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Sat 1st Sept Charlbury 2nd vs Long Marston 3rd

Charlbury 2nd 201-6 (45 overs)

Richard Nash 59

Martyn Scull 54 not out

 

Long Marston 3rd 182-5 (45 overs)

Alex Bush 3-32

 

The last game of the season and Charlbury travelled all of the way to Long Marston. Charlbury won the toss and elected to bat first and so Richard and Michael opened the batting. Both batsmen started confidently pushing a few singles around to get the scoreboard moving. It took the Marston bowlers a couple of overs to get their lines and lengths right, but when they did its started to make run scoring more difficult. Richard pushed one delivery thru the covers and the ball shot away for four over the quick outfield. Michael was batting confidently pushing a few singles around, but also always looking to defend the many good deliveries coming his way. Richard looked in top form from the off, stroking the ball around on both sides of the wicket, but also looking to defend when necessary. Michael hit one delivery to the boundary and then next over Richard did likewise. Then disaster struck as Michael miss-hit one and was caught meaning Ben had to come to the wicket. Ben had not been well and so started slowly, just defending the ball to make sure he did not get out. Richard was just pushing the ball around for singles. A change in the bowling was then made as one of the opening bowlers came out of the attack. The new bowler dropped straight into a great line and length and made run scoring awkward. A couple of overs later another change was made as the other opening bowler left the attack and a new bowler entered it. Early on Ben missed one and was bowled meaning that Martyn had to come to the wicket. Martyn started slowly, just looking for the odd single. Richard now started to attack more and found another couple of boundaries. Another change in the bowling was then made as the first change bowler left the attack and a new bowler entered it. Both players now began to play a few more shots and the score started to rise. The hundred mark was passed and with just under half the overs left Charlbury were looking to set a good score. The overs ticked by with both batsmen pushing ones and twos around to keep the score moving along. Richard pushed another single and reached a well deserved fifty. As the overs were now beginning to run out both batsmen began to run harder and take a few more risks. Another change in the bowling was made as another new bowler entered the attack. Another quick run was called, but disaster struck as a direct hit saw Richard just run out for a great 59. Abi now joined Martyn at the wicket. Martyn hit a boundary four as did Abi as the Charlbury score started to mount quickly. Then the new bowler hit a patch of form. First he had Abi caught after she edged one. Dean now arrived at the crease, but was not there too long as he tried to hit out at one, but hi the ball straight to a fielder and was caught. Andy now came to the wicket. Andy was quickly off the mark with a four as Charlbury pushed hard in the last few overs. Andy then missed one as he tried to force the runs and was bowled meaning Alex had to come to the crease as anew bowler entered the attack. Alex attacked hard from the off throwing the bat and finding an early four before pushing a couple of singles. Martyn ran another single and he reached a maiden half century for the second team. Some hard running in the last couple of overs saw Charlbury reach 201-6.

 

Now it was over to the bowlers and so Emilia and Andy opened the bowling and got Charlbury off to a great start. Both bowlers settled into a great line and length from the off, getting the ball to move a round a bit and making both the batsmen play and miss. Emilia got the early breakthrough when she found the edge of the bat and wicket-keeper Abi did the rest with a good catch. Hardly a run scored in the first six overs and Charlbury were in charge, Marston were going to have to bat well if they were to win. Emilia had settled into a great line and length and bowled four maidens in her opening spell which put Marston well behind the required rate. Andy too bowled a great opening spell, hardly giving any runs away. After 13 overs a change in the bowling was made as Andy left the attack and Dean entered it. Dean dropped instantly into a great line and length and with some turn and bounce made run scoring hard. Slowly the runs started to come as the batsmen pushed a few singles around. The outfield was still quick and a couple of fours were hit, despite some valiant fielding to try and stop them. After eighteen overs another change was made as Emilia left the attack and Mark entered it to try and weave some magic. Charlbury now had two spinners on and although they were getting thru the overs they just could not get the wickets. Then they got a bonus when one batsman ran and the other was slow away, the ball was quickly fielded and thrown in to the keeper and the bails were whipped off for the run out. The batsmen were just content to push a few singles around and then see if they were close later in the game. The opening batsman was stubborn, just pushing a few singles around and making sure Marston were not bowled out cheaply. Mark came out of the attack and Emilia re-entered it as Charlbury continued to search for wickets. Dean was bowling a fabulous spell, getting the batsmen to play and miss, but just could not find the edge or take the wicket he deserved. Dean left the attack after finishing his nine overs and so Ben entered it. Try as Charlbury might they just could not get a wicket. Andy, the captain, then took Emilia off and brought Alex on. Marston were getting closer to victory, but the overs were starting to run out quickly so the required rate was still going up. Alex made a quick impact on the game when he clean bowled one batsman, Charlbury had their breakthrough. Marston now looked like they would settle for the draw as they started to play more defensively. Ben left the attack and Emilia re-entered it to see if she could add to her wickets. Then Charlbury had a big over as first Alex clean bowled the new batsman, and then before the over was out he clean bowled his replacement. Not enough overs left to bowl Marston out and try as they might Long Marston held out to reach 182-5.

