Match Report

Tiddington 2nds

6 July 2019 - Home

1st XI Cherwell Div 4 fixture.

Match kindly sponsored by Bower & Bailey

Mills come out on top

Match day 9 saw the Mills take on an unbeaten Tiddington side at Newland. With mild weather forecast Mills were bolstered by the availability of their seam attack, refreshed after a week of cold weather training and positive visualisation techniques, involving looking at green uncovered pitches, holding a new ball and being shown pictures of the all stars waiting to bat.
Burney lost the toss on what looked like another Karachi import, Davis seemed to reluctantly opt to bowl first.
Hare and Burney continued their partnership at the top after last week and got off to a watchful but good start repelling the impressive Hurley who had a spring in his step after his 5-8 the previous week. With the score on 16 it was Hurley who made the breakthrough, trapping Hare LBW for 6, the Mills opener evidently didn’t have his shoelaces tied up as he fell over trying to whip one through mid-wicket. The promoted Delport came in at three, now a Witney local the South African import seemed a little tired with a reported 10 hour commute into work and a night time addiction to his new TV, he was quoted this week describing how “crisp” the picture was after he counted every blade of green grass when borrowing the bowling visualisation DVD from Madden and Lefort. Delport didn’t last long as he received another impressive delivery from Hurley, bowling the in from batsman for 0. Garrett, who was back to wearing his usual 5 jumpers came out at 4. The pair built well, striking some boundaries to relax the nerves of the home fan although the distinctive sound of Tiddington yelps of glee came when Hurley clean bowled Burney, clipping the Skipper’s off stump for an ever brisk 31.
With the score now 43-3, the pressure was firmly on the home side although the pair at the crease didn’t show any signs of this being the case though, watchfully pushing the home side past 50 and beyond.
With Tiddington changing the bowling, Garrett & Mayho pushed on, hitting regular boundaries and pushing the home side past 100. The local fan seemed to relax further when Garrett hit Davis for a huge 40 yard six to the square leg boundary, Garrett, not liking the complacency of the fan or the idea of getting into the 40s on such a warm day was bowled the next delivery by Davis for 30. Dove and Mayho then began to re-build once again, Mayho continued to hit boundaries while Dove fed the in-flow wicketkeeper batsman the strike. With Mayho now past 50 and the score 170-4 the two pushed on the accelerator, passing 200 and the 100 partnership. Mayho had now moved into the nervous 90s, having been at the crease for 2 hours and running at least 2 3’s in his innings the need for a cigarette outweighed the batsman’s desire to reach 100, the batsman though was dropped on both attempts to end his innings. With the batsman feeling confident and being such a keen runner, he would eventually get to his 100 taking a single to the bowler, a marvellous effort from the player and a performance reminiscent of his form in the 1928 season.
Mayho though has complained to the club and the league claiming human rights violations after being without a cigarette for so long, this coming in the same season the keeper campaigned for the game format to be changed to a super over.
The centurion would then be removed shortly after, bowled by Davis for 116.
Dre Madden also fell the same way when he “just tried to push a single” with his head skyward for 1.
Dove now took on the role of finding boundaries to push the Mills score on although the player did seem to gesture over to the scorers to ensure they had their red pens with them.
Tilley selflessly tried to push the game on further although was caught last ball off the impressive Hurley, finishing the Mills’ innings on 240-7. Dove finished on 43 not out a good effort which would later earn the player local celebrity status and access to party with fellow Z listers.

With the Mills job only half done, the opening pair of Dre Madden and Lefort struggled initially to find their straps, struggling with the swing of the ball. The adjustment period wouldn’t take long though with Lefort breaking through Shrimpton for 0. Partner Madden then followed it up by clean bowling Elliot with a superb ball seaming in to take the batsman’s leg stump after pitching on off stump for 0 also. Tiddington briefly settled, Higgs finding the boundary and Davis showing good intent also. It didn’t last long as Lefort made the big breakthrough and removed Davis, caught superbly behind by Hare for 5, a quality bit of cricket from all involved. When Higgs was caught behind for 11 off Dre Madden and visual storyteller Tilley gave an inspirational speech, the Mills men smelt blood. Lefort clean bowled Weeks and then Cashman very next ball to give him a hattrick ball which very nearly found its was castling into the stumps. Lefort though would go onto complete his 5 for and Madden would claim a couple more to leave Tiddington 38-9. With the club unable to afford any more injections, Lefort was forced off, saved for another day. The introduction of Garrett brought instant reward, clean bowling Hurley off his first legitimate delivery leaving the away side bowled out for 41.

Lefort finished with figure of 5-18 and Madden, 4-14, according to the archives (Joe) the shortest innings (balls) in history at Newland, 14.2 overs.
The game also brought up Lefort’s 400th Cherwell wicket, an outstanding achievement, Kelly commented after the game “it’s a good effort, but he gets to bowl every week, if I opened the bowling…”
Mayho also confirmed he is now on a one-week strike, with the club now investing any spare “get the game on” funds into R&D for the Mayho helmet cigarette holder.

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