Starting early at Kidlington (midday!) to try and finish in time for the football, the 1’s won the toss and elected to field. After a couple of early breakthroughs the Kidlington number 3 rode his luck all the way to 112 helping the home side to 241. All the bowlers bowled well without much luck although Barkat with 4 for 57 was the pick. There were sharp catches for Babbs and Tohsif and skiers for Barkat and Divjot. The Wolvercote reply started much more solidly than last week with an opening stand of 86 before Babbs chanced his arm once too often and was caught in the covers for 66. Kidlington kept chipping and chirping away at the incoming batsmen and winkled the last man out in the 49th over (of 52) to deny Wolvercote the draw.
Away to Hook Norton, the 3’s batted first and following the controversial early run out of Crouch, recovered to post 167 based around 36 from Gabe. The home team were rolled over for 101, with their chief tormentor being JP (3 for 20) to give the 3’s victory by 66 runs.
Reports by CB
After a week off courtesy of a concession by Uffington, the intrepid 4s traveled to Freeland for a first game against Witney Mills 3s. Under threatening skies we were asked to field first. With an age difference of of 52 (!) years, opening bowlers Ben Harkness and Simon Palmer asked different questions, and tight bowling was rewarded by 2 and 3 wickets respectively. With wickets in hand, Mills accelerated throughout their innings, posting an imposing 220 target after a short rain delay.
In reply, a succession of 4s bats flourished briefly, then perished prematurely before a rearguard action extended the innings to 35 overs when a Pickford-like dive at mid-off caught out Will Shelley to wrap up our reply.
Highlight of the day was the smile on Ibi’s face when he held on to a catch to dismiss a dangerous Mills bat just as he threatened to accelerate. Next up is a home game against Bampton 2 – and an opportunity to show that we put a high prize on our wickets!
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