Deddington 1st vs. West Ilsley, Sat 11th June
Deddy Is played host to the friendly West Ilsley who won the toss and elected to bat. After the loss of both openers West Ilsley youngsters Adam Barnes and Dan Simmons took to the Deddington bowling attack with an array of text book strokes mingled with some outrageous innovation both culminating in a truck load of runs for both, Barnes with 73 and Simmons with 63. With Manny picking up 3 wickets and Dave Victor bowling 10 overs for only 26 the two West Ilsley batsmen dined out on the rest of the attack and were instrumental in the visitors posting an imposing 229 for the loss of 5 wickets. Thanks to Catherine Blackburn we all ate like kings at tea (thanks Catherine) and bet fair posted odds of Deddington overhauling 229 runs similar to that of Leicester winning the premier league at the start of the season!!!
The innings didn’t start well for Deddy losing Rich in the second over for 2 and after Lewis departed with a tasty 22 off not many balls, Deddington were left floundering at 33-2. Enter Manny, after a few sighters Manny used the cricket ball magnet in the middle of his bat to great effect and went about slaying anything loose to all parts of the windmill. With Gerry as company Manny up ended the balance of the match and all of a sudden the throngs dared to dream. With Gerry departing for 65 and Manny soon after for 68 a total of 30 off the last 5 overs was needed. This posed no problem for George Welch and Luca Cantania, who with a combined age of a quarter of Webbys , polished off the remaining runs needed with an over to spare. As George, Luca and the rest of the West Ilsley team walked off the pitch captain Rammy and the rest of us were left in what could only be described as a “victory stupor” not only had we won the match but we had done so chasing down a whale of a total against very good opposition.
With Harry in the score box pinching his eye balls to make sure he wasn’t dreaming he quickly entered into a statisticians dream land spewing out milestones and landmark facts and figures from the match like lava out of the volcanic eruption of Mt Vesuvius (79 AD).
With all of this in mind many thanks to Simon, Shadders, Alan and co for producing a great wicket, Harry for scoring, Catherine for delicious match tea and the West Ilsley team who are a great bunch of guys/girls and were nothing short of a pleasure to host as opposition, we wish them well for the season ahead and look forward to the return match at theirs.