Shipton-under-Wychwood 4 v Deddington 2
After battling through the traffic chaos in Chipping Norton we arrived at Shipton-under-Wychwood’s two pitches with parking for one just about on time, with one exception you know who you are Biz! After two weeks of lovely hot weather we had a more typical English summer’s day to contend with i.e. autumn! Captain Roberts surprised us all and won the toss and asked the home team to bat. A great spell from Luke (I can’t remember last night’s match) Jones shook off his hangover and sent two batsmen back in the first over and went on to finish off with his best & almost certainly the 2nd Elevens best ever figures of 13 overs 6 for 27. Unfortunately after having our hosts in all sorts of trouble they managed to get out of jail, due mainly to an unbeaten 116 from opener Anthony Priors-Wandesforde helped by some poor fielding & catching from DCC. A total of 184 for 9 looked a challenging total even on a ground with short boundaries at either end.
After a brisk opening partnership of 19 we soon started to lose wickets, helped by a couple of dubious LBW’s from the home umpire and some very good bowling from veteran Paul Allott look- a -like Jonathan Wood. After 18 overs we were up that creek without propulsion at 40 for 8! All would seem lost, but of course in the new Cherwell League we were playing a Win Lose Draw game and option three was on albeit a 100 to 1 shot at this stage. However very sensible batting from Nine Ten Jack, messer’s Jones Numaan & Rawlings D, saw us edge closer to a very unlikely escape. When Luke skied one with about seven overs left most of us thought that was it, but the last pair still hung in there until Mo was cruelly bowled by the impressive Wood (12.1 overs 7 for 18) with just 12 balls to go, Bugger!
So we move on to week 8 still without a win but still in good spirits, and with plenty of players not available next week a hope that we can find one before September 4th!