Sat 9th Sept Charlbury 2nd vs Kidlington 2nd

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

Sat 2nd Sept Charlbury 2nd vs Chipping Norton 2nd

Chipping Norton 2nd 73 (33.4 overs)

Dean Warner-Carter 7-24

 

Charlbury 2nd 75-2 (17.1 overs)

Richard Nash 39

 

On a sunny day Charlbury entertained Chipping Norton who batted first. Matt and Zak opened the bowling for Charlbury and got them off to a good start. Early on Zak found the edge of the bat and a catch was taken in the slips. Matt had slipped into a good line and length and was causing some problems for the batsmen with his movement off the pitch. Zak too was bowling a great line and length and was causing some problems with his pace and movement. Charlbury were backing their batsmen up with some great fielding, with several diving stops early in the game. The new batsman was trying to play a few shots and managed to find a couple of early boundaries to get the score moving along, but it was still tough going. The overs ticked by and slowly the runs started to come for Chippy. Charlbury then made a change in the bowling as Tim entered the attack in place of Zak. Next over Matt grabbed a wicket when he had the other opening batsman caught. Tim dropped into a great line and length from ball one, using his variations in pace to make run scoring very difficult. Dean now entered the attack in place of Matt and this turned out to be an inspired change. In his first over Dean turned one thru the gate of the new batsman and clean bowled him. Dean had dropped into a great line and length and was bowling a fantastic spell, getting the ball to turn and bounce and none of the batsmen seemed able to play him with confidence. The runs now began to dry up as Tim was giving nothing away and Dean was hardly giving a run away. Dean then got another wicket when Abi took a great catch off a thick edge and Chippy were four wickets down. Dean was quickly back in the wickets when in his next over the new batsman dragged his back foot out of the crease, missed the ball and quick as a flash Abi had him stumped. The overs were ticking by and Charlbury were in total control as the Chippy batsmen had no answer to either of the bowlers. Dean grabbed yet another wicket when he spun one in viciously, the batsman missed it and was bowled. One batsman was giving some resistance and Charlbury would need to get him out to ensure Chippy did not get away from them. Then Charlbury got the wicket they wanted when the batsman scoring the runs was caught off of Dean’s bowling for his fifth wicket of the day. Chippy were now struggling badly and things got even worse for them when Dean turned yet another delivery thru the gate and bowled one batsman. The two new batsmen tried to play a few shots and managed to hit a boundary four, but Dean had his revenge  when he clean bowled one batsman as he tried to repeat the dose. Tim now left the attack and Zak re-entered it. It did not take Zak long to finish off the innings and when he clean bowled the last man Chipping Norton were all out for 73.

 

Richard and Neil opened the batting for Charlbury, but things did not go how they were planned. Early on Neil was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW meaning Andy had to make an early appearance at the wicket. The Chippy bowlers had settled into reasonable lines and lengths and early on both batsmen just looked to push the ball around for a few singles to keep the scoreboard ticking over and to make sure no more early wickets fell. Richard was looking in good form from the off, stroking the ball around on both sides of the wicket. Andy too was looking in good form, attacking the loose deliveries while defending any good balls bowled. Richard hit out and smashed a couple of boundary fours off of him. After eleven overs a change in the bowling was made as Chippy desperately searched for more wickets to try and get in the game. Andy started off attacking the new bowler, hitting a couple of boundaries off of him. Charlbury were on the charge and with some hard running the score was starting to mount quickly. Another change in the bowling was made as the other opening bowler left the attack. Richard was by now in full flow, hitting the ball around and running hard for every single run. A couple more boundaries from Richard followed, but then disaster struck. Richard had been looking good, but he hit out at one too many and was caught for a great 39. Tom Eaton now entered the fray with not many runs needed for victory. Andy hit another boundary as Charlbury raced to their target and the game was all over when a new bowler entered the attack and Tom smashed him to the boundary for four meaning Charlbury had won by eight wickets.

 

A great win for the seconds built on a fantastic spell of bowling from Dean and then Richard and Andy saw Cahrlbury home – well played lads and lass.

