they were to set a defendable total. Bimalka decided to attack the bowling and smashed a boundary four, but a couple of balls later he miss-hit one and was caught at mid-off for a good 28. Josh now came to the wicket. A couple of overs later a change in the bowling was made after one bowler completed his twelve over spell and so a left arm seamer entered the attack. First over from the new bowler and he clean bowled Stuart to put Charlbury on the back foot again. Ian now joined his captain at the wicket. The runs were coming, but it was still slow going on a difficult pitch against some good bowling. Josh hammered a delivery for four and then smashed two more of the same bowler’s next over as Charlbury reached 94-5 off 29 overs. Then disaster struck as josh tried to hit a big shot, but didn’t quite get hold of it and was caught on the boundary. Steve, returning from injury, now came to the wicket. Ian hit a delivery powerfully to the boundary as Charlbury brought up the hundred mark. A change in the bowling was now made as a spinner now entered the attack. Steve went on the offensive as the left-armer dropped one delivery in short and Steve smashed him over the boundary for six. In his next over Steve powerfully hammered him to the boundary for four. Then disaster struck as Steve danced down the wicket at the spinner, missed the ball and was stumped. Ian was batting really well, defending the good balls, but always on the lookout for a quick single. Tom Eaton now entered the fray. After 38 overs Charlbury had reached 125-7 and still had some way to go to set the total they wanted. Tom hit out at one early on and was caught bringing Barry to the wicket. With the overs now running out fast both players began to run for everything. the spinner had now left the attack and the opening bowler was back on. The left-armer had also left the attack with the first change bowler re-entering it. Both batsmen found a boundary four as the score started to rise quickly. lots of quick ones and twos were also being taken. Last ball of the 44th over and Ian hit a massive six out of the ground. The last over was all about running hard. Ian called Barry thru for a quick two, but the fielding was good and Barry could not quite get back in time and was run out. Jake came to the crease and got Ian back on strike for the last ball.  Ian hit out at the ball, but was caught for a great 39 leaving Charlbury 168 all out.

 

Charlbury were going to need to bowl well if they were to win the game. Jake and Ian opened the bowling and got Charlbury off to a good start. In the second over of the innings Ian found the edge and a fantastic diving catch from Steve saw the catch taken. The batsmen now took a couple of overs just to make sure no more wickets went down before attacking. Jake was bowling a good spell, getting the ball to move around a bit and causing some problems for the batsmen. Ian too was bowling a good spell, using his extra pace to cause some problems, to go with the movement off the pitch. Charlbury were having to attack and this was leaving the boundary open and a few deliveries shot to the boundary. After ten overs Hendred had reached 40-1 and Charlbury were going to need to keep taking wickets if they were to stay in the game. Then Charlbury made the breakthrough that they needed. Ian managed to find the edge of the batsmen scoring most of the runs and Ashley dived forward at gully and took a great catch. In his next over The new batsman just prodded at the ball and pushed it straight to Bimalka who took the catch and Hendred were three wickets down. Jake had now left the attack and Bimalka had entered it. Bimalka dropped straight into a great line and length and with some turn as well he became very hard to play. Charlbury were now fielding well and putting all the pressure on the batsmen as Hendred now started to find runs hard to come by. Bimalka then clean bowled the new batsmen as Hendred lost their fourth wicket. Ian now left the attack and Stuart entered it. In his first over Stuart grabbed a wicket as the set batsman tried to hit out, but could only find Tom Nash at mid-off and he gratefully took the catch leaving Hendred 59-5 off twenty overs. Bimalka was bowling a magnificent spell going for only one run in his first six overs. In Stuart’s third over he found the edge of the bat and wicket-keeper Steve took his second catch of the match. Stuart was bowling a great spell, getting the ball to zip around a bit and using any inconsistencies in the bounce. Then one batsman tried to sweep Bimalka, but hit the ball straight to Josh at square-leg and was caught leaving Hendred 78-7 off 29 overs. The overs were now staring to run out and the required rate was still going up. Finally the batsmen had to attack as the required rate hovered around seven an over, three boundaries were smashed off Bimalka’s last over as Hendred reached 107-7 off 35 overs. Hendred were still in with a chance and Charlbury needed to break this partnership if they were to win the game.  A double change in the bowling was made as Ian came on in place of Stuart and Josh brought himself on to replace Bimalka after his fine twelve over spell. In Ian’s second over the breakthrough came as first he got one batsman caught at mid-off by Stuart and then after the batsmen had crossed, next ball he clean bowled the other set batsman leaving Hendred nine wickets down. With the last pair at the wicket and still more than fifty runs required the batsmen just went for it and hit a couple of boundaries as they reached 129-9 off 40 overs. A double change in the bowling was made again as Stuart replaced Ian after his fabulous twelve over spell and then Jake replaced Josh. Jake bowled a good over and gave nothing away, with the batmen forced to run quick singles to score. Second ball of Stuart’s new spell and he clean bowled the number 11 and Hendred were all out for 136.

