After their first “technical victory” of the season the first team headed to Kidlington on Sunday with only a week’s notice to put together a second team for the weekend. It was a tough ask against a team top of the league but with the threat of the meaning the second team would have to forfeit their game as well the club pulled together under stand-in captain Sam Shadbolt to put on a game. 10 eager players turned up on Sunday, with even Ollie Redford not too hungover the day after his birthday, expecting to be put in to bat so at least it would not last too long. Unfortunately Kidlington had other ideas and decided to bat first after winning the toss.

Sam Shadbolt and Ollie Redford opened the bowling and Kidlington came out all guns blazing determined to put on a big score. Sam, struggling for line all season managed to surprise the batsmen when a good ball finally came along and took two wickets, with Ollie chipping in from the other end too. There was an almost zen-like moment of captaincy when, shuffling the field around to accommodate Chris Blackburn’s troublesome leg two balls later the ball popped up to Matt Oldfield at short-ish midwicket to take the most nonchalant one-handed catch. A good bowling change also brought wickets with Matt claiming two scalps, including Niall taking an excellent low down catch that had some serious pace on it. This had Kidlington 110-6 at drinks and the match in the balance if Deddington could expose the tail. However the Kidlington 7 and the tail started to swing their arms and take the attack to the bowlers, even having success against the usually miserly Stuart Leece. Kidlington made it to 279 for 9 by the end of the innings. It would have been one less but Sam had been too busy thinking of innovative field settings and forgot that he needed four men in the ring (although apparently it had been like that for two overs before the umpires noticed), and a no-ball was called against Ollie Redford.

Deddington came out to bat with a new look opening partnership of Joe Roberts (fresh from a high scoring run in the seconds) and Stu Leece (he didn’t open the bowling so it was felt he should be allowed to open the batting), under the instructions not to worry about the score and enjoy some time in the middle. Joe scored a quick 20, all of his runs coming from the same shot before falling, although not before Stu had scored an even quicker 0. Niall Bletchley and Matt Oldfield held together the Deddington innings with patient knocks. Chris Blackburn just wanted an easy delivery to score 1 to take the all-time run scoring record but the bowlers were not that kind. As Kidlington decided to give all of their bowlers a go the lower order started to score a few runs and hit the ball about, but this bought risk and Adey, Sam and Ollie (still trying to his first six for Deddington) all went after cameo appearances. This left Deddington on 130 all out.

A real team effort by everyone, thanks for everyone who got involved (and the loyal travelling support!) and great to play with some new faces.