 

A great season for the second team, winning their league 54 points. Now I hope you have enjoyed reading these match reports this season and will come back over the winter to find out how the club gets on in the Banbury Indoor League.

 

Charlbury 3rd 15 points

 

Sat 18th Aug Charlbury 2nd vs Abingdon Vale 3rd

Charlbury 2nd 146 (44.4 overs)

Ayan Chakravartty 42

 

Abingdon Vale 3rd 127 (35.3 overs)

Emilia Bartram 3-39

Ellie Norton 3-42

 

Charlbury travelled to division 8 rivals Abingdon Vale knowing a victory would make them champions. Richard and Simon opened the batting, but it did not start well. Early on Richard edged one and was caught by the wicket-keeper meaning captain, Andy, had to make an early appearance at the crease. Both Abingdon bowlers had settled into a good line and length and Charlbury were struggling to get them away for many runs. Andy looked good at the crease from the off, pushing a few singles around before hitting one thru the leg-side to the boundary for four. Simon was playing a more cautious game, just looking to defend the good deliveries and push the odd single around. Then Simon hit out at one, but the ball flew straight tot a fielder and he was caught meaning Michael had to come to the crease. Michael started confidently pushing a couple of singles around to try and get Andy the strike. After 13 overs a change in the bowling was made and a new bowler entered the attack. Andy attacked the new bowler and hit him for a couple of early boundaries to get the score moving along. The new bowler also did not settle into a great line and length and started to bowl a few wides which helped the Charlbury score. Just as it looked like Charlbury might be getting on top Andy hit one straight to a fielder and was caught for a good 26. Ayan, making his first appearance of the season, now made his way to the wicket with Charlbury 48-3. Ayan played an attacking game from the off, running hard for every shot to make shot he scored every run he could. Michael was looking confident at the crease, stroking the ball around for a few singles and just keeping the good deliveries out. Ayan then launched a massive six out of the ground as the Charlbury score started to accelerate. The first change bowler now left the attack and a new bowler entered it. The new bowler made a quick impact as he bowled Michael when he missed one. Rob now entered the fray, but was not there long as next over he too was bowled leaving Charlbury 76-5. Neil now joined Ayan at the crease. Ayan continued to try and take the game to the bowlers and hit another boundary four. The opening bowler then finished his spell and a new bowler entered the attack as Abingdon continued to search for wickets. Neil was just looking to give Ayan the strike and to just keep all of the good deliveries out. Ayan hit the new bowler for a six as he continued to put all the pressure on the bowling side. The hundred mark was brought up as the overs began to run out quickly. Neil hit out at one and was caught meaning Martin now came to the wicket. Martin was not there too long as he tried to hit out at one early on, but was caught near the boundary. Emilia now joined Ayan at the crease. Ayan smashed a third six of the innings as he raced towards fifty. Emilia edged one delivery and it flew to the boundary. Then disaster struck as first as Ayan took a big swing at one, but edged the ball to the wicket-keeper who caught him for a great 42. Then before the over was out Emilia edged one and she too was caught by the keeper. Mark and Ellie now had to try and bat out the last few overs. Mark smashed two deliveries in one over thru the covers and to the boundary for four. Ellie just looked to push a few singles around to get Mark on strike. Mark was looking confident at the crease as he stroked the ball around, finding singles and another boundary four. In the last over Ellie looked to hit out at one, missed the ball and was bowled as Charlbury were all out for 146.