 

A great win for the lads built on an all round batting display with Ian the stand out score and then a fabulous bowling and fielding display, with Ian grabbing a five wicket haul took Charlbury too victory – well played lads.

 

Charlbury 28 points

Sat 8th July Charlbury vs Wolvercote

Charlbury 242-9 (45 overs)

Stuart Atkins 57

Josh Hornsby 39

 

Wolvercote 130 (38.5 overs)

Bimalka Liyanarachchi 3-35

Josh Hornsby 4-28

 

Charlbury won the toss and on a hot day elected to bat first. Tom Nash and Graham opened the batting, but it did not start off well. Second ball of the game Graham hit a full toss straight to square leg and was caught meaning Ben had to make an early appearance at the crease. Ben looked in good form from the off as he stroked a couple of early deliveries to the boundary for four. The outfield was very quick and many shots that broke thru the infield went to the boundary. The Wolvercote bowlers quickly settled into a good line and length and this slowed the scoring down. Ben tried to hit out at one, but it moved back into him, he missed the ball was bowled. After nine overs Charlbury were 36-2. Bimalka had now joined Tom at the wicket. Tom was batting in his usual style, defending the many good deliveries, but always looking for the quick single to turn the strike around. Tom then cracked consecutive deliveries to the boundary for four to get the score moving. Then disaster struck as Bimalka tried to cut one, but got a bottom edge and the ball cannoned into the stumps. Stuart now arrived at the wicket as Wolvercote changed their bowling around from one end. A couple of overs later the other opening bowler came out of the attack and a new bowler entered it. Stuart looked in good touch as he stroked the ball around, hitting a couple of early boundary fours. After twenty overs Charlbury had reached 69-3. Tom was still looking to rotate the strike at every opportunity while Stuart pushed ones and twos around to keep the scoreboard moving along. Stuart then hammered three fours in four balls to take Charlbury up to 88-3 off 24 overs. Wolvercote now changed their bowling around again bringing on a new bowler to replace the first change. After another boundary from Stuart the other bowler was also changed for a new bowler. Tom tried to hit the new bowler back over his head, but only succeeded in hitting the ball to mid-on and was caught for a well made 28. Josh now entered the fray as the overs began to run out. Josh was quickly up and going when he first smashed a boundary four and then followed it up next ball with a huge six. Next over a big top edge from Josh had the fielder interested until it cleared him and the boundary for another six. Stuart then pushed a quick single and brought up a well deserved fifty. A double change in the bowling was now made as both the opening bowlers came back into the attack. Charlbury now began to push hard for runs with Stuart hitting one boundary and Josh two off the first over back from one bowler. Then disaster struck as Stuart missed one and was bowled for a fine 57. Ollie now joined his captain at the wicket. After 34 overs Charlbury had reached 155-5 and now needed to push on hard to set a defendable total. Then Josh didn’t quite get hold of one and was caught for a hard hit 39. Tom Eaton now came to the crease. Ollie was looking good at the crease, looking for the single at every opportunity and with Tom doing the same the runs continued to come at a good rate. Ollie hit a couple of boundary fours to keep the pressure on the bowling side. Ollie was then wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Barry now came to the crease. Tom cracked a four and then a single to get Barry on strike. Barry then hit the opening bowler back over his head and into the side screen for six. as Charlbury reached 197-4 off 40 overs. A double change in the bowling was now made as Wolvercote sought to slow things down in the last few overs. Tom smashed one bowler back over his head for a big six as Charlbury continued to pile on the runs. More boundaries followed as both players looked to hit the ball on both sides of the wicket. Barry launched another massive six back over the bowler’s head. Last over and Wolvercote again changed their bowling around bringing their fourth change bowler back into the attack. Barry hit one high into the air and a fielder got under it to take the catch and Barry was out for a very quick 28. Next ball Tom missed one and was bowled for a good 22. Jake and Dean now had to see off the last few deliveries which they did, pushing Charlbury up to a final score of 242-9.

