T20 Mini-Tournament is a Great Success
Chairman Dave Freeman had the great idea to lift Sunday cricket with a T20 tournament, so today we hosted Chipping Norton, Steeple Aston and the Phillipics touring team for what turned out to be a fantastic afternoon of friendly cricket played in a great spirit by all teams.
The four captains drew straws for the first round fixtures, with Tew picked to play Phillipics on the second pitch and Chippy taking on Steeple on the main pitch.
A Tew team featuring some far more youngsters than the visitors bowled very well to restrict Phillipics to 101-6, with Jamie King taking 4 for 12 and a run-out. Ten year old Henry Nicholls showed his potential with 4 very tidy overs of leg spin for only 17 runs, and youngsters Ben Sinton and Harry Smith also bowled very nicely.
In reply Tew struggled to gain momentum with only Tom Young (25) and Sam King (13) making double figures as we fell 28 runs short, setting up a 3rd/4th place play off with Chippy who lost to Steeple Aston.
In the spirit of giving everyone an opportunity to bat up the order, Tew sent out Ben Sinton and Henry Nicholls to open the batting vs Chippy, and both played beautifully to score 21 and 16 respectively, but with the senior players coming in a bit late to have an impact, we set a below par target of 92.
Chippy chased down the runs in 15 overs, largely due to 54 from Y. McFarlane, but once again Henry Nicholls showed his talent with 1-15 off his 4 overs, and Jamie King strove hard against his old club, finally bowling McFarlane.
In the final on the main pitch, Steeple Aston took the win by 15 runs in a close and exiting game.
All involved agreed the day had been a great success – 160 overs of cricket with both pitches in use and everyone getting plenty of action, and plenty of bar takings through the afternoon.
And who was there making tea for four teams and manning the bar? – Dave Freeman of course!