Match was actually played August 15th, report received Sunday 23rd!
By Olly Roberts
After 3 successive victories, including an all-round superb performance against Chalgrove the previous week, Deddington went into Saturday’s game against Stanton Harcourt knowing that another win would result in a realistic chance of promotion.
However, with Stanton Harcourt currently sitting a place above us in the league, all knew that a good performance was required regardless of current form. After Ash called correctly on what appeared to be a good toss to win, Deddington took the field, hoping to build on the strong bowling performance last week. Despite good opening spells from both Lewis Bletchley and Dave Barnhill followed by Ivo MacFarlane (or Leo according to Dave Barnhill), Stanton had yet to lose a wicket by the time drinks came about. The batting side were perhaps fortunate at this stage, with Deddington having been very lacklustre in the field. Regardless of this, the score still only stood at around 60, and we knew a couple of quick wickets could shift the momentum. Though Dave Victor, bowled brilliantly and brought about this all important first wicket with an in swinging Yorker, his great work was somewhat undone by the dolly he dropped at long on-later in the innings. By the 39th over it looked as though 220+ would be on the cards, with the score at 170-3. Cue Dave Barnhill. Having already taken a fantastic catch earlier on, which would later be named the Jedi Moment, Dave came back on for his second spell, this time bowling a few variations which would prove incredibly effective. From 170-3, Stanton collapsed to 180 all out, with Dave collecting five wickets in the space of just a few overs.
As all rushed to tea to tuck into a few jammy dodgers and check the latest football scores, many felt that 180 was more than chase able should we bat well. Unfortunately a typical Deddington style batting collapse then ensued. Whilst Stanton’s bowling was accurate and their fielding on point, the majority of our Batsmen gave away their wicket pretty cheaply. Olly Roberts and Ash Clark showed some brief resistance with a quick fire 28 and 16 respectively, whilst Dave Barnhill also refused to stay out the action, smashing a six over cover in an attempt to push his way up the order in the future. Ultimately though, we were all out for 84, and in reality deserved to be beaten.
Overall, a very enjoyable to game to be part of despite the result. Credit must also go to Dave Barnhill for collecting all three awards on offer that day. Although promotion is now out of the question, it would nice to go out on a high and end the season with a couple of wins.