Matches continue to come thick and fast as the club try to make up for lost time after the delayed start to the season. Since the last update, six matches have been played resulting in four wins, two defeats.
First were visitors Abington who, against tight bowling and fielding, slumped to 90-9 until a last wicket stand saw them total 127 (35 overs). In reply B&FCC also struggled against some excellent bowling to be always slightly behind the required run rate. This left the final pair needing 16 off the last over, a task that proved to be beyond them resulting in a 12 run defeat. Well played Abington.
The club then played a home double header against Braunston Paddox CC – a midweek evening 20/20 followed by a 35-over Sunday affair. The first saw the home side post a respectable 127 but doubts remained as to whether it would be enough against their big-hitting visitors. In a tight, even game with two overs left the visitors needed 20 runs for victory, one wicket remaining, and the home side hung on courtesy of some tight bowling to win by 8 runs.
Sunday’s match also ended with a close finish, the visitors recording a below par 124 against some fine home bowling most notably from the Dicks family, all three of whom (Will, George and Alfie) performed creditably. In reply Braunston’s bowling attack predictably hit back strongly and both sides were still in with a chance as the match entered its final over. B&FCC needed just five runs to win, Braunston one wicket. The home side’s man of the match Chris Pratska hit the second ball agonizingly close to the boundary ropes for four runs before being out lbw the following delivery, leaving both sides on 124 and an excellent match played in great spirit ending in a tie.
The next three matches were all away – at Pattishall, Bugbrooke (v South Northants Council) and Everdon. Firstly Pattishall, winning the toss and batting in hot, sunny conditions, made a solid 164 from their 30 overs. But B&FCC rose to the occasion winning with over three overs left, stand-in captain Malcolm Alphonso scoring the winning runs. A fine, all-round team performance.
There followed a trip to Bugbrooke for a 20/20 midweek match against long-standing rivals South Northants Council. The visitors made 89. After a bright start, three batsmen retiring on 25 not out, the innings lost momentum leaving SNC a relatively modest target which they achieved in the 18th over. Special mention to young bowlers Noah Eales and Lucas Whitcroft White who both took wickets on their club debuts. Well done boys.
Last Sunday saw another exciting finish, this time at old rivals Everdon. Batting first the home side made 122 with the wickets shared by Jude Dyke, Jordan Shingler, Ryan Haynes and Grady Nightingale. In reply excellent batting by Kieren Bennett, captain Charlie Ashmore and man of the match Ryan Haynes saw us home by one wicket, another close, exciting win.
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