July got off to a great start with a comfortable win at Mears Ashby who filled a hole in our fixture list and provided a picturesque setting for our first away game of the month in warm, sunny conditions.
We bowled first and against a capable looking top order, Graeme Whitcroft produced a devastating spell of bowling, taking three crucial wickets before finding the only shade on the boundary to field for all but the last over of the innings.
Malcolm Alphonso and Jude Dyke were also in the wickets and we managed three run outs, surely a record. One by Jordan Shingler was truly spectacular. Throwing in fully 60 yards from the boundary at cow corner he scored a direct hit to leave the batsman stranded. Mears Ashby finished on 127.
In reply, fine batting by skipper Charlie Ashmore, Kieran Bennett and Ryan Haynes saw us home with five wickets and six overs to spare.
Mears Ashby were great hosts, worthy opponents and the game was played in an excellent spirit. We look forward to seeing them at Long Roods in a few weeks time.
Man of the match: Kieran Bennett (32 not out and faultless behind the stumps)
The following Sunday saw a quickly arranged match at Buckingham Town CC after our original opponents pulled out – something to do with a World Cup Final at Lords.
In superb surroundings, our hosts plundered 234 runs in the 40 allotted overs with only bowler Paul Justice (8-1-31-1) doing well although stand-in captain Stephen Nelligan took two excellent catches.
In reply Chris Pratska (28), Paul Picton (20), Joe Phillips (16) and Kieran Bennett (72) batted well but the target of 235 was never realistically within reach as the visitors were all out for 184 in the 37th over, just in time to watch the end of the World Cup final!
Man of the Match: Kieran Bennett (more superb batting)
MEAT DRAW: Why not enter the club’s monthly meat draw? There are three great prizes every month and it’s only £5 to enter, pay by bank transfer, direct debit, standing order or cash.
Details on the club’s Facebook page (Badby & Farthingstone Cricket Club) as well as local shops/pubs, village halls and noticeboards.
August matches (all 2pm start):
- Sunday 4th: Blakesley (away)
- Sunday 11th: Pattishall (away)
- Sunday 25th: NCC (home at Longroods field)
Graeme Whitcroft 18.7.19
STOP PRESS: If you read June’s newsletter you may recall how the team threw away a golden opportunity for victory at Braunston Paddox CC. So apologies if you have read this before but the return fixture (July 21) saw a similar scenario with the home side in control for most of the match, posting an impressive 170 in their allotted 30 overs. With Braunston requiring 50 off their last seven the match, while far from being done and dusted, was heading the home side’s way until a couple of wayward overs saw the visitors win with three overs to spare. Congratulations to Braunston (again) who always play the game in the right spirit.