Sat 3rd Aug Charlbury 2nd vs Wolverton 2nd

Charlbury 2nd 132 (43.3 overs)

Martyn Scull 33 not out

 

Wolverton 2nd 133-6 (44.3 overs)

 

Charlbury won the toss and elected to bat first. Abi Flory and Ayan opened the batting and got Charlbury off to a reasonable start. One bowler quickly dropped into a good line and length and both players found runs hard to come by from that end. The other bowler was not quite as tight and so a few singles were pushed early on. Abi hit a delivery thru the off-side and the ball flew to the boundary for four and soon afterwards Ayan did the same. Then disaster struck as Abi edged one and was caught by the wicket keeper. The captain, Andy now strode to the wicket. A few extras were helping to keep the scoreboard ticking over. A change in the bowling was made from one end and the new bowler dropped straight into a good line and length, suddenly it was tough to score runs from both ends. Ayan hit another boundary to get things moving and Andy hit a couple of singles. Ayan was batting well, defending the many good deliveries, but looking to push ones and twos whenever possible. Another change in the bowling was made as the opening bowler left the attack and a new one entered it. A quick run was called for, but some good fielding saw Andy run out just short of his ground. Rob now entered the fray. Then disaster struck. Ayan hit out at one, but could only hit the ball back at the bowler who took the catch. Mark now came to the wicket. A couple of overs later Rob was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Lottie now made her first appearance for the second team, but it did not last too long as she was bowled leaving Charlbury 48-5 as Martyn strode to the crease. Both batsmen now spent a couple of overs just making sure no more quick wickets fell and only looked for the odd single to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Mark hit a boundary straight back over one of the bowler’s heads for four as Charlbury tried to get the score accelerating. A change in the bowling was then made as another new bowler entered the attack. The new bowler was straight on the money from the first ball, making run scoring awkward. Martyn was looking good as he defended the many good deliveries, playing the odd attacking shot. Mark hit out at one, but the ball flew straight to a fielder and he was caught. Alex now entered the fray. The overs were by now starting to run out and Charlbury had still now reached the hundred mark. Alex began by playing a few shots and found a couple of fours and also a couple of twos. The score had now passed the hundred mark and not many overs left. Alex continued to attack, but one shot too many and he missed the ball and was bowled. Abi Currie now came to the crease. Martyn flicked one off of his legs and scored a four. Abi tried to attack one ball, but hit it straight to a fielder and was caught leaving Charlbury 115-8. Debutant Abi Norgrove now came to the crease. Martyn now started to attack more, finding another couple of fours and running hard for every run. Abi got an edge thru the slips and the ball ran away for a four. A couple of overs to go and Abi missed one only to be bowled. Ellie now came to the crease. Wolverton now brought back one of their opening bowlers and he was too good for Ellie as she miss-hit one delivery and was caught leaving Charlbury 132 all out.

 

Charlbury would need to bowl really well to get anything out of the game and so Ellie and Andy opened the bowling. Both bowlers dropped straight into a great line and length, giving nothing away. Ellie was bowling superbly as she got the ball to swing around a bit off of the pitch. Andy too was bowling well, using his variations in pace to cause the batsmen problems. Then Charlbury got the breakthru when Ellie clean bowled one batsman, Charlbury were in the game. Charlbury were doing a good job containing the batsmen from scoring runs, but they would need wickets if they were to win the game. Both batsmen dug in and just looked for the odd single. Charlbury were backing up their great bowling with some fantastic fielding, diving everywhere to try and stop the ball. Andy left the attack and Mark entered it. Mark tossed a few up to try and get the batsmen to throw their wicket away, but they were having none of it as they just pushed the ball around for ones and twos, finding the odd boundary. As the runs started to come Charlbury became more desperate for a wicket. Ellie was bowling really well, but with no luck as she beat the bat time and time again. Mark left the attack and Abi Norgrove had a go at breaking the partnership, but with no luck. Alex now replaced Abi in the attack and in his first over he struck when he clean bowled the opening batsman. Wolverton were 68-2 and just about on to win the game, Charlbury needed more wickets to slow things down a bit. The new batsman started to hit out a bit and so another change in the bowling was made as Mark entered the attack. Then Charlbury got a bonus as a mix-up in the calling gave time for Lottie to field the ball and before the batsman had time to reach his ground he was run out. The overs were now running out fast as Ellie finished her magnificent spell and so Alex returned to the attack. The batting now became a bit more frenetic as the batsmen chased boundaries to keep up with the required rate. The hundred mark was passed and it seemed Charlbury might be heading for defeat, but then one batsman skied one off of Mark and Lottie took a great catch. Andy then brought himself on in place of Mark as Charlbury looked to try and get the last few wickets. The batsmen now just pushed and prodded at the ball, getting a few singles and twos as they edged their way to their target. Only a few overs left and Alex bowled a maiden. Next over and one batsman hit the ball straight back at Andy who gratefully took the catch. Two balls later and Andy had another wicket when the new batsman was adjudged LBW. Last over to be bowled by Alex, but scores were tied. A couple of dots were bowled, but then a scampered single saw Wolverton to victory with just three balls left.

 

Charlbury 2nd 6 points

Sat 27th July Charlbury 2nd vs Oxford Downs 3rd

Oxford Downs 3rd 153-6 (34 overs)

Emilia Bartram 3-28

 

Charlbury 2nd 126-6 (34 overs)

Andy Glass 64 not out

 

