Deddington v Wolvercote II Saturday 25th July 2020
At last, competitive Cricket got underway In this strangest of Seasons with the opening game in the rearranged Telegraph Cup. And naturally, the Great British weather, decided that thundery rain showers were the order of the day. However, this was not going to dampen the enthusiasm of both teams and winning the toss Deddington opted to bat in front of a larger crowd than England could claim at Old Trafford.
A steady start from Jack Welch and Olly Roberts against some good opening bowling from a young Wolvercote attack was just starting to accelerate when thunder took the teams off. Heavy rain stopped play for an hour and the captains decided to reduce the overs to 30 a side. Play resumed and more expansive batting from Roberts in particular got the scoreboard moving until, using his feet to a spinner, was stumped for 33. Niall Murphy continued the assault, ending on 21 not out, but tight bowling and the return of persistent drizzle, restricted the Deddington total to 95.
Miraculously, the sun finally made a appearance just as the Wolvercote innings started, giving them the best of the conditions. Fine opening spells from Stu Leece and Rob Barton kept Wolvercote in check and they deservedly each picked up a wicket. At the halfway point Wolvercote were up with but not ahead of the run rate, but they were able to accelerate the scoring with a controlled performance and reached the total in the 21st over.
With 5 players under 30 in the Deddington side, this was the youngest team in years to represent the Village, which bodes well for the future.