 

Charlbury 2nd 30 points

Sat 26th Aug Charlbury 2nd vs Faringdon 2nd

Faringdon 2nd 209-5 (45 overs)

 

Charlbury 2nd 210-8 (40 overs)

Richard Nash 31

Tom Eaton 66

Dean Warner-Carter 39

 

Charlbury travelled to Faringdon for their division 6 clash and Faringdon batted first. Paul Quibell-Smith and Matt opened the bowling for Charlbury. Early on Charlbury got a wicket when Matt found the edge of the bat and one batsman was out caught. Matt had dropped into a great line and length and was causing some problems for the batsmen. Paul too had dropped into a good line and length and was getting the ball to move around a bit. The pitch was fairly flat and the outfield quick and this meant that the batsmen got full value for their shots. Slowly the runs started to come and as both batsmen grew in confidence then they began to play more shots. Charlbury were going to need to take more wickets if they were to keep the scoring in check. Matt finished his allotted seven over spell and so Ellie entered the attack to try and find the breakthrough. Paul Jenkins then replaced Paul Quibell-Smith at the other end as Charlbury continued to change things around in their search for wickets. Both of the new bowlers quickly dropped into great lines and lengths and slowed the scoring rate down. Ellie was bowling a fantastic spell, getting the batsmen to play and miss several times. Charlbury were fielding well, with many diving stops. The runs continued to come and Charlbury were now getting desperate to get that second wicket. Then Paul got the breakthrough when he had the other opening batsman caught. The batsmen were running well and managing to hit the odd boundary as well and the score was still rising quicker than Charlbury would have liked, even with a new batsman at the crease. The score had passed the hundred mark and with only a couple of wickets down Faringdon now had a base from which to accelerate from as the overs began to run out. Paul was bowling a great spell, using his varieties of speed and movement to cause problems for all of the batsmen. Paul had now finished his spell and so Dean entered the attack. Dean quickly dropped into a good line and length and found a little bit of turn off the wicket. The batsmen were now running hard for every run. Dean quickly grabbed a wicket when one batsman tried to play a big shot at one of his deliveries only to miss it and get bowled. The new batsman was not there too long either as a mix-up in the running after some great fielding saw him stranded and run out. Ellie had now finished her twelve over spell and so Paul Quibell-Smith re-entered the attack. The new batman went on the offensive from the first ball and hit several boundaries as the score started to rise quickly in the closing overs. Charlbury were still bowling well, but the batsman was in form and hit the ball everywhere. Last ball of the innings and Paul managed to bowl one batsman as Faringdon ended their innings on 209-5.

 

Charlbury would have to bat well if they were to win. Paul Quibell-Smith and Richard opened the batting for Charlbury. Things did not go well for Charlbury early on as Paul was quickly bowled. Andy now came to the crease, but was wrapped on the pads early on and given out adjudged LBW. Neil now entered the fray and he and Richard had to try and re-build the innings. Both batsmen started off slowly, just looking for a few singles to get the innings moving, but not taking any risks. Richard was looking in good form as he stroked the ball around on both sides of the wicket. Neil too was looking good as he hit a couple of early boundary fours. Charlbury were also being helped by a few extras being bowled early on. Charlbury were up with the required rate and were starting to put some pressure on the Faringdon bowlers. A change in the bowling was made as Faringdon now began to search for wickets to try and keep the score down. Both players were batting well, pushing the ball around for singles and picking up the odd boundary. Then disaster struck as Neil hit out at one and was caught. Tom Eaton now arrived at the wicket and looked in good form from the off as he was quickly away with a single. Charlbury were running hard for every run to try and keep the pressure on the fielding side and with the outfield still quick they were able to get full value for their shots. The new bowler had now settled into a good line and length and this slowed the run rate a bit as Faringdon started to try and put some pressure back on the batsmen. The hundred mark had been passed and Charlbury were still very much in the hunt. The other opening bowler had now finished his allotted twelve over spell and a new bowler came into the attack. Tom went straight on the offensive and smashed him for a couple of fours. Then disaster struck as Tom called for a quick single, but some quick fielding saw the ball thrown to the keepers end and Richard just failing to make his ground and run out for a great 31. Martin now entered the fray, but was not there too long as he was wrapped on the pads and given out LBW. Dean now entered the fray. Tom hit another boundary to bring up a well deserved fifty and keep all the pressure on the fielding side. Tom continued to attack hard, but this caused his undoing as he went for one big shot too many and was caught fro a fabulous 66. Matt now entered the fray as Faringdon changed their bowling around again. Dean was looking good at the crease as he pushed the ball around just looking to keep the scoreboard ticking over as Charlbury were by now well ahead of the asking rate. Matt his a four, but in trying to repeat the act he was caught meaning Abi had to come to the wicket. Not many wickets left, but Charlbury were well ahead of the rate and if they could just bat the overs then they would surely win. Dean hit a couple of boundaries to settle the nerves a bit. Abi was looking composed at the crease as she just defended the good deliveries and then looked for a single whenever possible to get Dean back on strike. Then with the victory line in sight disaster struck as dean miss-hit one and was caught for a great 39. Ellie now entered the fray. Slowly Abi and Ellie pushed and nurdled Charlbury over the 200 mark and with five overs left they winning runs were hit and Charlbury had won by two wickets.

