Kidlington 2nd 200-6 (45 overs)
Charlbury 2nd 188 -9 (45 overs)
Zak Jarvis 31
Charlie Sinton 65
Charlbury won the toss and elected to field first. Zak and Matt opened the bowling for Charlbury and got them off to a great start. In the first over Zak was too quick for one of the opening batsmen and clean bowled him. Zak had quickly settled into a good line and length and started to cause a few problems for the batsmen. Matt too quickly settled into a good line and length and with his extra height was managing to find some bounce. After eight overs Kidlington were 25-1, but dark skies were around and rain was forecast so the batsmen decided to try and play a few more shots to get their scoring rate up. Then Charlbury grabbed their second wicket when the new batsman miss-hit the ball straight back at Matt who took a good catch off his own bowling. Zak now left the attack and Tim entered it. Mat then got his second wicket when the other opening batsman hit the ball straight to Dean and he gratefully took the catch. Zak now re-entered the attack in place of Tim for one over and then there was a double change in the bowling as Tim again replaced Zak and Dean replaced Matt. Light rain was now falling which made the ball hard to grip. After 15 overs Kidlington had moved onto 59-3. Charlie now replaced Dean in the attack. The rain was still falling, but not enough to take the players off the ground, but it did make the batsmen attack more just in case they did have to leave. Tim was bowling a good spell, tying the batsmen up and keeping the run rate down. Charlie too was bowling a good spell, getting the ball to turn and bounce. The batsmen were running hard for every run and finding a few boundaries as the ball skidded along the ground. Tim came out of the attack and Ellie entered it. After 24 overs Kidlington were 114-3 and Charlbury were now getting desperate for a wicket to break this partnership and slow the runs down. Ellie was bowling well, getting the ball to move around a bit and cause some problems. The rain had now just about stopped. Then Charlbury got a wicket when Charlie hit one batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. In his next over Charlie got his second wicket when he clean bowled the new batsman and Charlbury were back in the game. The overs were by now starting to run out and so the running became a little harder as the batsmen sought to get every last run. Charlie came out of the attack and Ayan entered it. After 35 overs Kidlington were 153-5 and now looking to put their foot down in the last few overs. Ayan dropped into a good line and length and managed to keep the scoring rate down. Zak then replaced Ellie for an over, but the batsmen just used his extra pace to score runs and so Ellie -re-entered the attack. In the last couple of overs Ellie grabbed the sixth wicket of the innings when she wrapped the batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. Kidlington finished their innings on 200-6.
Charlbury were going to have to bat well if they were to win the game and so Richard and Neil opened the batting. They got off to a reasonable start, pushing a few singles and twos around in the first couple of overs. Richard then found a boundary four. Then disaster struck as Neil edged one and was caught. Zak entered the fray and hammered his first two deliveries to the boundary for four. Next over Richard hit out at one and he too was caught meaning Andy had to come to the crease. Zak was a man on a mission as he hit one bowler for three huge sixes in one over to take Charlbury to 48-2 off eight overs. Zak then cracked another four in the next over as Charlbury started to get a move on. Then disaster struck as Zak went for another big shot, but miss-hit it and was caught for a nineteen ball 31. Ayan now came to the crease, but missed one early on and was bowled leaving Charlbury 59-4 off 13 overs. Charlie now joined Andy at the wicket as they tried to re-build the innings. Both batsmen just looked to push the odd single early on to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Charlie then launched a short one over the boundary for six and then two overs later repeated the feat, hitting another big six. After 20 overs Charlbury were 81-4. Andy was batting well, keeping the good deliveries out, but looking to rotate the strike whenever possible. Charlie was batting well, pushing ones and twos and punishing anything else with boundaries. In the 22nd over Charlie started off smashing the bowler for four and then finished it by launching him for yet another six. Kidlington now made a change in the bowling from one end and then a couple of overs later they changed it around from the other. Both the new bowlers were spinners and so Charlbury were going to have to work the ball around. Andy hit a boundary four and Charlie hit one in the next over as Charlbury kept the pressure on the bowling side. Some more light rain was now falling, but this just seemed to slow the outfield down which meant the batsmen were going to have to run hard to get full value for their shots. Then disaster struck as Andy pulled hard at a full toss only to see the ball fly straight to a fielder who just about managed to keep hold of the ball and he was out caught. Dean now entered the fray. Charlie pushed a single and reached a well deserved fifty. Charlbury were still right in the game, but just had to make sure they did not keep losing wickets. Dean started with confidence, pushing a few singles and twos around to keep Charlie on strike. Then disaster struck as Charlie hit one straight to a fielder and was caught for a great 65. Matt now entered the fray. The runs now started to dry up a bit as Kidlington started to exert some pressure. Dean edged one and was caught by the wicket-keeper and then next over Matt was struck on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Tim and Abi were now at the crease with Charlbury 157-8 off 37 overs. Both players looked to push the ball around for quick singles to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Abi was then wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW meaning Ellie had to come to the crease. Tim now had to start trying to hit out and find boundaries. He hit one and a two as Charlbury kept themselves in the game. After 43 overs Charlbury were 179-9 needing 22 runs for victory. In the end it was just too much as despite Tim hitting a couple of boundaries they just could not quite score enough runs and Charlbury finished on 188-9.
A great season for the seconds sees them finish 2nd in division six. I hope everyone has enjoyed reading these match reports and will come back next season to find out how the seconds get on. Thank you.
Charlbury 2nds 7 points