4 months ago
By JOHN BROWN
Nondies U13s became the first Nondies Junior team to contest a final for several seasons.
After the original final planned for a neutral venue on the 30th of July was rained off, Oxford and Bletchingdon Nondescripts kindly agreed to host a rearranged fixture on the evening of Monday 7th August at their Islip ground.
In overcast conditions Shipton won the toss and elected to bat. The opening pair of Freddie Sanders and Sam Eykyn made a strong start putting on 30 runs for the loss of just one wicket. The good work was carried on by Abi Norgrove and Harvey Lazenby with some very tight running between the wickets and then with the excellent defence of Ben Chapel and Theo B-C who again managed to remain undefeated throughout their four overs. Captain Arthur Sheppard and Finn Pemberton then put on a display of brutal hitting to see Shipton complete their 16 overs on 94 runs for the loss of just two wickets. For Oxford & Bletchingdon Luca captained and bowled well, the fielding was tight and all did themselves proud, especially Prathemesh and Sam with an excellent line and length. Philippa also took away a brilliant memory of clean bowling one of the Shipton top order.
After the break the hosts went in to bat and some tight bowling from Abi Norgrove and Freddie Sanders immediately saw them under pressure. This resulted in some tight running between the wickets giving Ben Chapel the chance to make two run outs with direct hits to the stumps. Further tight bowling meant that, despite some aggressive hitting by the last brother and sister pair of Alexander and Philippa Dellar, Bletchingdon never quite recovered and fell behind the required run rate finishing on 38 for 7.
The fixture was played in a great spirit and was the perfect way to cap off the competition. Congratulations to both sides on getting this far and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.
Updated 09:55 - 14 Sep 2017 by Garry Adamson