 

Charlbury were going to have to bowl well on a good batting wicket if they were to win the game. Jake and Stuart opened the bowling. Second over and some confusion in the calling, after a great stop by Graham, saw the ball fly to the keeper’s end and the bails whipped off for a run out. Both Charlbury bowlers quickly dropped into a great line and length and this slowed the scoring down in the early part of the innings. Jake was bowling a good spell, getting the ball to nip around a bit, making the batsmen platy and miss. Stuart too was bowling a fine spell and his extra pace and bounce were causing some early problems. After ten overs Wolvercote had reached 34-1 and Charlbury were going to need to keep taking wickets if they were to keep the scoring rate down. Then Stuart bowled a great over. First he got the opening batsman to edge the ball to Josh at first slip and he took the catch, then last ball of the over the new batsman edged the ball to Bimalka and he took a good catch. The batsmen tried to retaliate by hitting a couple of boundaries, but they could not take too many risks in case they lost more early wickets. Then disaster struck as wicket-keeper Ben got hit on the end of his finger by the ball and could no longer keep and so Barry took over. A couple of overs later a change in the bowling was made as Jake left the attack and Bimalka entered it. Bimalka dropped straight into a great line and length from the off which made run scoring very difficult. The bowlers were being backed up by a great fielding display, with all the players throwing themselves around to try and stop the ball. A couple of overs later Stuart came out of the attack and Josh entered it. After twenty overs Wolvercote were 67-3 and were going to have to push on hard if they were to win the game. Josh took a couple of overs to find his length and line, but when he did the batsmen could hardly lay a bat on him and with Bimalka bowling his usual miserly way the pressure was mounting on the batsmen. The overs ticked by and Charlbury could not take a wicket, but Wolvercote were not scoring quick enough and the required rate was rising quickly. After thirty overs Wolvercote had reached 107-3 and now they were going to have to attack hard and take risks if they were to get even close to their target. Finally Charlbury got the breakthrough they wanted as first one batsman tried to hit Josh for six, but could only find Tom Eaton on the boundary who took a great catch. Next ball the other set batsman tried to hit the ball over mid-off, but he could only find Ollie on the boundary who, after a bit of juggling, took a great catch. The hat-trick was missed, but Charlbury had what they wanted and that was two new batsman at the crease. In Bimalka’s next over he quickly clean bowled one of them and then two balls later repeated the feat to the next batsman. First ball of Josh’s next over one batsman hit the ball low to gully where Bimalka gratefully caught him and then a couple of deliveries later he clean bowled one batsman to leave Wolvercote 119-9 off 34 overs. The batsmen now just tried to see out overs and see if they could pick up anymore bonus points. Josh took himself out of the attack and brought Dean on. The batsmen refused to be drawn on playing attacking shots. The field was in close and this finally won the game. In Bimalka’s final over one batsman gloved the ball, it flew up into the air and Stuart standing in close gratefully took the catch and Charlbury had won by 112 runs.

 

A great win for the lads built on a solid platform laid down by Tom Nash, Stuart and Josh and then some hard hitting from Barry at the end took Charlbury to a big total and then a great all round bowling display, with Bimalka and Josh hovering up the wickets saw Charlbury to victory – well played lads.

 

Charlbury 30 points

Sat 1st July Charlbury vs Yarnton & Cowley

Yarnton & Cowley 236-9 (45 overs)

Bimalka Liyanarachchi 3-28

 

Charlbury 237-7 (43.2 overs)

Bimalka Liyanarachchi 66

Josh Hornsby 72

Ollie Hollings 35 not out

 

