Match Report

Charlbury

24 August 2019 - Away

1st XI Cherwell Div 4 fixture.

Garrett stars as Mills seal promotion

Game day 16 saw Mills travel to local rivals Charlbury. The lead up to the game was plagued with controversy with usual skipper Burney arriving back from his wellness retreat and finding strong rumours of a coup, headed by Dre Madden and supported by new VC applicant, Haselgrove, with the later forthcoming with his unhappiness at “not being considered as a front line spinner”. A local complaint seemed to back this story up with raised voices heard on Tuesday evening (selection meeting night) with one local in the Newland area reportedly making out “2nd teamer” and “chucker” followed by a different voice “power mad” and “not even quick”. The fall out of the power struggle was Dre Madden being dropped to the 2nd team and Haselgrove having to open the batting with Burney over his preferred partner, Hare.
The toss was won by Mills who opted to bat first on a hot day and what seemed to be a good-looking deck although one with a rich history of making scoring difficult for the batsman. Haselgrove and Burney started well, with both batsman looking in fine touch. Although pressure began to build with the scoring rate falling under 6 per over, Burney took on the role as the aggressor who was bowled playing a flamboyant drive off the bowling of Geeson-Brown for 13, the batsman later commenting that the ball did everything, quite impressive that the opener saw the ball with his head facing up to the clouds. Hare joined Haselgrove, with the later batsman looking immediately more relaxed at the crease with his new partner. Mike Gating’s unwanted child, Hare, left the ball well and squeezed every run out there to begin building the score with Haselgrove with Charlbury forced into bringing on danger man Sinton. The change brought the wicket with Hare not picking the leg spinners googly, with he ball going straight on the batsman was adjudged LBW for 7. The wicket brought Garrett to the crease with the all-rounder, passing a late fitness test, involving sitting in the changing room, applying freeze spray and a packet of pain killers. Haselgrove seemed to be increasingly comfortable at the crease, the home of his cricket before making the big money move to the Mills in 2012. Haselgrove’s flow was interrupted by the introduction of strike bowler Shah, with the seamers pace clearly too much for the opener who spooned a catch up to Godfrey when Shah’s short ball got too big for him, removed for 40. The ever punctual Mayho joined Garrett, with the pair working hard to push ones and twos pushing the score past 100. Just as Mayho started to look settled he had a ball from Rump which held in the pitch, taking a leading edge and dismissing the keeper batsman for 9. With the score 116-4 further work was required to ensure Mills had a respectable total, Dove joined Garrett who was now looking assured at the crease, ongoing injuries to both batsman reduced the amount of quick singles on offer but the pair accumulated moving close to the 150 mark. Confusion when running would be the downfall of Dove though when he was run out for 8. Big hitting Cockroft was promoted up the order to add some impetus to the innings, he and Garrett pushed up the scoring rate, Cockroft coming back from the dead having being adjudged LBW but then recalled by the Charlbury captain in a terrific display of sportsmanship, although it is no coincidence that this act of honour only came after seeing the incoming Pete Claridge sprinting out to the crease. Cockroft gave Garrett strike well, with Garrett, angered by a late Chelsea goal dispatching the last over for two huge consecutive sixes to grab a well deserved 50 and also the momentum going into the second innings.
In reply, Mills opted for Cockroft and entrust youth to use the new ball in Kelly. The pair started well, making life difficult for the Charlbury openers who were only able to get 9 off the first 10 overs. Although it was the introduction of spin which brought the breakthrough, part timer, Haselgrove bowling Sinton for a good looking 10. Garrett then bowled Sinton’s partner for 18. By the time fielding coach, Hare brilliantly ran out Rodrigo for 1 with only one stump to aim at Mills had started to get a firm grip on the game. A further flurry of wickets came with the spinners, Garett, Kelly and Hare further damaging Charlburys hopes. With the score now slumped to 74-7 Mills seemed to be closing in on another victory and another side out in double figures. A couple of adverse decisions seemed to get the better of the Mills, with Haselgrove coming down with short term Tourette’s disorder, Mayho getting two bees in his wicket keeping gloves- forcing him to remove both gloves immediately, Dove asking for some Harry Potter based magic, Burney screaming every now and again and Kelly begging everyone to “just play cricket”. Sinton now was showing real class with a bat that is rare to see in Division 4 batting at 8, excluding Dre Madden and Lefort of course. Nash’s support came to an end when he was bowled by Haselgrove for 10, with the pair adding a valuable 42. Shah, who had recovered from his fiery bowling spell joined Sinton and again Charlbury chipped away at the total, running superbly to exploit a jaded looking Mills side. The ball seemed to be flying everywhere, with the Mills even employing a back stop much to the bemusement of the ever practising Mayho. With the score now past the 150 mark Charlbury seemed to be closing in on a needed and impressive victory until Sinton, sweeping Haselgrove got a top edge which seemed to hang in the air as it travelled to the deep square leg boundary, out toward Cockroft, who, still tired from his batting excursions earlier in the day did well to move forward and get two hands underneath the ball all for it to slip out when making impact on the ground… the Brackley media were already getting ready to print that Cockroft had dropped the league until two balls later, attempting the same Burney endorsed sweep, Sinton missed it altogether and adjudged out LBW, fell for a superb 49 and one which deserved to win the game. Rejuvenated by bowling at a new batsman, Mills only took one ball to remove Godfrey, with the gap 13 runs between the two sides.
The victory guarantees Mills division 3 status next year, with social media updates showing the side celebrating through the night; Hare taking his poster boy status to ne heights by showing a topless photo in the changing rooms which sent the fan wild, Cockroft showing he can keep hold… of multiple Strongbows, Mayho starting his new diet at Newland after the game in a big effort to get into shape not to have a back stop next year, Dove shown trying to keep hold of Haselgrove at the club after the part time spinner has attracted attention from OCA division 6, having gone for less than 7 runs per over in his return and Kelly… well, he seem very excited by something…

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