Charlbury won the toss and elected to field first. Some morning rain reduced the game to 34 overs a side in this game at Cokethorpe School. Charlbury opened the batting with Miyuru and Emilia. Charlbury got off to a great start as early on Emilia found the edge and wicket-keeper Abi did the rest with a fine catch. An early change in the bowling was made as Andy came on for Miyuru. The outfield was slow and this meant the batsmen had to run hard for every run. Emilia was bowling a fabulous spell, getting the ball to move around a bit off of the pitch and causing problems for all of the batsmen. Andy too quickly dropped into a good spell, using his variations in pace and movement to get the batsmen to play false shots. Slowly the runs started to come, but mostly ones and the odd two. Charlbury were fielding really well, chasing after every delivery, forcing the batsmen to run hard for every run. The opening batsman looked set and Charlbury needed to get him out if they were to lower the score. Finally Charlbury got a breakthru when Andy found the edge of the bat and wicket-keeper Abi did the rest behind the stumps. Next over Emilia grabbed her second wicket when the new batsman, mis-hit one straight to Rob who gratefully took the catch. Things got even better in Emilia’s next over when she clean bowled the new batsman to leave Downs four wickets down. A change in the bowling was now made as Emilia had finished her allotted spell and so Alex entered the fray. The new batsman did not last too long as skied one off of Andy and Rob took a very good catch. Not many overs left in the Downs innings so the batsmen started to hit out a bit more, finding a couple more boundaries and with light rain falling it became hard for the bowlers to grip the ball. Andy left the attack and brought on Ayan, but only for an over and then he was replaced by Miyuru. Miyuru dropped straight into a good line and length and this started to slow the score down. The score was passed the hundred mark with not many overs left and the running was becoming frenetic. Then Alex got his due rewards for a good spell when one batsman skied the ball and Rob took his third catch of the innings. The batsmen ran hard for the last couple of overs and finally reached a score of 153-6.

 

Charlbury would need to bat well if they were to reach their target. The drizzle had by now stopped falling and so Abi Flory and Simon opened the batting. Things did not start well as Abi edged one early on and was caught bringing Ayan to the crease. Ayan was quickly off and going with a boundary four to get the scoreboard moving. Simon was playing well, defending when necessary , but also on the lookout for the quick single. The scoring was slow as both Downs bowlers had settled into great lines and lengths and with a difficult pitch they were making run scoring difficult. Ayan hit out at one, missed the ball and was bowled meaning Jon had to come to the crease. Jon was not there too long as he edged one and was caught leaving Charlbury three wickets down early on. The captain, Andy, now joined Simon at the crease and they took a couple of overs to ensure no more quick wickets fell. Downs made a change in the bowling as they searched for more wickets. The new bowler was not quite as tight and Andy took advantage by hitting a couple of early fours. Another change in the bowling was made as the other opening bowler left the attack and a new one entered it. The new bowler quickly dropped into a great line and length and scoring was again made more difficult. Charlbury were slipping behind the required rate and would need to start attacking more if they were to win the game. Another change in the bowling was made and the new bowler made a quick breakthru as in his first over he had Simon caught. Alex now joined his captain at the crease. Alex took the attack to the bowlers, quickly getting off the mark with a boundary four. Twenty overs gone and Charlbury were not even half way to their target, things would have to change quickly if they were to win. Another change in the bowling was made and this benefitted Charlbury as Alex hit a couple of fours. The new bowler quickly left the attack and was replaced by a new one. Not many runs off of their first over, but in the second Andy launched a big six before following it up with a four, Charlbury were on the charge. More than a run a ball still needed and Charlbury would have to keep this pace up, with the overs running out quickly. Then disaster struck as Alex went for another lusty blow, missed the ball and was bowled. Rob now entered the fray. A change in the bowling was now made as the opening bowler returned to the attack. Andy pushed a single and reached a well deserved half century. The game by now appeared to be heading for a draw, but then Rob edged one and was caught by the wicket-keeper meaning Abi Currie had to come to the crease. Andy was batting really well, holding the innings together, but also scoring runs at a good rate, running hard for every run. Despite their best efforts in the last couple of overs Charlbury could not score the runs they needed and had to settle for a draw.

 

A well earned draw for the seconds built on a good, solid bowling display and then the batting of Andy kept them in it right to the end – well played lads and lasses.

 

Charlbury 2nd 8 points

Sat 20th July Charlbury 2nd vs East Oxford 2nd

East Oxford 2nd 191 (44.4 overs)

Miyuru Liyanarachchi 4-40

 

Charlbury 2nd 161 (44.5 overs)

Ayan Chakravartty 82

 

East Oxford won the toss and elected to bat first. Emilia and Miyuru opened the bowling for Charlbury and got them off to a reasonable start. Emilia immediately dropped into her usual great line and length, giving the batsmen nothing to work with. Miyuru also dropped into a good line and length, making both batsmen play and miss a few times. Emilia grabbed the first wicket when she found the edge and Robert took a good catch. The new batsman hit out a couple of times early on and got the first boundary of the innings. The other opening batsman just looked to stay there early on, pushing the ball around for ones and twos to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Then Charlbury got their second wicket when the new batsman skied the ball and Tom Eaton gratefully took the catch off of Emilia’s bowling. Things got even better for Charlbury a couple of overs later when Miyuru wrapped the new batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW leaving East Oxford 52-3. The two batsmen now played out a few overs just to make sure no more quick wickets fell. A change in the bowling was then made with Ayan coming on for Miyuru. Emilia was still bowling a fantastic spell, getting the ball to move around a bit off of the pitch and still causing some problems. The change in bowling allowed both batsmen to play a few more shots and score more runs as the field had spread slightly. Charlbury were backing their bowlers up with some great fielding, with several diving stops. The score started to rise and Charlbury were going to need to keep taking wickets if they were to stay in the game. The hundred mark was reached and still only three wickets down. Then Charlbury grabbed a couple of quick wickets. First the new batsman tried to blast Ayan out of the ground, but could only hit the ball straight to Tom who took a good catch. Then in his next over the new batsman hit one straight to Robert and he took the catch to bring Charlbury back in the game with East Oxford 113-5. The opening batsman was still there and until he was out Charlbury would not feel comfortable. Emilia finished her great 14 over spell and so Robert came on in her place. Robert bowled a couple of overs before Mark replaced him. With the overs beginning to run out the running was a bit more frantic and this gave Charlbury some run out opportunities. A quick single was taken, but Robert was alive to the fact and quickly fielded the ball and threw it in right over the stumps for the run out to be completed. The opening batsman now began to play more shots and found several boundaries. Mark had opened up by using his variations of flight and pace to try and tempt the batsmen into giving their wicket away. Ayan now left the attack and Miyuru re-entered it. Into the last few overs and finally Charlbury struck again when Mark clean bowled one batsman. Miyuru had dropped into a good line and length and was managing to slow things down. The new batsman flayed at one delivery from Miyuru, but hit the ball straight to Abi and was caught. Next ball he clean bowled the new batsman, could Charlbury bowl East Oxford out. In the last over Miyuru got the opening batsman to play a false shot and Simon did the rest with a good catch to leave East Oxford 191 all out.