 

A great win for the seconds built on an all round bowling and fielding display and then some good batting from Richard, Tom and Dean ensured Charlbury victory – well played lads and lasses.

 

Charlbury 2nd 27 points

Sat 19th Aug Charlbury 2nd vs Tetsworth 2nd

Tetsworth 2nd 104 (32 overs)

Tim Jarvis 7-18

 

Charlbury 2nd 85

 

On a sunny afternoon Tetsworth batted first. Ellie and Carla opened the bowling for Charlbury and got them off to a good start. Early on Carla wrapped a batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. Carla was bowling a good spell, making the batsmen play and miss and getting some movement off the pitch. Ellie too was bowling and had quickly settled into a good line and length which was making run scoring difficult. The runs started to come although it as slow going as Charlbury were bowling and fielding well. Then Carla grabbed her second wicket when she clean bowled the new batsman leaving Tetsworth two wickets down early on. After bowling six overs Ellie came out of the attack and was replaced by Tim. Tim quickly dropped into a great line and length and started to cause problems for all of the batsmen. A couple of overs later another change in the bowling was made as Carla left the attack and Dean entered it. The batsmen now started to play a few more shots as they grew in confidence and they managed to find a couple of boundaries. Then Tim got the breakthrough when he bowled one batsman. Things got even better for Charlbury as the new batsman did not hang around long with Tim clean bowling him as well. With little turn on offer Dean left the attack and Paul entered it. The new batsman went on the offensive and hit a couple of early fours. Tim was bowling magnificently well and all of the batsmen were having great problems even scoring a run off him. Paul had dropped into a good line and length and was starting to cause some problems for the batsmen. Slowly the runs started to rise, but just as it seemed like Tetsworth might be coming back into the game Tim grabbed another wicket when he bowled one batsman. The batsmen now just tried to keeping the scoreboard ticking over for a few overs and tried not to lose any more wickets. The running was hard as Tetsworth continued to try and reach a score they could defend. One batsman had been scoring the bulk of the runs and Charlbury were going to need to get him out if they were to win the game and it was Tim who got him when he clean bowled him. Next over Paul got a wicket when Carla took a catch off of his bowling. Charlbury were completely on top and were looking like getting a wicket every over. Tim bowled the new batsman and then soon afterwards bowled the next batsman to pick up his sixth victim of the day. The end was not long in coming when Ellie took a catch off Tim’s bowling to leave Tetsworth 104 all out.

 

Charlbury went out to bat with Charlie and Neil, but things did not go to plan. In the first over Charlie missed one and was bowled meaning Andy had to make an early appearance at the wicket. Andy was not there long as in the next over he was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Ayan now entered the fray. The Tetsworth bowlers had settled into a great line and length and were making run scoring very difficult. Things got even worse for Charlbury a couple of overs later when Ayan was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Tim now strode to the wicket and he and Neil had to try and re-build the innings. Slowly the runs started to come, although some of this was being helped by a plethora of extras. Neil edged one and was caught leaving Charlbury four wickets down. Paul now strode to the wicket. Both batsmen now played very cautiously, trying to make sure they did not get out, but still looking for ones and twos. Paul started confidently pushing the ball around on both sides of the wicket for singles. Tim was looking good as he stroked the ball around, but mainly playing defensively against the many good deliveries that were being bowled. The overs were ticking by and the score was moving along albeit slowly. Both batsmen now looked as if they were intent in seeing off the opening bowlers and then seeing what else Tetsworth had. Just as it was looking like they might manage this Tim was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Dean now entered the fray and he and Paul saw off the opening bowlers. Charlbury were more than half way to their target, but had lost half of their wickets. A double change in the bowling was now made as both opening bowlers had finished their allotted twelve over spells. Both of the new bowlers dropped straight into a great line and length from the off and both batsmen struggled to get the ball away. Paul hit out at one, but the ball flew straight to a fielder and was caught. Carla now came to the crease. Then Dean hit out at one and he too was caught. Martyn now came to the crease, but was not there too long as he was quickly bowled. Ian now came to the wicket. The wickets were falling quickly, but the runs were not coming quickly enough. Carla hit one straight at a fielder and was caught meaning Ellie had to come to the crease. Still a long way from victory, but edging closer every over. Ian hit a few runs, but the game was over when a quick single was called and Ellie did not quite make her ground and was run out leaving Charlbury 85 all out.

