Snow Foils Barrow’s Seniors But Juniors Enjoy The Fun

While Sunday snow bizarrely forced the cancellation of senior indoor nets, some committed Barrow players were not to be defeated taking to their gardens for a bit of extra practice!

Meanwhile on Saturday Barrow Gurney CC Under 15s had an indoor cricket single wicket competion at Merchant’s Academy to brush the cobwebs away, and the cobwebs can feel well and truly brushed! As Pete Holdaway reports:

Ben Thorne kicked off with a show of cuts and drives hitting the ball with panache and only being dismissed once due to a swing across the line to Leo Brace. He totalled 48 – good start Ben.

Enter Cameron Bullock stage right, who, after a year in exile due to age (Barrow having only under 13s last year, he was 14) again proved he has an eye for the bad ball, but now has developed a drive through mid-wicket, not seen before! He also played a good selection of off-side shots. The final score was 67, which included facing a demon over from Melisa Owen which threatened to bowl him every time. Top score Cam!

Third in was Leo Brace playing a mixture innings of careful defence whilst punishing the half-volley as Leo usually does. Without being dismissed, Leo amassed 33, a character innings for which he is well known.

Wielding the willow next was Lucas Tait, famous for his opening knock last season versus Blagdon where he batted the entire innings bar one ball and kept the side together (I don’t know where he gets it from!). Lucas thrashed a ball from Cameron hard to cover amidst applause from the crowd only for Leo to take the calmest of catches one handed whilst reading the paper!! Lucas batted on in stalwart fashion keeping out good yorkers from Mel and co., – 11 classy runs.

Next in was Melissa, who arrived at Merchant’s with cricket and Hockey kit, such is her sporting life. The first half of Mel’s innings saw her continue in the vein of Lucas with careful defensive play. Then she unleashed some powerful straight hitting to the back wall with consecutive 6’s and numerous 4’s. Without a cross-bat in sight, Mel equalled Ben Thorne on 48, a pleasure to watch!

Last, but not least, at Merchant’s was Jake, who joined us only last year, and is playing catch up in his cricket. But he was equal to most of the bowling and certainly despatched anything outside leg, of which there was probably too much. Well batted Jake, a creditable 11, and would have been more but for some slick fielding at fine leg.

And good to see Luke Thorne turn up after his Saturday morning boxing session (nobody’s arguing with that!!). Well done Luke.
Thanks to Nick Fisher for umpiring and Sarah Thorne for scoring.

With other players waiting in the wings the prospects for 2018 look more than encouraging ! So next up is outdoor practice starting FRIDAY APRIL 20TH , 6PM-8PM at Hobbs Lane (weather permitting!!) Under 15 matches then follow on Monday evenings.

New players are more than welcome to join our junior team by contacting Pete on 07929 002887 or use the contact us link above.

New Look Website Launched For New Season

Barrow Gurney Cricket Club are pleased to launch an upgraded website, with a new look but still having all the essential features of the old one.

As well as having a new feel about it our new front page will display stories in full with pictures to show the Barrow Gurney story throughout the year. And with links to social media and our play-cricket site everything you need to follow the club is right here.

We would welcome your opinion on the new website.

Barrow Gurney Welcomes New Players For 2018 Season

Want to play cricket in 2018?

Then where better to play than at the beautiful Barrow Gurney Cricket Ground, with stunning views of the Dundry Hills and the reservoirs, and the well-maintained playing surface and outfield at Hobbs Lane.

Barrow Gurney offers opportunities for experienced players, juniors and those who have not played since their school days, or who have perhaps taken a few years out, to play at a variety of standards. We offer 2 Saturday teams and Sunday cricket (or both!) in the Bristol & District and North Somerset Leagues, as well as Under 15 matches against local opposition. We also have a midweek team which plays T20 fixtures in the height of the summer.

We are a small, family orientated, friendly, village club who welcome new players at all levels. With the completion of our new female changing room we hope to welcome new female players inspired by Anya Shrubsole’s success in winning the world cup for England to join Barrow’s own Somerset women players in competing on equal terms in the first, second and third teams.

Add to that the social side of the club with the Pavilion Bar hosting regular quiz nights, social events and barbecues throughout the summer and a committee determined to improve the playing and pavilion facilities year on year, then we hope you might consider Barrow Gurney as the club to join for the season ahead.