Charlbury won the toss and elected to bowl first. On a wicket with a lot of grass on it Charlbury decided for the first time this season to bowl first. Jake and Max opened the bowling, but things did not go how Charlbury planned. The batsmen set off like it was a 20-twenty match, throwing the bat at nearly everything and finding several early boundaries. After five overs Yarnton had reached 31-0 and Charlbury had already realised that if they didn’t start taking wickets then it would be a long afternoon and they would be chasing a massive score. Max was managing to get some control over the batsmen, slowing the scoring rate down slightly. A change in the bowling was made after eight overs as Jake came out of the attack and Ellie entered it. The batsmen took a couple of overs to see what Ellie was bowling before trying to attack her. As the batsmen grew in confidence so they began to attack more and Charlbury were going to need to break this partnership quickly if they were to stay in the game. After 13 overs Yarnton had raced to 85-0 and Charlbury were getting more desperate by the over for a wicket. Max now left the attack and Bimalka entered it. Bimalka dropped straight into a great line and length, immediately making run scoring more difficult. A couple of overs later Ellie came out of the attack and Josh entered it. Finally Charlbury got the breakthrough wicket when Bimalka clean bowled one batsman. Things got even better for Charlbury in the next over when the other opening batsman skied one and wicket-keeper Ben took a good catch running backwards. Josh had now settled into a good line and length and with two new batsmen at the crease he was able to control things a bit better. Bimalka was bowling another great spell, getting the ball to turn and getting the batmen in two minds as to whether to attack or defend. After twenty overs Yarnton were 120-2 and if Charlbury could keep taking wickets then they might start getting back into the game. A few overs ticked by and with both bowlers now finding a good rhythm, backed up by some good fielding Charlbury were coming back into the game. One batsman then tried to defend one of Bimalka’s deliveries, missed the ball and was bowled. Josh now took himself out of the attack and brought on Barry. In Bimalka’s next over he managed to get a little bit of extra turn and bounce and all the batsman could do was lob the ball gently to Ellie who gratefully took the catch leaving Yarnton 147-4 off 30 overs. By now Barry had slipped into a good line and length and was starting to cause some problems for the batsmen with his extra pace. With the overs now starting to run out and Charlbury starting to exert some control the batsmen tried to hit their way out of it. A few quick singles were taken and a couple of boundaries hit as the score started to rise. One batsman played the ball out towards Tom Nash and ran, Tom dived to stop the ball and then was quickly up and throwing it at the wicket-keepers end. The batsman was sent back by his partner, but Tom’s great throw had done for him and Ben whipped the bails off to run him out. Next over and Barry grabbed his wicket when he got one to bounce a bit more and the new batman could only lob the ball up in the air for Ashley to take a good catch. Bimalka had now finished his great spell which had got Charlbury back into the game and so Max re-entered the attack. Max was quickly among the wickets when he clean bowled one batsman to leave Yarnton 184-7 off 40 overs. The new batsman threw caution to the wind and just went for it. Barry took the brunt of this attack, despite variations in line and length to mix things up. In the 44th over Charlbury got a bonus when the batsman missed the ball, Ben threw at the stumps, but missed, the batsman tried for a single, but Max grabbed the ball and threw the stumps down at the bowlers end for the eighth wicket. Josh brought himself back on for the last over. With two balls left Josh clean bowled the hard-hitting batsman and this left Yarnton on 236-9.

 

