From our correspondent Simon H:
It’s not often that I find the need to report on 2 tremendous wins in a row, but the Barford Hare is truly on a roll at the moment and tonight he notched up another victory, against coach Paul Smith’s Wardens Classics.
It must be said that things didn’t start well when our in form, talismanic club skipper wasn’t able to make the start of the game. With some nifty negotiations by the midweek captain Drage, it was agreed that spectator Paul Henderson could have a bat, before leaving in order to take Thomas home for his bedtime. Thomas did not have a late night.
Wickets fell with alarming frequency, with only PJ holding the show together. It was looking like it wouldn’t be much of a contest and it’s possible that Wardens were trying to feed us a few runs – they certainly gave away a lot of extras. When Ben showed up, Paul Smith kindly allowed him to bat and he (21 not out) and PJ (carrying his bat for 43) helped us to an at-least-we’ve-made-a-game-of-it total of 118. I swiftly draw a veil over Tim’s platinum duck.
Past history suggested that score wouldn’t be enough, but Barford put in a magnificent bowling performance, with no bad overs and very few bad balls. It pains me to say it but the main damage was done by gobshites Shawn (4-0-14-2) and Simon Morgan (3-0-15-2). Simon took the prized scalp of Paul Smith, caught and bowled off a leading edge for a golden duck. Tim (3-0-5-1) was frugal, Richard Jones chipped in with a wicket and took a spiralling catch, Ben (2-0-4-2) popped up with a couple of late wickets and a tremendous team performance was topped off by PJ pulling off a fantastic run out off the last ball. Wardens Classics ended on 87-7. Special mention should also be made of Phil’s tactic of sledging the batsmen from behind the timbers – I’m sure it gave us a distinct psychological advantage and it’s definitely something we should consider never, ever, ever doing again.
Thanks are due to Paul and the Classics team for making a contest of it, and for providing a good tea after the game.