Minster Lovell III vs. Deddington, Sat 7th Aug 2021
Deddington kept pace with the current top three to keep our outside chances of promotion alive with a win over Minster Lovell 3. We arrived in Brize Norton with the sun shining but the forecast suggesting it wouldn’t last too long. The pitch looked pretty green which left us wondering where the covers had been parked over the recent few days so when Cap’n Victor won the toss he had no hesitation in asking the home team to bat.
Looking around the team shorn of any other regular bowling, Rob Barton quickly realized he was in for another 15 over spell and set to work, with Matt joining him from the other end. Despite the humidity the ball wasn’t hooping for Rob as it normally does, instead he was relying on the pitch for some variation and it wasn’t long before he found an outside edge with a lifter that was taken one handed at head height by the keeper.
After a steady spell Matt was replaced by Biz who soon removed the remaining opener with a ball that jagged back from just short of a length to clip the top of leg stump. A spell of rain then brought a forty minute break and refreshments from the local café. On the resumption the home team decided to put their foot down a little with the rate of just under 2 an over and the likelihood of more rain coming. A couple of nicks behind off Biz were missed by the home umpire (who later apologized “in case” he had made a mistake) before Rob had an LBW given that was maybe a little on the fortunate side.
Rob bowled out his spell for a solid 31-2, and after a further short rain interruption DCC were really scraping the barrel when skipper Dave called a hungover Smith P into the attack, a mad few minutes ensued and a flurry of dropped catches had us thinking it might not be our day. Fortunately Simon and Victor D reminded the team how to catch, before Smith S replaced Biz and Matt pouched one that came down with snow on it to give Sam a maiden wicket for DCC. Buoyed by this success Smith S then took another with a yorker and then bowled a bumper at dangerous lower order batter Grace Souch which she gloved of her chin and was taken at slip by Smith P. Smith P cleaned up the tail and Minster were all done for 123.
A quick turnaround in case of further delays and we were off in pursuit. Smith P fell early, bowled either eyes lighting up at a half-volley or the six pints of Guinness from the previous day catching up with him, then Matt who had no such excuses also perished and we were wobbling at 11-2. Howard was then joined by Simon and with dark sky and showers all around but thankfully avoiding Brize itself, they set about steadily accumulating to put us in the hunt, and also above whatever number Messers Lewis and Duckworth would say is enough.
At 62-2 Simon was given LBW and skipper Dave took over and set about with some positive strokes, three figures were posted before Howard joined the LBW club with the job almost done, Victor A then joined him briefly, replaced by Smith S as the target was overhauled with plenty to spare in overs and wickets, but minutes before the rain.
Special mention to Dibbers who gave up an afternoon watching the egg-chasing to join us.
MOTM – Howard, composed innings
Jedi – Rich, catch behind
Dunce – ?