Charlbury were going to have to bat really well to win the game. Tom Nash and Graham opened the batting for Charlbury. Things started well as Graham smashed the first delivery for four and then in the next over Tom cut one for four. It started to go downhill after that as in the third over one stuck in the pitch a bit and Graham could only lob one back to the bowler to be caught. Ashley now arrived at the crease. In the next over Tom edged one top the wicket-keeper and was caught meaning Ben already had to come to the wicket. Ashley seemed to have calmed things down when he smashed an early delivery to the boundary for four, but two deliveries later he tried to smash the ball back over the bowler’s head, but could only find mid-on who took the catch leaving Charlbury in trouble at 23-3 off five overs. Bimalka now joined Ben at the wicket to try and re-build the innings. Ben smashed one delivery powerfully to the boundary and Bimalka did the same in the next over as Charlbury started to get things back on track. Then disaster struck as Ben miss-hit one and was caught leaving Charlbury 47-4 off eleven overs. Josh now strode to the crease. Josh was quickly off the mark with a single. Josh then launched out hitting a boundary four before launching the bowler back over his head for a big six. A change of bowling was made, but it made little difference to Josh as he put the pressure on the new bowler by hitting his first delivery back over his head for six. A couple of overs later another change was made as the other opening bowler left the attack and Yarnton’s spinner entered it. Josh did not give him time to settle by first smashing him for a big six and then running hard for a three off the last ball of the over. Bimalka was also batting well, just looking for the single when he could get it, but also hitting anything loose to the boundary for four. Josh hammered another big six in the next over and then repeated the feat off the spinner’s second over as Charlbury reached 110-4 off twenty overs. Josh was looking in top form as he hammered the ball to all parts of the ground and with Bimalka finding a couple boundaries as well the score was rising quickly. Another change in the bowling was made as the first change bowler left the attack and another spinner entered it. Josh hit a four off the new bowler to bring up a well deserved fifty. In the spinner’s next two overs Josh hit a massive six in each of them and so he left the attack and one of the opening bowlers came back on. Bimalka smashed another boundary four to keep the pressure on the bowling side. Then disaster struck as Josh missed one and was bowled for a fabulous 72 leaving Charlbury 155-5 off 28 overs. Ollie now entered the fray. Ollie was cautious at first, just looking to either defend or get a single so Bimalka could have the strike, but when a couple of loose deliveries were bowlelld at him he smashed them to the boundary for four. Both batsmen were running hard for every run and the score was still going up quickly. Then a change in the bowling was made as the opening bowler left the attack and the first spinner re-entered it. Bimalka pushed another single and reached a well deserved fifty as Charlbury reached 194-5 off 35 overs. Bimalka then decided to hit out smashing two consecutive, enormous sixes. In trying for a third six of the over Bimalka missed the ball and was bowled for a great 66. Ollie was still there and batting really well, playing defensively when needed, but also running hard for every run. Another change in the bowling was made as the first spinner again left the attack and the other opening bowler re-entered it. Barry had come to the crease, but was not there too long as he prodded one to a close fielder and was caught. Jake now joined Ollie at the wicket with Charlbury 216-7 off 39 overs. It was getting tense as both players prodded the ball around, just pushing the odd single. Ollie then went for it hitting consecutive twos before smashing the next ball to the boundary for four to relieve some of the nerves. Jake calmed things down even more when first ball of the next over he hammered a four to take Charlbury to the brink of victory. The other opening bowler now entered the attack for the 44th over, but he did not worry Ollie as first he hit him for a two and then with scores tied Ollie pushed him away for a single and Charlbury had won by three wickets.

 

A great win for the firsts built on some great bowling from Bimalka, ably backed up by the rest of the attack and then two great innings from Bimalka and Josh to get Charlbury close before a magnificent knock by Oliver saw Charlbury home – well played lads and lass.

 

Charlbury 29 points

Sat 17th June Charlbury vs Stonesfield

Charlbury 158 (41 overs)

Bimalka Liyanarachchi 38

 

Stonesfield 103 (29.5 overs)

Ian Johnston 3-37

Stuart Atkins 3-31

Bimalka Liyanarachchi 4-26

 

Charlbury won the toss and on a very hot day decided to bat first. Tom Nash and Graham opened the batting for Charlbury. Tom was quickly off and going, hammering consecutive twos thru the off-side. Graham got in on the act in the next over when he smashed a delivery to the boundary for four. Then in the fourth over disaster struck as Graham was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Ajit now strode to the crease. Tom flicked one off his pads and the ball flew to the boundary for four as Charlbury reached 17-1 off six overs. Next over Tom edged one and was caught by the wicket-keeper meaning Ben had to come to the crease. In the next over Ajit launched one over the top, square on the off side for a boundary four. Ajit was batting well, defending the many good deliveries while pushing singles off anything loose. Ben looked in good form from the off and early on played a great straight drive for four. Stonesfield were bowling and fielding well and Charlbury were finding runs hard to come by. Ben hammered another ball to the boundary for four as Charlbury reached 33-2 off 12 overs. Next over ben drove another delivery for four, but two balls later was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Bimalka now joined Ajit at the wicket. A change in the bowling was made from one end as a spinner now entered the attack. Charlbury now spent the next couple of overs trying to re-build the innings and to make sure no more quick wickets fell. A couple of overs later another change in the bowling was made as the other opening bowler left the attack and another spinner entered it. Bimalka crashed a delivery to the boundary for four and Ajit did likewise in the next over as the score started to move along. After 22 overs Charlbury had reached 61-3 and would now need to start pushing on if they were to set a defendable score. Bimalka was looking good at the wicket, looking for ones and twos at every opportunity, but defending the good balls when needed. Ajit was still going along in his normal fashion, just looking to stay there and let the rest of the team bat around him. Bimalka then launched a big six back over one of the bowlers heads. Then disaster struck as in the next over Ajit was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW for a fine 22. Stuart now arrived at the crease. Things got even worse for Charlbury in the next over as Bimalka tried to hit another six, but did not quite middle it and only found the fielder on the boundary who took the catch. Ian now entered the fray. After 30 overs Charlbury had reached 108-5 and with the overs now running out would have to push on hard. A couple of overs later Stuart miss-hit one and the ball just lobbed up into the covers and the catch was taken. Tom Eaton now joined Ian at the wicket. Ian was batting well, looking to push ones and twos off of every ball. Tom started slowly, but when he found his mark he smashed a huge six to get going. Both batsmen were running hard for everything, turning ones into twos. Tom went for another big hit, but did not get it quite right and was caught near the boundary for a well made 20. Rob now entered the fray, but was not there too long as he was bowled. Captain, Ollie, now came to the crease. A change in the bowling had been made as one of the spinners had finished his allotted twelve over spell and so one of the opening bowlers returned. Ollie tried to hit out at this bowler, but lobbed the ball up to point and was caught. Last man Max now came to the crease with Charlbury 148-9 off 40 overs. Ian then hammered a massive six back over the spinner’s head and followed it up by smashing him powerfully to the boundary for four. Last ball of the over Ian missed it and was bowled leaving Charlbury all out for 158.

