DCC II’s vs Sunnungwell II’s, Osberton Radiators Cup, Windmill Sat 27th May 2017
Saturday 27th May saw the 9 of Deddington 2s , including 3 debutants, play host to the 9 of Sunningwell 2s in a 1st round cup tie. We were technically a 10 of Deddington 2s but Webby was still en route.
Skipper Ash lost the toss, again, and we were invited to bat first – a decision the Sunningwell skipper probably regretted very quickly. Jimmy McPhee hit the 1st ball of the game for 4 and Lewis Bletchley hit the 5th ball, and his 1st, over mid-wicket for 6. 13 off the over and we were off and running. The 2 lads continued to be positive and both batted very well as the 50 partnership came up in 8 overs. It all went downhill a bit from here thanks to some very good controlled bowling from Messrs Ray and Smith. New man Jonathan Watts stood firm as we fell away to 80 for 7. Dave Barnhill, with 2 ducks to his name so far in 2017, went out to join Jonathan just as Webby turned up. The 3 of them batted very sensibly and the last 2 wickets added 44, meaning we finished on 124. Not a monster score but with a strong bowling line we felt we were still in the game.
After tea we set about defending our score and from the start Sunningwell knew it was going to be tough. Dave Barnhill, with his nagging dibbly dobblers, and Adam Moody, with his little extra bit of pace and away swing, were both on the money from the start. Backed up with tight and enthusiastic fielding they restricted the score to 30 for 2, effectively4, from the first 16 overs. It was time for a change and Jimmy and Lewis now combined with the ball. Both bowled tidily, with intelligence and control. Runs continued to be hard to come and the required rate was going up. We seemed to take a wicket whenever we needed to and when Jimmy and Lewis finished their 12 over spells the game was as good as over. 97 on the board and 1 wicket standing. Dave B returned and snapped this up straight away and we marched into the 2nd round of the cup with a 27 run victory.
This was another team victory. Everybody made a valuable contribution whether with bat, ball or in the field.