Match Report

Great & Little Tew

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1st XI Cherwell Div 4 fixture.

Match kindly sponsored by Krayma

Tew close for comfort

Game day 10 saw the fixtures turn with Mills reciprocating Tew’s hosting efforts from game day one.
Ahead of the game Mills were bolstered by the surprise inclusion of transformed 1992 keeper batsman Adam Mayho following his 5 day strike, commenting before the game he was said to be “really keen to play 100 overs of cricket” and having “seen the error in his ways” is now campaigning to increase the length of games to 2 days.
Burney lost the toss on what looked to be a good hard wicket and Belmont showed no hesitation in chasing.
The Tew captain was soon to be rewarded in their bowling innings with Canham claiming the wicket of Burney for 1, caught smartly at second slip by Parker. Tew continued to turn the screw, hitting good spots and finding consistent lateral movement to test Hare & Delport. The Mills batsman left the ball well, put away the bad ball and began building well. Just as the Mills men started to accelerate it was Belmont who made the breakthrough, having Hare caught at slip for 9 to another impressive Parker catch with the fielder battling the distraction of Hare’s “tan” lines.
Garrett joined Delport and the pair batted beautifully together after some initial tests primarily from Catling who sliced Garrett in half on two occasions. The pair put on 73 for the third wicket before Delport miss timed one to end an impressive innings of 43, the South African import seemed rested and alert this week with the novelty of the new TV wearing off. Garrett reached his maiden Mills league 50 and having done 2 weeks’ worth of batting in one feathered one down the leg side of the returning Belmont for a well-made 58 which included a couple of hefty 6’s. Unable to re-create centurion heroics from the previous week Mayho edged behind off the bowling of Parker soon after for 7. The score had now slumped to 142-5, Dove and Claridge put away their usual expansive games to focus on getting the score up, pushing ones and the occasional two around to steady the Mills innings. With the two surpassing 170 Claridge looked to push on, striking a hefty on drive which didn’t quite have the legs to make it all the way… out of the inner ring leaving the experienced batsman caught for a well-made 21. After a couple of nice boundaries to keep the scoreboard moving Dove confused the wide open space of Newland for the indoor cricket centre at Eynsham, attempting to run Belmont down into the corner for three, a somewhat more difficult proposition on a slightly slow Mills track, leaving him bowled for 21 also. Big hitter Dre Madden joined Lefort, with the pair more used to opening the bowling together the pair saw this as a warm up opportunity, running lots of ones and twos, presumably though the pair underestimated the longevity of their innings as by the last few overs both seemed to be struggling, the pair pushed the score up and above 200 and narrowly missed out on the extra 225 batting point.

With 220 to chase the Tew men got off to a very good start, Maqbool and Barnes watchfully steered their team past 50, seeing off Lefort, Kelly and a long Dre Madden spell. It was Burney who would break the opening stand, having Maqbool nicked off behind to Mayho for 27, the Mills skipper would then go on to remove Barnes for 33 caught smartly by Dre Madden who elected to play one hand one bounce and Young caught behind for 0. With Tew now on 73-3 the game looked even. A fantastic 83 partnership though seemed to take the game away from the Mills, Belmont and Parker having every answer to a difficult to face spin attack. It was only when the pair tried to push the scoring on that wickets would start to fall, Kelly having Belmont and Parker caught by Cockroft (who took the opportunity to mock the Tew batsman by sticking his tongue out) for very well made 27 and 60 respectively. Catling and Canham took over and went at a similar rate, hitting Kelly out of the attack. The re-inclusion of Garrett saw the end of Catling for 18, well held by Dove in the deep. With the game now in its penultimate over panic took over the Tew batsman, an innings of a reverse sweep, block and eventually a dance down the wicked ended Gaskin for 0.
In it’s last over 18 was needed or 3 wickets, Tew’s Churchill ran away for the situation, trying to take a single to the keeper who threw down the stumps well to remove the youngster. When Tew’s number 10 nicked off second ball to Mayho for 0 it was now the Mills men who had a sniff of victory, one ball for Lefort to remove an injured Selwood. Lefort, deeming the Mills unworthly to steal all the points put it safely outside off stump to end the game in a well fought draw, the best game of the season to date.
With over 80% of the dismissals catches it was a day for being patient and digging in.
From a Mills perspective it was the extras which gave them the draw, a disciplined effort and much improved from the start of the season.

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