 

Charlbury would have to bat well to reach their target and opened up with Ayan and Simon. Both the opening bowlers quickly settled into a good line and length and made run scoring difficult at the beginning. Simon was the first to go when he edged one to the wicket-keeper and was caught. Things got even worse for Charlbury as last ball of the over new batsman Tom Eaton was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Robert now joined Ayan at the crease. Ayan looked secure at the wicket, attacking when necessary, but also defending the many good deliveries. Both batsmen looked to just rotate the strike for a few overs, with Ayan hitting a couple of fours. Then disaster struck as a mix-up in the calling saw Robert run out and Charlbury slip to 34-3. Abi Flory now came to the crease and she and Ayan set about seeing off the opening bowlers. It was slow at first as neither player wanted to give their wicket away. One bowler came out of the attack and a new bowler entered it and this gave Charlbury the chance to attack. Ayan lead the way hitting a couple of fours early on in the new bowlers spell and with some hard running the score started to rise. Abi was batting well, defending the good deliveries, but also on the lookout for the quick single and running hard whenever possible. Ayan was batting really well and with the change in bowling he began to take the attack to the bowling side, hitting a couple more fours. A second change in the bowling was made as the other opening bowler finished his spell and a new bowler entered it. Charlbury now sensed their chance and began attacking both ends, running hard for every run. Abi cracked one thru the covers and the ball flew to the boundary for four. Next over Ayan hit a massive six out of the ground. The hundred mark was reached and just as it seemed Charlbury had got back in the game then Abi edged one and was caught. Rob now entered the fray. Ayan ran a quick single to reach a well deserved fifty. Charlbury’s cause was also being helped by a plethora of wides, although they were still just behind the required rate. Rob hit out at one and the ball flew straight to a fiddler and he was caught meaning Martyn had to come to the crease. Ayan continued to smash the East Oxford attack around as he almost single-handedly kept Charlbury in the game. A couple more  fours were hit by Ayan as Charlbury crept closer and closer to victory. Then disaster struck as Ayan missed one and was bowled. Two balls later new batsman Mark was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LB leaving Charlbury 137-7. Emilia now strode to the crease with the overs running out. With hard hitting Ayan gone it was now a matter of trying to eke out as many runs as they could. Both players ran fast and picked up a few singles. One bowler was taken off and the opening bowler returned. He made an immediate impact clean bowling Emilia. Miyuru was next in and he hit a boundary four. The 150 mark had been brought up and only a couple of overs left. Miyuru was wrapped on the pads and given out LBW meaning last man Ian had to come to the crease. Martyn and Ian defended the last few overs stoutly  until the last over. With only a couple of balls left one was bowled on Martyn’s legs,, he flicked the ball away only to see the ball fly into the hands of leg-slip and he was caught leaving Charlbury 161 all out.

 

Charlbury 2nd 11 points

Sat 13th July Charlbury 2nd vs Minster Lovell 2nd

Minster Lovell 2nd 247-6 declared (40 overs)

Mark Fitzgerald 3-44

 

Charlbury 2nd 131 (39.4 overs)

Ayan Chakravartty 31

Mark Fitzgerald 47

 

Charlbury won the toss and elected to field first. Emilia and Andy opened the bowling and both bowlers quickly dropped into a good line and length. Andy started off well dropping into a good line and length which caused some early problems and also getting a bit of movement off the pitch. Emilia too started well, getting movement off of the pitch which made both batsmen play and miss on several occasions. Slowly the batsmen started to get their eye in and they began to play a few shots. The fielders were backing up the bowlers with several early diving stops to keep the score down. Slowly the score started to rise as the batsmen found a couple of boundaries and started to take a few singles. The overs ticked by and Charlbury could not get a wicket and started to become desperate for the breakthru. After twenty overs a change in the bowling was made as Emilia left the attack and Ayan entered it. Ayan made a quick impact as early on one opener miss-hit one delivery and Simon gratefully took the catch. A couple of overs later and Charlbury got their second wicket when the other opening batsman dragged his back foot out of the crease and wicket-keeper Abi stumped him off Andy’s bowling, Charlbury were back in the game. The score had now passed the hundred mark and there were still plenty of overs left, Charlbury would need to keep taking wickets if they were to stay in the game. The two new batsmen began to attack from the off, finding several powerfully hit fours to get the score moving along at a good rate. Andy then took himself out of the attack and brought Mark into it to see if his spin could bring the wickets Charlbury needed. The overs were by now beginning to run out so the batsmen started to go harder, but were hitting a lot in the air and so the possibility of a catch was always on. Finally Charlbury got a breakthru when Mark had one batsman caught by Simon. Mark was bowling a good spell getting some spin off the pitch, but also using his variety of pace and elevation to try and confuse the batsmen. Ayan too as bowling well, getting some movement out of the pitch. The runs kept on coming at a quick rate and so Ayan left the attack and Emilia re-entered it. Emilia again dropped straight into a good length and line and this began to slightly slow the run rate down. The 200 mark had been passed and still the score was mounting, but then Mark got amongst the wickets. First one batsman tried to hit him out of the ground, did not manage it and was caught by Andy on the boundary. Then last ball of the over Mark clean bowled the new batsman. Andy now came back on for a few overs at the end in place of Mark. Emilia then grabbed a wicket when she clean bowled one batsman. A couple of overs later Minster Lovell declared on 247-6 meaning Charlbury had to bat for 50 overs.

