By Chris Rose
Deddington travelled to Dorchester-on Thames on a hot & sunny Saturday & skipper Shadbolt opted to bat first upon winning the toss. Deddington’s youthful top order rattled along at 4 an over from the off, but it came at the cost of regular wickets. Niall Bletchley was unluckily pinged for LBW despite an inside edge. Opening partner Ben Lewis anchored the innings with a fine 48, ably supported by Ollie Roberts & Adi Bletchley, but Dorchester’s Thom Airs bowled with pace & swing to remove the rest of the middle order cheaply for a 5-fer, leaving Dedington’s tail exposed. However, the tail wagged, infuriating the Dorchester bowlers, including a monstrous 6 from Stuart Leece over square leg & some fine hitting by Rob Preston & Dave Barnhill. All told, they scraped Deddington to 157 all out, with time for 8 overs before tea.
Dorchester’s openers promptly came out with intent and clearly fancied the target all by themselves, but they created several sharp catching chances early on that Deddington couldn’t hold onto. At tea, Dorchester were already 51-0, despite some good bowling from Preston & Leece. Upon the resumption, the fine stroke play from Dorchester continued, until Rob Prestons effort ball found the edge of Redhead to be well caught by Ollie Roberts behind the stumps. The dangerous Sharman remained though, and despite skipper Shadbolts efforts to rotate the bowling attack and adjust the field, he soon found himself in the 90s. There, the sniff of glory proved to much, and 4 successive heaved attempts to try & clinch a ton with a 6 left Sharman being bowled by the skipper, to his huge frustration. The damage was done, though, and with only 6 runs remaining the inevitable happened and Rose was brought on to bowl only Deddington’s 2nd maiden of the innings. This proved merely to delay the inevitable by two overs though, and Dorchester came out the winers by 6 wickets, with Deddington’s lack of batting firepower proving their downfall.
On another day with some extra runs and more luck in the field, it could have been Deddington’s day in the sun. Sadly, the bowlers didn’t get their rewards on the day, but the spirit showed by an inexperienced 1st team showcased some of the promising talent in the club