Match Report

Stokenchurch

25 July 2020 - Home

1st XI Cherwell Div 3 fixture.

Stokenchurch storm to victory

Game day two saw the Mills host Stokenchurch in their first competitive Newland fixture of 2020.
The long-awaited fixture was to be plagued by the weather though. With the Mills men keen to play, they sought help from local Occultist, Dove, who went onto make a spiritual sacrifice to give the locals a break in the clouds and an opportunity to win the toss and bat.
The game saw a competitive debut for Lewis, opening the batting with Captain Burney. The pair made a solid start to the game, Lewis looking at home almost straight away, hitting anything loose to the rope. With the home team about to put on the accelerator Lewis fell for 16, Lewis attempted a reprieve, staring down the umpire in a show of intimidation, the umpire bolstered by his bodyguard son was immune. Burney snicked off the next over to the increasingly threatening Sears for 9, Burney was seen later booking a rural retreat for two weeks to review his approach to the game.
When the in-form Garrett fell without adding to the score the home side seemed to be in a little trouble. This was added to with Mayho and Haselgrove departing without adding to the scoreboard. Speaking after the game, Haselgrove confirmed he is “not worried about the drop in form on Saturdays, my priority is the short form game on Tuesdays”, these comments coming soon after the Hollybush Knight Riders’ pay structure was announced.
Hare was joined by Madden, who began the rebuild job by seeing off the opening bowlers. The change in bowling also saw a break in play with Dove’s magic wearing off.
The travelling side used this as an opportunity to plan, booking one of the Newland conference suites to put together plans for dismissing the remaining Mills batsmen. There are rumours of performing enhancing drugs been used during this meeting. Cleaners confirmed empty vessels of performing enhancing drug S.T.E.L.LA-19 were found in the meeting room along with copies of “how to remove a compulsive sweeper” and “the perfect field for the dab”.
When play resumed, Mills seemed to be recovering when the introduction of Springett bamboozled the incumbent Mills men, Hare beaten in the flight attempting a sweep shot, the coaching staff were quick to back Hare up, confirming that his batting average while on one knee is actually 112, with the player spending time with idol Mal Loye over the winter. Dre Madden was then bowled for 3 just after this by the impressive Ahmed.
The re-formed Dove confused the Stokenchurch side, who did start with a field of 6 gullys to the spiritual batsman, striking the ball nicely down the ground forcing the opponents to change plans.
A further rain delay halted the Mills progress and after some time gave the home side 3 overs left to establish a score. The free flowing Delport and Dove pushed hard over the 18 balls to push the Mills to 94, with Dove and Delport finishing on 19 and 13 not out respectively.
After Duckworth Lewis adjustments, the target fell to 84.
Mills, confident of defending anything started well, with Lefort and Delport probing the defences of the Stokenchurch openers. Delport pulled up lame though at the end of his first over, the consequence of sacrifice to the shoulder gods from earlier in the day, a suggested move by Dove to maintain relationship with the greater beings.
Lefort removed the stubborn Maddock and when Burney dismissed counter-part North, supported by a superb catch by Delport, the Mills men seemed to have a sniff of victory.
Lefort continued to test the luck of the Stokenchurch men, although their free swinging bats were causing the Mills headaches, quickly racing toward the victory target. A smart catch by Dove off the newly introduced Haselgrove slowed the game down but could not stop Stokenchurch racing toward their target in the 15th over. A well-deserved victory by the travelling side.
Mills will look to bounce back next week but may need to do so without Kelly, who is due to present a reformed Duckworth Lewis Kelly next week to the ICC board.

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