 

Charlbury 2nd 6 points

Sat 12th Aug Charlbury 2nd vs Kidlington 2nd

Charlbury 2nd 129-9 (45 overs)

Andy Glass 41

 

Kidlington 2nd 130-8 (32.2 overs)

Charlie Sinton 3-25

 

Charlbury travelled the short distance to Kidlington for their division 6 clash. Charlbury batted first so Charlie and Neil opened the batting. The Kidlington bowlers quickly settled into a very good line and length and from the off runs were hard to come by. The ball was also doing a bit off the pitch and this was making things even tougher for the batsmen. Early on Charlie missed a delivery and was bowled and so Andy now entered the fray. Neil was looking comfortable at the crease, defending the many good deliveries whilst also looking for the single whenever it was on offer. The scoring rate was slow as both batsmen just tried to get themselves in. Andy was looking good with the bat as he stroked the ball around, picking up ones and twos, but defending the many good deliveries. Then Neil was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Nik now joined Andy at the crease. Nik played a couple of early attacking shots as the scoreboard started to get moving a bit. One bowler in particular was hard to get away and he was bowling maiden after maiden. Andy then managed to find a boundary as he smashed one away for four. Both players ran hard when there was the opportunity for a run as it looked like every run might be vital. Slowly the score started to rise. The overs were ticking by and Charlbury were only just scoring faster than one an over and the plan seemed to be see the openers off and then see what was to come. Nik tried to hit out at one, but hit the ball straight to a fielder and was caught meaning Zak came to the wicket. Kidlington were backing their excellent bowling up with some good fielding which was making it even harder for Charlbury to score many runs. The running was hard for both players as they tried to up the run rate. Then Zak missed one and was bowled meaning Tim had to come to the crease. Both the opening bowlers had now nearly finished their allotted twelve over spells, but when Tim nicked one early on they had their fifth wicket between them. Dean now entered the fray. Dean and Andy saw off the opening bowlers and then waited to see what was to come. A couple of loose early deliveries were pounced upon by Andy as he slammed another couple of boundaries. The running as hard as the overs now began to run out as Charlbury now needed to push on hard if they were to set a defendable total. Then disaster struck as Dean missed one and was bowled. Paul now joined Andy at the crease. Paul took a few overs to get his eye in, but then he started to attack the bowling, pushing a few ones and twos around. Andy was by now playing more shots and the score was rising at the fastest it had all game. Just as it seemed Charlbury might reach a score they could defend Andy hit one in the air and was caught for a great 41. Ian now joined Paul at the crease for the final few overs. Charlbury had finally passed the hundred mark. Both players were running hard and a couple of boundaries were also hit as Charlbury pushed on hard. In the last over Paul was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW for a fine 29 meaning Kieran had to come to the crease. Last ball of the innings and a quick single was taken, but Kieran could not make his ground and was run out as Charlbury finished on 129-9.

 

Charlbury were going to have to bowl well if they were to defend their total. Zak and Kieran opened the bowling. A quick change in the bowling was made as Kieran came out of the attack and Tim entered it. Zak started off well, finding a good length and line and caused some problems for the batsmen. Tim dropped into his usual length and line and started to make things awkward for the batsmen. Slowly, as they got their eye in, the batsmen started to attack more and tried not to get bogged down like Charlbury had early on. A couple of early boundaries were hit as Kidlington made sure they were ahead of the required rate early on. Charlbury were going to need to take wickets if they were to keep the score down and defend their total, but none were forthcoming. Tim came out of the attack and Ellie entered it. Ellie dropped into a good length and line, but she too had no luck in making the vital breakthrough. A double change was then made as Zak and Ellie left the attack and Dean and Charlie entered it. The Kidlington batsmen were by now confidently playing their shots and this game would be over quickly if Charlbury did not start taking wickets. Finally Dean made the breakthrough when he clean bowled one batsman. Then in the next over Charlbury grabbed their second when Charlie clean bowled the new batsman. Charlbury were now back in the game and with both spinners bowling great spells it was now Kidlington’s turn to struggle scoring runs. In the next few overs the Kidlington batsmen contented themselves with just pushing the odd single or two and making sure they did not lose another quick wicket. Charlie then grabbed his second wicket when he bowled the other opening batsman, now Charlbury had their chance to try and gain an advantage. Both spinners were getting the ball to turn and bounce and this was causing problems for all of the batsmen as they had very little answer to it. The batsmen were now just trying to see the spinners off and hope they were still in front of the run rate when other bowers came on. Dean then grabbed his second wicket when he bowled a batsman to leave Kidlington four wickets down. Dean now came out of the attack and Zak re-entered it and Charlbury went for broke to try and bowl Kidlington out. Zak was quickly amongst the wickets when he bowled the new batsman. Charlbury now had a chance in this game, but Kidlington were edging closer and closer and were still way in front of the required rate. The overs ticked by and Kidlington edged closer to their target, but then Charlie grabbed his third wicket as he clean bowled another victim. A couple of overs later Zak had the new batsman caught and Charlbury might just win the game. A mix up in the running in the next over saw Ellie throw the ball to wicket-keeper Nik and a run out was completed as one batsman was left stranded half way down the wicket. Only two wickets left, but only a few runs needed for victory and plenty of overs left. A single was pushed and Kidlington held on for a two wicket victory.

