Match Report

Oxford Downs 3rds

1 August 2020 - Away

2nd XI Cherwell Div 7 fixture.

Chaminda Just The Return Ticket

Anand won the toss and asked Downs to bat on the second ground at Great Tew where Downs were playing their fixtures in this unusual season.

We started well. Alex took an early catch off Viv and Nick took a sharp catch at slip off Chris as we took two early wickets. We continued to take wickets steadily and it looked like we would bowl them out for a lowest score until some late hitting and a couple of dropped catches meant Downs got to a challenging 170 before they were bowled out in the 38th over. The wickets were spread around with Viv taking 3 wickets and Chaminda and Anand taking two each.

In reply, Steve and Nick put on sixty for the first wicket against some tight bowling before Steve was bowled and then Nick followed soon after. Dan and Pete batted steadily before Dan was caught which brought Chaminda to the wicket on yet another return to the club for the bus driver. Chaminda hit a couple of early boundaries but Pete was lbw and Vinnie was caught, so we needed 35 off the last 7 overs as Tom came in.

Chaminda then hit their grumpy opening bowler over extra cover for four and back over his head for six. Some more good shots from Chaminda and Tom got us to needing 4 from 8 balls. Chaminda was then out to make it interesting. We still needed for 4 off the last over. Viv & Tom each took a single and there were a couple of wides so we won with four balls to spare.

Everybody contributing in a good all round performance and an exciting run chase.

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