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.

Barrow Gurney CC Seek Volunteer To Relaunch Juniors

Barrow Gurney has a long tradition of welcoming and developing boy and girl cricketers to join its Cricket Club, being a small family village club which attracts players from all over North Somerset and south Bristol. In fact many of the senior players once played in the age group teams and have enjoyed playing cricket in the beautiful setting of the Hobbs Lane ground in a friendly atmosphere where all abilities are welcome and parents encouraged to come and support.

The club would like to relaunch the 8+ age group of the juniors and would like to hear from parents with children of that age who might be interested in helping to set up and run this section for the club. Although help would be available with coaching from senior players, the section would be under the control of the parent or parents willing to take on this new venture and help develop the cricketers of the future.

Like the fictional cricket club in BBC Radio 4’s The Archers, Barrow has invested in a new girls changing room, which will be ready for the 2018 season so that the growing number of girls who aspire to play cricket can be sure of good facilities as well as the boys!

Club Chairman, Peter Holdaway, would like to hear from anyone interested in helping with this exciting new venture. He can be contacted on 07929 002887 or by email on


AGM Looks Forward to 2018

Whilst it was “business as usual” at last night’s Barrow Gurney CC’s AGM in many ways, there were a few changes in personnel for next year.

With 2017 First Team Captain, Paul Glazzard, choosing to stand down after one year in charge; and vice-captain and Player of the Year, James Riley, announcing he is taking a break from playing Saturday cricket for Barrow next season, a change was required for 2018. Whilst the search for longer term replacements from the younger generation of players takes place, former captains Phil Milton and Ali Hood were asked to consider acting on a job-share basis to start the season. There were no other significant changes to the committee (full details of which are at the end of this article).

The AGM, was presided over by Club President, Brian Mayled. Chairman Pete Holdaway reported on a frustrating year for the 1st and 2nd teams despite playing some good cricket. Paul Glazzard reported that the 2 point margin by which the 1st team were relegated could so easily have been changed by greater awareness of bonus points by younger players, as well as a couple of rain-affected games.

Meanwhile the 2nds seem likely to remain in Division 13 following another reorganisation of the league. Ellie Holdaway and Mark Gracey remaining at the helm for next season.

The Sunday 3rds had a much better season that might have been expected and successfully developed young players and allowed senior players to find form. Mark Forge and Steve Owen continue to steer the team into a second season in the re-vamped North Somerset Cricket League.

Off the field of play, the new female changing room has now been built and is in the course of being fitted out. The scorebox is being upgraded and the new sightscreen at the Fox & Goose End is underway. In the pavilion, the new bar area was deemed a great success.

Treasurer, Dick Pillinger, reported on a successful year financially with the club having sufficient funds to carry out its immediate development goals.

The club will shortly be surveying members about continuing with the annual tour and what changes may help to make it better supported by members.

The focus over the winter though is to try and identify someone who could take on the junior section, to bring new young cricketers into the club and help with coaching so that we can re-establish Under 11 cricket at the club, advertisements will be placed shortly.


BGCC Committee 2017/18

Elected Members:

President : Brian Mayled

Chairman: Pete Holdaway

Vice-Chairman: Ali Hood

Secretary: Mick Hardy

Treasurer: Dick Pillinger

Fixture Secretary: Paul Mizen

First Team Captain/Vice Captain: Phil Milton/Ali Hood (Pro tem)

Second Team Captain/Vice Captain: Ellie Holdaway/ Mark Gracey

Third Team Captain/Vice Captain: Mark Forge/Steve Owen

Welfare Officer: Tracey Price

Junior Co-ordinator: Vacant (to be covered by Tracey Price pro tem)

Other members to be co-opted at the first meeting on 3rd December.

And The Winner Is ….

Barrow Gurney Cricket Club honoured some of its players and supporters who had made a big contribution to the 2017 season at its end of season buffet.

A large gathering of senior and junior players, family and friends came together to enjoy a generous spread, a few stories of the season just past and to see the awards being presented.

First team vice-captain, James Riley won the First Team Player of the Year for the second year in succession, having added 254 runs with the bat to his customary wickets and economical bowling, this year 23 wickets in the league at a shade over 19 runs apiece.

Second team vice-captain Mark Gracey was the Second Team Player of the year for his 295 runs at just under 25 per innings, as well as his organisational support for his captain Ellie Holdway.

Most improved player of the year was Kieran Owen while Guy Fisher took young player of the year.

Leo Brace was the Under 13 player of the year Leo scored over a hundred runs in Under 13 games at an average of 25 plus adding a few wickets and catches to boot. Luke Tait was the most improved player.

Finally the Clubman of the Year was Paul Mizen, who was surprised to win the trophy after announcing that he had not won it since 1982 before he knew he had been nominated this year. Paul, who is Fixture Secretary, can always be found at nets, offering hints and tips, feeding the bowling machine, and helping with a lot of maintenance at the ground all year round.

And so, the sun set on another eventful year. Next week the club AGM will look forward to 2018 by electing a new committee and team captains.

Double Wicket Winners Overcome Weather To End 2017 Season

Barrow Gurney ended the cricket season in traditional fashion with the coveted double wicket competition. Having lost 2 friendly games to the weather after the end of the league season, the double wicket might also have been a victim of the recent rain. A delayed start, and use of the artificial wicket enabled the competition to go ahead as 8 teams battled with each other and an almost incomprehensible scoring system to seek to reach the final.

In the qualifying phase, we were treated to a Jonny Sykes hat trick, some big hitting from current and past players and some comedy fielding due in part to the extremely wet outfield but also due to the state of some players who had partied hard the night before!

As always there was a degree of uncertainty as to who was in the final until scorer, Jane Holdaway, announced the results.

Jonny Sykes and Phil Milton were to play Matt Owen and Ed Holdaway in the final. This proved to be a thrilling affair although Ali Hood seated in the square leg umpire position seemed somewhat underwhelmed. It all came down to the very final ball, but Ed and Matt ran out the winners and won the shield for this year.

Meanwhile the spectators enjoyed a barbecue and their final look at the lovely Hobbs Lane ground for another year.

A selection of photos from the event are available by clicking the photo gallery.