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