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2017 Preseason Party

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Now that the clocks have finally gone forward, the countdown to the new season has begun in earnest. The first milestone to be reached is the Preseason Party. We are very grateful to Sandy and Mary for hosting the annual get-together again this year, where the club comes together to look forward to the new season.

Everyone is welcome whether young or old, new to the club or a seasoned veteran. Please bring your wives, girlfriends, partners, children, family or friends with you. The more the merrier. It is your opportunity to have a drink, a bite to eat and a chat with as many of your team mates before the serious stuff of actually playing cricket begins a week or so later.

Please let Simon International know whether you are coming along as we need to adjust the catering accordingly!

2017 Quiz Night

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Join us for a night of cryptic quizzing at Barford Village Hall on Saturday 11th March 2017 (7:00pm for a 7:30pm start).

Quiz master extraordinaire Martin Lusby will be at Twickenham yet again this year watching perennial under-achievers England lose a crunch game to the plucky Scots, so his stunt-double Simon International is taking over the reins at the annual Barford Quiz. It’ll be the usual format of questions+drink+food, although you may have to brush up your knowledge on speedway, cocktail recipes and the history of Butlins (although I’m assured that there will be no repeat of last year’s Darts Walk-on music roundtravesty…

Prices have been frozen at last year’s levels, despite the protestations of the Treasurer, so at £8 a head it’s an absolute steal including a two-course meal rustled up by the club’s finest chefs. This is one of the main fund-raisers for the year, so the club needs your support – make sure you put it in your diary now!

Teams of 4 for preference, but Simon International is always happy to play match-maker given the opportunity, so don’t worry if you’re an odd or a sod. Contact Simon on either 07851 122333 or at
simonxk8@hotmail.co.uk to reserve your table and avoid disappointment…

2016 Preseason Party

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This years Preseason Party will be held at the Johnstone residence in Barford. Full details are available here.

Everyone is welcome whether young and old, new to the club or a seasoned veteran. Please bring your wives, girlfriends, partners, children, family or friends with you. The more the merrier. It is your opportunity to have a drink, a bite
to eat and a chat with as many of your team mates before the serious stuff of actually playing cricket begins a week or so later.

2016 Quiz Night Update

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A huge thank-you to all involved in the successful quiz night over the last weekend. Especially to Simon International who organised and hosted the event with his usual gusto, despite a last-minute brush with the boys in blue!

A total of 12 teams competed, with the Moonies eventually coming out on top, helped by a cracking score in the uniquely idiosyncratic round of “guess the darts-player from their walk-on music”. (Note to Simon – don’t bother with that again!)

Prizes were again presented by the Chairman who made a belated appearance after some protracted “contract negotiations” at the Ricoh area following the Leicester-Wasps and England-Wales fixtures…

2016 Quiz Night

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Join us for a night of cryptic quizzing at Barford Village Hall on Saturday 12th March 2016 (7:00pm for a 7:30pm start).

Quiz master extraordinaire Martin Lusby will be at Twickenham this year watching perennial under-achievers England lose a crunch game to the plucky Welsh again, so his stunt-double Simon International is taking over the reins at the annual Barford Quiz. It’ll be the usual format of questions+drink+food, although you may have to brush up your knowledge on speedway, cocktail recipes and the history of Butlins…

Prices have been frozen at last year’s levels, despite the protestations of the Treasurer, so at £8 a head it’s an absolute steal including a two-course meal rustled up by the club’s finest chefs. This is one of the main fund-raisers for the year, so the club needs your support – make sure you put it in your diary now!

Teams of 4 for preference, but Simon International is always happy to play match-maker given the opportunity, so don’t worry if you’re an odd or a sod. Contact Simon on either 07851 122333 or at
simonxk8@hotmail.co.uk to reserve your table and avoid disappointment…

Disastrous Drops and Fielding Flops

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At this year’s Annual Dinner, Barford’s answer to the Cohen brothers (or perhaps the Chuckle Brothers depending on your point of view), Simon Drage and Ben Griffin re-enacted some of the key fielding moments from this years campaign. Although the production qualities are perhaps not up to the most exacting standards, Simon evidently poured his heart and soul into the acting and has certainly managed to fully inhabit the characters he was playing.

Given the vast range of actual cock-ups that they could have chosen, it was nothing short of miraculous that they managed to short list only 6 entries in each of the two categories: Disastrous Drops and Fielding Flops.

Disastrous Drops

Fielding Flops

 

Romyn’s of the Day

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Pete Romyn has been a faithful servant of Barford Cricket Club for more years than most of us can remember. He was one of the original “lifers”, whose injection of funds ensured the clubs survival through difficult times, and yet by playing on for over 20 years he cannily ensured a small profit on the deal(!) He also served conscientiously as club Secretary during the difficult negotiations at Hareway Lane. He always played with a smile on his face, unless he’d just tweaked something, but was perhaps never happier than when settled down with a cup of tea and a cake at the break.