 

Charlbury were going to have to bowl well on a good pitch if they were to defend their total. Ian and Stuart opened the bowling and got Charlbury off to a good start. Both bowlers dropped into a good line and length from the off and started to cause problems for the batsmen. In the fifth over Ian found an edge, wicket-keeper Ben took the catch and Stonesfield had lost their first wicket. Ian was bowling a fantastic spell, getting the ball to move around a bit and making run scoring difficult. Stuart too was bowling a great spell, using his extra pace and bounce to great effect and with a little bit of movement the batsmen were struggling to get him away. Stuart then got in on the act when he found the edge and ben took his second catch of the match. In Stuart’s next over he wrapped a batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW leaving Stonesfield 30-3 off ten overs. Charlbury were right back in the game and with some attacking fields and great fielding chances were being created. The batsmen now went on the offensive to try and counter the Charlbury attack and a couple of boundaries came off of the bowlers. Stuart now made way in the attack for Bimalka. In his first over Bimalka got one to turn back in, the batsman missed it and was bowled. In the next over Charlbury got the wicket they wanted. One batsman had been leading the counter-attack and had hit several fours, but when Ian bowled one a bit quicker that just slightly moved away the batsman missed the ball and was bowled. Stonesfield were now 56-5 off 15 overs and Charlbury were looking in control. Charlbury kept the field up so as to snaffle any loose shots played and to put more pressure on the batsmen. A couple of boundaries were hit as Stonesfield tried to hit their way to victory. The score was now starting to rise as a few more shots were played. After 21 overs Stonesfield had reached 85-5 and Charlbury were getting desperate for the breakthrough wicket to slow things down again. Next over Bimalka grabbed his second wicket of the innings when he clean bowled one batsman. In Ian’s last over of his twelve over spell Ian clean bowled the new batsman to finish with three wickets and give complete control back to Charlbury. One batsman had been hitting out a bit, so Charlbury moved the field around to try and stifle him and it worked, as he tried to manoeuvre a delivery from Bimalka to the off-side he missed it and was bowled. 87-8 off 24 overs and Stuart now re-entered the attack. The batsmen now pushed and prodded their way to a few more runs, just trying to see off a few more overs and see if they could get close to their target. In his second over back Stuart grabbed his third wicket of the day when he bowled one batsman. Only one more wicket for Charlbury to get and  a couple of overs later the game was over when one batsman tamely hit the ball straight back to Bimalka and he gratefully took the catch to leave Stonesfield 103 all out.

 

A great win for the lads built on a solid batting display by Bimalka, Ajit and Ian and then followed up by a fantastic bowling display to which Stonesfield had no answer – well played lads.