 

Charlbury were going to need to bowl well if they were to win. Emilia and Ellie opened the bowling and got Charlbury off to a brilliant start. A boundary was hit in the first over. Next over though Ellie found the edge of the bat and wicket-keeper Rob did the rest with a good low catch. Next over Emilia wrapped one batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. Things continued to go well for Charlbury as in Ellie’s second over she again found the edge of the bat and wicket-keeper Rob took his second catch. Emilia bowled the fifth over and grabbed another wicket as one batsman tried to hit out, skied the ball and Martin took a great catch leaving Abingdon 7-4 off of 5 overs. Charlbury were now in complete control and the batsmen decided to bat out a few overs just to make sure they did not lose any more quick wickets. A couple of boundaries were hit as Abingdon started to try and get back in the game. Ellie was bowling a great spell, getting some movement off of the pitch and causing problems for all the batsmen. Emilia too was bowling really well, also getting movement off of the pitch and constantly beating the bat. One batsman then hit Ellie for a couple of boundaries, but she soon had her revenge when he tried to repeat the dose, the batsman hit the ball straight to Michael and he took the catch. A change in the bowling was then made as Mark came into the attack in place of Emilia. Mark dropped straight into a good line and length and managed to extract some turn from the wicket. Charlbury were going to need to bowl Abingdon out if they were to win, but one batsman was getting in their way as he pushed the ball around for ones and twos with the odd boundary thrown in. the outfield was quick, but Charlbury were backing their bowlers up by chasing down everything. Ellie then left the attack and Ayan entered it. Ayan dropped into a reasonable length and line, but with no luck. Then Charlbury got a bonus when a quick run was attempted, but quick fielding saw the ball quickly into Rob’s hands and he whipped the bails off to execute the run out. Things got even better next over when a mix up in the calling saw the new batsman stranded and run out leaving Abingdon 79-7, but with plenty of overs left. The two batsmen now contented themselves with pushing a few singles around and with some hard running they started to get closer to the hundred mark. Ayan came out of the attack and Ellie re-entered it, but to no avail. With the batsmen growing in confidence and hitting a couple of boundaries the game was starting to get close. The hundred had been passed and Abingdon only needed to score just over two runs an over to win the game. Andy then brought himself into the attack to try and make the breakthrough. It worked as Andy bowled the batsman who was scoring the bulk of the runs leaving Abingdon 122-8. Emilia now re-entered the attack as Charlbury went for the kill. In Andy’s next over he clean bowled the new batsman to leave Abingdon nine wickets down. Next over and the game was won as the set batsman skied one and Emilia took a great caught and bowled to leave Abingdon 127 all out and Charlbury champions.

 

A great win for the seconds built on Ayan’s innings and then some phenomenal bowling by Ellie and Emilia saw the top order blown away – well played lads and lasses and congratulation on winning Division 8.

 

Charlbury 2nd 25 points

 

Sat 11th Aug Charlbury 2nd vs Buckingham 4th

Buckingham Town 4th 191-9 (45 overs)

Matt Lyver 3-25

Ellie Norton 3-38

 

Charlbury 2nd 118-2 (26.1 overs)

Ajit Shah 39 not out

Andy Glass 44 not out

 

