Match Report

Tiddington 2nds

7 September 2019 - Away

1st XI Cherwell Div 3 fixture.

Record breaking 13

The lead up to game day 18 (and the final game of the season) was marked with controversy for the Mills. Having seen the league all but slip away from them on game day 17 the Mills leadership team sought the council of sports psychologists to come into Newlands to help the side get over what was a glorified bottle job on the penultimate game of the season.
The repercussion of the additional psychological work meant that Cockroft had to pull out of the game, with it all too much to take, this disappointment coming in the same season as the Wirth nightmare.
Come game day, the Mills side seemed more relaxed and incredibly more punctual than usual, with Mayho actually arriving early for meet up and going through his newly learnt visualisation techniques. Burney too implemented new motivational tactics, turning the away dressing room into the Tate modern for the day after reading “getting over heartbreak for dummies”.
At the toss, Tiddington inserted the Mills on a used, dry pitch.
Mills got off to a flyer, Haselgrove and Burney instantly settled into rhythm and began finding the boundary with regularity bringing up the first 50 runs within the first 5 overs.
Although Haselgrove fell, caught attempting a sweep for 37, never really getting down to play the shot, having gone through the whole season without needing to clean his pads.
The wicket brought Delport to the crease who got of the mark nicely with one of his hips, although following 1253 separate instructions from non-striker Burney, would be in two minds the next over when getting bowled for 3 off the bowling of Curtis who picked up his second wicket of the day.
Garrett hobbled to the crease and after adjusting to the extra zip the Tiddington bowlers were providing looked at ease, knocking the ball around with ease.
Burney and Garrett were batting nicely together and the Mills seemed to be back on for a mega score going past the 100 inside 15 overs.
The introduction of the impressive Gladdy though slowed the run rate and only needed two balls to get rid of Burney, trapping the batsman plumb for a quick 43, the batsman walking off without any grievances.
Mayho on his last game having announced his retirement from the long form of the game in order to focus on his 6 a side game joined Garrett at the crease.
The two watchfully saw out the difficult spell and began building, including Garrett hitting big consecutive sixes to maintain the high scoring rate.
Tired from batting an “excessive amount” Mayho scooped one down the leg side off the bowling of Noble for 21.
Hare joined Garrett at the crease but soon after Garrett was beaten in the flight off the bowling of Gladdy, stumped for a well made 41.
Dre Madden, promoted up in the order in an attempt to halt his work towards a coup joined Hare.
Initially watchful the pair built well, finding gaps and milking the slow bowlers to build a good partnership.
Hare displaying the full capability of his sweep shot, taking the score past 200 and 250.
By this time both batsman were pushing the soring hard, seeming to add runs at ease.
The players past their 100 partnership and the required runs to take them past the 200 runs for a season mark. Hare pipped Dre to his 50 although there seemed to be just enough time for both batsman to get to the landmark, until the final over came and Hare, in what seemed to be an attempt at strike farming ensured he maximised his score by taking himself to an unbeaten 63, leaving partner Dre Madden stranded on 49. There were no reports of any falling out but we have seen leaked plans of the Madden 2020 campaign with Hare’s name scratched out.
In reply Lefort and Burney opened with the home side making a good start in reply to Mills’ 299 with Weeks leading the charge. The charge was short lived though, with Burney removing the top three, Noble caught and bowled, Weeks caught superbly by Dove and Pickup caught behind for 2, 18 and 1 respectively. Delport replaced the unlucky Lefort and struck quickly trapping Kitchin for 7 and clean bowling Gladdy for 0. When part timer Haselgrove picked up the wicket of the stubborn McCaig for 19 Tiddington’s chances of surviving the 50 overs seemed unlikely. Mills showed their ruthless side bringing paceman Dre Madden to destroy and intimidate the tail. Alter a slightly wayward start the seamer settled into a good line and length with good movement into the batsman. Madden bowled Wood, Drennan and Curtis all for ducks to bowl out the Tiddington side for 91.
The win rounds off a wonderful season, with 13 wins, the first time in the Mills’ Cherwell history.
The season also sees the end of Mayho’s Mills career, a superb one:
1825 league runs @ 28
3 hundreds
75 catches & 19 stumpings
His career will be tainted though by a missed bowling talent, with the ability to “swing it both ways” it’s almost a shame he was a keeper. Getting a wicket did elude him, although he was known for keeping it tight and holding up an end when required:
10. 3 overs, 109 runs, Econ of 10.58.

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