Simon International reports:
So before the game started the Barford 9 became the Barford 8 after we had another withdrawal from the team. Now we have received many a good hiding over at Rugby Oakfield In the past and that has been when we have taken a strong 11 so you wouldn’t expect too much from a team of 8 except maybe another thrashing?
Well not today, as Ben stole the show and steered us to a glorious victory. No not that Ben and no not that Ben either. The other Ben, little Ben, Ben the 3rd.
Let me tell you how It all happened. Skipper for the day Paul Johnstone lost the toss and we were asked to field. In fairness to Oakfield they donated some extra pairs of legs so that we could fill the gaps In our field and throughout the day Mark Warner’s son Alex also acted as a backstop for us and probably saved us 20 runs in doing so as his keeper dad for the day let one or two go by him, ha ha.
The shortened version of our fielding Is this. The wickets were shared out as Simon Hawkins, Ben Cook, Jon Lambdon and Tony Timms all took a wicket each whilst Tom Hase was the pick of the bowlers taking 3 for 20 off 7 overs. this included a hat trick opportunity only to send the ball whizzing down leg side, jug avoidance I think. Simon Hawkins took a catch, but dropped a dolly, while Jon Lambdon ran out an 11 year old (nothing to be proud of Jon). After a solid all round performance In the field Oakfield’s Inning’s was restricted to 152 for 8 off their allocated overs.
After a lovely tea, In what can only be described as perfect conditions to bat in, openers Johnstone and Warner strolled out to the wicket and quickly set about the task in hand by knocking the ball around the ground. Drinks were taken and we were 88 for none. However thing’s soon changed as Paul was trapped in front of the stumps after making 38. This bought James Patterson to the wicket and the
start of the comedy of errors, lol. Mark Warner was soon run out on 48 (another case of jug avoidance methinks) and in came Ben (the 3rd) Cook and we were 98 for 2 off 22. A couple of comical runs later, my colleague at square leg Tony Timms says to the lads if you two don’t get run out I will eat my hat. Well no hat eating for Tony as 2 runs later James was heading back to the pavilion after you
guessed it, getting run out.
No need to panic just yet as we had the H bombs waiting in preparation. Hase and Hawkins. So the first of our Preparation H boys, Tom came to the wicket and we still needed around 50 runs. In all fairness Tom didn’t need to do much as young Ben the 3rd was smacking the ball all around the field. The overs were ticking away as Oakfield changed the bowling attack and when only needing 10 runs, Tom was finally bowled. Enter the second H bomb, Simon Hawkins. As we entered the final over and needing 3 runs to win Simon slashed at one that raced away for a boundary and a victory but it was young Ben the 3rd who had starred for us as he finished on 46 not out. Our final candidate for jug avoidance, ha ha.
It was another great all round team performance which I am proud and also pleased to say that I was there to witness. Well played guys you were great.
Well that’s how I remember how everything happened. Cheers.