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Snitterfield Six-a-Side Tournament

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By popular demand, Barford CC and Snitterfield CC will jointly be hosting the inaugural Snitterfield Six-a-Side cricket tournament on Saturday July 19th, at our home ground in Snitterfield.

The tournament will be run as a fun event rather than a competition for serious cricketers, so why not dust off your old bat, get a few friends together, and rediscover your inner Flintoff.

Each team will play at least 2 games, with the winners competing in the final for a prestigious trophy. It’s a bit like Karate Kid, only with cricket.

The entry fee is £30 per team – Numbers are strictly limited so to enter a team or to find out more, please contact barfordsec@gmail.com.

Throughout the day we will be offering:

  • A fully stocked bar
  • Barbecue
  • Tea and Cakes
  • Match commentary, jingles and insults from the legendary Simon International
  • Dancing girls
  • There won’t be dancing girls

Meanwhile, why not take a trip down memory (or more precisely Hareway) Lane for some footage of the last tournament held inn 2006.

Return to Kineton

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Barford played the youthful Kineton side for the second time this month, thanks to some last minute fixture wizardry by Simon International. With none of the usual captaincy candidates available, an electoral college was hastily convened at the Joey and Martin Lusby, in absentia, was raised to the position. Could age and experience overcome youth, enthusiasm, lake of infirmity and cricketing ability, for the second time in a couple of weeks?

Martin won the toss and opted to bat first. Kieran Bailey from Leek Wootton had stepped into the breach as our 11th man and Martin sent him in to open with Sandy. Kieran looked good before being LBW to a straight one, which bought PJ to the crease. Thankfully the follicless master was in cracking form, following a couple of early season disappointments, and after a slow start scored freely on his way to 53. Batsmen Fisher, Lusby, and Romyn came and went in support of Paul, who was finally out in the 32nd over with the score on 97. The rest of us nurdled a few against slow bowling and a slower outfield, but our total of 131-9 seemed well below par. It was clear that Kineton were pretty confident of knocking off the runs in quick time.

They were soon in trouble, however, in a fantastic opening spell from Richard Johnson who took three wickets in his opening four overs (all bowled).  Keiran (6-0-23-2) and Jon Lambdon (8-2-29-1) both kept the pressure up with regular wickets and at tea Barford looked well in the game. Kineton took charge, however, when their Aussie Cooper came in at number 7. He quickly moved on to 26 before being undone by a fantastic ball from Tim. At that point the game seemed to have swung back in our favour with a couple of Kineton’s young players at the wicket. They were stubborn in defence, however, and played well against Hiten’s spin.

After 30 overs they only needed a further 20 to win and Kineton looked favourites again. Martin threw the ball to openers Hawkins and Johnson with the instruction to bowl slowly and accurately. This pinned the young players back as the required rate grew. Your correspondant made a tit of himself by dropping the easiest caught and bowled chance ever, but then managed to scramble a runout. Richard picked up another wicket to end with MOM and jug winning figures of 8-5-10-4 (not to mention an excellent catch) – it was a match winning performance. Tim cleaned things up when Kineton’s number 11 skied a ball to the shovel like hands of Pete Fish – Barford won by 7 runs in the penultimate over.

It was gratifying to win for a second time against young opponents, who have promised to up their game next time….

Following an excellent all round team performance Thanks for Coming was awarded to Phil Morris who wasn’t in the team, but turned up to watch for about 10 minutes before leaving, thus missing the thrilling denouement. Thanks for coming Phil.

Simon H

Results Roundup

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Big Dicky

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

The Barford Hare finally roars at Kineton

Barford notched up our first win of the season in a very enjoyable game against Kineton. It was the first time that we’d played them since the distressing events of “Cobbgate” and a quick inspection of the wicket showed that the blood stain is now barely visible. Kineton fielded a very youthful team, whose combined age can’t have been much higher than that of Barford Grandees Timms and Lusby. The opposition batted first and Captain Griffin threw the new ball to the fearsome pace duo of Hawkins and Carter. Your correspondent managed to sneak a wicket in the first over and Kineton made fairly slow progress as wickets fell to Hawkins, Morgan and Timms.  They were 48-4 at drinks.

Thereafter the pace accelerated in a strong partnership between Cooper, the home side’s Aussie, and their number  5, the 13 year old J.Geary-Heaton. Ben had sensibly held back himself and Nick Saunders in anticipation of this onslaught and both bowled a very good, tight line through to the end. The pair combined when Nick held a good catch off of Ben’s bowling to dismiss the Aussie for 47, whilst Gear-Heaton batted through to the end for a very good 61, with Kineton finishing on 158-8. All their young players had batted sensibly and well, suggesting that they must have a very good coaching set up.

After a good tea Barford started in traditional Barford style as Jake collected his first Drage rubber duck for the club and Phil played very solidly against pacey bowling before being caught for 1, leaving us on 6-2. Sandy and James both dug in really well to steady the ship and their scores of 10 and 14 respectively don’t do justice to their contribution. Both had fallen by drinks, however, leaving us precariously placed at 54-4. Martin (34) and Ben (46) then built an excellent partnership, scoring quickly on a slow outfield, before they were out in the space of a couple of balls. With 35 runs required off of 6 overs, it was down to last week’s unsuccessful run chasers Saunders and Hawkins to see us home with Nick doing the bulk of the work with a combative 23 not out. The winning runs were stuck early in the final over, which is always the sign of a good game.

The match was played in a good spirit, with the Kineton lads keen for a rematch.  I’m not sure who got the nod for MOM (Nick I think?) and TFC was a toss up between Jake who didn’t take his dismissal with a stiff upper lip, Neil (slightly unfairly) for dropping the Aussie early on, Simon Morgan for missing the start having forgotten his kit and Martin and Tony for torturing the Treasurer over the matter of subs, by claiming to be unwaged.

For the benefit of Mr Timms, let it be here stated that TFC stands for “Thanks for Coming” rather than the unrepeatable assumption that he had drawn, based on the first word being “Total”. These Rugby types, eh?

Update from Phil: MOM was Nick, with Jake taking the coveted TFC.

Simon H



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