Pre-season nets are underway. It’s the perfect opportunity to blow off the cobwebs before the season begins, or to just come along and give it a try.
Sunday February 9th, 10.30 until 12, Aylesford School. Sunday February 16th, 10.30 until 12, Aylesford School Sunday February 23rd, 10.30 until 12, Aylesford School Sunday March 1st, 10.30 until 12, Aylesford School.
Monday March 2nd, 8.00 until 9.30, Kenilworth Wardens CC. Monday March 9th, 8.00 until 9.30, Kenilworth Wardens CC. Monday March 16th, 8.00 until 9.30, Kenilworth Wardens CC. Monday March 23rd, 8.00 until 9.30, Kenilworth Wardens CC. Monday March 30th, 8.00 until 9.30, Kenilworth Wardens CC. Monday April 6th, 8.00 until 9.30, Kenilworth Wardens CC. Monday April 13th, 8.00 until 9.30, Kenilworth Wardens CC. Monday April 20th, 8.00 until 9.30, Kenilworth Wardens CC.
Equipment is supplied and the cost is just £3 for adults and £2 for juniors/unwaged. Contact email@example.com for more info.
Now that two net sessions have burnt off the festive excesses it is time to look forward to the summer months and this year’s tour.
We will be returning to Cambridge over June 26th-28th and once again staying at The Arundel House Hotel.
Friday 26th evening vs. Philanderers
Saturday 27th vs. Grantchester
Sunday 28th vs. Chatteris (Exning & Burwell had agreed to have us back but found they were double booked-Chatteris very kindly stepped in at short notice)
Unfortunately accommodation costs have increased to £80 per person, per night but hopefully those who toured last season will confirm that Cambridge is a great place to spend a weekend.
To secure a place on the tour I will require a deposit of £10 per night you wish to stay (e.g. if you want to stay Friday and Saturday you pay £20 deposit). I require these by Saturday February 15th.
You can make a direct payment to the club account (Phil Morris can provide details) or pay Phil directly, but please let me know via email if you have done this. Alternatively you can send a cheque, made payable to Barford Cricket Club, to me at
31 Birch End
Finally a big thank you to Phil Harvey, Steve Wilson, Sam Ludford and Julie Pope for providing us with fixtures.
Will Morgan starred in an outstanding team performance, as a 10 man Barford overcame Great Alne.
Skipper Drage won the toss and cannily elected to bat, knowing from past experience that the setting sun would make batting tough late in the day. The captain biffed his second ball for 6 before settling into a more sedate rhythm against very accurate opening bowling on a wicket with variable bounce. Sandy was stoic in defence and the pair moved to 21 before Simon played on. Enter Kev who played watchfully before pulling out the big shots, including another enormous six out the ground. The ball was never found.
Neil Forrest looked good for his 13 before being caught and bowled and Rob Davies played with aggression but couldn’t stick around. Kev was finally out for 36 and Paul Stacey, Jon Lambdon and Will Morgan all failed to bother the scorer much. With the score less than 100 and 12 overs of the innings remaining the final pair of Hawkins and Jones were left to mount a rear guard action. Richard was in sparkling form and we managed to marshal the score to 128, using all of the 40 overs.
Although it’s a small ground, the outfield was incredibly slow and, over tea, the opposition were adamant that it was defend-able total. We felt it was probably 20 or 30 short.
Paul Stacey opened the bowling and was accurate and hostile without much luck (as usual). At the other end, Will was on fire and soon amongst the wickets. He bowled 8 overs straight and gave nothing away, ending with the outstanding figures of 8-1-9-4. All 4 of those wickets were bowled, each hitting middle and leg. That was all forgotten however, when he went spectacularly arse over tit when chasing a ball down in the uneven outfield. Thanks for coming Will.
Rob Davies bowled an excellent spell without reward and, by that point, the situation had Jon Lambdon written all over it. Jon tossed up 8 overs of deliveries that came out the sun like Stukas and was very unlucky to claim only one wicket. Neil Forrest was outstanding fielding in the covers and Great Alne were running out of batsmen.
Having taken a fantastic catch behind the sticks, Kev passed the keeping duties to Jon and came on to bowl. In addition to picking up the final wicket he also took an excellent catch in the outfield. Simon D did an excellent job of keeping the pressure on with his field placings and Great Alne were finally out for 111 in the final over. A very good win.
We are a friendly crowd and always welcome new players, including those who are new to cricket or haven’t played for some time. All of our matches are friendlies, played in good spirit and the Sunday games include a tea! If you fancy giving it a try, please contact our secretary Paul Johnstone on firstname.lastname@example.org
Tourmeister Ireland has used his customary blend of tactical insight, intuition, witchcraft, guesswork, desperation, smoke, mirrors, wishing it would all just go away and existential dread to come up with the following tour teams:
Friday 21st June vs. Philanderers
Kenny G (Captain) Ben Cook Tom Baker Chris Prince Rob Davis James Beaven Tony Timms Andy Hawkins Paul Henderson Tim Jolly Simon Morgan
Saturday 22nd vs. Grantchester
Kevin Tobin (Captain) Ben Cook Chris O’Reilly Chris Prince Rob Davis James Beaven Tony Timms Richard Jones Simon Hawkins Paul Johnstone Sandy Peirson
Sunday 23rd vs. Burwell & Exning
Simon Morgan (Captain) Ben Cook Tom Baker Kevin Tobin Andy Hawkins Kenny G Simon Hawkins Tim Jolly Chris O’Reilly Paul Johnstone Sandy Peirson
A tour recce without Richard Jones is like Lennon without McCartney or Campari without soda, so the due diligence committee felt justified in returning to East Anglia a mere four months after their first visit.
