Match Report

Abingdon Vale 2nds

18 May 2019 - Home

1st XI Cherwell Div 4 fixture.

Match kindly sponsored by Premier Soccer Centres

Mills make it two from two

Game day two of the league season saw Witney Mills kick start their Newlands campaign off against visitors Abingdon Vale.
Mills with two planned changes and a third late in the week, Garrett failing a late fitness test with Mills unable to use any more budget on injections having spent all funds on Lefort's back the previous week. An EGM has been called to discuss the matter, with the club optimistic further injections budget can be obtained using the "Get the game on" grant.
Red eyed captain Burney made it two from two at the toss and elected to field first on a relatively green Newlands pitch. Burney who insisted his appearance was brought on by Hayfever although there are reports of a man taking shots of Vodka directly into the eye and yelling at strangers about the benefits of a defensive field set in the early hours near Park End Street.
Lefort & Cockroft opened up, Lefort striking twice in his first over, trapping the dangerous Hood LBW and then clean bowling Davies both for 0, with the later looking as comfortable as Kelly bowling without a deep square leg.
Mills then struggled to control the swinging ball, including short bursts of rage from Lefort, side effects from the injections.
Abingdon batsman re-built, Butcher and Cardy putting on 43 for the third wicket, surviving some good swing bowling from Lefort, Cockroft and the newly introduced Madden and Delport.
It was the self-proclaimed "all-rounder", Madden (Mills' Dre Russell) who would break the partnership, exploiting some lift out of the pitch to dismiss Butcher for 2, smartly caught behind by Cannons.
The Dismissal brought Abingdon skipper Darley out to the crease, quickly identified as a key wicket, Darley built well with the watchful Cardy, capitalising on anything loose from Kelly.
With bowling options a plenty, Mills bowlers changed regularly in a way to break the buliding partnership. With so many seam options on the day Cockroft took matters into his own hands, inspired by FA cup final day the quick sought to injure fellow seamer Delport with a filthy two legged off the ground challenge, where he had later claimed he "got the ball".
At Drinks Abingdon were well set at 103-3, it was drinks though that broke the partnership, Burney clean bowling Cardy for 30.
Mills attacked, bringing Lefort back into the attack who would pick up the wickets of C.Darley, Bell and Gotal for 5,1 and 0 respectively. Lefort would go on to finish the day with 5-35 to back up his 99* from last week, Lefort has committed to "working on his game after such as slow start" on social media.
At the other end Burney won the war of the Skippers, dismissing Darley caught behind on 43.
The Abingdon lower order quickly fell, with both Rahim and Butcher Hauling out to the ever reliable Dove off the bowling of Kelly, Abingdon finishing on 141.

In reply Mills got off to a good start, Delport (the only opener in history to get pad rash) drove well from the off, taking the attack to the bowling. So intent to maximise his scoring, Delport chipped in with some top fielding efforts for the Abingdon side, saving 4 runs within the first couple of overs.
The partnership was ended prematurely though with Delport walking off a wide for 8. The South African import keen to air the newly developed leg rash. The second Mills wicket quickly followed with Holford caught behind without troubling the scoring, leaving Mills 22-2, terrific spirit of cricket displayed by both batsman or horrific oversight that both could have probably got away with it...
Club Captain joined first XI Captain and it was the pair who took the game away from the Abingdon men, putting on 65, a mix of good running, strong stroke play and possibly the most selfish refusal to run a single cricket has seen, Burney demanding strike on a free hit. Burney is due to appear in front of the disciplinary committee this coming week.
Dove would be the one to break concentration, mistaking the May Mills deck for the WACA, chopping on a cut shot off the bowling of Darley for 11 with Dove demanding a recount having claimed to have made 152.
Burney, confident he had morphed into the right handed Chris Gayle was quickly reminded of his limitations, bowled for 59 off the bowling of the impressive Darley (4-46).
At 95-4 Mills still had some work to do, Lefort and Kelly watchfully took the score to 121 before Lefort was caught behind for 12 off the bowling of Goyal.
Cockroft's football theme had rubbed off on Claridge, who decided a no nonsense clearance was needed when Goyal placed a delivery on what looked like middle stump. With the Cherwell legend contributing around a 1/3 of the capacity crowd at Newlands, the fans were cheering (inside) when the umpire adjudged the ball to be drifting down leg.
The... experienced pair would then show their team mates how to get over the line with Kelly not taking any run out chances, padding away a free hit on the way to a well made 18 not out. Claridge finishing on 17 not out.
Mills doubled their season points tally to take them to 3rd within the league and are looking ahead to entertaining rivals Brackley on game day 3.
Mills will be helped with the availability of Hare who is back from a fielding coaching stint in the IPL. Jarvis is also in contention who is close to finishing his pre-season training of 90 hour working weeks.

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