On a lovely late summer afternoon a resurgent Adderbury team regained the Millennium Trophy despite a spirited fight back by Milton. Victory by just 20 runs coincided perfectly with England’s win over India – so plenty to celebrate at Milton’s new North Newington home, with plenty of cake and burgers and a few beers. See the winning team here.
Put in to bat on a slow turner, Adderbury lost star man Joe Hirst early before Alex Beaumont Dark (44) and Jeremy Fennell’s 50 run partnership set them up for a big total. Skipper Jack Lambden then played a wonderful innings of 51, and a few lusty blows from Bell veteran Nick Twigg saw Adderbury to a challenging 35-over total of 179.
The evergreen Guy Wilby (3-30) and skipper Gavin Bedward (2-20) were the pick of the Milton bowlers.
In reply Milton were in trouble at 21-3 with seamers Simon Parker and Joe Conway causing a lot of trouble, but as long as star man Andrew Stanley was there it was game on. Wickets fell steadily to tight bowling from Chris Beaumont-Dark and Harry Mobbs, but it was another veteran Steve Conway who finally trapped Stanners for a brilliant 58 and finished off the tail with a dramatic 5-27 to seal Adderbury’s win by 26 runs – their first in this needle match since 2014.
There was such an encouraging response from Adderbury cricketers for this game that we were able to field a great Adderbury team of 12 young and not-so-young and only poach one from Milton – albeit skipper Lambden! The spark and enthusiasm on and off the pitch bodes well for the future of our local cricket – and we had a record crowd in support. Perfect!