Cambridge Recce 2 (The Wrath of Khan)
The veteran leggie made an immediate impact with his choice of luncheon venue, The Cock Inn at Hemingford Grey (if you’ve seen Carry On Dick you will have heard all the jokes). Good food and beer from a local brewery, all served in a cosy, friendly environment with a huge garden area that will be perfect for the guaranteed June sunshine.
After dropping our bags at The Arundel House we made full use of the balmy spring sunshine and headed across town to check out the hostelries that we’d missed in December.
The Elm Tree came highly recommended and certainly didn’t disappoint-fine selection of ales, friendly regulars and old pub memorabilia adorning the walls (right over the road was The Cricketers but we didn’t feel qualified to enter).
A few hundred yards down the road is my personal favourite, The Free Press-A quirky collection of small, low ceilinged rooms (with one containing the wreck from the 1984 Boat Race) plus a lovely small garden which acted as a sun trap while we studied the map in search of our next port of call.
The much lauded Cambridge Blue was a real disappointment. Terse service from uninterested bar staff, uncomfortable seating and what looked like a collection of Christmas lights that hadn’t been taken down. I sensed this place possibly catered for the less seasoned customer (those who like popular beat combos, the World Wide Web etc.) so we headed along the road to The Alexandra Arms, or “The Alex” as the locals know it, which was much better.
Another let down was St. Radegund, Cambridge’s smallest pub-lacking the character of its similarly-sized neighbours (although the jukebox will appeal to those who remember the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in 1980). As Living After Midnight isn’t really our lifestyle any more we thought it a good idea to try the food at The Architect where we will be dining on the Saturday night of the tour.
The pub trades on reasonably priced fish and chips or pie and mash, and what we had was excellent and will certainly do the job as a venue for Judge Jolly’s kangaroo court.
After a quick pint in The Castle, which we visited in December, the lightweights (myself and The Chairman) hit the hay leaving the hellraisers(who total 207 years between them) to sample The Arundel’s selection of finest malt.
The combination of two recces results in the following summary:
The best places close to the hotel are The Maypole, Champion of the Thames and The Castle. If you want to take a 20 minute walk (and I strongly recommend it) then visit The Elm Tree and The Free Press-you won’t be disappointed.
Big thanks to Timmsy for his chauffeuring and to Steve Wilson, Phillip Harvey and Pete Ames for their local knowledge and help.
The Barford cricketing community was left reeling on Sunday with the discovery that Jon Lambdon has purchased a smartphone. It’s thought that the previously vocal refusenik finally succumbed to the decade old technology some time over the winter.
“It’s alright” said Jon, whilst gently stroking the shiny case. It’s believed that the occasional offy and future club batting legend will mostly use the device in trying to access Bebo, MySpace and Friends Reunited.
When approached for a comment, club chairman Sandy Peirson replied “What’s a smartphone?”
In other news, don’t forget that nets continue for the next three Sundays at North Leamington School, before switching to Monday nights at Wardens. New players are always welcome; we hope to see you there.
It’s that time of year when seasoned players shake off the Christmas excess and get back to it, whilst we hope that new players come along to help pick up the slack. Our net sessions (and our team) are open to people of all ages, abilities, genders and waist size, so come along if you fancy giving it a try. We have a bowling machine (AKA Doris) and all equipment is provided.
Dates, times and locations are listed below. The cost of each session is £3 for adults and £2 for juniors and the unwaged. To find out more contact Paul Johnstone on email@example.com
Our Sunday venue has changed this year to North Leamington School,Sandy Lane, Blackdown, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RD. 10.30am until 12.00.
SUNDAY 27th JANUARY.
SUNDAY 3rd FEBRUARY.
SUNDAY 10th FEBRUARY.
SUNDAY 17th FEBRUARY.
SUNDAY 24th FEBRUARY.
SUNDAY 3rd MARCH.
SUNDAY 10th MARCH.
Our Monday night venue remains Kenilworth Wardens, Glasshouse Lane,Kenilworth, CV8 2AL. 8pm until 9.30pm.
The Warwickshire quiz that everyone*’s talking about is back. Quizmaster Beavan is again weaving his question-setting magic for the event, which will held on Saturday 16th March at the village hall, Barford.
The entry fee is £8.50 per person, including a two course hot meal, and there is a licensed bar. The quiz is open to everyone and is an important fundraiser for the club.
To enter a team (ideally of four) please contact Simon Drage on: 07851 122333 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you;d like to come but can’t raise a team contact Simon anyway – he is an excellent match maker.