 

Charlbury 2nd 6 points

Sat 5th Aug Charlbury 2nd vs Oxenford 2nd

Charlbury 2nd 84 (36.2 overs)

Charlie Sinton 55 not out

 

Oxenford 2nd 74 (38.2 overs)

Zak Jarvis 3-9

Ellie Norton 4-15

 

Charlbury travelled to Keble College in Oxford to play Oxenford. On a grey looking day and after heavy rain in the morning and more expected in the afternoon Charlbury batted first. Charlie and Ajit opened the batting for Charlbury. Things did not start well as Ajit edged one early on and was caught meaning Andy had to make an early appearance at the crease. Thee pitch was a bit green and the ball was moving around a bit which was making batting very difficult. The bowlers had settled into a great line and length from the off and this was making run scoring difficult at best. Charlie looked in good form from the first ball he faced and he began to get the scoreboard moving with a few singles. The tough going continued as Charlbury struggled to just push ones and twos around, the morning rain making the outfield sluggish. Then disaster struck as Andy edged one and was caught. Tim now came to the crease. A couple of overs later a change in the bowling was made from one end. The new bowler quickly dropped into a great line and length. Charlie smashed one delivery and finally Charlbury had a boundary four. Tim just looked to stay there and make sure no more early wickets fell, but also tried to rotate the strike so that Charlie could try and attack the bowling. Slowly the score started to rise. Charlie was looking in good form as he stroked the ball around on both sides of the wicket, picking up several ones and twos. The players now came off for a short rain break and upon the resumption Oxenford made a double change in the bowling. Tim had been batting really well, but when he missed one he was bowled and Charlbury had lost their third wicket. Zak now entered the fray. The ball was still moving around a bit and the odd delivery was keeping low making things even more difficult. Zak hit out at one only to see the ball fly straight into a fielders hands and he was out. Martin now came to the wicket. Charlie was batting out of his skin on a difficult wicket, stroking the ball around and picking up ones and twos to make sure the scoreboard kept on ticking over. Martin spent a couple of overs trying to get himself in and then he tried to counter attack. Martin smashed a delivery to the boundary for four as Charlburys score started to rise slightly quicker. In continuing his attack though Martin missed a delivery and was bowled meaning Abi had to join her captain at the wicket. Charlie was still pushing hard for every single run, knowing it would be vital and could be the difference in the end. Abi edged one and was caught and so Martyn now arrived at the wicket. The score had now passed the fifty mark and the overs were beginning to run out. Charlbury had to try and press on hard to try and set a defendable score. Martyn just looked to defend so that Charlie could keep on scoring. Another change in the bowling was made as the first change bowler re-entered the attack. Charlie hit another couple of boundaries to keep things moving along. Then Martyn hit out at one and was caught. Ian now came to the crease. With the overs running out fast the batsmen began to try and run for everything and this led to Ian’s downfall as he did not quite make his ground as the stumps were broken and he was run out. Kieran now came to the crease. Charlie pushed another single and reached a well deserved fifty. Kieran hit out at one and was caught meaning Ellie had to join Charlie at the crease. A few more runs were pushed before Ellie was caught and Charlbury finished their innings on 84 all out.

 