 

Charlbury opened the batting with Simon and Neil. The Minster bowlers dropped straight into a great length and line and made run scoring difficult from the off. Both batsmen had to play defensively early on, but still managed to pick up a couple of singles to get the scoreboard moving. Neil hammered a delivery to the boundary for four to get he scoreboard moving along a bit quicker. Then disaster struck as Simon edged one and was caught meaning Jon Flory had to come to the crease. Jon started strongly hitting an early four. Both players were looking for the quick single, but were having to play a lot of defensive shots. The disaster struck as first Jon miss-hit one and was caught and then new batsman Andy missed one early on leaving Charlbury three wickets down. Ayan now made his way to the wicket. Neil was batting sensibly, attacking when he could, but also trying to make sure Charlbury lost too many early wickets. Then things got even worse for Charlbury as Neil edged one to the slips and was caught. Mark now joined Ayan at the crease as a change in the bowling was made from one end. The new bowler was slightly easier to play and gave both batsmen the chance to push a few ones and twos around. Slowly the score started to rise and with both players finding a boundary Charlbury started to get back in the game. After twenty overs another change in the bowling was made as the opening bowler finished his spell and a new bowler entered the attack. Now Mark started to attack more and found a couple of boundary fours and with Ayan finding another four Charlbury were starting their assault on their target. After 25 overs Charlbury had reached 100-4 and the game was nicely placed. Then disaster struck as Ayan miss-hit one and was caught for a fine 31. Martyn now came to the wicket. Charlbury still had many overs to see out, but still had a chance of victory. The Minster bowlers were now bowling a bit better line and length and starting to cause a few problems for the batsmen. Martyn hit a four to keep the scoreboard moving. A double change in the bowling was then made as one of the opening bowlers returned along with a new bowler. Then disaster struck. Just as it seemed Mark might get his maiden fifty he missed one and was bowled for a great 47. Emilia now joined Martyn at the wicket. Both players pushed a few singles to keep the score moving along. A couple of overs later Emilia missed one and was bowled and so Abi had to come to the crease. She was not there too long as she hit one in the air and was caught which brought Freddie to the wicket. Minster were now bowling really well and Charlbury were struggling to get much more than a single. Martyn was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW which meant last man Ian had to enter the fray. The game did not go on much longer as Ian was caught and Minster Lovell had won by 116 runs.

 

Charlbury 2nd 6 points

Sat 6th July Charlbury 2nd vs Didcot 3rd

Didcot 3rd 133 (41.5 overs)

Ellie Norton 5-12

 

Charlbury 2nd 134-3 (41.2 overs)

Andy Glass 38 not out

Rob Collard 44 not out

 

Didcot won the toss and elected to bat first. Andy and debutant Craig opened the bowling for Charlbury and got them off to a good start. Both bowlers dropped into good lines and lengths early on, giving the batsmen little to work with. A couple of edges went to the boundary as the batsmen tried to break free. The fielding was backing up the great bowling with everyone throwing themselves around to stop any attempted shots. Then the batsmen thought they one thru the infield, but Robert Jenkins quickly fielded the ball and threw it in to the keepers end and the run out was completed. The two batsmen now just saw off a few overs, pushing the odd single, but really just trying to make sure no more wickets fell. Craig was bowling a magnificent spell, getting the ball to nip around off of the pitch and getting all the batsmen to play and miss. Andy too was bowling a good spell, using his variations in pace to cause the batsmen some problems. The overs ticked by and the scoring was slow, mainly down to the great bowling display. Then Charlbury got a breakthru. Craig got one batsman to playa a false shot and he hit the ball straight to Robert who took a marvellous catch. A couple of overs later and Charlbury were again in the wickets as Andy induced the edge and wicket-keeper Abi did the rest with a catch leaving Didcot 51-3. The two new batsmen set about re-building the innings, defending many good deliveries and just trying to rotate the strike when they could. After 22 overs a change in the bowling was made as Andy left the attack and Ayan entered it. Ayan was on the mark from the off, giving the batsmen nothing to work with. Craig was still bowling marvellously well and was still causing all sorts of problems as the batsmen played and missed numerous times. Then after bowling fourteen straight overs Craig finished his excellent spell and so Ellie entered the attack. Ellie made a massive impact as in her first over she found the edge and Simon took a good low catch. A couple of over slater things got even better for Charlbury. Ayan was bowling a good spell, getting the ball to move around a bit off of the pitch and when he wrapped a batsman on the pads he was given out adjudged LBW. Next ball he clean bowled the new batsman. Hat-trick ball, but it was not to be as the batsman kept the ball out. The hundred mark had been reached, but the overs were now beginning to run out and with six wickets down it would be hard to accelerate the innings very fast. Ellie was bowling a magnificent spell, getting the ball to nip around off the pitch and in the air and was causing massive problems for all the batsmen. Then Charlbury had another big over as first one batsman miss-hit one off of Ellie and Tom Eaton made sure of the catch, then before the over was out she wrapped the new batsman on the pads and he was given out LBW. Didcot were 109-8 and not a huge amount of overs left. In her next over Ellie found the edge and Abi did the rest behind the stumps. The last pair at the crease and they used up as many overs as they could by pushing the odd single and two. Finally one batsman hit out at Ellie, skied the ball and Rob took a good catch leaving Didcot 133 all out.

 

