Well after last week’s great 87 run win at home to Kennington 2nd’s, we were away this weekend at Charlbury 3rd’s, looking for another winning performance.
We were put into bat on what looked like quite a green track, with Charlbury opening bowlers (Dorans & Jenkins) swinging the ball from both ends. With these conditions the Deddington openers, Joe ‘Root’ Roberts & Steve ‘Warner’ Welch played themselves in sensibly and responsibly scoring 19 runs off the first 6 overs.
Unfortunately, Deddington’s luck then changed as a series of quick wickets were taken by the Chalbury opening pair of bowlers. First to go was Steve ‘Warner’ Welch for an unlucky 1, then Jimmy McPhee went to a perfect full length in swinging ball by Dorans, which clipped the top of his off stump. Next to go for a duck was the vice-captain Neil ‘Howard’ Goward bowled by Jenkins, followed shortly thereafter by the captain Ash ‘Macullum’ Clark for 4 again off Jenkins. Suddenly Deddington were staring ‘humiliation’ in the face , having gone from being 19 without loss after 6 overs to 28 for 5 after 12 overs!
Next to the middle was the young, technically brilliant George Welch, who at 14, bats so maturely, well beyond his 14 years, together with Simon Oldfield. Both batted superbly, taking advantage of any bad deliveries, but defending the full length, swinging balls as if their lives depended upon it. They batted more than 16 overs, developing a much needed partnership of 60, which steadied the Deddington ship. Unfortunately on 31 Simon was then trapped LBW and became Dorans 4th victim.
Mike Wheeler then came into bat, making only his second appearance for DCC he ably backed up George Welch putting on a much needed 18 run partnership to help get the total to 100 and more of a defendable total.
In the 36 over, Mike was stumped by their keeper for 6, and in came Dave ‘Barney’ Barnhill, making his debut for DCC 2nd’s. Dave played a wonderful cameo for 23, hitting four 4’s & one mighty 6 in his quick-fire ‘tail ender masterclass’ a lesson for all our middle order batsman. Deddington ended up on a respectable 154 for 9.
Though this total seemed 40 short of par on this wicket, we discussed as a team that a disciplined bowling and fielding display was required to win the match. Accurate bowling early on from Dave Barnhill and Adam Moody meant the Charlbury openers had to work hard for every run. Although catches were then dropped, maidens were the order of the day. After a great spell from Adam & Dave, Ash turned to the ‘Deddington Express’ otherwise known as Jimmy Macphee who came on with Simon Oldfied.
Jimmy came up the hill with a beautiful display of controlled, hostile seam bowling & took some vital wickets. This was backed up by more good bowling from Simon who ensured that Deddington were starting to be in with a chance of winning the game. There was excellent work in the field also, which carried on from the previous week. Going in search of the win Deddington worked hard to the end picking up only seven Charlbury wickets, however restricting them to 148 after 45 overs.
Overall a very lucky 6 run win for the seconds. Fantastic bowling & fielding was great to see, with 11 maidens bowled in total, however , better performances with the bat will be needed next week if we are to maintain our winning ways.