Charlbury were going to have to bowl well if they stood any chance in this game. Father and son Tim and Zak Jarvis opened the bowling and got Charlbury off to a great start. In the first over Zak clean bowled on batsman and then in his second over he also clean bowled the new batsman to put Oxenford on the back foot. Tim was bowling a great spell, finding a great line and length and getting the ball to nip around a bit. Zak too was bowling well using his extra pace to cause some problems as well as moving the ball around. A couple of overs later things got even better for Charlbury when Tim found the edge and the catch was taken. Zak now came out of the attack and Ellie entered it. Ellie dropped straight into a great line and length and made the batsmen play and miss several times. The outfield was drying up now and this meant that boundaries were slightly easier to come by, although the wicket was still very difficult to bat on. The over s ticked by and Charlbury could not get another wicket and the score, albeit slowly, started to rise. Charlbury were going to have to bowl Oxenford out if they were to win the game. Tim was still bowling a magnificent spell and all the batsmen were having a job just to lay a bat on him let alone score off him. Ellie too was bowling a great spell, getting the ball to move around a fair bit. Tim finished his great ten over spell and so Ajit entered the attack. Then Charlbury got a breakthrough when one batsman tried to hit out at Ellie, but skied the ball and a good catch was taken. Ajit dropped into a good length and line and combined with his lack of pace the ball was hard to get away. The new batsman hit a boundary four to get the score moving, but tried to repeat the act off Ellie’s bowling and was caught. Oxenford were five wickets down and not even half way to their target. Ajit came out of the attack and Kieran entered it. The going was slow as Oxenford were finding batting just as tough as the Charlbury batsmen had and there were many maiden overs being bowled. The set batsman decided to attack and hit out at Kieran. Ellie soon got the set batsman out as when he edged the ball he was caught and Ellie had her third wicket. Kieran then got the other batsman out by virtue of a catch and Oxenford were seven wickets down. Oxenford were creeping closer and closer to victory, but if Charlbury kept on taking wickets then they might just win. In her last over Elklie had another batsman caught and things were now getting tight. A double change in the bowling was made as Zak re-entered the attack and Charlie came on. Oxenford had got it down to single figures to in when Charlie struck. The batsman had a big swing, but skied the ball and a catch was taken. The game was all over in the next over when Zak found the edge and the catch was taken leaving Oxenford 74 all out and Charlbury the winners by nine runs.

 

A great win for the seconds built on a magnificent innings by Charlie in testing conditions and then a fabulous bowling and fielding display saw Charlbury to victory – well played lads and lass.

 

Charlbury 2nd 26 points

Sat 22nd July Charlbury 2nd vs Wootton & Boars Hill 2nd

Wootton & Boars Hill 2nd 38-2 (5.4 overs)

 

On a grey day Charlbury entertained Wootton & Boars Hill. Wootton batted first and so Matt and Kieran opened the bowling. With rain forecast the game was started at a 25 over a side match and so from ball one the batsmen just went for it. A couple of early boundaries were scored and the score started to race along. A couple of overs in and the rain came so the players left the field. On their return and in the first over back Matt managed to induce a false shot and Charlie took a catch. Tim now came on to bowl in place of Kieran. The batsmen continued to go for it as light rain again began to fall. Tim then bowled one batsman as Charlbury grabbed their second wicket. Before the over could finish however the rain came down harder and the players once again left the field. After a delay to see if the rain would stop it was agreed to abandon the match.

 

Charlbury 2nd 6 points

Sat 8th July Charlbury 2nd vs East & West Hendred 2nd

Charlbury 2nd 316-5 (45 overs)

Charlie Sinton 98

Tim Jarvis 54

Andy Glass 66 not out

Ayan Chakravartty 66

 

East & West Hendred 2nd 202-9 (45 overs)

 

On a very hot day Charlbury hosted East & West Hendred and batted first. Charlie and Tim batted first and got Charlbury off to a great start. Both batsmen looked in top form from the off, stroking the ball around on both sides of the wicket. The outfield was quick and this meant that if the ball broke thru the infield it almost certainly went to the boundary for four. Tim started off well, playing the more defensive role and just looking to push singles to rotate the strike, but punishing anything loose. Charlie played a more attacking role, trying not to let the bowlers settle. The runs came at a good rate as both players ran well. As it was hot Hendred decided to change their bowling around early on, bringing on two new bowlers. Neither batsmen would let the new bowlers settle, pushing twos and hammering the odd boundary for four. The score was mounting quickly and Hendred were going to need to start taking wickets if they were to get into the game. Charlie was batting really well, hitting the ball to all parts of the ground  and with some hard running turning ones into twos. Tim too was batting really well, defending when necessary, but scoring runs whenever they were on offer. The hundred mark was reached in the eighteenth over and without loss of wicket, Charlbury were looking at setting an enormous total. The bowling was being changed around as Hendred desperately searched for the breakthrough wicket. Another single from Charlie saw him reach a well deserved half century. The bowlers were dropping into good lines and lengths and causing some problems, but whenever they bowled a loose ball both batsmen sprang on it and hammered it away for runs. The overs were ticking by and Charlbury were in total control as both batsmen continued to score freely. Tim pushed another single and that took him to a well deserved fifty and the partnership passed 150. Then disaster struck as Tim tried to hit out at one, but was caught for a well made 54. Andy now entered the fray. The overs were now beginning to run out and so Charlbury would have to push on hard if they were to set the total there start merited. Andy started slowly at first, just trying to get himself in before he started to hit out. Charlie continued on his merry way, hitting the ball to all parts and finding a couple of big sixes along the way. Hendred were still changing things round, desperately trying to slow the scoring down and take more wickets. Then disaster struck as Charlie, nearing his hundred, hit out at one, but hit the ball straight to a fielder who took a good catch. Ayan now entered the fray. Andy was now starting to get going, pushing several singles and a couple of boundary fours. Ayan only knows one way to bat and that is to attack and he preceded to hit the ball to all parts of the ground, including one massive six. The score was going up very quickly now and Hendred were struggling to contain the runs. The 200 mark had been passed and now Charlbury were looking to go big. The overs were now running out fast, but Ayan was making sure Charlbury got full value for every delivery as he crashed the ball around. Andy was just content to give Ayan the strike and was constantly looking for the quick single. Ayan hit another boundary and reached a great fifty. A couple of overs later the fun was over for Ayan as he went for another big hit, but got caught and he was out for 66. Richard now entered the fray, but got the ball of the day and was caught early on. Martin now joined Andy at the crease for the last couple of overs. Andy hit a boundary and he too reached a well deserved fifty. Martin went for a big hit, but was caught on the boundary. Adam now joined Andy for the last few deliveries. Charlbury eventually finished their innings on a massive 316-5.

