Well, as anticipated, May has started and the rain has come! The unpredictable British weather is just so predictable.
Anyway nets have been cold, but dry during April and numbers have been encouragingly high to all sessions. Rob Barton has the current bowling machine record of 80mph and who would have guessed that Adey is the most sadistic, when it comes to feeding the machine balls at unsuspecting batters?
Saturday May 1st saw a competitive warm-up game between two even teams. It was a shame that the dreaded quick single did for the quad muscle of impressive newcomer Sam Smith (no, not that one) so his League debut is going to have to be delayed by a week or so, but it was great to see Rammy back mesmerising batsmen; our very own Ravi Ashwin.
Sunday 2nd May saw the women started their season with two emphatic wins while hosting Oxenford and Freeland in a Super 8s triple-header.
In their first game game of competitive cricket Oxenford won the toss and elected to field. Deddington put on a strong batting performance to post a net score of 297, losing only 3 wickets. They then showed their experience with a professional bowling perfomance that saw Oxenford held to a net score of 222 with Deddington having taken 7 wickets.
In the second game of the day for Deddington we won the toss and elected to field. More tight bowling saw Freeland limited to a net score of 238, having lost 4 wickets. This total was chased down quickly by Deddington, but the format of this competition means both teams always face the full allowance of overs. Deddington utilised this to post a net score of 264.
The two highlights of the day for the ladies have been picked out as a glorious cover drive by Georgia Adams and an extremely sharp catch taken by wicket keeper Caz Ward from a well hit hook shot.
Congratulations to the ladies. No pressure chaps! New players and returning ones have strengthened the side considerably which bodes well for the Summer ahead. Regarding the Women’s section, David Webb does a fantastic job organising, coaching and running the team, all from his Taunton base. He could really do with some help in two areas, first running net sessions on Friday evenings, so that he does not have to dash up the M5 as soon as he finishes work every week and second, helping out on Sundays to run games, or umpire at least some of the time. If anyone is willing to help with this, if only occasionally, please contact Webby. This will also make it easier for him to play on Saturdays, so the Cherwell teams benefit as well, yes, I meant to say benefit!