He Who Daires Rodney…
DCC vs. Hailey, OCA Div.4 16th May
Skippering The Deddies for the first time Sam Shadbolt was successful in his second duty of the afternoon in winning the toss and elected to bat first on a bright and breezy afternoon at the Windmill. He failed miserably in his first which was to set an example to his team, whilst his ten troops for the day were immaculately presented in pressed whites, the captain’s own attire was sporting more creases than an elephant’s scrotum†.
Beginning brightly thanks to a couple of well-timed blows from Ollie Redford, Deddington then lost wickets regularly with Daire Dowling’s elegantly biffed 41 from 34 balls the only innings of note for the home side. A couple of lusty blows from Stu Leece near the end just failing to get him past extras and the innings’ second top score. Patient batting from Adrian Bletchley and then Simon Oldfield was ultimately in vain, and the skipper’s afternoon got no better pushing hard at a wide one and snicking behind for another entry to the Primary Club. Ivo Macfarlane also fell to a feather behind and in sporting DCC tradition walked despite the umpire failing to adjudge him caught at the wicket. The first innings ended on exactly 100 with only two scores plus extras in double figures.
The defence of a modest total began promisingly with the visitors reduced to 20-2, Shadbolt removing Tinson with a booming inswinger and Stu Leece almost flattening off-stump with a beauty that held its line in the corridor, beating Slatter all ends up as it re-arranged his furniture. After this initial success for the home side, Hailey batted with composure to chase down the total with relative ease, helped by some comedy fielding from Deddington including overthrows on at least three occasions, and then Daire dropping a skier from his own bowling. One notable exception to the distinctly average performance in the field was Simon clinging on to a stinger in the covers from a Redford half-tracker, and then against the odds another when Daire completed his MOM display thanks to a very sharp take from Ivo Macfarlane square of the wicket. Both these catches were in vain and Hailey ran out comfortable winners, leaving the home side an opportunity for some much needed fielding practice with a pre-6pm finish.
Needless to say this opportunity was quickly declined as we scarpered for the Unicorn as fast as we could to vote on the Fantasy Cricket points and take on some much needed refreshments.
† Despite an extensive Google search the Elephants nether regions were the only metaphor for a thing with many creases, apologies on behalf of the author for any offence caused.