 

On a good batting pitch Charlbury were going to have to bowl well if they were to get all of the Hendred batsmen out. Carla and Ellie opened the bowling and got them off to a good start. Both bowlers quickly dropped into a good line and length and with some good fielding backing them up the Hendred batsmen found it hard to score runs. The scoring was slow early on as Charlbury stopped many deliveries before they could break thru the infield, but some did and they flew to the boundary. Ellie grabbed the first wicket when one batsman hit the ball into the air a catch was taken. A few overs later a double change in the bowling was made so Ayan and Paul entered the attack. Both bowlers dropped straight on the money from the off and kept the pressure up on the batting side. One batsman edged an early delivery from Paul and the catch was taken meaning Hendred were two wickets down. The required rate was rising quickly and Hendred would have to take some risks if they were to even come close to victory. Then one batsman miss-hit the ball and it flew straight back at Ayan who took a good catch. Charlbury were in total control of the game and although the batsmen were scoring some runs they were going to have to push on much harder to get something out of this game. Paul was bowling a great spell, putting every delivery on a great line and length and making the batsmen play at everything. The new batsman began playing a few more shots and found a couple of boundaries to get the Hendred score moving along. Ayan then bowled one batsman. A change in the bowling was made as Andy entered the attack in place of Ayan. With four wickets already down and the required rate rising fast the batsmen decided to try attacking hard and they managed to find a few boundaries. The two new batsmen were now taking the attack to Charlbury, running quick singles and finding a few boundaries. Paul came out of the attack and Carla entered it as Charlbury sought to break this partnership. The hundred mark had been passed and although Hendred were probably not going to win the game at this point there were still plenty of bonus points for them to pick up. Finally Andy got a wicket when he clean bowled one batsman. The new batsman started up where the previous one left off and attacked from the off. The overs were now starting to run out so Andy came out of the attack and Charlie entered it. Charlie quickly dropped into a good line and length, but both the batsmen were quick to pounce on anything even slightly loose. Carla now left the attack and Tim entered it. The overs were running out fast, but then Charlie grabbed a wicket. The batsman tried to hit out at Charlie, but was caught going for a big shot and Charlbury were back in control. In his next over Charlie got the new batsman caught and it looked like Charlbury might bowl Hendred out. Tim then got in on the wickets as one of the hard hitting batsman miss-hit the ball and was caught. With not many overs left Charlie took himself out of the attack and brought back Ellie. This was an inspired decision as Ellie was quickly among the wickets having one batsman caught. Not many overs left and the batsmen decided to just bat the overs out after reaching the 200 mark, eventually finishing on 202-9.

 

A great win for the seconds built on a big opening partnership and a top four that all reached fifty, then an all round bowling display saw Charlbury home – well played lads and lasses.

 

Charlbury 2nd 29 points

Sat 1st July Charlbury 2nd vs Shrivenham 1st

Shrivenham 1st 252-9 (45 overs)

Kieran Reynolds 4-81

 

Charlbury 2nd 225-5 (45 overs)

Andy Glass 94 not out

Tim Jarvis 32 not out

 

