Our President would like to invite all vice presidents and their partners to his Presidents Day match on Sunday September 18th. The T20 game will be between the Presidents side captained by Matt Craven and the Chairman’s side captained by Steve Thompson and will be a fitting finale to another great season. It will start at 12 noon and “tea” will be taken between innings at circa 1.30pm. The President will provide tea for his guests in the Welton Room from 2pm onwards. After the game at circa 4pm we will be celebrating the success of our Junior Cricketers with a presentation and awards ceremony. This will be followed by a BQQ for those who have not over indulged at tea!
This should be a splendid afternoon and I hope we will have a great turn out to enjoy the last game of the season and to share a glass and story or two with cricketing friends.
Kibworth Complete ‘Double Treble’
At Uppingham CC on Sunday afternoon Kibworth First team emulated their 2015 performance by completing the treble of league, County Cup and Challenge cup. An emphatic 8 wicket victory over Loughborough Town sealed the historic achievement after Loughborough could manage only 97 batting first. Matt Bashford and Monik Patel both claimed two wickets as Loughborough were reduced to 16-4 and they never recovered. Aadil claimed 3-24 to take the bowling honours and also finished 9 not out to seal the win after Matt and Sunny had put on 70 for the first wicket. The skipper was finally dismissed for 53 with two required for victory.
The Talent Cricket County Cup will be staying at Fleckney Road for another year after a seven wicket victory over Barrow Town at Grace Road on Sunday. A target of 116 was overhauled comfortably with 17 overs to spare thanks to an unbroken fourth wicket partnership of 75 between CPM and Craves. The Barrow innings never really took off after Kibworth skipper Matt Craven won the toss and fielded. Barrow reached 44-1 but then slipped to 66-5 with Whitty and Daz both claiming two victims. Bhavik then took 3-7 to make short work of the lower order.
We sadly report the untimely passing of Graham Thompson, whose innings was sadly cut short last weekend.
Graham was a well known figure at Fleckney Rd, always shared an opinion (unwanted or not!), but above all he was passionate about our club through both his words and his actions. He rarely missed a game here over the years, and was regularly part of the huge volunteering effort on big event days.
He was often found umpiring for the 3rd team during their stint in Northants’ league action, and I even remember him turning out for the 4ths a few years ago when we were in dire need of numbers to fulfil a fixture.
But most importantly, Graham was the head of a family that is Kibworth through and through….a family which continues to contribute a huge amount to our club both on and off the field.
His legacy will live on through a family that is synonymous with KCC, and he can look down on them all with pride from the best seat in the house.
it goes without saying that the thoughts of everyone at KCC are with Stephen, Jane, Laura, Hannah, Keira, Jamie and their extended families at this difficult time.
Grahams funeral will take place at Rainsbrook Crematorium-Avon Chapel, Ashlawn Rd, Rugby, CV22 5ET on Monday 19th September @ 2pm followed by drinks & food at Rugby Workers Club, 32 Oliver Street, Rugby, CV21 2ET
There is no dress code for the funeral, but Steve says it would be a nice thought if people could wear colours that they feel reflects how they think of / thought of Graham.
League title won with three weeks to spare
The weather last week had an immediate silver lining as Matt Craven’s first team retained their Premier League title with 3 games to spare.
Aside from a disappointing defeat at Rothley Park recently the team have been in majestic form and a run of 9 wins on the spin since the halfway point set a terrific pace.
It was fitting that events of last weekend saw the title clinched, and that PJ saw the job through before jetting back to South Africa on Sunday morning (driven to Rugby station by Thommo’…enough said!).
Whilst we reflect on the team’s success it should be noted that this has been a fantastic team effort, and we should include our ground staff as part of that extended team. Its no coincidence that they managed to get cricket on during a period when our opponents couldn’t, and this allowed us to gain momentum that never really stopped.
Forthcoming Diary Dates
Sunday 11th September – League Cup Final at Uppingham Town
Sunday 11th September – ECB 50+ Final at KCC with Leicestershire playing Essex in the final
Sunday 18th September – Presidents Day and Junior Presentation