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Charlbury

22 June 2019 - Home

1st XI Cherwell Div 4 fixture.

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Charlbury "forgot about Dre"

A groundsman’s nightmare week in terms of weather led up to match day 7 at the Mills forcing the home side to export a pitch straight from a 5th day at Karachi, even with high importation duty the club still found a way to fund Lefort’s injections, making the seamer available for duty although the paceman was not himself having campaigned in vain along with Cockroft, Madden & Burney for alternative Irish importation options.
Burney used his double headed coin again at the toss and on a day that even Garrett would describe as a single jumper day the home side opted to bat first.
Runs flowed at the start for the Mills, young and upcoming Morgan from the 2nd XI partnered Burney as the pair put on 26 for the first wicket in good time before the in-form skipper was bowled by Geeson-Brown for a brisk 11. With the Charlbury bowlers now finding their rhythm the scoring slowed a touch until Morgan (15) was bowled by the impressive Godfrey. Hare then departed with no further score being added, nicking behind for 3 off Liyanarachchi in a bizarre show of sportsmanship which self-confessed “McEnroe” Mayho had no time for, rumours are that Hare wanted to use the time to get a tan so that he blend in with the locals on his upcoming trip to Barcelona. At 39-3 the home side found themselves in a precarious situation, Dove and Mayho rebuilt, watchfully at first then latterly with more fluency, Dove working the ball around well and Mayho now beginning to find the boundary at will, something reminiscent of his form in the 1978 season. The partnership broke prematurely though, Dove, keen on having a leg spin option at the Mills presented his wicket to the newly introduced Sinton for 5. With the Mills keen on losing wickets in clusters, Mayho fell, caught off the wily Liyanarachchi for 24 and then Lefort falling on the same score, mistaking his innings for bowling warm ups, although the finance savvy at the club will have appreciated a perfectly executed hip flexor stretch off the bowling of Sinton, removing the lefty for 0. With the score now 74-6 and the tail exposed, Charlbury looked well on top. Little did they know the best batsman at the club was out there facing them, his years of experience, thousands of Cherwell runs and an infamous square cut was made for the situation, the man with the simple but effective name somewhat reminiscent of his approach to batting, of course we’re talking about Dre Madden here, who was also joined by a “fella” named Claridge…
The two, after some initial scares built watchfully, an evidently tough wicket to time from the off, just like Pakistan cricket board had promised.
They both found their timing though, playing some impressive back foot strokes along the way, with the pair seeing off the spin attack of the away side.
It was the re-introduction of the seamer, Godfrey that would break the partnership, removing Claridge for 11. With the introduction of Kelly, the homes fans were expecting the rate to pick up to at least 6 an over although even, run a ball Kelly struggled from the off although he had Dre Madden in full flow at the other end. The pair put on a momentum changing 21 before Kelly was caught off Godfrey for 9. Cockroft joined Madden and was the only batsman to find timing from the off, hitting a couple of blows before being caught, again off the bowling of Godfrey. Genuine number 11, Tilley was at sticks, senior batsman, Madden even entrusted Tilley with the strike, with the pair hitting some boundaries to end the innings on 135-9, which would later be added to by 5 penalty runs.
The Mills men didn’t have to wait long to make a breakthrough, Dre Madden trapping Shah LBW for 6 and then soon after Rump also for 0. Lefort joined the part the other end bowling Geeson-Brown with a superb Yorker first ball, a terrific start by the Mills men who had the travelling side 13-3. An injury to all-rounder Madden forced an early introduction of Burney. The Charlbury side were now building nicely whilst surviving the odd scare. It would take the introduction of Kelly to break the partnership, bowling captain Nash. Lefort doubled his days tally, bowling new batsman Jenkins who was one of the 5 Charlbury players to not trouble the scorers. Liyanarachchi never really got in, getting caught behind off the bowling of Kelly, the batsman would effectively end the day on -1 after being hit with a 5 run penalty for poor discipline, Mayho was quoted after the game as “disappointed, I am allowed to go up and make nicking noises when the ball goes past the bat and I don’t think there is anything wrong with threatening the umpire to give the batsman out, its just part of the game”. Hopes of a Charlbury fight back were quelled when Nutt was run out thanks to some sharp work between Hare and Lefort and Sinton was trapped in front by Kelly , leaving the side 51-8. With such a small score on the board though the home side couldn’t relax, it was only when the impressive Cockroft broke through to remove the in-form looking Warner-Carter for 29 that the home side could really feel confident about the win, it was confirmed when Tilley bowled Godfrey for 5 bowling the away side out for 74.

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