DCC vs Britwell Salome, OCA Div.4 Sat 29th Aug 2015
With Deddy at the bottom of the table and Britwell Salome just above us, this was virtually a winner takes all match with strong rumours only last place will be relegated next year rather than the usual bottom 2 scenario. With Shadders dying to tell everyone about his date earlier on in the week we all decided to not ask him in a bid for him to save up all his artistic expression for when he was in the middle with willow in hand.
Rammy strode out to the middle with Britwells captain to do the toss with both teams waiting with baited breath to see who would bat first, however the two men decided to exchange life stories first and half an hour later they remembered to flip the coin and Deddington were to bat. Deddington got off to a conservative start with a 60 run opening partnership between Gerry and Nial before Nial was caught for 16. With a solid albeit slowish start Deddington began to gradually lift the run rate but lost Ben, Ollie and Blacky in doing so. Gerry reached his 50 and was dismissed eventually for 67 leaving the more flamboyant Rammy and Shadders to see out the last 5 overs. What resembled more a scene of Blacky savaging a Sunday roast Rammy (44) and Shadders (31) between them carved the ball to all parts of ground with a smorgasbord of brutish hitting and exquisite stroke play. Britwells Neil Lawerence and Nick Humphries bowled an impeccable line and length in the start and middle stages of the game and through their efforts prevented Deddy from posting a Daddy of a total, however 190 on a slowish pitch represented a healthy challenge for our visitors.
With Ollie unable to play due to his gammy knee, his support was much appreciated by his team mates so much so that a yet to be identified Deddingtonian tampered with one of his crutches, lowering the height setting so when Ollie set off for tea (free of charge as he didn’t pay any tea money) he nearly tumbled over. Naturally all team mates plunged into fits of laughter and Ollie who (un)funnily enough failed to see the humour in the situation entered into a state of paranoia attempting to expose the culprit to the point of interviewing everybody at the ground as to their movements and where abouts throughout the day. With match tea consumed courtesy of Shadbolt caterers Deddington set about trying to rescue themselves from relegation. Typically Stu produced more movement and variation than Webbys hips at Moo Moos nightclub dance floor (what an image!) and was virtually unplayable ably assisted by Robbers dog Rob who bowled with pace and aggression.
With the falling of 2 cheap wickets and Britwell struggling to come to terms with the pace of the wicket after 20 overs they were progressing at 2 an over but importantly had the prolific McConkey and in form Slater set and looking dangerous. With runs previously hard to come by McConkey started to unleash hitting a series of boundaries dragging the required run rate back to a realistic 4.5 an over. With part time bowlers Nial and Ben asked to get through 4 overs each and contain, McConkey and Slater saw this as their opportunity to strike, however Nial dislodged McConkeys bails and he was dismissed for 34. With the run rate rising Britwells hopes lay with Slater who batted with stout defence sprinkled with some fearsome straight hits and gap hitting. When he was accounted for by Rammy for a well compiled 65 the floodgates opened and Rammy helped himself to 5 wickets and Rotweiller Rob ended the game by bowling Britwells last man ensuring a 43 run victory for the Horse and Ox men. Many thanks to Steve and prodigal son George who did not get a bat or bowl but performed with true spirit and enthusiasm in the field with no complaints of lack of action which is typical of this family who have strong roots and talent in the game, thanks chaps! Thanks also to Harry once again for scoring however he did vacate his position at drinks momentarily about the time Ollies crutch must have been adjusted????
Many thanks to our visitors and umpires who played their part in a great game and we wish them well for next season. With our much vaunted three pronged bowling attack and some good containing bowling by Ben and Nial supported by a solid fielding effort Deddington had a good day in the field and now find themselves tantilisingly close to not receiving the wooden spoon and maybe survival in Div 4. As it stands Britwell are now only 3 points ahead of us but with no games left. This means Deddington now require 4 points out of a possible 30 against Kilkenny next week, In other words if we win or lose but don’t get thrashed we stand a good chance of hopefully staying up!