His predilection for timed games did set him apart from most of his team-mates, and his method of play never really adapted to the bash and crash of limited overs cricket. However, an encyclopaedic knowledge of the laws meant that he was always the first to be consulted on some of the more obscure aspects of the game and underpinned his re-invention as a league umpire.

His last match at Radway was captured by our celebrated paparazzo and shows of the full range of his unique cricketing abilities (or perhaps not).

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Sandy Peirson delivered a touching eulogy at the Annual Dinner, but as the majority of it was potentially libellous and fairly unprintable (revealing the Chairman’s unseemly fascination with thongs), it is unlikely that it will ever see the light of day again. In it’s absence the following doggerel has been offered up by the Treasurer for your delectation and delight:

Pete Romyn like a very fine wine
Gets better with age unlike Simon Drage
Who’s yet to turn 40 or so we believe
He celebrates next year on Saturday eve.

But back to young Pete. The stalwart and lifer.
Paid up his subs and traded his wife-for
retirement of golf and leather on willow.
So much that he sleeps on the spare bedroom pillow.

He knows all about laws and wides and no balls.
In a quandary of umpiring? Pete takes the calls.
Are you out if the batsmen cross running a three
when the ball comes back in and gets stuck in a tree?
Or what about LB when no shot is offered
but the umpire was sleeping so’s simply not bovvered.

His on field prowess is unmatched ‘cross the lands.
He fields with holes in his feet, side and hands.
He bats with aplomb and maidens fly by.
Serve a buffet? He’ll block it and keep out the pie.

But his bowling pays dividends. Just check out the tour stats.
Bowled 2 for just six runs and kept out the big bats.
He won us the match with some help from the rest.
He was MOTM yes the best of the best.

He almost scored 50 a few years ago.
Batting fifth out at Napton the old Barford foe.
Young Romyn, only 62 playing on fire.
The score rising higher and higher and higher.
When he reached 48 hit the wall. Blocked a few.
Then the innings ran out, on came tea and a brew.
But he still bought a jug for the team post the game.
What a jolly good fellow! Romyn is the name.

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Everyone at Barford wishes Pete in his “retirement” and we’ll all hopefully look forward to seeing him as a spectator/umpire at some of our games next year…

2015 Annual Dinner Report

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40 odd of Barford’s finest (and a few hangers on) attended the Annual Dinner at Merchants in Warwick, hosted by our fun-loving Social Secretary and Captain. The meal was up to their usual high standards and was enjoyed (I think!) by all. Interspersed with the courses were a selection of prizes, and speeches from the Captain reflecting on the season past, and the Chairman on the career of Pete Romyn who has metaphorically hung up his boots – if the chairman manages to supply a publishable version of his B C C Chairman’s poem 2015 then it can be shared with the wider world.

This year’s video production by DGM (Drage Griffin Masterworks) was a stunning reconstruction of the entries in the Worst Drop and Fielding Flop prize categories, and included some memorable impersonations (especially of the Vice-Chairman). Hopefully these can also be made available at a later date!

Many thanks to everyone involved in organising such a fantastic event, and especially to Simon Drage and Ben Griffin for their unique hosting. The prize-winners on the night were as follows:

Award Recipient
Clubman of the Year Simon Morgan
Batsman of the Year Jake Farquhar
Bowler of the Year Simon Hawkins
Fielder of the Year Simon Drage
Most Catches Simon Drage
Champagne Moment Ben Griffin
Champagne Disaster Simon Morgan
Midweek MOM Paul Johnstone
Midweek TFC Ben Griffin
Most Ducks James Kavanagh
Worst Drop Sandy Peirson
Fielding Flop Phil Morris
Best Tea Will Perry and Shawn Harrison
Best Scorer Layla Staveley
Best Retirement Pete Romyn

 

Dates for your diary

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Now the season is done and dusted (I’m sure the statistics will be appearing in due course!), it’s time to turn your attention to the organisational and social side of the club.

First up is the AGM on Wednesday 21st October which sets the tone and lays out the plans for the future of the club. As you can see from the post from the (current) Secretary there will be some changes to the committee for next year and we’re looking for some more members to get involved with helping to run things. If you can help in any way please let Simon Hawkins know as soon as possible.

Next is the annual celebration of the Annual Dinner where we celebrate(?) the achievements of the year, the captain doles out prizes to worthy(?) recipients and we all eat and drink too much! The only difference this year is that we are avoiding the Warwick Mop so you may be able to park within staggering distance. Please let Simon International know how many of you are coming and your menu choices for the evening to make sure that you avoid disappointment…

Six of the best

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Snitterfield Six-a-Side Tournament

By popular demand, Barford CC and Snitterfield CC will jointly be hosting the inaugural Snitterfield Six-a-Side cricket tournament on Saturday July 18th, 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.



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