BADBY 1sts’ return to the top of the Division Six table with a hard- won 42-run victory over promotion rivals Kislingbury at Longroods.
Winning the toss & inviting the home side to bat, Badby set off at a conservative pace in the face of some testing Kislingbury bowling, primarily looking to keep wickets intact through the first half of the innings.
Sabir Khawaja was first to fall for 22; Duncan Blackwell added a rapid 14 before Andy Humphries (31) and Stu Bonthuys (37) came together for what proved to be the game’s biggest partnership of 49.
Badby scrambled runs in the last few overs to finish on 158-6, the conclusion at tea being that this would prove difficult to exceed if Badby’s bowling attack and fielding came to the party.
Pick of Kislingbury’s bowling were Ben Swingler Browne (2-20), Subin Vargehese (1-32) and Rob Spatcher (2-49). Sure enough, Badby gained two early breakthroughs via Ben Jones (2-25) whilst Jack Fuller (0-10) kept runs at a premium from the other end.
Paul Cooper replaced Jones and immediately claimed another Kislingbury scalp, eventually sending down 13 uninterrupted overs for 3-29.
Kislingbury needed two batsmen to stay at the crease and forge a partnership in order to get close but, from the other end to Cooper, Stuart Bonthuys had other ideas.
He finished with 4-39 from his 13 overs, all clean bowled and including Kislingbury’s main hope Jamie Forrest, for 20.
The lower just kept Kislingbury in the run chase before Bonthuys claimed two wickets in his final over and Sam Scarman (26) perished on the boundary going for glory. Kislingbury were all out for 116.
Badby now travel to Bugbrooke’s Doc White ground hoping to complete another double over their local rivals and move a step closer to their promotion goal.