Witney Mills 3 v Deddington 2 

Saturday 4 June 2022 

The Seconds will slot this game into the “what could have been” category 

It was raining when the team arrived at Freeland CC’s ground (Witney Mills 3’s home). However, the cricket gods smiled and chased the gloom away to allow a full 40 over game to be played. 

Deddington 2 comprised a promising bowling attack and it was encouraging to find Witney Mills 3 batting first after our skipper, D Webb Esq., won the toss. I suspect that was a first? 

Our bowlers soon set about the oppo. The openers, Mo and Cat, combined well and, interestingly, Cat seemed to get as much bounce from her slow spin as Mo did from his more “energetic” deliveries. None of the top 8 batters managed to pass 20 as wickets fell regularly. The introduction of Tahir into the attack added to the pressure on Witney and he finished with excellent figures of 8-1-3-19. 

Early half chances were later compensated by some excellent catches, in the field, by Mo and Caz and 2 behind the stumps by the skipper after he had found where to stand to receive Tahir’s bombshells. The first chance he received managed to pass the gloves and strike his injured ribs before spilling to the ground. Double the pain! 

At 122 for 8, it looked like Deddie could restrict Witney to a reachable total. However, their no. 9, Ollie Morgan, heaved some 4’s over the last few overs before the final wicket fell off the final ball of the 40th over with 163 reached. The first time Deddie had bowled the oppo out this season with every bowler getting one wicket at least. 

The author will gloss over Deddie’s reply!

Suffice to say only batters no.9 (Richard Holmes) and no.10 (Caz Ward) could spell the word partnership. The blushes of those that preceded them were reddened when they put on 23 for the ninth wicket. Richard topscored with 11 (was that a first?, Richard will let us know next week if he has topscored before) with Caz second highest with 7 including a 4 off one of Witney’s openers in his second spell that was timed to perfection. 

The agony finished in the 34th over on a total of 73. The first time Deddie has been all out this season. A disappointing finish to a winnable game. 

Awards 

Man of the Match 

Tahir – bowling to die for (eh skip?) 

Jedi 

Caz – a classy four 

Dunce 

Josh – for driving past Freeland’s entrance at least four times despite Wayne waving at you. Wait, hold the press Josh has appealed on the basis that any team member would drive by if Wayne was waving at you. Does the Fantasy League have a tribunal? 

Andy Cork 

7 June 2022

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