Holdaway and Sykes Lead The Charge As Barrow Lose Out In Close Friendly

The cricket season finally got underway on Saturday, thanks in no small part to the hard work of groundsman Pete Holdaway who managed to get the ground into remarkable condition considering the amount of rain over the last 2 months.

Flax Bourton were the visitors for the opening friendly and, winning the toss, put Barrow into bat after a quick shower had threatened to stop the season in its tracks before it had begun. Ben Skuse and Bernie Forge opened the proceedings and put on a good opening partnership of 46 against some sharp bowling. Ben was particularly severe on anything legside, whilst Bernie hit a couple of trademark drives to reach the boundary. The partnership did not end happily however as Ben called an ambitious run leaving Bernie just short, and then he succumbed to the spin of Beale. With Paul Glazzard departing shortly after, Barrow were in need of a strong partnership.

Ed Holdaway and Jonny Sykes put on exactly 100 for the 4th wicket, starting sensibly before freeing their arms to take advantage of the short boundary on one side with a tremendous display of clean hitting. Ed retired on making his half century, as did Jonny who looked equally accomplished against slower and quicker bowlers. Thereafter the innings drifted as the lower order struggled to score freely before the innings closed on 174 after 35 overs.

James Riley opened the bowling with Barrow new recruit (and former Flax player) Simon Hudson. Both bowled accurately but were unable to make the breakthrough. Coming on first change, Nick Heal started with a high full toss, but when he followed up with a lower full toss he breached the opener’s defence to have him clean bowled. At the other end Tim Martin was moving serenely along to 62 before he too retired setting the stage for an aggressive innings from Sam Flowers.

Ed Holdaway came on to take a couple of quick wickets (2/15), whilst Flax’s overseas player was run out backing up as Paul Glazzard got a hand to a well-struck shot. Whilst Flowers was striking some violent and effective blows, wickets fell steadily at the other end giving Barrow some hope of a win. Adam Brace struck first ball and then followed it up two balls later having come round the wicket to the incoming left-hander (he took 2/12 in all). Connor Jones also struck in his first over and with Flowers momentarily becalmed Barrow pressed for the final couple of wickets.

However Flowers (55 not out) found some support from Graham Hill (15 not out) to get Flax over the line.

All in all it was an enjoyable game and good preparation of the season to come and what a relief to be getting some play!

Images Of Last Season

With the 2018 season hopefully upon us (and with better weather forecast giving hope that this weekend’s friendly might actually take place) why not take a look back at a pictorial review of last season.

Images of 2017 is a photo album containing nearly 150 photos representing the best of those taken last season.  Just click the “Photos” link on the main menu. We hope you enjoy them!

Weather Puts Back Season Opener

Unfortunately it takes more than a couple of days of dry weather to prepare the cricket ground for action. With more rain due, and despite the heroic attempts of groundsman Pete Holdaway, the first fixture of the year against Redcliffe has already had to be cancelled. Instead players can hone their skills with an additional indoor net session at Merchant’s Academy on Sunday 15th April.

It is hoped that some outdoor training may be able to start in the following week with both senior and junior training scheduled before the friendly against Backwell Flax Bourton on Saturday 21st and the Under 15’s opening fixture against Wrington on the following Monday.

Barrow Fantasy Cricket League Launched

Last year Barrow Gurney’s Fantasy League was dominated by teams managed by the Rileys and the Fishers, but who will win the coveted prize this year?

Top points scorer, James Riley has confirmed his availability for the 2018 season, but with only £35 million to spend, and a price-tag of £11 million can you afford him? This year it is possible to select up to 3 batters, 3 bowlers, 2 all rounders and a keeper. Who will play? Will Frank Forge, Oscar Livesey and Ellie Holdaway continue to be top wicket takers with the esteemed Riley. Would you be better off selecting more players who may accumulate points consistently through the year but are cheaper to buy? Who will play in which teams and who will make the big scores this year?

It is only £10 per team to take part (or 3 teams for £20), with one free transfer each week after teams have been announced. Click the link for full details and to register your team now. Payment to be made to Ali Hood before 1st July. Payment details can be provided by contacting the website after registration.

Opening Up For The Season Ahead

With the sun shining over the reservoirs, it was time to forget that only last week Hobbs Lane was covered in snow. A few faithful helpers gathered on Sunday to start the process of getting the ground ready for the season.

For some of us it was our first chance to see the newly refurbished scorer’s hut, and the new female changing room which is close to completion. For others a chance to admire the early season views.

There is still some work to do so members are asked to keep a look out for further requests for help. The ground remains very wet and with the first pre-season friendly only 3 weeks away the chances of play very much depend on having some dry weather!

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.