Buckingham won the toss and elected to bat first. Matt Doran and Emilia opened the bowling for Charlbury and got them off to a good start. Emilia dropped straight into a great line and length from the off, getting the ball to move around a bit off of the pitch and cause problems for both the opening batsmen. Matt too dropped into not a bad line and length, using his extra height to extract some bounce out of the hard wicket. Then one batsman got a leading edge and the ball flew up in the air and straight back to the bowler, Emilia and she took a good catch. Charlbury were backing their bowlers up with some great fielding, diving all over the place in a desperate bid to stop the ball flying to the boundary. The opening batsman was very cautious, just looking to push the odd single around whilst playing very defensively. The new batsman was slightly more attacking and found a couple of boundaries to get the score moving along. The overs ticked by and Charlbury were doing well in keeping the score down. After fifteen over a change in the bowling was made as Matt Doran was replaced by Matt Lyver. Matt quickly dropped into a great line and length and with a bit of movement off of the pitch started to cause some problems. A couple of overs later another change in the bowling was made as Emilia left the attack after her great spell and Barry entered it. Matt then found the edge of the bat and Ajit did the rest taking a good, low catch at slip. In his next over Matt grabbed another wicket when he clean bowled the new batsman to leave Buckingham three wickets down. Barry had settled into a good length and line and managed to get the batsmen playing and missing several times. Charlbury were in control, keeping the runs down and taking wickets. A few overs later and Matt grabbed his third victim when the new batsman took a step down the wicket and swung the bat, he missed the ball and quick as a flash Abi collected the ball and stumped him. Barry now left the attack An Ellie entered it. Ellie was straight on the money from the off, using her guile to get the batsmen playing and missing constantly. The opening batsman was still there and still playing defensively. The overs were ticking by and Charlbury wanted to try and bowl Buckingham out as the weather for the end of the day was not good. Matt came out of the attack and was replaced by his namesake. The change had a quick impact as Matt Doran found a way thru one batsman’s defences and clean bowled him. Ellie was bowling really well, but with no luck. Matt then left the attack and so Mark entered it to see if he could make an impact. Impact made when in his first over he wrapped one batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. Then Buckingham really went for it. The new batsman attacked hard, finding several boundaries and took the score up quickly. Mark left the attack and Matt Doran re-entered it. The hard hitting batsman continued to try and play his shots, but in trying to hit Ellie he skied the ball and Tom Eaton got underneath it and took a fine catch. With only a few overs left the batsmen continued to attack hard, finding a few more boundaries. Ellie then bowled a big over. First she clean bowled one batsman leaving Buckingham eight wickets down, then before the end of the over she clean bowled the new batsman and ensured she set a new record for most wickets in a season by a second team player. Buckingham batted out the last couple of overs to finish on 191-4.

 

Charlbury now needed to bat well if they were to win the game. Richard and Ajit opened the batting and got Charlbury off to a reasonable start. Ajit started off in his usual fashion, defending the good deliveries, whilst also looking for a quick single at every opportunity. Richard too started slowly, just looking to push the ball around for the odd single. Then disaster struck as Richard edged one and was caught meaning Tom had to come to the crease. Both of the Buckingham bowlers had settled into a good length and line and were making run scoring difficult in the early stages. Tom started aggressively, hitting a couple of early boundaries to get the scoreboard moving along. Tom continued to try and hit out, but when he miss-hit one he was caught leaving Charlbury 28-2. Captain, Andy, now entered the fray. Both batsmen now just played out a couple of overs as they tried to make sure no more quick wickets were lost. A change in the bowling was then made as Buckingham continued to search for wickets. Andy started slowly, just looking to push a few singles around, but defending any good delivery. Ajit played a late cut and the ball flew to the boundary over the hard ground. Another change in the bowling was made and now Charlbury began to attack a bit more. Andy attacked the new bowler, hitting a couple of fours off of his first couple of overs. Ajit began running harder for every single as Charlbury began to push hard. Light rain now began to fall, but not enough to take the players off. Both batsmen tried to attack harder, running hard for everything and finding the odd boundary. Another change was made in the bowling as Buckingham now searched desperately for the breakthrough that might get them back into the game. The rain was getting harder. Andy was now looking in top form as he stroked th ball around on both sides of the wicket, pushing Charlbury passed the hundred mark with plenty of overs to go. Finally the rain came down even harder and now the players had to leave the field. Both teams tried to keep the game on, but eventually they had to relent to the rain and the game was abandoned as a draw.

