Patchway Spoil Finnemore’s Barrow Debut

On what was a glorious day at Hobbs lane, Barrow Gurney 2nd XI were facing high flying, top of the table Patchway. Mark Gracey once again won the toss and once again chose to put the opposition into bat to make the most of the new ball.

Mark Fisher and Matt Owen opened the bowling and Barrow seemed to peg the Patchway openers down before picking up the first wicket in the 7th over.

Patchway’s skipper then came in and built a 40 run partnership before Ellie Holdaway took a good instinct catch off Kieran Owen’s bowling. Barrow were still keeping the Patchway batman pegged back with only 70 being scored off the first 20 overs.

The wickets seemed in short supply as Patchway put together another good partnership that lasted another 15 overs and 80 runs before Barrow claimed 2 quick wickets within consecutive overs. The first bowled by Guy Fisher and the other a great catch by Mark Fisher running backwards off Ellie’s bowling. Guy then picked up Barrow’s final wicket caught behind by Bernie Forge. At this point, Barrow still thought the run chase wasn’t too hard before Nello came in and slogged 21 off just 8 balls leaving Barrow chasing 193 to win.

After tea, Bernie was dismissed cheaply to a leg-side strangle. Mark Gracey then tried to score a few quick runs and scored a six early on in his innings, before being bowled by a straight one. Roger Finnemore came in at number three and lived up to his skipper’s billing scoring a very accomplished 64. Unfortunately the wickets fell around Roger and when Ellie fell to a great catch with a fielder diving full stretch at cover to dismiss her, Barrow were in trouble. Roger supported Jackson Bryant (15) and Kieran (39) as Barrow got closer to the Patchway score, but they unfortnately fell 30 runs short.

Once again Barrow gave away far too many extras with 41 of the Patchway score coming off extras.

Barrow Beat Blagdon in Duel Of The Sun

Barrow’s Under 15s travelled to Blagdon and skipper Kieran Owen lost the toss, allowing Blagdon to choose to bat.

Blagdon struggled for runs throughout with Frazier Thomas (1 for 10) finding some steep bounce from the outset. Tovey (16) and, in particular, Ake (17 not out) batted well keeping the scoreboard moving with a large number of extras boosting the score to 85 for 6 off 20 overs. Barrow’s fielding was most impressive with a great low catch from Guy Fisher and a sharp catch from Max Heron standing out. Ben Mead was the most successful bowler with 2 for 7 off his 2 overs whilst FinnHicks, Mark Fisher and Kieran Owen all picked up one a piece.

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With a gettable total Barrow changed the usual batting order with Louis Bocock-Grace promoted to open. Alex Hales look out, as Louis got off the mark opening his shoulders to propel the ball, one bounce, into the Rectory gardens. Losing fellow opener Guy Fisher for 9, Louis consolidated with some dabs for singles before playing the shot of the day. A good length ball despatched over midwicket for six runs. Blagdon should be thankful that Barrow’s Frazier Thomas, who was waiting to bat, parried the ball before it smashed the new pavilion window onto the head of Max Heron who flicked the ball deftly into a slip-catching net nearby. But when Louis (26) perished, undone by one which beat the dashing blade, hit the pad and trickled onto the stumps, Barrow were well on their way to victory.

The major threat though was young Ake (4 for 12) bowling with spin, guile, flight and the blinding sun behind him. Barrow tried to foil the attack by the use of designer sunglasses but a minor middle order collapse left a few worried about the eventual result, before last week’s heroes Jackson Bryant and Bernie Forge brought the team home again. Jackson (15 not out) hitting a couple of powerful blows over midwicket, whilst Bernie (9 not out) off drove one for 3 almost leaving the fielder in the pond at the lower end of the ground before hitting the winning runs by despatching a no ball into the same pond in the next over.

Barrow won with over 6 overs to spare.


Thrilling Win For 2nds As Youngsters Lead Barrow Home

The 2nd XI match against St Mary Redcliffe swung more times than one of Jimmy Anderson’s bowling spells with the result looking like it was going one way and then the other.

Mark Gracey won the toss and decided once again to make the most of the new ball and put St Mary Redcliffe into bat. A decision which looked like it was a good decision with Frank Forge bowling the one of the openers off his pads with his third ball.

Swung in favour of Barrow

St Mary Redcliffe then accelerated the scoring and off about 10 overs were on around 70.

Swung in Favour of St Mary Redcliffe

Ed Jones then threw a ball in from the boundary and (keeper) Bernie Forge successfully completed the run out of the other St Mary Redcliffe opener for 7. Dan Jones bowled the quick scoring Yandell in his 40’s while Mike Lilley and Dan kept the scoring in check and picked up a wicket a piece.

Swung in favour of Barrow.

Ellie Holdaway then bowled with her usual good line and picked up 4 wickets of the St Mary Redcliffe tail ably supported by Kieran Owen who after a shaky start hit his rhythm and bowled with good pace and picked up the final wicket of the last ball of the innings – St Mary Redcliffe 156 all out and maximum bowling points.

After a good tea by the Sykes family Barrow started what might have thought would be a relatively comfortable run chase.

