The Hundred? India Test Match? Surely nothing as exciting as the 26th annual needle match between Adderbury and Milton – but this time the usual engineered tense finish was missing.  A new-look youthful Adderbury team put Milton’s flagging attack to the sword, with village newcomer Ed Browning and weekender Chris Beaumont-Dark each scoring 101 not out in a dazzling partnership of 189,  ensuring a mammoth total of 286-5 off just 35 overs.
In reply Milton valiantly posted 174-7 off their 35 overs, with vicar’s boy Greg Fletcher carrying his bat for 55. A mighty first ball 6 from Farmer Adams promised an exciting response – but there was no more. So Adderbury retain the 1995 Millennium Trophy, despite calls from Milton (in The Bell afterwards) for a DRS adjudication on the fact that the centurions should have each retired on 50 – but that would still have left them10 short, so DRS refused.  460 runs off 70 overs in front of a baying crowd of dogs and partisans – who said village cricket was dying? Let’s hope this signals to everyone that cricket in Adderbury and Milton can keep going. Will you be there? Call me! Nick Fennell 811059

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