 

Charlbury 2nd 11 points

 

Sat 11th Aug Charlbury vs Bletchley Town

Charlbury 124 (36.3 overs)

Ben Forrester 33

 

Bletchley Town 126-5 (22.5 overs)

 

Charlbury won the toss and elected to bat first. Ben Sinton and Graham opened the batting for Charlbury. Graham got off to a good start hitting a couple of early fours straight back passed the bowler. Ben started slowly, defending the good deliveries and pushing a few singles and twos around. Then disaster struck as Graham flicked one on the leg-side, but a fielder dived in and took a good catch just above the ground. Bimalka now entered the fray. Both bowlers had settled into a reasonable length and line and Charlbury were finding run scoring more difficult. Bimalka crashed a shot through the covers for four. Slowly the score started to move along as both players started to get their eye in. The outfield was still fairly quick and several shots that beat the infield flew towards the boundary. Ben was batting really well, stroking the ball around on both sides of the wicket and leaving anything he did not need to play at. Bimalka was more aggressive, looking for the single, but also pouncing on anything even slightly loose and hitting it away to the boundary. Ben then crashed a boundary four, flicking the ball through the leg-side. A change in the bowling was then made as one opening bowler left the attack and a new bowler entered it. The new bowler dropped straight into a great line and length and both batsmen found him hard to get away for any runs. Bimalka hit another couple of boundaries at the other end to ensure the score continued to move along. The fifty mark was reached and now Charlbury were looking to push on a bit harder to set a defendable total. Then disaster struck as Bimalka was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Ben Forrester now strode to the crease. Ben Forrester looked in top form from the off, pushing a quick two before stroking one off of his legs ands to the boundary for four. Ben Sinton was now starting to open up a bit and started to play a few more strokes, picking up several singles. Ben Forrester just continued to look in good form as he stroked the ball around, putting the ball wherever he wanted and finding a couple more boundaries through the off-side. The score was now starting to race along and Charlbury were looking to take charge of the game. After 20 overs a change in the bowling was made as the opening bowler finished his ten over spell and a spinner entered the attack. The spinner was on the mark from ball one and using his variations of pace and length started to cause some problems. Ben Sinton edged one and the wicket-keeper took the catch, the spinner had his first wicket. Stuart now joined Ben at the crease. Ben continued to smash the ball around on both sides of the wicket, if the bowler dropped it short he pulled the ball and if he bowled it wider then he cut it. Ben hit the spinner for a couple of boundaries to bring up the hundred mark. Then things went wrong. First Ben edged one and was caught at slip for a fine 33. Charlie now came to the wicket. Both bowlers had now settled into great lines and lengths and the batsmen were only able to push the odd single. A couple of overs later Stuart edged one and he too was caught at slip. Josh now came to the crease with Charlbury 105-5. A couple of overs went by, but then Josh was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Marcus now entered the fray. Then Bletchley had a big over as first Marcus hit the ball straight ot a fielder and was caught and then two balls later his replacement, Steve, missed the ball and was bowled. Ollie now joined Charlie at the wicket to try and repair the innings. Both batsmen now looked to use up a few overs and just see how many Charlbury could get. The overs ticked by with a a few ones and twos being pushed as Charlbury just could not find the boundary. Ollie hit out aat a couple of balls and managed a couple of twos. A change in the bowling was made as the first change bowler left the attack and a new one entered it. The new bowler struck quickly when he wrapped Ollie on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. Jake now came to the crease. A couple more overs went by with a few runs scored, but then Charlie skied one and was caught by the wicket-keeper and Charlbury were all out for 124.

 

Charlbury had to bowl for an hour before tea and so Stuart and Jake had to open the bowling. The batsmen knowing they had a low target to chase decided to go for it from the off and hit a couple of early fours to put the pressure on the bowling side. Stuart was bowling well, but struggled a little bit with his line. Jake too was bowling well, getting a little movement out of the pitch. The batsmen continued to attack and with the quick outfield found several boundaries. The score was rising quickly, but then Charlbury got the wicket they wanted when the Bletchley captain miss-hit one from Stuart straight to Marcus in the covers and the catch was taken. The batsmen continued to attack the ball and hit a couple more boundaries so a double change in the bowling was made as Charlie and Bimalka entered the attack to slow things down. Charlie dropped straight into a great line and length and found some turn out of the pitch. Bimalka too dropped into a good line and length, causing several problems for the batsmen. The new batsmen was more cautious, just looking to push the od single around. The opening batsman continued to attack and found a couple of boundaries to take the score passed 50. Then Charlbury got their second wicket when the opening batsman drilled one to Charlie stood at mid-off and he took a good catch. Next over Charlbury got another wicket when the other batsman edged one off of Charlie and the ball flew to Ben Forrester low down and he managed to get his fingers under it and take a fabulous catch. A few more runs came and tea was getting closer. Then Charlbury grabbed their fourth wicket when the new batsman edged one to Graham stood close in and he took a fine reaction catch leaving Bletchley 68-4. Stuart bowled the last over before tea, but did not get a wicket. On the resumption A change of bowling was made as Stuart made way for Charlie. This was an inspired choice as one batsman tried to smash Charlie out of the park, but could only find Ollie on the boundary and he took a great catch. Charlbury now thought they were in with a shout, but one batsman had other ideas. One batsman went on the attack and pulled a couple of deliveries rom Bimalka to the boundary for four. Stuart then replaced Charlie after only one over after tea. Stuart dropped straight into a great line and length, but the new batsman kept him out. Then a huge over from the other batsman took the game away from Charlbury as he smashed the ball to all parts. Bimalka came out of the attack and Jake joined it, but to no avail and the hard hitting batsman hit a boundary to win the game for Bletchley.

