Freeland v Deddington 3rd August 2020
On a warm and sunny day heralding in August, things looked fair for Deddington’s second game in the revised Telegraph Cup away at Freeland. With two debutants in Will Gilbert and Paul Lazenbury, the team had a fresh look, but it was seasoned opening bowlers, Stu Leece and Rob Barton who gave Deddy a good start, with some tight bowling and on a pitch of variable bounce. Catching practice however might have been a useful addition to our practice sessions, as Freeland could have lost wickets faster than they did. Acceleration with Some clean hitting from Tom Lay got the run-rate going, but wickets fell frequently, with Paul Lazenbury taking regular wickets In a fine display of off-spin bowling, ending with excellent figures of 4 for 20 in his eight overs, bowling to the distinctly sticky end of the wicket. Rob Barton returned a similarly impressive 3 for 24, collecting some late wickets in his second spell. Finishing on 164, this gave Deddington with a ‘getable’ target, despite the variable bounce evident at both the damp and dry ends of the wicket of contrasts.
The innings started inauspiciously, with Welch falling LBW on ball 3. Niall Murphy and Simon Oldfield restored some control, but after Murphy fell, further quick wickets meant that by half-way, Deddy had fallen behind the required run-rate. However, all was not lost and a good 5th wicket stand by Lazenbury and Oldfield renewed optimism, as runs began to come more rapidly. Oldfield finally fell to a neat stumping on 45 and despite a valiant effort, Lazenbury rapidly ran out of partners, before falling on his sword going for another big strike. Resistance was over and the innings finished some 40 runs light, with a couple of overs left. Complimentary sausages and chips at the neighbouring pub, were some consolation for the defeat, but I think everyone would have preferred 30 points.( that’s points not pints!)