May 2020 update – COVID-19 delays cricket but we’ve still been busy and now have refurbished nets!

Like most sports, cricket at all levels in the game has not been played so far this Spring and Summer.  While there is talk of some international games taking place from July in empty grounds, there are no clear plans for village cricket to resume at the time of writing.

Adding to the frustration for all local clubs has been the fantastic early season weather. Despite that, we have been keeping the cricket square at the Windmill in a condition that will enable us to get games going quite quickly, should a start be announced. Before the pandemic struck, the Club had been enjoying indoor nets at Sibford School and had welcomed a few newcomers to our ranks.

We have also held an On-line Club Quiz event that was well attended and have received much generous support from Vice-Presidents, members and friends, either in the form of donations, or by joining our 49 Club fundraiser.  As sponsorship and advertising income has naturally dried-up and with no match-day income, the gifts we have received have been most welcome in the current difficult times.

One other positive piece of news is that we have had our nets refurbished, with new netting and a good clean of the matting. This was done with the help of a match-funding Grant from the Parish Council, in recognition that the nets are a general Village amenity.  The Club is very grateful for this support.  Currently only one is in operation and can only be used by Club members in accordance with ECB and UK Government regulations.  We hope to open-up their use In the near future.

As stated above ECB and Pubic Health England guidelines now allow for the use of cricket nets under strict guidelines.  The link to these is below, but the essence is that nets can be used by a maximum of two people from different households ( more, if from the same household) at any one time and social distancing regulations must be observed.  People should use separate balls and equipment, that should also be kept separate.  Users will have to supply their own stumps set, or it Club ones are used from the Pavilion, they must be sanitised with a wipe before and after use.  As the regulations state that adjacent nets cannot be used, only one of the nets at the Windmill is operational at present. The bowling machine should not be used at the moment.

Use of this net must be booked via the Google sheets booking sheet which has been shared with members.

The sight screens need to be returned to the position across the end of the nets once a booked session has been completed.

This will be a poor substitute to the real thing but at this time anything is better than nothing! Hopefully there will be the opportunity for us to return to real cricket later in the summer.

2019 Presentation Evening

DCC Awards Evening 2019, Friday 18th Oct, The Unicorn Inn, Deddington.

Thirty-five of us gathered for the final event of the season, with good representation from all three teams on the night plus family and supporters. We enjoyed a quiz, expertly compared by Adey – and won by Richard and Helen Plumbe and Derek and Helena Boughton with a total significantly greater than we managed to post most Saturdays….

This was followed by a hearty meal – especially for those that had the Lasagne – Jaegerbombs and then finally on to the main event of the evening, the presentation of the trophies including the much anticipated giving of the somewhat crusty underwear of a former player for a lucky recipient to treasure for a year!

First Team Batting David Victor
First Team Bowling Rob Preston
Second Team Batting Simon Oldfield
Second Team Bowling Jonathan Watts
Young Player Elliot Barton
Newcomer Jack Welch
Player’s Player David Victor
Clubman Derek Broughton
Jedi Moment Stu Leece
Dave Barnhill ‘Pants’ Award David Victor

Ladies Batting Cat Williamson
Ladies Bowling Kate Corbett
Captains Player Sian Westbury
Players Player Georgia Adams

Congratulations to all the winners and those mentioned in dispatches.
Next fixture for your diaries will be the club AGM early in the New Year, details to follow.

Special thanks to Simon and team once again for all his hard work in organizing the event.

DCC II vs Charlbury, 13th July 2019

And so, with 11 players and returning bowling legend Adam Moody we were set. Winning the toss stand in skipper Joe ignored the advice of Michael Vaughan and WG Grace and put them in, no doubt buoyed by the strongest bowling line up the seconds has seen in a long while. Bis from the Hempton Road end and Richard rolling back the years from the Aston end kept it as tight as Collins' snare drum on Remembrance Sunday. Not many wickets but more dots that a Titanic SOS had Charlbury at 2 an over at first change but that had seen more drops than a Michael Gove drugs party. But what a first change bowler Deddington had as Moobs came down hill and Kat from the other end.

The scoring rate took a further hit as Richard took a running catch off Moobs before Kat bowled a couple out including the very creditable young opener. Then a very rare Deddington wicket with Joe taking what he will tell you was a slip catch (short third man may be a bit harsh). Next ball saw a golden duck catch to Kat before Moobs s dodged a jug with a dot ball. Then more rolling back the years next ball seeing a thickish outside edge find a flailing right hand glove with a surprised but falling over Collins attached. With Joe and Gary delivering the last few overs saw Joe tried the old put down a wide and wait for a batman keen for runs stride out a scoop it to Kat, before Joe finally found his length and bowled the 10th and final man. 5 bowling points please.

So chasing 140 Joe and Bis took the field, he opened the scoring with a lofted cover drive but then sadly a lofted forward defensive saw him reaching too far and putting up a diving catch well taken at short mid off. An over later Joe was done by one that stayed low (a feature of the first inning that the bowlers didn’t want me to mention). This bought more rolling back the years with Moobs (Adam Moody, a regular of this club two years ago) and Richard to the fight with Adam driving the first boundary to bring up double figures. And so it settled nicely with batsman 3 and 5 doing a good job of opening. With 41 on the board Richard fell for 9 caught at mid off. In went Kat when Richard was stumped at the keepers 10th attempt (he’d spent most of our inning whipping bails off for no apparent reason up to this point..). Andy to the fore before in an interesting experiment Collins joined him at 8 as Kat went LBW. A few more runs were tickled before Andy got LBW shortly before Collins top edged a ball coming down with snow on to be caught behind having dragged the score to 66.

And so it was Father and Son team Richard and Torin Holmes to see us home from the half way mark with 10 overs to go. Some might think this a bit of an ask but with relish they set about the task that included a hook shot for 4 from Ritch bringing up 80 while the batting point was being put away. The overs ticked over too quickly and sadly missing ‘60 run a game skipper Simon’ saw us fall just short as he enjoyed Serena getting beat and we fell just short with the Holmes duo doing us very proud with a performance that sits along side Oldfield and Oldfield and Stiff and Stiff et al. And so finished a popular fixture with 21 folk playing the game in great spirit and much humour.

Pre-season Warm Up

The Deddington CC 2019 squad, proudly sporting shirts provided by their main sponsor, Banbury Bristol Street Motors, before a pre-season game on April 27th at the Windmill ground After the unseasonally good weather over Easter, it was inevitable that the … Continue reading