 

Charlbury 6 points

 

Sat 28th July Charlbury 2nd vs Cublington 2nd

Cublington 2nd 164 (35.3 overs)

Ellie Norton 6-50

Andy Glass 3-18

 

Charlbury 2nd 164-3 (31.1 overs)

Andy Glass 55 not out

 

Cublington won the toss and elected to bat first. With rain forecast for later in the day Cublington decided to bat first so Emilia and Matt opened the bowling for Charlbury. Emilia settled into a great line and length from ball one, getting the ball to nip around off of the pitch and causing problems for both batsmen. The outfield was very quick with all the dry weather around and when the ball broke thru the infield it sped to the boundary. Charlbury started fielding well from the off, diving all over the place and chasing every shot in order to keep the runs down. A few extras started to come and this lead to the score starting to mount. Matt was bowling a good line and length, but was getting less out of the wicket and with his extra pace a couple of edges flew for four. After eight overs a change in the bowling was made as Paul entered the attack in place of Emilia. The batsmen were growing in confidence and now started to play a few more shots as the fifty mark was passed. Paul started well, putting the ball in good places and causing some problems for the batsmen. Matt finished his spell of five overs and so Ellie entered the attack. The Cublington batsmen continued to attack hard as they sought to set a big score. Charlbury were starting to get desperate for the breakthrough wicket with every over that went by. The runs were coming quicker than Charlbury would have wanted and they needed wickets to slow things down. The hundred partnership was brought up and still no wickets down. Paul finished his six over spell and so the captain, Andy brought himself on. Finally the first wicket fell when one batsman tried to hit out at Ellie, but did not catch it right and Dean took a good, high catch. Next over things got even better for Charlbury as Andy clean bowled the new batsman. In Ellie’s next over she clean bowled the new batsman and Charlbury were right back in the game with Cublington 130-3. One of the opening batsmen was still there and Charlbury would need him out if they were to keep the score down. Ellie was bowling an immaculate line and length and causing all sorts of problems for the batsmen, who were really struggling to get her away. Andy too had settled into a great line and length and with a bit of movement off of the pitch they could hardly lay a bat on him. Then Charlbury got the wicket they wanted when the opening batsman hit the ball straight to Andy who made no mistake in taking a great catch. Charlbury were now starting to take control as the new batsmen really struggled to get the ball away for much more than the odd single here and there. Ellie clean bowled the new batsman to take her fourth victim of the innings. Next over Andy grabbed his second wicket when the new batsman hit the ball straight to Robert and he gratefully took the catch. Charlbury were now in total command and it was now about how quickly they would bowl Cublington out. The new batsman hit a boundary four, but that was all as in trying to repeat the feat Andy clean bowled him leaving Cublington 156-7. Ellie then wrought havoc in the Cublington innings. First she picked up her fifth wicket when one batsman skied the ball and Paul got under it to take a good catch. The next batsman hit the ball straight back at Elli, but she stuck her hands out and took a good catch off her own bowling. Last ball of the over a mix up in the calling saw the ball thrown to Nathan behind the stumps and the last man was run out leaving Cublington 164 all out.