Whatever standard or experience you feel you have achieved, why not join us for the new season. Contact us via the website page or just come along to our pre-season nets on Sundays 25th February 11th,18th and 25th March between 10am and 12 Noon at Merchants’ Academy,  which are open to all players.

New Season, New Laws – Preparing for 2018

Barrow Gurney’s Geoff Saunders runs the rule over the changes to the Laws of Cricket which come into effect for the 2018 season.

Geoff reminds us how important it is that all those who umpire or score in games this season are aware of the changes. There are umpiring courses available for those who would like to know more (see the Gloucestershire or Somerset Cricket Board websites.

Here are the key points
• A bat grounded over the crease and then bouncing while running-is now not out if the bat is in the air.
• The striker can now be out if ball caught (or stumped) off a fielder’s (or wicketkeepers) helmet.
• Mock fielding is now illegal (called Distraction) and 5 penalty runs can be awarded to the batting side.
• Beamers and Bouncers are now treated separately – a first and final warning for each (second warnings abolished), beamers are above waist height from any pace of bowler. Bouncers do not now necessarily have to be repetitive to be unfair.
• Deliberate front foot no ball – now triggers an immediate suspension.
• The striker marking his/her crease or going into the “Protected Area” without due cause now illegal. (Does not prevent advancing up the wicket to play a shot).
• Running out the non-striker when he’s backing up – can now can happen up to the release point (same as you see on TV)
• “Lost Ball” and “Handled Ball” laws no longer exist. (Handled Ball now comes under “Obstructing the Field” as controversially happened in the recent U19 world cup).
• New limits to Bat size (Leagues may give timescale as it is being phased in – like the wicket keepers gloves a few years ago).
• Substitutes – may now keep wicket.
• Absences of fielders – time now accrues immediately (no 15-min minimum any more) up to max 90 minutes before being able to bowl/bat – can carry over to next (batting) innings if any time still left when first innings ends.
• Ball bouncing more than once before reaching striker is now No Ball (was more than twice)
• Byes and Legs Byes for a No Ball are now scored as Byes and Leg Byes (+1 No Ball extra) and must be signalled as such by Umpires – Scorers please note.
• Player Behaviour (Law 42) – Much as been publicised about this but you shouldn’t fear it. Although there are 4 levels of “Unacceptable” behaviour more than 99% will fall into Levels 1 and 2. These are for those offences that we do see all too often, but they can now carry a 5 Run Penalty as well as the reporting of the offence that has always happened. So, there can now be an in match penalty as well as match bans that have generally followed a Report.
• Levels 3 and 4 are the more serious offences (generally physical abuse or intimidation for example ) that apart from a Report will also incur a temporary or permanent exclusion from the game. These are extremely rare but have happened on a very few occasions in WEPL over the last 10 years.

Barrow Fixtures Now Available

With the recent release of the league fixtures it has been confirmed that Barrow Gurney’s First Team are bound for Bath in their league season opener to face Bath 4ths, meanwhile the 2nds start the season at home playing Twyford House A XI. In a repeat of last year the Sunday 3rd XI start their campaign against Pak Bristolians 2s.

For a full list of the fixtures click the link in the main menu.

Fixture secretary Paul Mizen hopes to finalise the friendly and T20 fixtures shortly. It is anticipated that there will be at least 3 pre-season games, our regular fixture against Axbridge at the end of the season plus 6 T20s to make the most of those long summer evenings which seem so far away at the moment!

With pre-season nets starting on 25th February there is plenty of cricket to look forward to this summer, for Barrow regulars and any new players who would like to join our small, friendly club.

Barrow Gurney Tour Dates Revealed.

Tour organiser Rod Reeves has been working hard over the off season to line up fixtures for the BGCC summer tour to Devon. This year the tour will take place a couple of weeks later than in previous years between 6th and 9th August 2018. Opposition looks likely to be against many of the teams we have played in recent years: Torquay, Exmouth, Shobrooke Park and Abbotskerswell.

