Bampton vs. Deddington 1,OCA Div 4 13-May 2017
13th of May saw Deddington arrive at Bampton a club unfamiliar to many of the visiting side and with much anticipation for the game ahead. The anticipation was met with a slight feeling of dread when Dave Barnhill enlightened some of the team as to what to expect from an opening bowling attack he had once faced many moons ago (Is there anyone this man hasn’t played against?). With the words of Oxfordshire’s most well-known man still ringing in the teams ears the side geared up for a day’s cricket.
Coming off the back of a win last weekend would this week’s game bring the trials and tribulations of a nail biting win against West Ilsley? Captain Rammy won the toss and elected to bowl which would prove the best idea on what some would describe as a “temperamental” wicket. Rob Preston opened as usual and was as sharp as ever, even if the occasional patch on the wicket put the ball half way between the batsman and the overcast sky that the afternoon started with. However, Rob got down to business and quickly had Bampton under pressure. With the first 4 batsman having come and gone for a combined score of 16 it was a good start for Deddington but a middle order flurry from Simon Launder and Gerald Holford had Deddington needing to dig deep in order to get themselves another foothold in the game. Man of the match last week, Dave victor came on to take the vital wicket on a unusual caught and bowled which featured his leg and a surprised look when the ball nestled in his hands. Deddington’s fielding was sharp and it needed to be as even mid-way through the first innings it was clear triple figures weren’t on the cards this week for either team. L Bletchly’s relaxed approach from returning to his correct position after retrieving a ball from the boundary saw him take a good catch hit straight to him, followed up by a diving catch several overs later that some saw would have been easier if he was walking in as instructed by first slip and fielding Coach, Richard Munro. Maneesh Verma came on to rattle off the final 3 wickets leaving the home side on 76 all out before drinks had even been served. A tough pitch and a good bowling display had resulted in the away team “doing a spurs” and putting the pressure on.
Much to the shock of Deddington’s middle order batsman tea would have to wait until a few overs through Deddington’s batting innings. The opening batting partnership of Duncan and White were met with some tight bowling spells resulting in, around a run an over on the board. A steady start was posted by the pair with both feeling the impact of the pitch. Gerry receiving a ball to the ribs and Hugh taking one to the grill it was clear the pair weren’t going to give there wickets up without a fight. Hugh’s wicket fell just before tea and so did Richard’s as they saw themselves back in time to be first in the que for the cakes. L Bletchly came and went for the longest duck in Deddington CC history which featured a 20 minute interval for tea (to be confirmed by Harry, Hugh might be in contention?). Gerry finally lost his wicket to a thin edge behind and his arrival back at the pavilion was met with much applause from both sides for a stellar performance and for soldering on when clearly hurt. Chris Blackburn put on a solid 16 which was needed to put Deddington ever closer to that illusive 77 needed and with Manny leaving with 4, Deddington were in trouble. The hopes of the team rested on the shoulder’s belonging to the youngest player at the club and without sporting his green boots this week, George Welch headed out to the middle. We knew if anyone could show promise against the good bowling of Launder and Brooksbank it would be the most technically able batsman in the squad and the future of England cricket George. As Manny returned to pavilion it was up to Dave to join George in the middle but the friendly face of Dave was nowhere to be found. The panic of the side was restored when Adrian Bletchly was pressured into going out early with his helmet half on, his glasses slipping down his face and hoisting up his trousers in a frantic motion in the place of the South African who had clearly gone to check his accumulator in the car! Adey’s precision found the boundary and helped George for several overs before Dave had no choice but to go into bat in his place when Adey couldn’t quite find the gap. A big over of 7runs saw Deddington with 5 off the win and at the fall of Dave’s wicket the game was on a knife edge. Going into the final over Deddington needed 4 to win and 3 to draw. The tight bowling saw George’s wicket fall with 1 needed to draw and with that it was all over. George’s batting performance deserved to bring it home, but as everyone knows, you win some and you lose some. A game that everyone involved will never forget featuring intense bowling, incredible batting and insightful conversation about what Dave Victor puts in his banana bread cake. Although the result didn’t go our way a pleasure as always to play in a Deddington team.
Man of the match- Shared by Gerry for his batting and Rob for his 4 wicket haul.
Jedi moment- Dave Victor and Lewis Bletchly for good catches
Dunce of the day- Dave Victor not being ready to bat
Match Report – Lewis