Charlbury opened the batting with Richard and Simon, but it was Didcot who got off to the better start. Both the opening bowlers dropped into a fantastic line and length and neither batsmen could get them away in the first few overs and even when they eventually did it was only for a single. Then disaster struck as Richard was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Tom now strode to the crease. Simon was still struggling against some tough bowling. Tom started slowly, but found a couple of early singles to get the scoreboard ticking along. Then Simon edged one and was caught meaning the captain, Andy, had to come to the crease. Both batsmen now sought to get the scoreboard moving at a quicker rate as both of them looked for the quick single and the odd two. Tom started to hit out and found a couple of boundaries thru the leg-side as the score started to move along. Didcot were still bowling well, giving little away and Charlbury were going to have to work hard if they were to win the game. Slowly the runs started to come, but Charlbury were getting behind the required rate, albeit not much. Tom cracked another boundary. Then disaster struck as Tom was wrapped on the pads and given out LBW. Charlbury were three wickets down as Rob walked top the wicket to join his captain. Both players now just batted out a few overs, picking up a few singles. A double change in the bowling was now made as two new bowlers entered the attack. Rob hit out at one and found a boundary four and in the next over Andy did likewise as the Charlbury score started to rise. Both players ran hard for every run and tried to pressure the fielding side by looking for twos whenever they could. The fifty mark was passed and with plenty of overs left. Didcot were now getting desperate for a breakthru wicket and so the bowling was again changed from one end. Rob started to attack more finding a couple more boundaries to keep the scoreboard moving along. The scoring was still slow, but with every run scored it felt like Charlbury were taking control of the game. Another change in the bowling was made as one of the opening bowlers re-entered the attack, but Rob was ready for him. First Rob hit him for four and then at the end of the over he launched him out of the ground for six. Andy followed this up with a six of his own in the next over as Charlbury went over the hundred mark. Didcot were now desperate for a wicket to try and get back into the game. Another new bowler entered the attack, but Rob just hit him for a couple of fours as Charlbury neared their target. The game ended a couple of overs later when a single was taken and Charlbury had won by 7 wickets.

 

A great win for the seconds built on a great bowling display by all the bowlers, special mention to Ellie’s spell, and then some great batting from Andy and Rob to seal victory – well played lads and lasses.

 

Charlbury 2nd 25 points

Sat 29th June Charlbury 2nd vs Aston Rowant 4th

Aston Rowant 4th 116 (36.1 overs)

Ollie Maw 5-41

 

Charlbury 2nd 117-2 (18.4 overs)

Abi Flory 56

 

On a very hot day Charlbury won the toss and elected to bowl first. The game was played on the nursery ground as the annual Charlbury Beer Festival was being held on the main pitch, this meant the seconds had to perform well as they had an audience to entertain and they did not disappoint. Miyuru and Ellie opened the bowling and both of them quickly dropped into a good line and length. Both bowlers were right on the money from the off and with the fielders backing them up the going was slow early on. The batsmen were content to just see off a few of the early overs, just picking up the odd single. Miyuru struck first when he moved one away from the batsman, got the edge and wicket-keeper Steve did the rest. A couple of overs later Ellie got in on the act when she clean bowled the other opening batsman. The two new batsmen were now content to just try and see the opening bowlers off to see what else Charlbury had on offer. A couple of boundaries were hit, but the scoring was slow. Ellie was bowling a great spell, getting a bit of movement and using her accuracy to stop the batsmen scoring. Miyuru was also bowling well, using his extra pace to keep the batsmen honest. After 17 overs a double change in the bowling was made with debutant Ollie Maw and Emilia now entering the attack. Emilia was straight on the money from the first ball, getting movement off of the pitch to cause all the batsmen problems. Ollie took a couple of overs to get into it, but once he did the batsmen began to struggle. Again the two batsmen took a couple of overs just to have a look at the new bowlers, pushing the odd single around and a couple of boundaries off of some early loose bowling. The overs ticked by with the score not moving along too quickly and although Charlbury were in charge they would like some wickets so that they did not have too many to chase. Finally Charlbury got a wicket when Ollie wrapped a batsman on the pads and he was given out adjudged LBW. He quickly got a second when the new batsman miss-hit one and the ball flew to Ellie who gratefully took a good catch. The number three batsman was still there and scoring the bulk of the runs, get him out and Charlbury would have an easier chase. A couple of overs later and Ollie was back in the wickets when he clean bowled the new batsman leaving Rowant five wickets down. The overs were now starting to run out and so Rowant would have to try to attack harder if they were to set a defendable total. Ollie then grabbed his fourth victim of the day when he bowled the new batsman, with the score not quite at the hundred mark. The number three batsman now tried to attack a bit harder. Then Emilia got her first victim clean bowling the new batsman, Charlbury were in total command. Then Charlbury got the one they wanted. The number three had a go at Ollie, but edged it and Adam took a good catch. Now things were getting desperate for Rowant with eight wickets down and not a lot to come. The ninth wicket came via a run out when one batsman ran and the other responded late, with an easy throw into the stumps saw him run out by a way. Emilia finished the innings off when she clean bowled the last player leaving Rowant 116 all out.

 

After tea it was down to debutant Adam Klewin and Abi Flory to get the innings off to a good start and that is exactly what they did. Adam started slowly, defending the good deliveries and pushing the odd single when he could to rotate the strike. Abi was more aggressive, hitting a couple of boundaries early on and always on the lookout for the quick single. One of the bowlers had not settled well and a few wides were bowled which added to the score. Both players ran hard to put some pressure on the fielders and it paid off when an over throw went to the boundary for four. Abi continued to attack hard hitting another boundary. One bowler had settled well and he was bowling a good line and length, making runs slightly harder to come by. Adam hit a boundary four to bring up the fifty partnership inside ten overs. After nine overs a double change in the bowling was made as Rowant desperately searched for the breakthru wicket. Both new bowlers settled into a reasonable line and length and both players struggled to get the ball away for much more than a single, but with no wickets coming the bowling was changed around again quickly with two more new bowlers entering the attack. The first of these was to Abi’s liking and she tucked into a couple of loose deliveries by hammering then straight back passed the bowler for four. Adam then hit a couple of boundary fours off of the other new bowler as the score suddenly raced along. Another boundary saw Abi reach a well deserved fifty and the first by a lady playing in a second team game. Also in the same over the hundred partnership was brought up. Then next over disaster struck as Abi hit one in the air and was caught for a great 56. Martyn now entered the fray, but was not there too long as a new bowler entered the attack and clean bowled him leaving Charlbury 108-2. Andy now came to the crease. A few more extras were bowled. A couple of overs later and Adam pushed a single and the game was won y eight wickets.

 

A great win for the seconds built on a great bowling display from young Ollie and then backed up by a fantastic opening partnership from Adam and Abi with the latter picking up her maiden half century – well played lads and lasses.

