Match Report - OUCCC vs Brightwell-cum-Sotwell CC Away, Sunday 26 August 2007
For a nice occasional change we played outside of Oxford, making the
trek down to BcS. The ground could be described as quaint, and the
pitch was a typical village affair: uncovered and teeming with
I lost the toss and hence we were sent in to the field. In rare hot
conditions early movement of the ball from Ruairidh and Elton tied down
the batsmen. We made some early breakthroughs but then the batsmen shut
up shot. We finally went to drinks with the score two for not many.
After drinks Adcock, after bowling his first no ball ever in a match,
decided that he liked the umpires call so much that he proceeded to bowl
quite a few more. But then settled his run up to make the breakthrough.
More excellent bowling followed keeping the scoring down, and wickets
were also falling at a regular rate. In the end Ruairidh who was on for
his second spell ended up with his first five wicket haul for Mansfield
Road. At tea the opposition were 139 for 7 and, as it was a Sunday
friendly, decided to declare.
The tea was a typical village affair: the WAGs had prepared an
excellent spread. Some particularly good sandwiches were buttressed
with chocolate cake and an unusual strawberry / chocolate cake
combination. A am proud however to say that there have been several
instances of teas at Mansfield Rd this summer that were at least up to
this standard. So a 6.5 / 10 score represents a solid, if
unexceptional, experience. The bar is raising...
An Australian opening partnership of Steve and Tanzil were cautious
early but then proceeded to pick up the pace. After making starts both
were out unluckily picking out fielders with lofted shots. Sri and
Simon were in and Simon's bad run of luck continued when he was narrowly
run out by a direct hit. Sri and Dipayan continued to hammer the
attack -- Dipayan in particular with plenty of energy left after
successfully implementing his strategy to minimise his fielding effort
by standing as close as possible to other fielders. After the bulk of
the runs had been shaved off, a few late wickets fell. But we were
never in danger of knocking off their total -- which we did with half a
dozen overs to spare.