The Worms that Turned

DCC 1’s vs. Chadlington, OCA Div. 4 20th July 2018.

A humid day at the Windmill saw Deddington, still searching for their first league win of the season taking on Chadlington with no less than three Father and Son combos in their ranks. We think Skipper Roberts Jnr lost the toss and we were therefore inserted, with the ground damp and the air heavy we were expecting the new cherry to “do a bit”.

Chad’s bowlers started well, bowling a tight line on a low pitch it was difficult to get the ball away, but our opening pair of Oldfield Snr and Roberts Jnr stood firm for longer than the norm for DCC, albeit without troubling the scorers too frequently (they would be troubled a little more later on in the proceedings). After around 12 overs Ollie’s eyes lit up at what he thought was a fuller delivery, only to play over the top of it and get castled for 9. Next man up was middle Welch (Snr and Jnr Welch’s having retired or transferred respectively), Jack played well on the back foot, and despite not being troubled could not get the ball off the square. With the score just shy of 40 after nearly 20 overs. Simon at the other end began to play a little more expansively but then holed out for 24.


Next the first of the “Engine Room” batsmen arrived at the crease, unfortunately Dave Victor stalled on just 3, and we were 45-3. Next came Rich, and despite roaring into life with a perfectly timed cover drive for four couldn’t get beyond third gear for the rest of the afternoon. Jack perished next for a battling 11 bringing Roberts Snr to the crease. Having witnessed the urgency increasing just a tad he set his stall out before even taking guard, announcing to Rich very clearly “no quick singles”. Rich duly obliged, making Joe run several sharp twos instead as the scoring rate accelerated to nearly 3 an over. Joe was clearly enjoying the adrenaline pumping from taking on the field a little too much, when Rich clipped the ball almost straight to square leg he hurtled downhill from the Hempton Road end, but with Rich on his heels still almost stood on his own stumps he merely curved 90 degrees left and headed back towards the pavilion, run out by around 20 yards.

Oldfield Jnr next, played a few lusty blows before being caught out just into double figures brought Barton Snr to the crease. Eager to get in on the act, Rob again charged up the wicket as Rich clipped one direct to square again, and again Rich back on his heels could go nowhere Rob was run out without facing for a Platinum Duck – met on his walk back to the pavilion by Barton Jnr, he was told clearly “never a run there Dad”. Rich finally holed out for 23 having decided that running anyone else out would have been bad form leaving Elliot to nurse the tail whilst playing one of the shots of the day with an off-drive for four before being unluckily judged LBW by one that clipped the top of his thigh pad, this after Richard Plumbe was bowled for a duck leaving Derek high and dry on 1 not out. 115 was maybe 20 shy of a good score, but at least it had us in the game.

We started well after tea, skipper Ollie urging his fielders to give their all to give us a fighting chance, with Richard Plumbe keeping it tight from the top end whilst Dave Victor opened up the hill. An early mis-field from Roberts Snr earning him a public dressing down from his captain, whilst a similar mistake a few overs later from another fielder merely resulted in an “unlucky mate” from the skipper. Parents in the field all noted this inconsistency with a raised eyebrow and a knowing smile….

Dave took the first wicket, bowling the younger of the openers who seemed keen to get on with the chase, before Rob Barton took over from the top end and kept it very tight, but with a few chances dropping just inches in front of fielders, we didn’t find the second breakthough early enough. Credit to the batsmen who knew that by occupying the crease for long enough would probably bring victory. Eventually it was Rich at mid-off catching a firm drive off Simon’s teasing off spin, after Ollie had encouraged the batsman to at least try and play an attacking shot, but with less than 40 required when the second wicket was finally claimed it was a little too late.

Batsman Hunt arrived at the crease and quickly got into his stride finding the boundary several times, including smearing one maximum directly through the scorebox window much to the consternation of both scorers, bring the total to within striking distance. There was still time for Elliot to show his Dad how to take a wicket by finally dismissing the opener Lambert for 37 with a beauty that just pegged back the off stump, but a couple more blows from Hunt and it was in the bag for Chadlington with a bit to spare.

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