 

Charlbury needed to bat well to reach their target so Simon and Michael opened the batting for Charlbury. One bowler for Cublington dropped straight into a great line and length and made run scoring quite difficult. The other bowler was slightly more loose and this gave both batsmen the opportunity to play some attacking shots and get scoreboard moving. Simon crashed one shot thru the covers for the first boundary of the innings before Michael followed it up with one in the following over. Slowly the score started to move along, aided by a few extras and Cublington knew they needed early wickets if they were to put Charlbury under pressure. Then disaster struck as Simon edged one and was caught. Robert now entered the fray. Michael was looking good, stroking the ball around and looking for the single when ever it was on offer. Robert started slowly, just looking to get himself in, but also looking to defend the many good deliveries. After 14 overs the bowling was changed around and a new bowler entered the attack. Then disaster struck as Michael hit out at the opening bowler, but miss-hit the ball and was caught meaning Andy had to come to the crease. Robert began attacking the new bowler and hit him for a couple of boundaries. Andy started slowly, just looking to make sure no more quick wickets fell. Robert continued to attack, pushing ones and twos around and making sure all the pressure stayed on the fielding side. Cublington now realised that their only chance of victory was to bowl Charlbury out. The fifty mark had been passed and Charlbury were racing on towards the hundred mark. The opening bowler finished his spell and so a new bowler entered the attack. Andy was by now playing a few more shots and running hard for every run. The outfield was still quick and Cublington were having to chase hard to stop the boundaries. Robert missed one and was bowled for a good 21. Paul now entered the fray. Another change in the bowling was made as the first change bowler left the attack and a new one entered it. The new bowler made little difference to the scoring rate as Andy went after him from the off. Charlbury were well on top of the required rate and as long as they did not lose wickets they would surely win the game. Paul started off slowly, but was always on the lookout for the quick single to get Andy on strike. Andy hit a couple of boundaries as Charlbury began to race towards their target. The extras were still coming at a quick rate and this was helping Charlbury out. Andy hit a four and brought up a well deserved fifty. The game was all but over and was when Paul pushed another single to take Charlbury to 165-3.

 

A great win for the seconds built on some great bowling by Ellie and Andy and then an all round batting display capped off by a captain’s fifty saw Charlbury home – well played lads and lasses.

 

Charlbury 2nd 25 points

 

Sat 9th June Charlbury 2nd vs Buckingham 4th

Charlbury 2nd 132 (44.2 Overs)

Charlie Sinton 30

Andy Glass 33

 

Buckingham 4th 123 (42 Overs)

Matt Doran 7-25

 

On a warm day Charlbury travelled to Gawcott for their Division 8 clash with Buckingham. Charlbury batted first and so Tom Harris and Abi opened the batting. It was quite a big pitch and the outfield was slow so hard running was going to be the order of the day as there would not be many boundaries. Both of the Buckingham opening bowlers quickly settled into a good length and line and made run scoring difficult. Both players just looked early on to get their eye in by pushing a few singles around. Abi was first to go when she missed one delivery and was bowled. Captain, Charlie, now strode to the crease. Tom was starting to look in better form as he stroked the ball around for a few singles. Charlie took a few overs to get in, just looking for the odd single early on. The overs ticked by and the score was moving up slowly. Charlie hit a boundary four to get things moving along. Slowly the runs started to come as Charlie began to hit out a bit. A change in the bowling was then made as a new bowler entered the attack. The new bowler made a quick impact when he managed to bowl Tom early in his spell. Andy now came to the crease to join his captain. A couple of overs later another change in the bowling was made as the other opening bowler left the attack. Andy started slowly, just looking to push a few singles around to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Charlie was starting to look in good form as he stroked the ball around and managed to find another boundary. Then disaster struck as Charlie tried to hit out at one, but miss-timed his shot and the ball flew into the air and the catch was taken. Neil now entered the fray. Andy was still looking comfortable at the crease, pushing the ball around for a few singles whilst also defending the many good deliveries. Neil started slowly and just looked to push the odd single around. The overs were now starting to run out and Charlbury would have to try and push on hard if they were to set a defendable score. Buckingham then changed their bowling around, bringing on a new bowler. The new bowler made a quick impact on the game when he found the edge of Neil’s bat and the catch was taken. Rob now came to the crease, but was not there too long as the new bowler also found the edge of his bat and he too was caught. Martin now joined Andy at the crease. One of the opening bowlers now came back into the attack as Buckingham looked to finish off the Charlbury innings. Andy found a boundary four when he hit one delivery thru the covers. The hundred mark had been reached and Charlbury were looking to push hard in the last few overs to try and grab every run available. Martin hit out to one rom the opening bowler, but the ball flew straight to a fielder and he was caught. Matt now came to the crease. Not many overs left. Then disaster struck. Andy had been batting really well, but when he tried to play one shot too many he was bowled for a good 33. Paul now came to the wicket and was quickly off the mark with a boundary four. Paul continued to try and hit out and was caught soon afterwards. Ian now joined Matt at the crease. Matt was just looking to push a few singles around. A couple of overs to go and Matt hit out at one, but the pitch was coming on well enough and he skied the ball and was caught. Ellie now came to the crease. Ian and Ellie nearly batted out the overs, but just before the end Ellie was wrapped on the pads and given out LBW leaving Charlbury 132 all out.

