Badby&Farthingstone CC News – September 2020

Badby&Farthingstone CC News

With this shortened season drawing to a close, five matches to report on this month.

First up was a home match against Eydon and the club’s first Covid-safe post match barbecue of the summer. Batting first B&FCC amassed a healthy total of 183 (25 overs) with solid contributions from Chris Pratska, Dan Currie, Stephen Nelligan, Colin Scott, Jordan Shingler and Malcolm Alphonso. In reply fine bowling from Peter Mayne and Stephen Nelligan aided by excellent fielding saw Eydon fall well short of the required target – a convincing win. Man of the match: Dan Currie with 25 runs and 2 wickets.

The following week saw (yet another) exciting finish at old rivals Everdon. Batting first Everdon 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 the visitors home by just one wicket, another close, exciting win.

Keen to make it a hat-trick of wins, B&FCC came crashing back to earth the following Sunday at home to Crick Lions. Chasing a fairly modest 109 to win, the home side produced by far their worst batting performance of the summer when they were bowled out for just 48 with only George Whitcroft White and man of the match Harry Osborne providing any resistance.

After that setback, the club were keen to put in a good performance in the next match at home to South Northants Council. For this match, the club welcomed back a founder member of Farthingstone Nomads CC – Wayne Fowkes, still a keen B&FCC supporter and follower from the other side of the world. Wayne enjoyed a fine partnership with his old Nomad mate Paul Justice, the sight of them batting together out in the middle bringing back many memories of days gone by. Harry Osborne also did well as the home side totalled 146. Man of the match: Wayne Fowkes (who else?

In reply Ryan Haynes and Stephen Nelligan were in fine form with the ball, ably abetted by some terrific fielding. The run rate soon crept up to over eight an over, a task that proved too much for the  visitors as B&FCC ran out comfortable winners.

With Crick Lions unable to host their home fixtures it was back to Badby for what proved to be a far closer and exciting return match. This time a far improved batting performance from B&FCC saw a total of 168 (35 overs) with batting honours shared by Stephen Nelligan, Ryan Haynes and Chris Pratska. In reply a combination of tight bowling (Malcolm Alphonso, Ryan Haynes) and good fielding saw the match enter its final over with Crick Lions requiring nine runs for victory. Ryan Bennett had the unenviable task of bowling it but he was well up to the task as the visitors fell five runs short – a fitting end to a terrific game. Well played everyone. Man of the match: Chris Pratska (43 invaluable runs).

Unfortunately Covid 19 predictably put paid to the club’s end of season tour to Brno in the Czech Republic. Let’s hope we have better luck next year.

All club news on the noticeboard at the Badby ground as well as on the club’s Facebook page at http://ow.ly/nKPs50APtiP 

Graeme Whitcroft
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