Charlbury CC 3rd XI v Deddington CC 2nd XI
Well the summer finally arrived and Deddington 2nd XI were primed and ready after a close game against Cropredy CC 4’s the week before and we were looking forward to playing at Charlbury cricket club’s beautiful ground, in the heart of the picturesque Cotswolds countryside, with perfect cricket conditions.
Joe Roberts was back as captain after injury and immediately made an impact by winning the toss and electing to bat first. Simon Oldfield and Adey Bletchley opening the batting made a good solid start to the Deddington Innings, however Adey was caught out for 7 off the bowling of Charlbury’s Paul ‘PJ’ Jenkins. Next to the crease was Biz Neog who had been promoted to Nos 3 after his previous couple of weeks positive batting performances. Biz batted around Simon who by now had his eye in and was batting with the confidence of a player who had just reached the 1,000 runs for DCC landmark (well done Simon!). Unfortunately Biz was caught out for 6 by the bowling of the opening bowler Paul Jenkins.
Joe Roberts came in at four to help Simon steady the DCC ship and together they put on a partnership of 31 runs to see off the openers. Just as Joe had got his eye in and tried to sweep a ball going down leg, he unfortunately ‘toed’ the ball with his bat and was unlucky to put so much spin on the ball it came back in at 90 degrees and hit the bottom of his stumps and knocked one bail off, so he was back in the hutch for 12, bowled Fitzgerald. Suddenly DCC were 60 for 3, but with wickets in hand and plenty of batting talent to come. In walks Cat Williamson who had been in great form for both DCC Seconds and Ladies teams since the start of the season. Cat’s no nonsense style was the perfect tonic we needed to up the run rate and get some runs on the board. With this in mind Cat duly obliged by smashing a quick fire 35 runs, with three beautifully controlled pull shots in one over, only to be given LBW after Simon had been bowled by Martyn Scull, however by this time DCC had 120 runs on the board and this was starting to look like a very defendable total. The partnership between Cat & Simon of 55 set a platform for Jonathan Watts to come out and set about the Charlbury change bowlers plus help Sam Hallett settle in on his DCC debut. They put on a much needed 36 runs between them with Sam scoring a very respectable 13 runs on his debut. Next Mo Numaan came in for the last few overs remaining and helped Jonathan put on an additional 12 runs with Jonathan finishing 28 not out and DCC a total to defend of 168 runs.
Charlbury’s openers Georgia Brown and Mark Florey came out and set about their task slowly and methodically with their opening partnership not broken until they had put on 102 runs with Simon Oldfield bowling Georgia Brown for 41. DCC then took a quick wicket when Tim Bush was caught brilliantly by Josh Philips also on his DCC debut, off Simon Oldfield. DCC were back in the wickets when Martyn Scull was run out superbly by a throw from Derek Boughton and a stumping by Cat Williamson, suddenly there was a chink of light, could DCC still win this game? Unfortunately not, Lauren Smith came in and put on a partnership of 19 with the opener Mark Florey but was then given LBW off Jonathan Watts for 9 and Mark Fitzgerald added 13 to see Charlbury over the line with four overs to spare and win the game by 6 wickets. The game was played in a great spirit by both teams. The positives for DCC from this game were, we have posted two 150 plus scores two weeks in succession (we haven’t done this for a couple seasons) plus we had debuts from new boys Josh Phillips and Samuel Hallett who both made their mark in the game and will have long DCC careers ahead of them. We will keep working hard in the nets to get that win soon and we go again next week at home to Fringford 1st XI.