 

Charlbury 28 points

Sat 10th June Charlbury vs Faringdon

Charlbury 130 (35.3 overs)

Ashley Rump 57

 

Faringdon 132-5 (23.1 overs)

 

Charlbury lost the toss and were asked to bat first. A windy day at Faringdon saw Charlbury batting first and so Tom Nash and Graham opened the batting. Second ball of the innings and Graham missed one only to be bowled meaning Ashley made an early arrival at the crease. An edge thru to the slips saw Ashley dropped as Charlbury finished the first over lucky to only be one wicket down. Ashley got things going in the third over when he drove one bowler to the boundary for four. The Faringdon bowlers had quickly dropped into a good line and length and were making things difficult for all of the batsmen. Ashley was looking in good touch as he stroked the ball around, pushing hard for runs when available, but also defending the many good deliveries bowled. Tom was looking solid at the crease, just looking to see off the opening bowlers. After ten overs Charlbury had reached 24-1. The eleventh over was a big one as first Ashley smashed one delivery to the boundary for four and then he launched another delivery back over the bowler’s head for a big six. Then disaster struck as in the next over Tom edged one and was caught in the slips. Ben now entered the fray and the bowling was changed from one end. Ashley hit two boundary fours thru the leg-side off the new bowler’s first over to keep the score moving along. Next over ben miss-hit one and the ball flew back to the bowler who took the catch and Charlbury were 46-3 off 14 overs. Nik now joined Ashley at the crease. Ashley was still looking in top form as he stroked the ball for another four. Another change in the bowling saw the other opening bowler come off and a spinner enter the attack. Ashley then drove another four to reach a well deserved fifty. He then followed this up with a massive six. Then disaster struck as next over he missed one from the spinner and was bowled for a great 57. After 20 overs Charlbury were 73-4 with Stuart coming out to join Nik at the crease. Both batsmen now just looked to push a few singles around, although Nik did flick one off his legs to the boundary for four. The first change bowler came off and one of the opening bowlers returned as Faringdon continued to look for wickets. Nik attempted to uppercut one from the opening bowler, but only succeeded in edging the ball to the keeper who took the catch. Josh now arrived at the wicket. The opening bowler now left the attack and a new bowler entered the attack. Stuart hammered a couple of boundaries to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Josh too hit a boundary. Then the spinner bowled a full toss and Stuart latched onto it, but with only one fielder in the deep he hit the ball straight to him,, with the strong wind holding the ball up long enough for the fielder to get under it. Barry now entered the fray as Charlbury reached 106-6 off 28 overs. Next over things got even worse for Charlbury as Josh missed one and was bowled meaning Jake now came to the crease. Barry hammered back to back fours powerfully to the boundary. Jake edged one off the spinner and the wicket-keeper took a good catch. Max now entered the fray. Next over Barry missed one and was bowled as Charlbury slipped to 125-9 off 33 overs. Ellie now came to the crease. Max smashed a four off the spinner. Then Ellie missed one and was bowled leaving Charlbury 130 all out.

 

Charlbury were going to have to bowl well if they were to defend their total. Jake and Stuart opened the bowling. Early on they both bowled well, getting the ball to move around and making both the batsmen play and miss several times. After five overs Faringdon were 20-0 and Charlbury were going to need early wickets if they were to put pressure on Faringdon. A couple of edges were found, but they either went wide of the slips or well over their heads. The runs kept on coming and no wickets fell, Charlbury were becoming desperate. Then Stuart bowled one with a bit more venom and the ball took off and hit one batsman on the side of the helmet, breaking the ear guard off. There was a delay in proceedings as the batsman looked to change helmets and was obviously a bit shaken up. On the re-start Jake came out of the attack and Max entered it. Half way thru Max’s first over the injured batsman decided to retire as he was still not feeling quite right. In Stuart’s next over Charlbury finally made the breakthrough. One batsman hit the ball on the leg-side and looked to run, but to his horror he had stepped back onto his stumps and was out hit wicket. In Stuart’s next over he grabbed another wicket when the new batsman could only hit the ball straight up in the air and Graham, fielding in close, took a great catch. Faringdon were 54-2 off 14 overs and if Charlbury could just keep taking wickets then they were in with a chance. The batsmen now started to fightback, running very hard for ones and twos and hitting several boundaries to put Faringdon firmly back in control. Chances were being created, but the ball just kept on eluding the fielders either by just clearing them or going just wide of them. Max then got in on the wickets when he clean bowled one batsman leaving Faringdon 100-3 off 19 overs. Charlbury were keeping the field in close  to try and take catches, but this was leaving the boundary open and several shots that went thru the field sped away for four. Max found an edge in his next over and this time a fantastic diving catch by Barry saw the fourth wicket fall (five if you count the retired hurt). Ashley came on in place of Stuart for an over to try and take a wicket and when he did not a double change was made with Jake and Stuart both re-entering the attack just from the opposite ends. The game was soon over as a couple more boundaries were hit and Faringdon had won by five wickets.

 

Charlbury 4 points