The early season enthusiasm for writing match reports has waned so I’ve decided to go for a brief round up of all the latest action, which includes a couple of storming victories. Read on…
Warwick Nomads – (Away) Tuesday 7th May 2013
Played in early May, it’s probably best to draw a veil over this shellacking.
Nomads 140-8, Barford 73 all out
Marton – (Away) Sunday 12th May
We were fortunate(?) to eek a 30 over game out of a wet day in our return match against Marton. Marton batted first and were put to the sword by Paul Stacey (5-0-29-2) and Andy Hawkins (5-1-25-3). As the innings drew to a close, the situation had Jon Lambdon written all over it and the big man lived up to the hype with 2-0-4-2 plus one run out. Marton were all out in the final over. Chasing 148 to win, Barford got off to our typical poor start with Jake getting another duck and James and PJ both falling cheaply, leaving us 3 wickets down with only 8 on the board yet again. The situation had Jon Lambdon written all over it but the number 4 could only manage 8. A period of consolidation followed with Ben scoring 36 before being cruelly cut down in his prime. Nick Saunders batted through to the end for 27 but by this time the ball was sodden and the outfield impossibly slow. We ended up 124-7.
Marton 147 all out, Barford 124-7
Lemmings – (Home-ish) Wednesday 15th May 2013
On a small but perfectly formed ground at Warwick School Barford notched up a good win against our old rivals Lemmings. Batting first, Richard Johnson was on blistering form playing a series of cracking shots, before being caught on the boundary for 12. PJ (24) and Ben (33 retired) pushed on and their good work was continued by Nick (23) and Sandy (24), giving us a total of 148-5. The situation clearly had Jon Lambdon written all over it and the tweaker was soon amongst the wickets with (3-0-14-2). There were also wickets for Hiten, Richard Jones and Neil Carter. Richard Johnson and Simon Hawkins did their best to throw away a promising situation with some “buffet bowling” at the end but we managed to hang on.
Barford 148-5, Lemmings unrecorded smaller amount – 5
Khalsa – (Home) Sunday 19th May
We’ve had some easy victories against the Khalsa youngsters in recent years, but it was a different story this time as the away side batted first and notched up 171-8. It was our first home game at Snitterfield and Richard Jones marked the occasion by taking his 200th Barford wicket; he was the pick of the bowlers with 5-0-17-3. Unfortunately our promising early start was undone by the excellent batting of Khalsa’s youthful number 9 who scored 66 not out in no time.
Our reply had Jon Lambdon written all over it, which was unfortunate because he wasn’t playing. It was a scratchy effort from all our batsmen and we were all out for 138 in the 38th over.
Khalsa 171-8, Barford 138 all out
Snitterfield – Tuesday 22nd May 2013
Our first of four matches against our new hosts was dominated by the club’s spinners, with Jon (whose name was written all over the situation) taking 2-0-17-3 and Richard Jones 2-0-8-3. Richard’s three wickets came in the form of a hat trick. If the Snitterfield wicket continues to play as it has in our first couple of games it seems likely that Richard will be celebrating 300 club wickets in two or three years. Paul Henderson and Ben polished off the home side for what appeared to be an under par 81. Barford made heavy going of our reply with Nick (26 retired) and Paul Henderson (23 not out) doing the bulk of the work. We limped over the line with 4 balls to spare and enjoyed a very good barbecue with Snitterfield after the game.
Snitterfield 81 all out, Barford 82-4