New skipper Matthew Wareham started his reign as skipper with a long trek to Shipton. After no pre season at all and a depleted bowling attack Matthew did get the bonus of having 3s skipper Simon McLeman available as Mentmore was unplayable. After a horrific winter of bereavements at our club the boys all wore black armbands in memory of those who we have lost. I was asked to say a few words on Matthews behalf and conduct a minutes silence. It was not easy for any of us but it was memorable as the raw emotion could be felt by us all.
Back to the cricket and Wareham won his first toss and did the right thing in inserting our hosts. Shipton had a gun player in their team Andy Hemming who has played all his recent cricket in the Home Counties in Shiptons first team. Early on both Yogesh and the very unlucky but impressive Patrick Barry kept the batters fairly quiet but no breakthrough. Simon McLeman replaced Patrick and with the help of decent catches at slip and in the gully by yours truly and Simon Robinson we struck twice in quick succession. However Hemming was not one of his victims. With four full time bowlers plus himself and Swamp as the fifth bowler, skipper Wareham took a gamble introducing our Hon Sec early on against a very good batsman. Unfortunately it was not to be for Swamp and he was taken to the cleaners by Hemming, Wareham took over from Swamp but Hemming was now in, and in prime nick! Macca bowled well as did Yogesh in both his spells. I came on and bowled ten off the reel and Patrick returned and we did ok in the last 20 overs... I took 3 for 20 in my 10 overs and we did eventually remove Hemming for 110. Martin Keable will note I passed 750 Cherwell wickets for our club on Saturday, something I am very proud of. Moment of the day was club stalwart Matthew Storeys run out, a cheeky single was attempted and Storey Boy, fielding at cover, gunned the stumps down with a high quality direct hit. LM did really well in the field but a fifth bowler would have helped us massively. Shipton were restricted to 194 for 9 in their 50 overs.
Stalwart Storey and the great man Sir Michael Lyons opened up for LM and looked OK considering the lack of a pre season.. The great man was given out LBW when nobody really appealed and the keeper was having a wander leg side!! Storey Boy soon followed nicking off, as always Matthew Wareham looked good at the crease, again as always he tried to dominate the bowlers and he did until he holed out on the boundary on 46. We are going to need that top three to fire in division 4 as there cannot be many better top 3s in this division. Wickets fell too regularly after the skipper was out and only Swampy with 29 really troubled Shipton thereafter . We were bowled out for 134, so a fairly heavy defeat in the end. The difference was one guy batting superbly, no dramas at all. My MOM was Patrick, who lead the attack with absolutely no luck whatsoever, he will bowl worse and bag wickets I guarantee.