Deddington I v Chadlington I July 2nd
Deddington hosted Division 7B leaders Chadlington on a hot, but unsettled day with dark clouds mixing with hot sun. Rain was forecast. Was a storm brewing?
Chadlington batted first and a confident opening pair immediately started to hit the ball hard and cleanly whenever they could. Thankfully, this was not that often thanks to fine opening spells from Stu and Rob (did I mention I got 6 wickets on Wednesday) Barton.
They were backed-up by a much better fielding display than the previous week, that helped to keep the runs in-check.
Stu made the first breakthrough, bowling in-form Angus Brown with a trademark slower ball and Manny showed-off his children’s party juggling act to catch their No.3 at square leg also off Stu.
Chadlington bat in depth however and with Rob Preston taking over from Stu from his favoured North end, it took him a while to work out the batsmen before trapping the remaining opener LBW. Rob B, coming up the hill, completed an excellent, but wicketless 12 over spell and handed over to Rammy. He and Rob P completed the job, never letting the Chadlington batsmen get on top while the rest of the side maintained a high standard in the field with good catches from Paul Smith, Sam ‘slider’ Smith and Stu taking one at full stretch after making ground at wide mid-on for his Jedi moment. Rammy did most of the damage, ending with 5 for 24 in just under 9 overs, his 25th five wicket haul for Deddington. Chadlington ended all out for 141 their lowest total of the season, was this the chance to topple the league leaders?
Well, yes, and ultimately no. It was a great chance we had given ourselves, but the batting never got going and we were unable to put together any meaningful partnerships in response apart from Paul Smith and Alex Bull, who ended top scorer on 24. The lower order tried to shut-up shop when the total looked beyond us, but they were ultimately unable to hold-out, and Chadlington were able to finish us off with 3 overs to go. So pick your cliche, a game of two halves? job half-done? Oh and the storm never came.
Player of the match: Rammy for his 5 for 24
Jedi moment: Stu’s catch
Dunce of the day: Sam Smith for jinxing Rob Preston’s wicket the ball before.