DCC II vs Kidlington III, Windmill, 30th July 2016
Deddington 2nds took to the field against Kidlington who were fielding an impressive number of young players as the ‘Fateful Eight’ (the name The Magnificent Seven plus Al being rejected on copyright ground) where we were put into bat by Kidlington. Sadly two quick wickets had us concerned that tea might turn into a late lunch but with Adrian and Rob at the wicket all doubts were cast aside as a mixture of boundaries and well run singles brought up a partnership of 149 before Adrian at last began to tire and fell to a good catch. Rob was joined by Will who was judged out to an interesting trailing leg LBW after some lusty blows that brought Simon to the crease who stayed there till the 45 overs were up. In-between time Rob made his century before falling to a brilliant catch from a young lady player. Up steps Adam with Alan as last man impressed by the faith the Captain had put in him promoting him up the order. Adam scored some fine shots including a straight six that set Kidlington an impressive 245 to win.
Taking the field with only six fielders (the bowler and wicket keeper finding there own jobs to do) was an interesting challenge – but one Simon the Captain rose well to. So Kidlington started well but a plum LBW from Adam started to put the brakes on the tough run chase that Kidlington had. A prodigious number of edges all missing fielders gave more hope until the team remembered that catches win matches and so Adrian started a bid for man of the match with the first of three well taken catches – the first a brilliant diving two handed effort at square leg. Andy got a long straight one at full stretch at long off (?) before Will took a Jedi moment catch over his head while jumping like a salmon and not looking at the ball ( well I don’t when I am batting, so why do it when fielding) in the covers. This now saw Kidlington needing more than 8 an over with many talented, but slightly over awed, youngsters coming to the crease. A few more maidens pretty much took the game away from the visitors before Rob bowled the number 9 and a well fielded run out with a solid throw in from Niall (who spent most of the day sweeping all of the off side) saw the game over. Kidlington deserve credit for brining so many youngsters through but the fateful eight should live large in the club’s history.
Stats corner for a record breaking game:
Rob How – 4th highest score in DCC history, highest ever 2nd team score, first 2nd team century (previous best B Lewis 94no). Uniquely Rob has now scored a hundred without having made a fifty in a previous game.
Adrian Bletchly – 2nd highest score (best 72) in his 259th game. Now has 2614 runs, needs only 42 more to pass Mark Ryland and take 6th place.
Simon Oldfield – Deddington career best bowling figures 6-39.