 

Charlbury would have to bowl well if they were going to win the game. Matt and Ellie opened the bowling, but after the first over Matt wanted to change ends and so Paul came on for the third over and Matt then replaced Ellie. It did not take long for this change to make an impact as Matt found the edge of the bat and Andy took the catch in the slips. Paul had dropped into a good line and length from the off and was causing some problems for the batsmen. Matt too was bowling a great line and length and using his height to extract some bounce from the pitch. Matt then grabbed his second wicket when another catch was taken in the slips off of his bowling. In his next over things got even better for Charlbury as early in the over he found a thin edge and wicket-keeper Rob took the catch and then the same combination took the next batsman before the end of the over. Charlbury were in charge and even more so when Paul found the edge and Rob took his third catch of the innings. Buckingham were 19-5 and would have to re-build their innings and so the batsmen now took a few overs to just see off the opening bowlers and also to try and get their eyes in. A double change in the bowling was then made as Charlie and Andy entered the attack. Both bowlers quickly dropped into good lengths and lines and started to cause some problems for the batsmen. The fielders were also backing up their bowlers with some fine diving stops and by never giving the chase of the ball up. Slowly the runs started to come as the batsmen started to play a few more shots, finding a few singles and twos. Andy came out of the attack and Ellie re-entered it as Charlbury continued to look for more wickets. The Buckingham batsmen were looking to get to their target slowly, defending the many good deliveries, but also by looking for the quick single. Ellie left the attack and Martin entered it. Buckingham were creeping nearer and nearer their target and Charlbury were going to need to bowl them out if they were to win the game. Charlie had been bowling a good spell, getting some turn and bounce from the pitch, but without success. A double change was made in the bowling as Andy and Matt re-entered the attack to try and get the breakthrough wicket. Early on Matt found the breakthrough as he found the edge of the bat and Rob did the rest taking a good catch behind the stumps, Charlbury were right back in the game and Matt had his fifth victim of the game. Andy was bowling a good length and line and was making the batsmen play and miss. A few overs ticked by with only a few singles being pushed before another boundary four was hit. Andy then got the seventh wicket of the innings when he had the new batsman caught after the batsman skied the ball. Still not quite at the hundred mark and seven wickets down, but Buckingham were still right up with the required rate. Andy came out of the attack and Paul re-entered it as Charlbury continued to search for more wickets. The two Buckingham batsmen now tried to grind out the victory, slowly moving closer and closer to their target. The hundred mark was passed and with a couple of boundaries it looked like Buckingham might snatch victory. Matt had other ideas and found the edge for Rob to take yet another catch and the set batsman was out. Paul was bowling a great spell and all the batsmen were finding him hard to get away. In Matt’s next over he had the new batsman caught at slip and Buckingham were nine down. Not many runs needed for victory, but only one wicket standing. One batsman played a big shot, missed the ball and Paul had clean bowled him leaving Buckingham 124 all out.

 

A great win for the seconds built on good innings from Andy and Charlie, then an exceptional bowling display from Matt saw the Buckingham batsmen blown away – well played lads and lasses.

 

Charlbury 2nd 25 points