Ellie’s Best For Barrow In A Winless Weekend

Ellie Holdaway, Barrow’s 2nd XI captain, recorded her highest ever score in making 71 not out and batting all 40 overs for her team in their defeat at Chilcompton Sports on Saturday. It proved to be the highlight of a disappointing weekend for Barrow’s senior teams all of whom were outplayed in their league fixtures.

At Hobbs Lane the Firsts struggled to build on some promising starts from Ben Skuse (25), James Riley (20) and Phil Milton (25) and their final score of 141 all out always looked on the low side. In reply Bedminster 3rds’ captain Simon Roche anchored the innings making an unbeaten 50, and despite a couple of late wickets for Ed Holdaway (2/34), the target was easily achieved.

Meanwhile at Chilcompton the home team batted first and paced their innings well with 3 batsmen making 30 or more. Wickets fell at regular intervals with Steve Owen (2/30) and Mike Lilley (2/39) keeping the total down, but there was no decisive breakthrough. Pete Rooney (4/25) was the pick of Barrow’s bowlers with an incisive and accurate late 6 over spell which prevented a score of well over 200.

Ellie’s marathon effort went largely unsupported as wickets fell at the other end and 135-6 represented little improvement on the previous week and a 55 run defeat.

The Sunday 3rd XI came up against a very sporting Kilmersdon team, and their star batsman Steve Jackson who played an accomplished innings for a second consecutive century in the Sunday League batting through the innings for 130. Nick Heal (2/30) Matt Owen (2/33) and Ellie Holdaway (2/53) shared the wickets as Barrow put in a good performance in the field against a short boundary one side and in the heat of the day, as Kilmersdon made 202-6.

Bernie Forge and Kieran Owen laid a good foundation in an opening partnership of 41 before Ellie continued where she left off on Saturday stroking 27 runs. Nick Heal contributed some big hitting making 24 but the rest of team struggled with Kilmersdon cannily taking pace off the soft second innings ball and using the setting sun behind the bowlers arm. Kilmerson’s captain, Darren Davis took 6/25 in the process, Barrow being bowled out for a disappointing 143.

Barrow Tail Set The Scene For Perfect Start for First XI

Barrow Gurney 1st XI got off to the best possible start by beating Bath 4ths on Saturday at the scenic Brownswords ground in Bath.

After losing both openers without scoring, Barrow rebuilt with Jonny Sykes (29) and Jordan Allen (32) putting on 57 for the third wicket. When Jonny departed, Ed Holdaway kept up the momentum, hitting one massive six  on his way to top-scoring with 43. Skipper, Phil Milton also chipped in with 23 but with wickets falling steadily, Barrow were precariously poised with the total on 184 when the 9th wicket fell.

This was Matt Owen’s cue to play with freedom as he came in No 11 and hit 36 not out in only 24 balls, with 2 sixes, one of which went over the pavilion. His tremendous knock brought Barrow to a close on 232-9 which proved a competitive total.

In the Bath reply, James Riley (2/29) and Ed Holdway (2/37) kept things tight until Oscar Livesey weighed in with 4/26 from his 9 overs which did not fully reflect how well he bowled. With Barrow debutant, Simon Hudson, also contributing with 2/42, the Bath reply seemed to have stalled at 124-8, but the 9th wicket pair were having none of it and gave Barrow a bit of a scare before the innings ended with the score on 196.

A maximum points win was just what the doctor ordered after 2 disappointing seasons and now Barrow 1sts can look forward to their first home game against Bedminster 3rd XI next Saturday.

Twyford House Make Seconds Toil In The Heat

A blazing hot day at Hobbs Lane heralded the start of the league season. Twyford House A were the visitors as Barrow 2nds fielded a team without a couple of regulars from last season.

Electing to have first use of the new ball, Ellie Holdaway would have hoped for an early breakthrough as she watched from her new vantage point behind the stumps. A couple of edges though did not go to hand and despite the accurate bowling of Steve Owen in particular, the opening batsmen began to build a significant partnership. Leo Brace would finally induce a false shot having Opie caught at cover for 38.

When Mike Lilley quickly despatched the new batsman, there was a glimmer of light, but this was quickly extinguished with the arrival of Devon White. With the orthodox Drew Holmes on his way to batting through the innings for a classy 66, White launched an onslaught of clean hitting clearing the ropes several times, surviving only one real chance off the only shot he skied. As the Barrow fielders toiled in the heat White reached his century before Holmes (who had a substantial head start) had made his fifty. White perished in the final overs for 107, well-caught by Pete Rooney off Ellie who had relinquished the gloves to bolster the bowling attack.

256-3 was a big total to chase and far to big, so it proved for Barrow. Wickets fell regularly, and no batsman made a telling contribution. Mark Gracey made 22 before being bowled round his legs and had a lengthy partnership with his skipper. Paul Gard also got into double figures as did Adam Brace with some late resistance, but the lower order found the left arm spin of Aaron Williams too much to cope with as he took a remarkable 5/10. Without the top-scoring contribution of extras, which accounted for almost half the runs, Barrow would have not got close to the 2 batting points they eventually achieved. All out for 126.

A tough start to the 2018 campaign. The seconds head to Chilcompton next week.

Rain Claims Last Pre-Season Friendly

Unfortunately today’s game against Blagdon has had to be cancelled due to recent heavy rain.

Hopefully the weather will relent to enable next weekend’s league games to go ahead. Barrow 1sts face a difficult start at Bath 4ths, whilst the 2nds play Twyford House A at home. On Sunday the 3rd team play Pak Bristolians also at home.

All players are asked to confirm availability for Saturday with Phil Milton or Ellie Holdaway and for Sunday with Mark Forge.

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!