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.