8th June 2019 vs Middleton Cheney – won by 83 runs
Westcott welcomed Middleton Cheney, another team promoted last season to the top flight of OCA cricket. Batting first, Westcott struggled to score runs early doors on a wicket that had been covered for most of the week, due to the recent inclement weather that has been affecting most of the country. With Stuart, Tony and Keegan all out cheaply, it required Rehman and Alimar to consolidate if Westcott were going to reach a decent total. With Rehman out for 48 (jug avoidance), Alimar continued to bat sensibly with the middle / lower order and the total managed to slowly creep upwards above 100 and then 130, although Westcott continued to lose regular wickets. With batting clearly not easy, what was a competitive total? Thankfully, Alimar managed to remain at the crease comfortably passing his 50 and when Waqas joined him with 9 wickets down, a quick flourish moved the total onto 189 at the end of the allotted overs, Alimar ending up unbeaten on 72no and Waqas with a quick fire 17no.
Thanks to Louise and Co. for a lovely tea and then it was Westcott’s turn to take to the field, with some murky clouds looming in the distance. A couple of early four balls allowed Cheney to get off to a quick start, before Alimar wore one in his chest at slip to remove the first of the openers off the bowling of Rehman, who took two more wickets in a great spell of bowling, taking 3-11 in 8 overs. At 50 odd for 4, Cheney had never really got going, with only Gary Crook offering any real resistance to the Westcott bowling attack. Time for some slow bowling at one end (cue the skipper) and some pace and bounce at the other (cue Tanveer), who bowled as well as I have seen him without much luck. The skipper tossed a few down and ended up with another 5 wicket haul (5-30) as Cheney tried to get on with it, with those murky clouds from earlier now causing real problems and with rain coming down, the skipper took two quick wickets in successive balls to leave Cheney 106 all out in now not very nice conditions at all. In fairness, Cheney did not complain and batted through, so credit must go to them for that, although in reality they knew the game was gone.
So, with another win in the bag and a trip to Garsington & Cowley next week, Westcott must go into that game full of confidence and be prepared to battle for the points if they are to remain competitive near the top of the table!!