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1st XI Cherwell Div 4 fixture.

Match kindly sponsored by Subway

Brackley Wirth the points

The Subway game of the day saw table toppers Brackley travel to Newlands to take on third placed Witney Mills, with the teams only separated alphabetically.
Skipper Burney made it three from three at the toss and chose to bat on what looked to be a fine track on a warm day.
The Mills team bus was late arriving to the ground with traffic caused by a capacity crowd, with spectators coming for the wit and fine wine of Tilley, there was a major exodus when the team sheet showed Tilley to be in the eleven, described as “a real shock” and “a tremendous loss” by fans.
Smith & Goddard opened for Brackley hitting their spots well with the new ball. Hare & Burney found it difficult early on. With Burney displaying some “culture” Mills pushed the score past 50 before Brackley starting changing their bowling, Burney continued to play by numbers, unwilling to push more than 3 dot balls back before freeing the arms against the Brackley spinners. At the other end Hare showed patience and judgement before joining in with the power hitting, putting Cartwright into the road. Drinks came with all 10 Witney wickets in hand and the score on 102.
The juice would go to the Mills’ heads though, Hare caught behind off Lowe for 31 and Burney ignoring his own advice as usual and gaving his wicket away the next over, caught off Cartwright for 66. Garrett was going well at one end with Dove struggling to find rhythm against a disciplined bowling attack, getting caught for two off the impressive Rowland with the help of Cartwright’s go-go arm. Garrett soon followed, hitting out to long off, gone for 35 off the bowling of Rowland. Lefort joined Tilley as they carefully re-built the innings, rolling back the years Tilley brought his fans back to Newlands with some fantastic inside out drives over cover. Lefort tried to push the scoring rate, advancing to Rowland, although missed out as Cartwright number 12 smartly removed the bails to dismiss Lefort for 12. Tilley followed for 30, caught by Cartwright number 5, also off the bowling of Rowland. Cockroft came and went failing to take his health and safety bowling from previous weeks into his free swinging bat, giving the original Cartwright his first of the day. Madden Dre Russell made sure Mills got over the 200 mark with an almost chanceless 10.
With Mills recently releasing a statement regarding bringing through their youngsters, Kelly & Lefort opened the bowling. The in form Writh & Carpenter had a mixed start, playing and missing at a few Lefort balls and Wirth giving a chance in Kelly’s first over, with the Mills paparazzi not ready to shoot the moment Delport decided not to take the chance, hoping a “Nikon moment” one handed stunner would soon follow… the chances would come, but only to the capacity crowd, Wirth leading the way, hitting what felt like almost everything to the boundary. The in-form Wirth powered past 50 and on to 100 in no time. Mills changed up the bowling but with no luck. Carpenter also joined in with the hitting, passing his 50. The impressive Brackley side romped to victory in the 23rd over. Concerned by the number of balls lost, club captain, Dove, has had his lost ball search take him to Portugal while Lefort has been booked into mental corrective institute with PTSD, triggered when being introduced to an Adam later that evening.
Following the loss, skipper Burney has called for an hourly crisis meeting ahead of Saturday’s clash with Bletchley. Quoted after the game as a “bitter one”, the skipper also spoke highly about his side, “a great group of lads who stuck together until the end” and “is really excited to develop over the next 9 weeks and get some pay back” when speaking about the reverse fixture.
With this defeat and Benchgate falling in the same week, it’s been a tough and emotional week for the Mills men. They will travel to Bletchley next week revitalised by the inclusion of Haselgrove who has now finished driving around Great and Little Tew.

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