Week one of the Cherwell League. Rain enforced the home game for the Seconds to be called-off, but the Firsts were lucky to be playing Wolvercote III at a ground near Radley and the rain stopped mid-morning enabling a 25 over game to start at 3.30pm. Batting first, Niall Murphy and newcomer Paul Smith made a good start and after 10 overs increased the scoring tempo. They continued to accelerate the score until Paul fell for a well crafted 27. Niall continued, reaching 60 before falling, hitting out. Quick runs were added in the final overs by Rich Munro, the Victor brothers and Alex Bull, with Deddington ending on 130 for 5. In response Wolvercote started slowly, finding the persistent accuracy of Stu (Jimmy Anderson) Leece and bounce of Alex Bull difficult to handle. A fine caught and bowled by Stu also slowed their reply. Stu’s 5 overs went for a miserly 11 runs, meaning that they were off the required rate when Rob B and Simon O took over. Only opener Dan Crouch and youngster Tom Ackerman put on any sort of partnership, but with Rob B putting a squeeze on runs again, going for only 3 runs an over in his spell, Paul Smith was able to collect 4 wickets, as Wolvercote tried to accelerate the score, needing 10 runs an over in the last 5. Two run outs and a perfect yorker from Alex Bull returning ended any resistance, with Wolvercote finishing 18 runs short.Well done to Wolvercote for getting the game played and to the Deddington side for a fine win.
On Sunday the ladies also made it 4 from 4 in their second Super 8s tri-team mini-tournament with a brace of wins. Fielding first in both games some very consistent bowling and sharp fielding saw Eynsham held to a net score of 235 and then Oxenford held to a net score of 237. Deddington taking a total of 9 wickets across the two games. The batting responses saw Deddington reach the required totals for victory very quickly and due to the format of this competition go on to post a net score of 274 against Eynsham and 300 against Oxenford, losing a total of only 4 wickets across the two games.
Well done ladies!