Deddington 2 v Shipton Under Wychwood 4 – 7th August 2021
I have played village cricket for over 50 years so nothing surprises me.
Deddington 2 are 90 all out in 35.5 overs with only two recognized bowlers in the team.
I sit having my tea contemplating the second innings. I had done my research and noted Shipton had been all out for below 90 on a few occasions this season. I concluded that a total of 90 gave us a chance as any boundary had to be well hit on a well grassed and soft outfield.
Deddie’s innings was built around a partnership of 45 for the second wicket between Webby and Ade. It was only broken when Webby took a drink on the 20 over mark. He claimed it was water but his bat was clearly under the influence when it was nowhere near the first ball after the resumption followed by the shattering of the stumps
The only other significant contribution to the batting was from the next man in, Mo, whose lusty blows deserved more runs. He and Ade pushed the score to 68 before he departed. Ade was next out with a top score of 28 and the total on 77.
The remainder of the team then gave a very good impression of the “domino effect”. It was only our 12th man, E. X. Tras, who contributed what was to be a very significant 23 runs to give Deddie its final total.
Responsibility then passed to Deddie’s bowlers, Mo and Josh. I wouldn’t say they stepped up to the mark (Mo was more rushing and Josh more ambling), they surpassed it. As important was the support they received from the rest of the team in their catching and fielding.
Shipton’s wickets fell at regular intervals with no one able to form a partnership. Good catches were taken in the outfield by Joe and Josh. Webby remained under whatever influence he had drunk by taking two sharp catches and a stumping.
Mo and Josh were the perfect combination, Mo’s pace contrasting to the loop and spin of Josh’s deliveries. It was a competition as to who would take the more wickets and, no Alan, I haven’t forgotten your winning catch off a steepling mishit which deprived Mo of his fifer and gave Josh his sixth wicket. They finished on 11 overs, no maidens, 32 for 4 (Mo) and 10.3 overs, 2 maidens, 34 for 6 (Josh) to seal a memorable victory by 22 runs.
Thanks to our umpire, Jonathan, who only raised his finger once in Deddie’s innings. The Club will accept no liability for the trolling received from your victim, Alan, for his first ball LBW…..
Author – Andy Cork