Given the delayed start, the club has enjoyed a successful season with more wins than losses, several exciting final over finishes and some new players, many of whom are teenagers which augurs well for the club’s future.
Club chairman Andy Nightingale said:
“At the height of lockdown in April it looked like we might not play any cricket at all and the club could have been in real jeopardy. But thanks to the fantastic efforts of everyone involved with the club we had a more successful season than we could have imagined – so many we had to employ a rotation policy!
“There were several fine team performances with every game played in the right, sporting spirit.
“Special mention to captain Charlie Ashmore whose on and off field work has been fantastic and vice-captain Stephen Nelligan who stepped in admirably for Charlie when needed, and was especially encouraging with our younger players. Thanks too to our groundsmen Phil Hall and David Powell who worked so hard to ensure we fulfilled our home fixtures (often two a week), fixtures secretary Malcolm Alphonso, treasurer Chris Pratska and everyone else who put in such a huge effort this season, including Paul Justice, Mike Constant, Mick Coulson, Will Dicks and Ed Hall”.
On the field, it was disappointing to end the season with two defeats. Hosting Northampton Eaglets, a fine bowling performance saw the visitors contained to a total of 150 from their 35 overs. The wickets were shared evenly by the home attack, well supported in the field. But the visitors soon made inroads into the B&FCC batting reducing them to 33-5. A late order recovery looked like making a game of it until a flurry of wickets saw the Eaglets run out comfortable winners by 60 runs.
The final match at Blakesley saw a high-scoring 25-over affair hinge on the final ball of the match. Chasing 181 to win, B&FCC needed three off the final ball to win. Alas only one was scored leaving the hosts the victors by a single run. Despite seven (yes seven) dropped catches there was fine bowling from George Dicks and Harry Alsworth while Dan Currie, Jordan Shingler, Kieren Bennett and Ed Hall all shone with the bat.
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