Charlbury won the toss and elected to field first. Kieran and Andy opened the bowling for Charlbury, but it was Shrivenham who got off to a quick start. One of the opening batsmen went for it from the first ball and hammered several boundaries in the first couple of overs as Shrivenham started like a train. an early change in the bowling was made as Andy made way for Tim. Tim dropped straight into a great line and length and immediately run scoring became much harder from one end. Kieran had started well, bowling a good line and length despite the onslaught and he quickly grabbed an early wicket when he had the harder hitter of the two openers caught. The wicket was good and the outfield quick and with fielding restrictions imposed for the first fifteen overs the boundaries continued to pile up. Charlbury were bowling and fielding well, but were going to need to keep taking wickets if they were to slow the scoring down a bit. Kieran came out of the attack and Charlie brought himself into it. Tim was still bowling a fantastic spell, but with no luck so far, but his variations were causing some problems for all the batsmen. Charlie quickly dropped into a good line and length and with a bit of turn he managed to gain a bit of control. The batsmen now seemed to content to just bat for a few overs and just accumulate runs with ones and twos and so the score continued to rise. The hundred mark had been reached and still only one wicket down and Charlbury were now getting desperate for a wicket. As the over started to tick down the batsmen became much more attacking and started to run for everything. This brought about the second wicket when a quick single was attempted, but a direct hit saw the stumps broken and the batsman run out. Tim had now finished his great twelve over spell and so Dean entered the attack to see if he could get any turn out of the wicket. The new batman began to try and attack from the off as Shrivenham looked to set a huge score that they could defend. Charlie took himself off and brought on Martin to see if he could grab a wicket. Dean dropped into a good line and length and managed to find some turn. The batsmen continued to attack hard and with the overs running out fast they started to take some risks. Charlie came back into the attack in place of Martin and quickly grabbed a wicket when he had one batsman caught. Charlbury then quickly got a bonus when the opening batsman was called thru for a quick single, but a good throw into the keeper’s end saw Rob whip the bails off and leave the opener stranded. Kieran now re-entered the attack in place of Charlie as Charlbury searched for more wickets. The batsmen threw the bat at everything, but when one missed Kieran bowled him. Andy now re-entered the attack in place of Dean as Charlbury continued to search for wickets. Kieran then had another batsman caught for his third victim of the day. Shrivenham were throwing wickets away in the pursuit of quick runs, but it was slowing their scoring down. Andy then grabbed two wickets in one over when he clean bowled one batsman and then did the same to the new batsman. In the last over Kieran had his fourth wicket via a catch as Shrivenham finished on 252-9.

 

Charlbury would have to bat well if they were to get anywhere near their target. Charlie and Rob opened the batting, but did not get off to the best of starts. Rob missed one early on and was bowled meaning Andy had to make an early appearance at the crease. Charlie had started well with the bat, pushing the ball around for ones and twos, but defending anything that was on the stumps. Andy started off cautiously, defending many good deliveries, but looking for singles and twos where available. The score started to rise as both players grew in confidence and both players managed to finds a couple of boundaries. Shrivenham were bowling and fielding well and this was keeping the score down and keeping the pressure on the batsmen, but slowly Charlbury were coming into the game. Andy cut a couple of deliveries to the boundary for four as Charlbury started to make a push. Shrivenham were also bowling a few wides which was helping the score along. Charlie had been batting really well, but just as it looked like he might cut loose a vicious delivery took the edge and he was caught for a well made 28. dean now entered the fray as a double change in the bowling was made. One of the bowlers dropped straight into a great line and length from ball one and was very difficult to get away. the other bowler was slightly looser and so the batsmen tried to target him. Dean hit out at one, but to his horror the ball flew straight to a fielder and he was caught. Nick Powell now entered the fray and was quickly off the mark with a single. Charlbury were now more than half way thru the overs, but now half way there on score and so they were going to need to push on hard if they were to reach their target. nick took a couple of overs to get going, but then he started to hit out and found a couple of boundaries. Shrivenham changed their bowling around as they searched for the wickets that might slow Charlbury down. Nick continued to hit out as he tried to lower the required rate, but when he miss-hit one he was caught and Martin had to come to the wicket. Andy pushed a quick single and reached a well deserved fifty. Martin attacked the bowling from the off to try and get Charlbury back on track with the required run rate. With the overs starting to run out the running became frantic as both players began to run for everything. Martin smashed a couple of boundaries to keep things going, but then disaster struck. In attempting another quick single Martin was run out when he did not quite get in before the bails were off. Tim now entered the fray. Both batsman had no option but to try and cut loose ad with some hard running the runs came. Charlbury were still quite a way behind where they needed to be and with the overs now running out fast it was looking like they might just lose. Andy was batting fantastically well as he stroked the ball around on both sides of the wicket. Tim too was looking good as he hit a couple of boundaries and constantly looked for the single. In the end it was not to be as Charlbury finished on 225-5 to finish 27 runs short with Andy left on 94 not out.

 

Charlbury 2nd 9 points