After some good natured intra-club score settling on Saturday, Kibworth First XI completed their warm up program with a victory over visitors Farnsfield on Sunday afternoon. The Nottinghamshire side were captained by Paul Franks, a friend of KCC from our trips to Barbados and also included another first-class cricketer in left arm spinner Graeme White.
After a toss ‘by agreement’ the home side batted first and soon lost Matt Craven when he blasted the ball at mid off who took a sharp catch above his head with the score on 18. Aadil and Saif then feasted on some loose bowling and had the run rate up at six an over after the first ten before skipper Franks brought himself into the attack. There are probably few things a veteren of 207 first class matches and and England ODI cap likes less than being nicked over slip by amateur cricketers but one of them is probably having said club player dropped off a sitter at first slip and as a result the steam was visibly rising from Pauls ears as he retreated to the outfield after four unsuccessful overs.
Franks was replaced by White and with medium pacer Bowker bowling a stingy spell from the other end the Kibworth innings began to stall. Aadil clubbed one up in the air to depart for 40, Sam Johnson’s first team debut ended with a catch behind for 12 and Daz Shaw was unluckly to play on for a duck as the score reached 129-4 after 30 overs. Throughout all this Saif had continued to bat on, his innings a mixture of some class stroke play with the odd ‘red mist’ heave-ho thrown in.
The arrival of Andy Smith prompted Mr Franks to re-introduce himself into the attack ‘for old times sake’ and his humour would have been improved as a catch behind saw the former skipper depart for just eleven. Saif and Aamir then used the last ten overs to good effect and Saif completed his debut ton for the club before being stumped off the returning White. There was just time for Aamir to lauch a massive six over the pavilion before the innings closed on 212-8.
In reply the visitors took 12 overs to compile 36 against good bowling from Driver & Broughton before Daz Shaw claimed the first wicket in his opening over and then took a supurb catch off a screaming drive in the next over to give Matt Jones his first wicket for KCC. Four overs later the Welsh seamer claimed his second, and one he will certainly remember, as he uprooted Franks’ off stump when the county player played outside a full delivery. 61-3 off 17 overs wasn’t a promising position and the home side, who were excellent in the field all day, had no intention of letting the visitors back into the game. Only White with 32 showed real resistance as Farnsfield subsided to 144 all out with four overs unused, leaving Jones with figures of 4-23 to make it a memorable debut.