 

Charlbury 2nd 25 points

Sat 15th June Charlbury 2nd vs Bicester & North Oxford 2nd

Bicester & North Oxford 2nd 119-3 (19 overs)

 

On a dull day Charlbury travelled to Chesterton for their division 7 clash. Charlbury bowled first and so Kieran and Alex opened the bowling. There had been rain around all week with a shower in the morning and the forecast for the day was not good. Charlbury got off to a fabulous start as early on Kieran found the edge and Andy did the rest in taking a good catch. Kieran had settled into a great line and length from the off and with his movement off of the pitch he was causing some problems for the batsmen. Alex too had settled into a good line and length and caused a few early problems. A couple of overs later things got even better for Charlbury as Kieran clean bowled the new batsman to leave Bicester two wickets down. The early morning rain meant the outfield was still a little damp and with the ball hit over a few times it started to become damp as well, making it harder to hold as well as stopping any movement. The batsmen now started to attack, running hard for every run and despite the fielders best efforts a couple of boundaries were hit. After ten overs a change in the bowling was made with Abi replacing Alex. Light rain was now beginning to fall, but not enough to take the players off. The batsmen now started to attack hard and several more boundaries were found, Charlbury would need more wickets if they were to stem the flow of runs. More changes in the bowling were made as Andy entered the attack for an over and then Mark came into the attack to see if spin could change things around. Mark was hit for a couple of early boundaries, but got his revenge when the new batsman continued to attack him, miss-hit his shot and skied the ball for a catch to be taken. The rain was now coming down heavier and so the over was finished and the players left the field. After about an hour off of the field and with rain still falling it was agreed the match could not continue and was abandoned.

 

Charlbury 2nd 7 points

Sat 22nd June Charlbury 2nd vs Horspath 4th

Charlbury 2nd 236-8 (45 overs)

Richard Nash 57

Simon Smith 44

Steve Hicks 31

 

Horspath 4th 133 (29.1 overs)

Andy Glass 3-23

Mark Fitzgerald 4-34

 

Horspath won the toss and elected to field first. Richard and Simon opened the batting and got Charlbury off to a good start. The Horspath bowlers settled into a good line and length early on and Charlbury struggled to get the ball away for many runs. Richard looked scratchy early on as he did not seem able to time anything, but as the game went on he started to improve. Simon too found things tough early on, but as he started to get his eye in the runs started to come. After ten overs Richard started to click and hit a couple of boundary fours. Both batsmen ran hard for every run to ensure that the scoreboard kept on ticking over. Simon found a boundary four as Charlbury began to accelerate the innings. A double change in the bowling was made and this gave Charlbury the opportunity to attack. Richard attacked both new bowlers from the off, finding a couple more quick boundaries and with both players running quick singles the score started to increase rapidly. The fifty mark had been passed and Charlbury were heading for an opening partnership of over 100. Richard hit another couple of boundaries thru the off-side. Richard was now batting with confidence, defending the good deliveries, but also putting away anything loose. Simon too was batting well, always looking to give the more attacking Richard the strike. Richard hit another boundary four and reached a well deserved fifty. Another doubled change in the bowling was made as Horspath started to desperately search for the breakthru wicket. Finally it came when Richard miss-hit one and lobbed the ball back to the bowler and he as caught for a good 57. Tom Eaton now came to the crease. Simon hit a couple more boundaries to take the score over the hundred mark and still with plenty of overs to go. Tom started slowly, just seeing off a few deliveries before hitting a boundary. Then disaster struck as just as it seemed Simon would reach his fifty a mix-up in the calling saw him just run out for a good 44. The captain, Andy, now came to the wicket. Both players now started to try and accelerate the innings, running hard for every run. Andy hit a boundary which was followed up in the next over by Tom doing the same thing. Tom continued to hit out and this was his downfall as he skied one shot and was caught. Steve now entered the fray. Steve started slowly just seeing what the bowlers were doing before he tried to attack them. The overs were now starting to run out and so Charlbury would have to attack harder if they were to set a defendable total. Then disaster struck as first Andy miss-hit one back at a bowler and was caught. Rob now came to the crease, but was not there too long as he edged one to the wicket-keeper and was caught. Martin now came in, but was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Suddenly Charlbury were six wickets down as Alex came to the wicket. Alex was there for a while, but when he missed one he was bowled and Charlbury were looking in a bit of trouble. Mark now joined Steve at the crease. Steve now started to hit out and found a couple of fours before launching one out of the ground for six. Mark too hit an early boundary four as the score neared the 200 mark. A double change in the bowling was made as a new bowler entered the attack as well as one of the opening bowlers. Steve hit a couple more fours, but in trying to keep going he was caught on the boundary for an excellent 31. Abi Flory now came to the wicket. The last few overs saw both players run hard for everything, with Mark hitting a couple of fours and then Abi getting in on the act with one of her own. The running was hard, with ones turned into twos and finally Charlbury finished their innings on 236-8.

 

Charlbury now needed to bowl well if they were to win the game. Ellie and Alex opened the bowling. Horspath were a young side and so able to run lots of quick singles which is what they did to begin with. Both batsmen hit a couple of boundaries as Horspath looked to attack hard from the start. Ellie was bowling a reasonable line and length and getting the ball to move around a bit off of the pitch. Alex too as bowling well, getting the ball to swing and making both batsmen play and miss. The runs were coming quicker than Charlbury would have wanted and at this rate they would need to bowl Horspath out if they were to defend their total. Finally they got the breakthru when one batsman attacked Ellie, but hit the ball straight to Andy who gratefully took the catch. Next over and things got even better for Charlbury as Alex clean bowled the other opening batsman to leave Horspath 53-2. After 13 overs a double change in the bowling was made as Andy and Mark entered the attack. Andy dropped straight into a good line and length and made run scoring really difficult for all the batsmen. Mark too dropped into a good line and length and with his variations in flight and speed he started to make things difficult. The batsmen still ran well despite Charlbury fielding well, stopping many boundary bound shots. Andy then got the breakthru as one batsman hit the ball straight to Rob and his big hands snaffled the ball for a good catch. A couple of boundaries were hit as Horspath tried to break the shackles imposed on them, but the required rate was on the up. Charlbury were fielding really well, diving around to stop the ball and chasing down everything. The hundred mark was reached, but soon after wards Charlbury had their fourth wicket. Mark tossed one up and all the batsman could do was hit it straight back at him for an easy catch, Charlbury were slowly taking charge. One batsman was batting well, stroking the ball around for ones and twos and keeping Horspath in contention. Mark grabbed his second wicket a couple of overs later when the new batsman skied one and Andy took another good catch. Andy was bowling an excellent spell, giving the batsmen no pace to work with and keeping the ball on a good line and length. Mark too was bowling really well, getting some turn whilst also using his flight to confuse the batsmen. Then Charlbury got the big wicket. The set batsmen had a go at Mark and tried to launch him for six, but did not get all of it and the ball flew Richard’s way on the boundary, as cool as you like Richard steadied himself and then took a great catch. Now Charlbury were thru the main batsmen and with one player unable to bat only three wickets were needed for victory with plenty of overs left. Andy bowled one, the batsman had a swing and dragged his back foot out of the crease, quick as a flash Steve caught the ball and whipped the bails off for a great stumping. In the next over Mark clean bowled the next batsman to leave Horspath 132-8 and the last man in. The end came quickly as in the next over Andy clean bowled one batsman and Charlbury had won by 102 runs.

