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1st XI Cherwell Div 4 fixture.

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Mills crumble to Kimble

Game day 17 saw Mills entertain Kimble.
The Mills were boosted in the week by the closing of internal rifts within the club, Dre Madden ending his charge for a coup on the back of campaigners dropping out of support for the physical all-rounder following reports he too would adopt the same captain policy as Burney and open the batting with himself. Burney commented too “it’s great for the club, we can all now push in the same direction, offering him 5 for one week seemed to be a good compromise”.
With Burney using his two headed coin, he bowled first on a green looking pitch.
Mills didn’t have to wait long to strike, part time spinner Haselgrove, opening the bowling in another bribe in order to ensure support of “Burney 2020” broke the defences of opener Khan in his first over for 1. The wicket brought in-form Ahmed to the crease who didn’t take long to mark his intentions, striking his first ball for 6 and the next for 4. The Mills bowlers, led by Lefort worked hard although came unstuck with Mcrae and Ahmed building a good partnership. Lefort a little down on pace with his medication reducing now as he looks forward to the off season.
With the pair now approaching the 100 partnership, Ahmed passing his 50 the Mills were desperate for a breakthrough, turning to their ever reliable rain dance in order to re-calibrate.
As usual the rain gods answered, providing the Mills an opportunity to re-calibrate as well as go through some team bonding exercises by putting not only the push on covers but also the sheet covers, an additional effort that would protect the ends from 0.001mm of rain water. When returning to the pitch Mills made immediate impact, Kelly bowling Mcrae for 22. Mills continued to plug away, building pressure which would eventually get the better of Rose who treid to clear the inner ring although could only find the ever reliable hands of Dove off the bowling of Kelly for 3. With Kimble still on top at 118-3 it would need the re-introduction of spinner Haselgrove to make further impact, who had Barnard and Skeggs bowled for 5 and 3 respectively, when Skeggs was caught by Dove for 3 the Mills had started to turn the game around with the score now 148-6, becoming 148-7 when Burney bowled Dumbarton for 1 and the Mills would further turn the screw when Madden bowled Travers for 0, 159-8.
Ahmed still posed a problem for the Mills who was as free scoring as ever, evidently too tired to run any 1s or 2s.
It would take Burney imitating the wily Kelly who would remove, the now centurion Ahmed for 103, speaking after the game Burney was said to “trying to bowl slow pies, just like Ned” Caught well by Dove. Witney sports 3 spoke to Dove after the game “I didn’t realise it was three, I would have bought a jug if I’d have remembered”.
Dre Madden, noticing the docile nature of the pitch when bowling pace decided to turn to spin due to tactical reasons, the imminent 90 run slow over rate policy had nothing to do with it.
The multi-faceted cricketer struck immediately, having Travers caught well down the leg side by Mayho, another tactical masterclass which may re-ignite the “Madden 2020” campaign.
Face with a chase of 188 to win the Mills got off to the worst possible start, Haselgrove caught behind within opening his account trying to play a new shot which looked like it was meant to go through the OFF side.
Hare came and went to add to the challenge of the run chase, bowled by an impressive Dumbarton delivery, again for 0. Mills 1-2 and desperate for a partnership, Mayho, looked assured from the off who joined a nervy looking Burney, playing and missing regularly at the impressive Dumbarton.
Burney survived a small scare when he looked to have middle’d one to the keeper, although there was a noise and a deviation the bat handle must have creaked as the opener didn’t walk and was not given out.
The partnership ended shortly after though when Mayho, chopped on, a ball which held a little in the pitch struck the inside edge and taking his stumps, removed by Dumbarton for 5. At 21-3 the Mills elected to change their order, bringing up the aggressive youngster, Claridge to the crease.
With a partnership required the two batsman delivered, who having seen off the opening bowlers counter attacked the first and second change bowlers to put the pressure back on the travelling side. With the partnership now passing 50 the Mills side were back up with the rate, although the introduction of Rose and Skeggs would slow the scoring down and begin building the pressure on the Mills side once again. Kimble were rewarded for their bowling, Rose bowling Burney for 30 with a good delivery.
With the majority of work still required, in-form Dre Madden joined Claridge and the pair once again built, passing 100, 110, 120. The pair were settled and kept the required rate within reaching distance, Claridge showing some of his big hitting, striking a huge 40 yard six.
Just when the Mills seemed to be on top the partnership was broken, Claridge bowled by Khan for 49, Mills 143-5.
Lefort joined Madden and the two continued with the scoring rate, including a big six from Lefort off the bowling of Khan.
Again, with the mills on top Madden fell, bowled for 30 off the bowling of Shah.
Cockroft joined Lefort, Kimble tightened up and made it difficult for the pair.
The game started slipping away from the Mills when Lefort was removed for 14 by Ahmed.
10 runs later Cockroft fell to the same fate. The optimistic Dove still fancied chasing a required run rate of 40 although the Mills ran out of time, Mills finishing 10 short, 177-8.
Kelly has been working on a 45 page document of the game where Mills could have done better, named “Reasons Mills lost the league” the report will be available soon with a live reading happening this Saturday at the Hollybush.

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