On what was a lovely day for cricket, Wayne standing in as captain lost the toss and we were put into bat. After a slow but positive start from Jack Welch and Niall Murphy, who finally was available for a game, 45 was on the board from the opening pair until Niall holed out going for a big shot. He was quickly followed by his partner Welch who got bowled after also trying to hit the ball into the tennis courts. This left Matt Carpenter and the skipper at the crease to build on that start. Wayne being the ever-aggressive cricketer he is made a good start until he decided to “aim” for a Cropredy fielders’ finger.
Having been clearly traumatised by such an experience Wayne was unsure what to do with the ball of the century that soon came down to him, bowling him on the second bounce whilst, according to Matt, Wayne was probably closer to the square leg umpire than he was the stumps.
After that wickets fell regularly for Deddington with Matt holding the fort up at one end and quickly running out of partners as he looked to add to his score. That was until the steady hand of Jonathan Watts came in and was able to last with Matt to build a partnership and help Matt through to what was a magnificent 50. Deddington finished the innings with 149-9, a respectable total which they believed they could defend.
Deddington started the defence of their score strongly. With Rob and Mo bowling a tight line and some electric fielding across the board. Rob removed one of the openers early and Deddy felt they were right in the game. However, it was from this point that the Cropredy batters started to take over. Both Beecroft and Stearn started to up the rate leaving Cropredy at 80-1 and seemingly in cruise control.
Jonathan once again came to Deddington’s rescue removing Stearn who picked Niall out in the field. Needing another breakthrough, Wayne returned to his opening pair with Rob removing Beecroft for an amazing 46 and then a few overs later taking a spectacular catch off the bowling of Josh Phillips.
Needing extra overs from across the field Niall was given the ball and dropped three times in the one over, special shout out to Matt and Chris Blackburn for that. But Niall was still able to find 2 wickets himself to keep Deddington in the game.
However, it was not enough as Cropredy needed few runs to see off the game and in the 39th over they finally reached the total. It was a tremendous effort from the team to make it such a close game and the team can feel happy with some of the positives to take away from the game with some good performances around the team with bat and ball that can be taken forward for the rest of the season.
Man of the Match – Matt Carpenter for his knock with the bat
Jedi Moment – Rob Barton for his tremendous catch
Dunce of the Day – Chris Blackburn for his back-to-back dropped catches
Also special thanks to Webby for umpiring.