Barrow players and friends from other clubs, who would like to tour with us, are asked to note the dates in their diaries now, details of accommodation are yet to be confirmed. It is important for the club that the tour is well-supported to continue a tradition of 20 years or more when players from all teams can enjoy a relaxing break and some enjoyable cricket at scenic grounds.

Enjoy Some Festive Cheer At BGCC’s Christmas Party

All members, families, friends and supporters are warmly invited to join us for our Christmas party in the welcoming surroundings of the Princes Motto in Barrow Gurney next Sunday (17th December from about 8pm).

Catch up on what everyone has been doing in the “off-season” and take part in one of Rod’s fiendish quiz challenges. There will be a chance to discuss the Ashes with the Australian landlord which promises to be most enjoyable (for him especially!)

We look forward to being able to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

Poll Of The Month – Barrow Gurney’s Sports Personality Of The Year

As the nation prepares to cast its vote for another Sports Personality of the Year, all cricket lovers will be hoping strong vote for Somerset’s own Anya Shrubsole after her World Cup winning exploits last summer.

This month the BGCC website gives Barrow Gurney members and supporters the chance to vote for its very own Sports Personality of the Year for the very first time.

Why not cast your vote now for one of the nominees:

Frank Forge

Joint top wicket-taker for the club this season, Frank bowled accurate spells for the 1st XI and often proved unplayable on a Sunday, whilst adding some lower order cameos with the bat and sometimes amused with some unpredictable fielding. Self-professed former head of banter at Chew Valley School, Frank now uses the banter to good effect on the cricket field as well as at university.

Pete Holdaway

Top scoring batsman for the 2nd XI, Pete made his runs with style and panache, always alert for the square cut to anything short. He also took one of the best catches you will ever see from a ball which came through fast and head-high. This year Pete was at times in danger of letting his inner competitive spirit get the better of him, but that only went to show his love for fair play and Barrow Gurney cricket.

Oscar Livesey

Oscar was also joint top wicket taker for the club, and enjoyed a successful year flitting between the teams. In the field Oscar was full of chirp and not so-subtle hints to the skipper about having a bowl. Meanwhile with the bat his unique style of calling and quirky defensive technique never failed to cause amusement. When his batting moved into attack mode he showed just what a clean striker of the ball he can be.

Rod Reeves

A left handed version of the famous David Steele from days of yore, Rod showed typically dogged defence, frustrating bowlers of all types with the nurdle behind the wicket on either side. In one of most dramatic moments of the season Rod was felling by a bouncer, hit of the side of the jaw. In a gutsy fight back, he then took on the bowler and went on to top score in the innings. An amazing advert for septuagenarians!

James Riley

James was top scorer for Barrow this year having moved up the order to occupy the all rounder’s position as well as being vice-captain. He continued to be the top bowler in the first team proving a handful to all teams bustling in to bowl with sharp pace. On a Sunday he was an enthusiastic wicket keeper at times, occasionally a slow left-armer and always on hand to offer advice. A great club man, offering help with junior players and upholding the family honour by winning the annual quiz. Will be a huge loss if he has a sabbatical next season.

Mike Gibbs RIP – “An Innings That Ended Far Too Soon”

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Mike Gibbs (known to his teammates as “Gibby). Geoff Saunders described hearing of the news as “an innings that ended far too soon.”

Mike was a regular player for Barrow Gurney in the 1980s when the club had only one side, and he was a popular player at that.

Geoff recalls how, as well as his playing activities, Mike’s Evening Post delivery van was “very useful in transporting lots of things especially buffets for our Gentlemen’s Smoking Concerts”.  Mike had a recent period in hospital but apparently died on the way home.

Sadly many of Barrow’s games of that era are not available on the official “Play Cricket” record but one game which has been recorded (against Bath Exiles) shows Mike came on first change and took 2/38 and batted at 8 in a game in which Geoff Saunders made 50, and, in which current players Pete Holdaway and Rod Reeves also played.

Mike is pictured below with his Barrow Gurney teammates (front row left)

Mike’s funeral is at 1.30pm on Friday 15th December at South Bristol Crematorium. All at Barrow Gurney Cricket Club would like to extend our condolences to Mike’s family and friends.

Geoff went on to say that he hopes that Barrow players of Mike’s era will say goodbye and have a beer or two, possibly at the Miners which for some years was his spiritual home.