Kidlington CC 3rd XI Vs Deddington CC 2nd XI
With an earlier 12 o’clock start this week to prevent a clash with the England’s quarter final match with Ukraine, Deddington 2nd XI made their way to Kidlington. The toss was won by the skipper and he duly put Kidlington into bat first. With some impressive bowling from Luke the wickets started to fall in the 3rd over. Andy’s Jedi moment of kicking the ball onto the stumps for a run out was by far the most impressive wicket taken in the innings. With Luke having fallen injured midway through his spell and assigned to first slip duties, the team carried on in high spirits. Some impressive keeping from Webby helped keep the pressure on. Kat and Georgia both had very good spells of bowling, with three wickets for Kat and two for Georgia. Some very impressive fielding from Richard and Kieran, helped keep the boundaries to a minimum. With a change of pace needed, Mo came back to bowl his second spell, taking an impressive wicket by brushing the bails off the stumps. Two great catches by Kieran and Wayne brought Kidlington’s innings to a close on 152 and set Deddington a target of 153 to win.
With Joe and Webby opening and a score to chase the game was on! After an initial slow start to the innings, some beautiful shots by the Skipper that made it to the boundary helped pick up the pace. Suddenly the skipper went for a pull, mistimed it and was caught at mid-off followed shortly afterwards by Wayne, who was bowled by the rampant Kiddlington’s opening bowler D. Silva. With a win now looking less likely, the tactics changed and we were now batting out for a draw. The wickets kept falling throughout the innings and even a draw was looking out of sight until Derek came out at number 8 and had a very impressive batting spell facing 25 balls for a score of 6 which included a very impressive 4. After the 8th wicket fell Mo was looking at redemption after being unable to bat out for the draw against Shipton. After losing the 9th wicket and only 3 overs remaining, Mo and Georgia batted really well until the pressure built on Mo and he had very close call for an LBW on the second to last ball, but it wasn’t given as he had managed to get just outside of the line. He faced the final ball with absolute confidence and gave Deddington their second consecutive draw.