Barney Lose Out In Seaside Thriller
May. 7, 2012
After a few weeks of waiting to get on to the pitch Barney and Fulmodeston finally got their season under way, when on a cold and miserable day the players had to make the long trip to the seaside to play Caister in the 'Challenge Cup'.
Work commitments meant that only 9 Barney players had arrived for the start and after losing the toss they took to the field smartly dressed in their new shirts, which gave the team a very professional and well presented look. Caister started the game brightly with their opening partnership knocking 50 off in the first 7 overs without losing a wicket. It was looking like it was going to be a long and cold innings in the field for Barney until Beanie and Ginge arrived. Once all eleven players were united Barney looked a different team from the one that had started this Cup fixture. Beanie was brought into the attack with the hope of breaking the opening partnership and did exactly that, with his first delivery clean bowling their left handed batsmen. Beanie and Martin then kept the run rate down over the next 15 overs and took wickets on a regular basis. From their strong start Caister were looking very stretched and with the sublime Barney bowling having pegged them back to 130-7, it looked like the innings would be wrapped up quickly. However from this stage the tail batted on for a further 15 overs, scoring runs with some ease due to some poor fielding and some good batting. With the Barney bowling also becoming a bit wayward Caister was able to post a competitive score of 181-9, with one batsman having to retire due to injury.
After a very nice spread put on by the Caister team, Aaron and Clive strode out to bat with the intention of both making a good score. Both players were knocking the ball around nicely keeping the score ticking over at a good rate and looking very relaxed on a damp wicket. With Barney having put 50 on the scoreboard Caister bought their fast bowler into the attack which quickly resulted in the loss of Clive’s wicket. On came Jacob Seed, who was playing his first game for a few seasons, he was soon looking like his old self playing some tremendous shots. The game was in Barney's hands as Aaron made 43, Jacob 14 and Jake 22 leaving them on 105-4 with 15 overs left. However from now on the wickets started to fall, which started to push the required run rate up, leaving a few big shots needed from the late middle order. Whilst keeping close to the required run rate Barney ran short of batsmen and they fell 14 runs short of their required target with 10 balls left to spare.
It was a great performance from everyone particularly given the struggle to get 11 players on the pitch in the first place. Big thanks must go to Jack Bramwell, Martin Hewitt and Danny Hewitt for not only travelling a long way on a cold day, but also making a great effort when it came to batting, bowling or fielding. Although Barney started the season with a loss it was good to get the season going and to see everyone giving their all to making it a nail biting game!