(By Niall Murphy) – Apologies for lateness my fault, not NIall’s!

On a sweltering day Deddington set out to win to increase their hopes of a 3rd place finish. After being sent out to toss up, Lewis told everyone the good news that we would bat first. Dave Webb and Niall Murphy set out to give Deddington the start they needed with the roles reversed for the day with the usual calm and collective Webb treating the match like a t20 slog whereas the usually more aggressive Murphy being the slower of the openers. Meaning even after Murphy was dismissed for 10 the score had already rocketed up to 45. The Welch’s joined the crease with George showing everyone how to last an entire innings with a superb knock of 31 not out. He did however lose slogger Webb who went for 39 after what he reminded us numerous times was a dodgy LBW decision. The croaky captain Clark added a quick fire 20 to help the innings progress when Joe Roberts, a man reborn at his new spot of 6 entered and provided the fireworks with a quick 34. Lewis, ignoring his desire to sweep throughout, added another 26 runs to the scoreboard including a huge six (no Joe I haven’t forgotten about yours) to put Deddington close to the 200 mark. This mark we reached after some controlled slogging from Moody, who realised at the end of the season that you need to see to be able to bat deciding to wear his glasses, adding a quick 22 with young George after a very tight innings opening his shoulders and hitting the ball as cleanly as a man who was in for 30 overs could be. Deddington finished their innings on a solid 212.

Taking the field the team knew that no matter how big the score, the game wasn’t won yet. Superb bowling from Bletchley and Moody, both opening with maidens, were able to see off some of the top order batters with Moody taking 2 wickets and Bletchley ensuring no rest bite at the other end for the batters. Fantastic fielding from Deddington including excellent rolling by Mike Wheeler. Clark, trying his best just to speak to his troops, took over the attack along with the young Welch who in an amazing moment after getting a hand to a shot played by the on strike batsman, deflected the ball on to the stumps running out the other batsman proving even more that right now he can do no wrong. Batsman Hewitt and Launchbury did help Kidlington to recover from their positing until Welch removed Hewitt with a brilliant caught and bowled. Enter Georgia who decided to finish the game off taking 4 wickets (including a great catch by Murphy (just saying)) when Moody returned to see of the the end of the batting order bowling Kidlington out for 81. On a sweltering day Deddington set out to win to increase their hopes of a 3rd place finish. After being sent out to toss up, Lewis told everyone the good news that we would bat first. Dave Webb and Niall Murphy set out to give Deddington the start they needed with the roles reversed for the day with the usual calm and collective Webb treating the match like a t20 slog whereas the usually more aggressive Murphy being the slower of the openers. Meaning even after Murphy was dismissed for 10 the score had already rocketed up to 45. The Welch’s joined the crease with George showing everyone how to last an entire innings with a superb knock of 31 not out. He did however lose slogger Webb who went for 39 after what he reminded us numerous times was a dodgy LBW decision. The croaky captain Clark added a quick fire 20 to help the innings progress when Joe Roberts, a man reborn at his new spot of 6 entered and provided the fireworks with a quick 34. Lewis, ignoring his desire to sweep throughout, added another 26 runs to the scoreboard including a huge six (no Joe I haven’t forgotten about yours) to put Deddington close to the 200 mark. This mark we reached after some controlled slogging from Moody, who realised at the end of the season that you need to see to be able to bat deciding to wear his glasses, adding a quick 22 with young George after a very tight innings opening his shoulders and hitting the ball as cleanly as a man who was in for 30 overs could be. Deddington finished their innings on a solid 212.     Taking the field the team knew that no matter how big the score, the game wasn’t won yet. Superb bowling from Bletchley and Moody, both opening with maidens, were able to see off some of the top order batters with Moody taking 2 wickets and Bletchley ensuring no rest bite at the other end for the batters. Fantastic fielding from Deddington including excellent rolling by Mike Wheeler. Clark, trying his best just to speak to his troops, took over the attack along with the young Welch who in an amazing moment after getting a hand to a shot played by the on strike batsman, deflected the ball on to the stumps running out the other batsman proving even more that right now he can do no wrong. Batsman Hewitt and Launchbury did help Kidlington to recover from their positing until Welch removed Hewitt with a brilliant caught and bowled. Enter Georgia who decided to finish the game off taking 4 wickets (including a great catch by Murphy (just saying)) when Moody returned to see of the the end of the batting order bowling Kidlington out for 81.

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