Bourton & Frankton CC v Napton CC
Report by Malcolm Thomas
It’s always good to visit Napton CC’s ‘old friends’ at Bourton & Frankton; although like Napton there are fewer of the old faces each year. Retirement and creaking knees making way for younger players.
What hasn’t changed at this venue is how the wind cuts across the ground. For a match in early August it was surprisingly cold.
It needs noting that another Napton CC Junior Academy graduate, Max Nyren, was in the First X1 team for the whole game. He accounted well for himself. If there was an award for the best turned-out Napton player on the day Max would have won it hands down !!
Mike N, Tom H et al are doing a grand job with the youngsters.
The home team won the toss and gave the job of batting first to Napton.
Captain Sam’s talented pool of batters makes it necessary for him to rotate the first five or six places each week as being down at number 4 or 5 could mean hardly any overs at the crease, if any.
Opening partnerships this season are regularly getting into three figures.
Mike N and Joe went to the centre first and found the bowling difficult, needing to be treated with respect. They made slow progress and the first 10 overs only produced 24 runs.
After battling through Bourton’s opening attack, the runs flowed more freely.
A partnership of 132 was broken in the 29th over with Joe being caught and Mike N going out in sympathy 2 overs later, caught off the same bowler.
Napton 140-2 after 31 overs.
Tom H went through a few partners whilst scoring steadily to be Not Out after the allocated 40 overs.
The home team got off to a quicker start than Napton with 41 runs off the first 10 overs. A little under the required run-rate but nonetheless positioning themselves well.
First-change bowler Mike E made the breakthrough in the 11th over with a C & B. It was reported that he was seen to smile. This has yet to be corroborated.
In the very next over John P beat the bat for a plumb LBW to dismiss opener No.2.
After that Bourton & Frankton found it difficult to edge the score along at anywhere near the required run-rate. Napton’s bowling and fielding kept it in check.
Ollie took a C & B off a ball that was returned to him straight and fast back along the track at about a foot off the ground. Another catch in the field was taken by Graham.
Mike E returned figures that can only be described as incredible and John P can be relied on to give Captain San eight consecutive cheap ones each week.
At the end of play the home team were at 137-6.
Napton joined Bourton at Birdingbury Club for a post-match drink and then returned to the Victory Club.
The evenings banter at the club included some very interesting information on local wildlife and their required diet.