A great weekend for Marsh Gibbon Cricket Club was topped off by victory over Wantage at Chipping Norton CC on Sunday in the OCA Telegraph cup final.
Off the back of a big victory by 184 runs the previous day over Fringford in the league, with both Joe (120) and Stuart Leonard (111) sharing a 240 run partnership, Marsh were in confident mood when asked to bat first despite overnight rain and several players missing due to holidays. Matt Mead (20), Sat Vadivale (29) and Stuart Leonard (35) set a platform for some outstanding late-innings hitting by Nathan Callow who ended 38 not out, to see Marsh to 183-7 off their allotted 45 overs.
Two early wickets by eventual man of the match Nathan Callow, both spectacularly caught at slip by Grant Cross got the ball rolling, as Gibbon made inroads into Wantage’s dangerous batting line-up, who had chased down 265 the day before. Marsh bowled and fielded excellently, but were pegged back in the middle order by David Spencer (59) who batted well to see the game in the balance going into the last 10 overs. But it was Nathan Callow who had the final say as he finished with 4-25 to help Marsh to a victory which was confirmed by a run out to spark joyous scenes amongst the large band of Marsh supporters, as Gibbon were crowned winners for the first time in their history.
Club chairman Carl Needham said after the victory “this is a fantastic achievement for our club, which continues to go from strength the strength both on and off the field. We have a great group of lads, our spirit is fantastic, such great support and an excellent group of young players coming through. With the league campaign going really well also, it’s been a great season for us as we look to build even further for the future”.