Pete Holdaway returning to the team after a while away was beaten by a straight ball before Mark Gracey and Jordan Allen put on a 30 run partnership before the skipper was caught behind off a thin edge. Jordan carried on the scoring and with Barrow 74/3 off about 15 overs it was looking like Barrow were going to chase down their target comfortably, however Barrow then lost the wickets of Jordan (37) and Jonny Sykes, Ed Jones and Ellie very cheaply. Ellie was caught by a very athletic slip catch with the fielder at full stretch to his high right.

Swung back in the favour of St Mary Redcliffe with Barrow 89/7. 

Then it was time for the Kieran and Bernie show, they both blocked the St Mary Redcliffe bowlers determined to bat the overs, but always punished the bad balls. Both Bernie and Kieran batted with great maturity and guided Barrow home with unbeaten scores of 30 and 28 respectively with 2 balls remaining.

The highlights of the match other then watching Bernie and Kieran guide Barrow home was Ellie’s bowling, finishing with figures of 4 wickets off 6 overs for 6 runs.

Wizards Beaten By Barrow Magic

The Weston Super Mare Wizards came to Hobbs Lane on Monday hoping to cast a spell over the Barrow Gurney Under 15 team as they have so often in the past.

Batting first Weston lost an early wicket to Frazier Thomas before J Press and Sapra steadied the ship taking the score to 43 in the tenth over. Jackson Bryant then had Sapra well caught by Ben Mead for 23, Kieran Owen followed by taking a catch to dismiss Press again off Bryant for 17 and when Tilsey fell also to Bryant, Weston were 50-4 in the 12th over and seemingly struggling. Bryant’s 4overs 3-18 were the best bowling figures but he was well supported by accurate bowling at the other end. Kieran Owen bowled 4 overs for only 7 runs, Mark Fisher bowled his four for 18 and Frazier Thomas ended with 1-23 off his full four.

Bailey and Chambers batted sensibly and ensured that Weston batted out their overs but without ever fully dominating the attack. Weston closed the innings on 100 for 5 with keeper Bernie Forge running out the non-striker off the final ball of the innings.

A good start was imperative against a traditionally strong team, and when Guy Fisher fell without scoring, there were brief moments of alarm. Bernie Forge (42 not out) set herself to bat through the innings, whilst Jackson Bryant tried to take the attack to the bowlers. Despite some extremely accurate bowling from Chambers (4 overs for 8 runs) and occasional sharp spin from Ahmed, the Barrow pair put on 75 for the second wicket. Jackson hit some powerful shots over the covers, used the pace of the bowlers to find the third man boundary and dealt severely with anything on his legs hitting 7 fours before being dismissed by D Press attempting to clear the field once more. After playing in the middle overs to try and give her partner the strike, Bernie then moved up a gear to almost clear the boundary at the Fox & Goose end and finally to hit the winning runs with 9 balls to spare, hitting 6 fours in all. Of Barrow’s 103 for 3 the only runs off the bat were from the 2nd wicket pair, the remainder being extras.

A good win for Barrow as they look forward to playing Blagdon next week.


1st XI Frustrated By Fixture Clash

After a bye week and a game abandoned due to rain the 1st XI were champing at the bit to play this week’s fixture against West United. Arriving early for the start it soon became apparent that there had been some mix up and that Saltford CC were due to play on the same pitch at the same time. The game was therefore abandoned leaving a frustrated Barrow Gurney team and a complicated situation as to whether the game should be replayed or the unfortunate away team being awarded some recompense in terms of points which, of course, will be a decision for the League in due course.


Great Support For “Brain Of Barrow” Quiz

The Barrow Gurney pavilion was packed for a club quiz. Held after the training sessions for the Under 11s and 13s, some parents stayed to test their general knowledge whilst the younger members enjoyed playing on the outfield on a lovely summer’s evening.

Players of the past, joined with current players, committee members and friends of the club to test their wits against the fiendish questions set by Rich “Mizthequiz” Mizen.

Who was the highest run scorer for England in the disastrous 2013/14 test series?

Which film studies is in Borehamwood in Hertfordshire?

Which first class county has the most and fewest twitter followers?

Where were the Olympics staged in 1996?

Cadbury Garden centre is on the road between Congresbury and which other village?

These were some of the 80 questions posed (answers at the end of the article in case you want them!)

In a close encounter there were 4 teams within 4 points of each other with “The Anthill Mob” (including a brace each of Holdaways and Forges) running out narrow winners despite not being able to identify photos of such stellar personalities such as Nicki Minaj or Scooter from the Muppets.




Answers to questions above: Kevin Pietersen, Elstree Studios, Yorkshire and Leicestershire, Atlanta USA, Yatton.


Lively Livesey Barrow’s Man Of Match In Sunday Loss

In a weekend when Barrow yet again had 33 players selected for the 3 teams, it was ironic that only the Sunday team got to play courtesy of the weather.

The visitors, Failand & Portbury were put into bat on an unusually still and muggy day at Hobbs Lane. Matt Owen used the conditions to good advantage swinging the ball a lot from the Fox and Goose end (eventually taking 1/17 in 6 overs) but the Failand openers put on 76 for the first wicket before Kieran Owen bowled Pattison for 34, the other opener (Gunerathne) made 52 before retiring, before Oscar Livesey (recovering from his first ball being dispatched for 6) pinned Marsden LBW on the back foot. