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Charlbury 2nd 148-5 (25 overs)
Rob Collard 41
Chipping Norton 2nd 105-7 (25 overs)
Paul Jenkins 3-17
Charlbury travelled the short distance to Chipping Norton for their division 5 clash. With rain in the morning and more forecast for later in the afternoon it was agreed to play a 25 over match from the start. Martyn and Ayan opened the batting. A few singles were pushed in the first couple of overs, but then Martyn missed one and was bowled. Rob now entered the fray and began in his customary way. With this being a shorter game Rob went for it from the first ball he faced, hitting several early boundaries. Ayan also joined in the fun hitting a couple of early boundaries. Chippy made an early bowling change as both batsmen really hit out at one of the bowlers. The new bowler quickly dropped into a good line and length, but Charlbury had got off to a good start. Rob continued to plunder runs, hammering the ball on both sides of the wicket and the score started to rise quickly. Ayan too was batting well, pushing the ball around for a few singles to try and get Rob back on strike. Ayan tried to hit out at one, but hit the ball straight at a fielder and was caught for a well made 24. Nick Powell now joined Rob at the crease. Nick started well, pushing a few singles around while letting Rob do the bulk of the scoring. Then disaster struck as Rob missed one and was bowled for a great 41 at well over a run a ball. Paul Adams now arrived at the crease. The overs were by now beginning to run out and so both batsmen had to throw caution to the wind and try and smash the ball around so as to take Charlbury to a defendable score. The score had passed the hundred mark and now Charlbury were looking well set for a big score. Nick hit out at one and was caught in the deep going for a boundary which brought Nick Wilson to the crease. Paul was batting well, stroking the ball around and looking to run hard ones and twos while also hitting the odd boundary. Nick just threw the bat from the start and picked up a couple of early boundary fours. The score was rising fast, but the overs were now nearly over. In the last over, in the hunt for quick runs Nick threw the bat at the ball, hit it high into the air and a fielder got underneath it and took the catch. Robert Jenkins now arrived at the wicket. Paul threw the bat and hit a few more runs to finish on a well hit 28 not out as Charlbury reached 148-5.
There was rain around by now and it was going to be hard to bowl with a wet ball, but both sides and the umpires were happy to continue so the game carried on. Paul Jenkins and Ellie opened the bowling for Charlbury and both of them settled quickly into a great line and length. Chippy were going to have to bat well if they were to reach their target, but with the bowlers bowling really well and being backed up by some fantastic fielding it was going to be hard. Paul struck first when he had one of the opening batsman caught after he went for a big hit. In his next over he clean bowled the new batsman and Charlbury were taking control of the game. Ellie was bowling a great spell, getting the ball to nip around a bit and causing problems for all of the batsmen. Paul too was bowling well and the batsmen could hardly lay a bat on him let alone score runs. Ellie grabbed the third wicket when she found the edge of the bat and the opening batsman was caught. In the next over Paul wrapped one batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. Charlbury were in total command as Chippy had lost four wickets and were struggling to score any runs so the required rate was shooting up. The two new batsman now took a few overs just to get themselves in and make sure that Chippy did not lose any more quick wickets. The overs were ticking by and the required rate was rising almost every delivery. Ellie finished her great six over spell and so came out of the attack to be replaced by Paul Adams. Next over Paul Jenkins finished his great spell and was replaced by Ayan. Chippy now just had to try and go for it, but Paul settled in well, giving the batsmen no pace or width to work with, making run scoring very hard. The batsmen did have a go at Ayan as there was little else they could do, but this could give Charlbury the opportunity to take some more wickets. The batsmen ran hard for every run and slowly the runs started to come, although at a much slower rate than was required. The overs ticked by and a few half chances came Charlbury’s way, but all of them were hard. With not many overs left Charlbury finally got their fifth wicket when Ayan clean bowled one batsman. Chippy had not yet reached the hundred mark and there was only a couple of overs left. Try as they might Charlbury could not get any more wickets as Chippy finished their innings on 105-5.
A great win for the seconds built on some hard hitting batting from rob ably supported by Ayan and Paul and then a great opening bowling display from Paul and Ellie effectively sealed the win – well played lads and lass.
Charlbury 2nd 25 points
Charlbury 2nd 122-6 (45 overs)
Jim Astle 42
Alasdair Harley 36
Hook Norton 1st 123-3 (25.1 overs)
Paul Jenkins 3-23
Charlbury batted first and so Jim and Alasdair went to the wicket. Charlbury got off to a good start with the bat with both batsmen surviving the first few overs without many problems. The Hookey bowlers dropped straight into a good length and line from the off and this made run scoring difficult at best. Jim was batting in his usual style, defending the many good deliveries while looking to push ones around when available. Alasdair was batting in a similar style, although he did manage an early boundary. The scoring was slow as the Hookey fielders were backing up their bowling with some good stops. Hookey decided to change their bowling around bringing on two new bowlers. One bowler dropped straight into a great line and length and again from that end runs were virtually impossible to obtain. The other new bowler was slightly looser and now both batsmen began to play a few more shots, managing to pick up several singles and the odd two. Slowly the run rate started to pick up, but Charlbury were going to have to go much quicker if they were to set a defendable total. The overs were ticking by and Charlbury were scoring around two an over. Jim found a boundary as did Alasdair as Charlbury now started to accelerate the innings. Some rain started to fall, but not enough to take the players off the field and after a short period it stopped, but this did make the outfield slightly wet which slowed the ball up while going over it. Alasdair now took it upon himself to try and accelerate the innings and he managed to hit another boundary, but in trying to repeat the act he was caught and the first wicket had fallen. Alex now arrived at the wicket, but was not there too long as next over he missed one and was bowled. Robert now joined Jim at the crease as a change in the bowling was made from one end. Jim was still batting really well and looked in very little difficulty as he stroked the ball around. Robert missed one and he was bowled. A change in the bowling was now made from the other end. Jon now joined Jim at the crease with the over starting to run out quickly. Jon hit out at a couple and found a couple of boundaries to push the score nearer the hundred mark. Then Jim edged one and was caught for a well made 42. Will now came to the crease and he and Jon ran frantically for everything. the hundred mark had now been reached, but not many overs left. Jon missed one and was bowled for a quick, 15 and so the captain, Paul Adams now entered the fray. Paul was quickly off the mark with a couple of boundary fours, but with not many deliveries left he hit one to a fielder in the deep trying to hit another boundary and was caught. Mark joined Will at the crease and they batted out the last few deliveries to take Charlbury to 122-6.
The two Pauls, Jenkins and Adams, opened the bowling for Charlbury and were going to need to bowl well if Charlbury were going to get anything out of this game. Paul Jenkins struck very early on, wrapping one batsman on the pads and winning an LBW appeal. In his next over he had the other opening batsman caught and Charlbury were in the game, as long as they could keep taking wickets. Both bowlers had dropped into pretty good lines and lengths and in the first few overs the Hookey batsmen were struggling to get the ball away. The number four batsman decided to go for it a bit and managed to hit a couple of early fours to take some of the pressure off the batting side and put it back on the bowling side. Paul Adams took himself out of the attack and brought on Jon. The number four continued to attack to make sure that Hookey did not get as bogged down as Charlbury had. The runs now started to come at a quicker rate than Charlbury wanted, they were going to need to get the number four out quickly. Paul Jenkins was bowling a great spell, getting the ball to move around a bit and using variations in speed to cause problems for all of the batsmen. The Charlbury got the wicket they needed when the number four got bowled by Paul, his third victim of the day, maybe the game was not lost just yet. The new batsman continued where the last one left off and started playing his shots from ball one, managing to find several boundaries and put lots of pressure on the bowlers. A double change in the bowling was made as Alex and Vicki entered the attack as Charlbury desperately searched for more wickets. The batsman continued to attack the bowling hard and despite their best efforts the game was won by Hookey by seven wickets.
Charlbury 2nd 3 points
Kennington 1st 280-7 (45 overs)
Dean Warner-Carter 4-74
Charlbury 2nd 131 (41.4 overs)
Jim Astle 34
Matt Doran 32
Charlbury entertained Kennington n their division 5 clash. Ellie and Matt opened the bowling for Charlbury. Both bowlers quickly settled into a good length and line. The outfield was quick and this meant that anything that beat the infield went to the boundary. The batsmen also were on the lookout for quick singles in the early going. Ellie was bowling a fine spell, getting the ball to move around and causing a few problems. Matt too was bowling a good spell, getting a bit of movement and bounce. The overs ticked by and no wickets fell despite the good bowling and fielding. The runs started to come slightly quicker as one batsman began to attack a bit harder. Matt finished his good spell and was replaced in the attack by Dean. The runs were starting to come quicker than Charlbury would have wanted and the only thing that might slow things down were some wickets, but none were forthcoming. Dean started off well, finding some turn, but alas no quick wickets. The hundred mark was reached and still no wickets down. Ellie now made way for Martyn in the attack. Charlbury were now getting desperate for a wicket as one batsman started to really go for it, finding several boundaries off of both bowlers. Finally the first wicket fell as Dean managed to bowl the hard hitting batsman, but the score had passed 150 and still plenty of overs left. Next over Charlbury grabbed their second wicket when Martyn bowled the new batsman. The batsmen continued to attack hard, looking to really pile on the runs and the pressure. The bowling was changed around a couple more times as Charlbury searched for anyone who could stop the flow of runs and take vital wickets. Alex Bush entered the attack, but despite a good spell he could not find the breakthrough. Matt also re-entered the attack and quickly found his first wicket when he clean bowled one batsman. Dean was also bowling and both bowlers were bowling good spells, but the batsmen just seemed to be able to score runs. The overs were by now starting to run out and so the running started to become a bit more frantic. Matt then wrapped one batsman on the pads and he was given out LBW. A couple of overs later Dean clean bowled one batsman and in his next over clean bowled another. Then Dean grabbed his fourth victim of the day when Martyn took a good catch. Kennington finally finished their innings on 280-7.
Charlbury opened the bowling with Jim and Dean and they got off to a good start with Dean smashing a four in the first over and Jim hitting back-to-back boundaries in the second. The outfield was still quick and it took the Kennington bowlers a couple of overs to settle. Charlbury capitalised on a few loose deliveries early on, with both batsmen hitting a couple of fours. Then disaster struck as dean hit one straight back to the bowler and was caught. 35-1 off of seven overs as Martyn strode to the crease. The bowlers by now had found a better line and length and now runs started to become harder to get. Jim was batting in his usual style, defending the good deliveries while hitting out at anything he might be able to score from. After twelve overs a change in the bowling was made as a new bowler entered the attack. The new bowler dropped straight into a great line and length and kept up the pressure on the Charlbury batsmen. A couple of overs later another change was made as the other opening bowler left the attack and a new one entered it. First ball from the new bowler, Martyn missed it and was bowled. Abi now came to the crease. After twenty overs Charlbury had reached 61-2 and were going to struggle to reach their huge target. Abi hammered one delivery to the boundary for four to keep the scoreboard moving along. The runs were coming slowly against some good bowling. Abi hit out at one, but hit the ball straight to a fielder and was caught. Nick Wilson now entered the fray, but was not there too long as in trying to get a move on he just hit a ball up in the air and it was caught. Matt now joined Jim at the crease. The overs were now starting to run out and Charlbury were going to have to try and accelerate the innings if they were to pick up a few bonus points. Then Jim missed one and was bowled for a well made 34. Captain, Dave, now arrived on the scene. Matt now started to hit out a bit and found a couple of boundaries. Dave also hammered one delivery to the boundary, but in trying to repeat the act he was caught and Charlbury had lost their sixth wicket. Will was now at the crease and he and Matt began running hard and took Charlbury over the hundred mark. Will was trying to hit out, but when he edged one he too was caught and Charlbury had slipped to 101-7 off of 36 overs. Ellie now arrived at the crease. Matt was now hitting out and found another couple of fours and with some hard running the score started to rise. A double change in the bowling was now made as both bowlers had now finished their allotted twelve over spells. One of the opening bowlers returned along with a new bowler. the new bowler accounted for Ellie when she was caught and so Alex had to come to the crease. A few more runs were added, but when Matt danced down the wicket, missed the ball and was stumped he was out for a good 32. Last man Ian could not bat after an injury sustained while fielding and so Charlbury were all out for 131.
Charlbury 5 points
Charlbury 2ndf 131-4 (45 overs)
Jim Astle 42 not out
Alasdair Harley 47
Great Horwood 2nd 133-4 (32 overs)
Charlbury travelled to Great Horwood on a warm day for their division 5 clash. Charlbury batted first and so Jim and Cameron opened the batting. The Horwood bowlers quickly dropped into a great line and length. One bowler especially found the right line to bowl and he quickly managed to clean bowl Cameron. Mark now entered the fray, but was not there too long before he too succumbed to the same bowler and was clean bowled. Matt now joined Jim at the crease. The dangerous bowler was on a role and a couple of overs later he managed to bowl Matt to leave Charlbury three wickets down early on as Alasdair strode to the wicket. Charlbury now had a rebuilding job to do so both batsmen now dug in for a few overs. The runs came slowly but surely as both batsmen managed to defend the many good deliveries bowled at them. Their main aim was to see off the dangerous bowler and then see what else Horwood had to bowl. Both batsmen were patient, picking up ones and twos where on offer and then the odd boundary. Jim was in a defensive mode, trying to see off the dangerous bowler and making sure no more wickets fell. Alasdair was slightly more attacking, hitting an early boundary to get the scoreboard moving. Slowly the scoreboard moved along as both batsmen managed to pick up a few runs here and there. The overs ticked by and Charlbury’s score was moving along very slowly, but no more wickets had fallen and therefore they were trying to build a platform from which to set a good target. Finally a change in the bowling was made as one of the opening bowlers exited the attack. A couple of overs later the dangerous bowler had finished his twelve over spell and so another new bowler entered the attack. Both the new bowlers dropped into fairly good lines and lengths. one of the bowlers had dropped into a very tight line and was making run scoring nearly impossible. The other bowler was slightly more hittable and Charlbury started to pick up a few runs off of him. Slowly the runs started to come. Another change in the bowling was made as the tight bowler left the attack and a new bowler entered it. The overs were now running out and Charlbury had still not made it to the hundred mark. Another change as made as the second change bowler left the attack and the first change bowler replaced him. Finally the hundred mark was reached with not many overs left, Charlbury now had to try and accelerate hard in the last few overs if they were to reach a target they could defend. Both batsmen were still batting well, but were struggling to get the ball away for many runs. Finally Horwood grabbed their fourth wicket when Alasdair missed one and was bowled for a good 47. Jon Florey now came to the crease for the last few overs. There was some frantic running and a lot of defending in the last few overs, but finally Charlbury ended their innings on 131-4.
Charlbury were going to have to bowl well if they were to defend their total. Carla and Matt opened the bowling and got Charlbury off to a reasonable start. A few overs ticked by and no wickets had fallen, but then Matt got the breakthrough when he clean bowled one batsman. Charlbury were going to need to keep taking wicket if they were to stand any chance in this game. The other opening batsman was playing some shots and had found several early boundaries to put the pressure on the bowling side. Charlbury were fielding well, diving all over the place and chasing every ball right to the boundary. Matt as bowling a great spell, getting the ball to move around a bit and making the batsmen place and miss several times. Then Matt struck again clean bowling the new batsman. Carla now came out of the attack and captain, Paul Jenkins, entered it. In his first over Paul struck bowling the new batsman. Charlbury were now in the game and if they could only just keep on taking wickets then they might yet still win. Matt came out of the attack and Cameron entered it. Cameron quickly dropped into a good line and length and started to cause a few problems for the batsmen. Charlbury were going to need to get the opening batsman out as he was the one playing the shots and scoring quickly. A couple more boundaries were hit to start to give Horwood the edge. The runs kept on coming as Horwood edged closer and closer to their target. Cameron finished his five over spell and so Vicki came into the attack. Then Paul grabbed his second wicket of the innings when the batsman hit the ball high into the air and a catch was taken. The score was by now nearing the hundred mark and still with plenty of overs to go. The runs kept on coming as the opening batsman continued to find boundaries, despite Charlbury’s best efforts. The score got closer and closer and so a double change in the bowling was made and Matt and Ben entered the attack. Not many runs needed for victory and another boundary four sealed victory for Great Horwood by six wickets.