 

A great win for the seconds built on a great partnership from Richard and Simon and a good cameo from Steve, then Andy and Mark bowled brilliantly to set up victory – well played lads and lasses.

 

Charlbury 2nd 25 points

Sat 8th June Charlbury 2nd vs Witney Mills 2nd

Charlbury 2nd 141-8 (45 overs)

 

Witney Mills 2nd 142-7 (43.1 overs)

Mark Fitzgerald 3-22

 

Witney Mills won the toss and elected to field first. Dean and Simon opened the batting, but things did not go well. Early on in the piece Simon edged one and was caught meaning Ben had to make an early appearance at the crease. Dean carved one thru the off-side and to  the boundary for four to get the score moving. The outfield was sluggish after some early morning rain and this meant the batsmen would have to run hard for every run. The Witney bowlers had settled into a great line and length and were making scoring hard for all the batsmen. Ben hit the ball hard and it skidded along the outfield and to the boundary for four. Then disaster struck as Dean miss-hit one and the ball lobbed back at the bowler who took the catch. The captain, Andy, now entered the fray. The going was slow early on as both players just tried to make sure no more early wickets fell. Ben was batting well, stroking the ball around on both sides of the wicket and always on the lookout for a quick single. Andy too was batting well, defending the good deliveries, but also looking for the odd single and two. Slowly the runs started to come as both players began to grow in confidence. Ben hit his second boundary of the innings and then in the next over Andy pulled one thru the leg-side. A change in the bowling was made from one end. Ben hit the new bowler for an early boundary four to take Charlbury passed the fifty mark. Another change in the bowling was made as the other opening bowler finished his spell. Then disaster struck as Ben was wrapped on the pads and given out adjudged LBW. Next over worse followed as Andy missed the ball, dragged his back foot out of the crease and was stumped to leave Charlbury 57-4. Abi and Rob were now at the wicket and spent their first few overs just trying to see off a few overs to make sure Charlbury did not lose more quick wickets. The two new bowlers had settled into a good line and length and were continuing the good work of the openers. Rob looked solid at the wicket, playing defensively when required, but also prepared to attack anything loose. Abi was also looking good at the crease, leaving the ball when necessary, but playing her shots when she could. Both players ran hard for everything, although the pitch was by now starting to dry out a bit. Rob hit one delivery hard thru the leg-side and it flew to the boundary for four. The runs were coming albeit slowly, but if Charlbury could bat their overs then they might set a defendable total. Abi flicked one off of her legs and the ball raced down the hill to the boundary for four. One bowler was now taken out of the attack and another new one entered it. Rob cracked an early boundary off of the new bowler. Abi hit out at one, but miss-hit it straight to a fielder and was caught. Adam now came to the crease and was quickly off of the mark. A boundary in the next over from Adam saw Charlbury passed the hundred mark, but the overs were by now starting to run out. Adam continued to try and take the attack to Witney and this brought about his downfall when he missed one and was bowled. Martyn now came to the crease. Rob had been batting well, but with the overs running out he decided to start attacking more to try and force the game. A new bowler came into the attack as one bowler finished his allotted overs. Rob hit out at him, but hit the ball straight to a fielder and was caught for a well made 23. Mark now entered the fray. Martyn missed one and was bowled leaving Charlbury 118-8 and still several overs left. Emilia now came to the crease. With only a few overs left both players ran hard for everything. Mark cracked a four and Emilia took a single off of every delivery she faced as the score started to move along. Eventually Charlbury finished on a credible 141-8 from their 45 overs.

 

Charlbury needed to bowl well to defend their total and so Emilia and Ellie opened the bowling. Charlbury got off to a great start as in the first over Emilia found the edge of the bat twice and Adam took both catches to leave Witney 0-2, Charlbury were right in the game. Emilia had settled into a great line and length, causing all of the batsmen to play and miss several times and making run scoring very difficult. Ellie settled into a good line and length, getting the ball to move around a bit off of the pitch. The batsmen were content early on to play defensively to ensure they did not lose any more quick wickets and to just look for a few quick singles. The outfield had dried up and was quicker in the second innings. Charlbury were fielding really well, with all the players diving around to stop the ball and back up the great bowling display. After ten overs a change in the bowling was made as Andy came on to replace Ellie. Andy quickly dropped into a good line and length. The batsmen had found a couple of boundaries, but one now started to try and push the score along a bit quicker. He attacked Andy, but missed the ball and was bowled. The game was evenly poised. Emilia was still bowling a magnificent display, but just could not get the wickets her bowling deserved and finally finished her ten overs with figures of 2-14. Mark now came on to bowl his spin. Mark dropped straight into a good line and length, getting the ball to turn and using his variations of flight and speed to confuse the batsmen. Charlbury were right in the game, but would need to take wickets if they were to maintain the pressure. Andy now finished his allotted spell and so Ellie re-entered the attack. The overs were by now starting to run out and so the Mills batsmen had to start trying to attack more if they were to win the game, this would give Charlbury the opportunity to take some wickets. The set batsman threw the bat at one of Mark’s deliveries, but miss-hit it straight up into the air and Simon took a good catch. The new batsman was not there too long as in Mark’s next over he danced down the wicket, missed the ball and Adam completed the stumping leaving Witney 81-5. Ellie was bowling a good spell and finally got her just rewards when she bowled one batsman, Charlbury were right back in the game. Two runs later Mark had one batsman caught by Simon and now Witney would have to go hard if they were to win. The two new batsmen had nothing to lose and so they threw the bat at everything. Now the runs started to come and with some quick singles taken the score rose at its fastest rate of the innings. With five overs left both Ellie and Mark had finished their spells and so two new bowlers entered the attack, Ben and Abi. The batsmen attacked from the off and wouldn’t let either bowler settle, taking several quick singles and twos. Charlbury could just not take another wicket and with only eleven balls left Witney Mills won by three wickets.

