It is rare that any team’s best work happens before a ball is bowled but, aside from one innings of note from Steve Thompson, this particular team did their best work in the kitchen by showing more intent and application with the morning bacon than they did on the square.
The malaise had started early. Kean Folley had a ‘Mike Pratt’ moment when he realised that he had 12 players but wasn’t exactly heartbroken to take the opportunity to head down to Grace Road to watch the ex Kibworth pyrotechnics at county HQ. Laurence Joel was elected stand in skipper over the toaster and we had a game.
Kibworth had a game but went straight from the first ball to collapse without even a passing nod to to scoring some runs in the meantime. In a blinking of an eye Kibworth were 30 for 5 and worried text messages were flying between Fleckney Road and Grace Road,presumably to see if there were any spare seats near ‘The Meet’ after an early finish.
That the Sunday XI didn’t head into town was purely down to an innings of class from Steve Thompson that finished on precisely 100 not out and had single handedly pulled the home side from the smelly stuff into respectability. An unlikely partner in the considerable shape of the The Bard enabled an unbroken 53 to be put on for the 8th wicket so at least the game would continue long enough for the second slice of cake to be digested.
Kibworth never threatened to take the wickets they needed to win the game although opening bursts from Ollie Lodge and Page Morris Junior ensured the scoring got off to a stodgy start. The bowling was rotated (in the chase of LJ rotated out of the playing area) and a second spell by C.P.M. when the D.N.B’s threatened to seriously outnumber the post match I.P.A.’s bought a couple of wickets to make the scorecard look respectable.
In the final analysis Kibworth were always playing catch up after their poor start, didn’t really bowl all that well, and the fielding wasn’t as sharp as it could have been, but if you fancy a bacon sanger there is definite promise there.
William Jennings – 27/05/2013