Charlbury 2nd 4 points
Britwell Salome 1st 139-6 (45 overs)
Paul Jenkins 4-43
Charlbury 2nd 58 (33.4 overs)
On a sunny day Charlbury travelled to Britwell Salome who batted first. Paul Adams and Ellie opened the bowling for Charlbury and from the first ball each of them bowled they dropped into a fantastic line and length, making run scoring virtually impossible in the first few overs. The overs ticked by with hardly a run being scored off either bowler, who were being magnificently backed up in the field by some great diving stops. Despite their great bowling Charlbury were unable to make the early breakthrough their bowling deserved and they knew they needed to take wickets if they were to keep the score down. Ellie has slipped into a great line and length and was making the batsmen play and miss in every over. Paul too was bowling really well, getting a bit of movement off of a slow pitch and keeping to a teasing line and length. Finally the first wicket fell when Paul found the edge of the bat and a catch was taken. Charlbury were in control of the run scoring, but were struggling to take any wickets with all of the batsmen content to just stay there and see the change bowlers were like. Eventually both bowlers finished their magnificent twelve over spells, each of them bowling seven maidens and going for under twenty runs. Paul Jenkins and Martyn now entered the attack and they too both quickly dropped into good lines and lengths. The batsmen continued to play in their defensive mode, just picking up a few singles and twos here and there. The overs were no starting to run out and with only one wicket down the batsmen were no going to have to chance their arm and play a few more attacking shots. Slowly the runs started to come as both batsmen began to run that little bit harder and play a few more shots. Charlbury now desperately needed some wickets to stop the score pushing on too high. Finally Paul grabbed the second wicket when the opening batsman played one shot too many and hit the ball straight to a fielder and was caught. They were now inside the last ten overs and so every shot had to be a big one and this would lead to more chances. A couple of overs later Paul clean bowled the new batsman as Charlbury began trying to slow things down. Then Martyn got in on the act when he wrapped the new batsman on the pads and he was given out LBW. The new batsman now started to hit out and with the set batsman doing the same the score started to rise at the fastest rate it had during the innings. With only a couple of overs left Paul got his man when he lured the batsman down the track, he missed the ball and Abi stumped him. In the last over Paul had the new batsman caught as Britwell finished on 139-6.
Charlbury were going to have to bat well on a pitch that was tough to score on. Paul Adams and Alasdair opened the batting and they found run scoring as hard as the Britwell batsmen had, hardly scoring a run in the first few overs. Alasdair was first to go when he edged one and was caught meaning Martyn had to come to the crease. The scoring was slow as both opening bowlers had dripped into good lines and lengths and were making run scoring nearly impossible. Both batsmen took an odd single here and there to keep the scoreboard moving. Paul tried to hit out at one, but miss-hit it and the ball flew towards a fielder who took the catch. Abi now joined Martyn at the crease. The overs ticked by with only the odd single being scored, but Charlbury weren’t chasing a huge total so the required rate wasn’t going up too quickly. Abi edged one and was caught as Charlbury lost their third wicket. Nick now entered the fray and tried to attack the bowling. Nick found an early boundary four which moved the score along, but a couple of overs later in trying to repeat the dose he missed the ball and was bowled. Abi Florey now entered the fray. Martyn and Abi now just looked to bat out the opening bowlers and see what else Britwell had to bowl. Finally the opening bowlers fished their allotted twelve over spells and the change bowlers came into the attack. Charlbury now had to play some more shots if they were to try and reach their target. Martyn hit out at one, but to his horror the ball flew straight to a fielder and he was caught. Ben now came to the crease. Abi was batting well, keeping out the good deliveries while trying to score off the few loose ones bowled. The score started to rise slowly, but then Ben missed one and was bowled. Paul Jenkins now came to the crease. Charlbury were a long way from their target and the new bowlers had also dropped into good lines so run scoring was still difficult. Abi edged one and was caught meaning Dave Williamson had to come to the wicket. Paul hit boundary four, but Charlbury had only just reached fifty and were still a long way from their target. Dave got bowled meaning Ian had to come to the crease. Ian would be the last batsman as Ellie had hurt her finger during the fielding and was not able to bat. Paul and Ian batted for a couple of overs, but when Paul was caught Charlbury were all out for 58.
Charlbury 2nd 3 points