 

Charlbury 2nd 7 points

Sat 1st June Charlbury 2nd vs Wolverton 2nd

Wolverton 2nd 225-5 (45 overs)

 

Charlbury 2nd 164 (40 overs)

Andy Glass 60

 

Charlbury travelled to Milton Keynes for their division 7 clash. Charlbury won the toss and elected to field first. Sam and Alex opened the bowling and got Charlbury off to a good start. In only the second over of the game Sam clean bowled one batsman. Both bowlers quickly settled into a good line and length and with a bit of movement off the pitch they both moved the ball around a bit. Slowly the runs started to come, but the outfield was not too quick and so the batsmen had to run hard for every run. Charlbury were fielding well and backing up their bowlers with some diving stops. With no more early wickets coming Charlbury made a double change in the bowling with Andy and Robert entering the attack. Both bowlers quickly dropped into a reasonable length and line and caused a few problems for the batsmen. The opening batsman was looking good as he stroked the ball around and Charlbury realised early on that they would need him out if they were to keep the score down. Robert was bowling a really good spell, getting a bit of movement and getting both batsmen to play and miss. Andy was bowling well, varying his speed to try and weedle a batsman out. Finally the second wicket came when Robert clean bowled the new batsman with the score on 50. The opening batsmen found a couple of boundaries as the score continued to increase, but then Andy got in amongst the wickets. Andy bowled one and the batsman miss-hit it with the ball lobbing straight back to Andy for an easy catch, the new batsman was out for a duck. Andy now took himself out of the attack and brought Sam back on as Charlbury went for more wickets. Both bowlers were bowling well, but the opening batsman just kept on pushing ones and twos around to make sure the score kept on growing. The overs ticked by and no more wickets fell and with both batsmen going in confidence they started to play more shots. The opening batsman seemed able to hit a boundary almost any time Charlbury bowled anything even slightly loose. Robert finished his spell and Andy re-entered the attack. With the overs now starting to run out the batsmen went on the offensive hitting several boundary fours. Sam finished his good ten over spell and Alex replaced him. The score had passed the 150 mark and with only three wickets down Charlbury would need more wickets if they were to keep the score down. Finally Charlbury got a wicket in Alex’s last over when he clean bowled one batsman. Abi now replaced Alex in the attack and in her first over the new batsman edged the ball and Simon took a good catch. Abi had dropped into a reasonable length and line and even in the final stages of the innings she was had to get away. Andy finished his spell and so Jon came on for an over. Wolverton finished their innings on 225-5.

 

Charlbury needed a good start to chase down their target and so it was up to Sam and Simon to get them off. Things did not go to plan as early on Simon missed one and was bowled. Robert now entered the fray. Both batsmen kept a wary eye on early in the piece as they tried to get their eye in. Sam was looking good at the crease as he stroked the ball around, pushing several ones and twos. Robert too was looking good, playing defensively when needed, but always on the lookout for the single. Slowly the score started to rise. Sam hit a couple of boundaries and so after eight overs Wolverton changed their bowling around at one end, then a few overs later they changed the other end around as well. Both of the new bowlers dropped into good lines and lengths and this made run scoring more difficult. The score moved on slowly, but Charlbury had reached fifty for the loss of only one wicket. Then disaster struck as Robert missed one and was bowled. Next over Sam edged one and the wicket-keeper took the catch to leave Charlbury 57-3. Andy and Jon were now at the crease, but Jon was not there too long as he hit one in the air and it was caught. Abi now joined the captain at the crease as they sought to re-build the innings. It was tough going as both batsmen just looked to push the odd run around whilst defending the many good deliveries. Slowly the score was rising and just as it looked like Charlbury had recovered Abi missed one and was bowled. Alex now came to the crease. Andy was looking good at the crease, hitting a couple of boundaries to keep things going, but also defending the many good deliveries and not giving any chances. Charlbury were falling behind the required rate and would have to score much heavier if they were to win the game. Alex attacked the bowling and hit a couple of fours to accelerate the score a bit. Andy joined in and he also found a boundary along with several twos. The hundred mark was passed, but the overs were now starting to run out. Then disaster struck as Alex missed one and was stumped. Mark now came to the crease, but was not there too long as he dragged his back foot out of the crease and was stumped. Nathan now joined his captain at the wicket. Not too many overs left and Charlbury just needed to score as many as they could to pick up as many points as they could. One of the bowlers now finished their allotted ten over spell and so a new bowler entered the attack. Nathan edged one and was caught by the wicket-keeper and so Martyn came to the crease. Both batsmen played out one end until the bowler finished his spell and a new one entered the attack, although both tried to score as many as they could from the other end. Andy ran a single and reached a well deserved fifty. The new bowlers were a bit looser and so both batsmen attacked the bowling. Martyn found a couple of early fours to push the score on. The last couple of overs saw Charlbury running hard. Then Andy edged one and was caught by the wicket-keeper. Ian not entered the fray. Last ball of the over and Martyn hit it straight to a fielder and was caught as Charlbury finished on 164 all out.

 

Charlbury 2nd 6 points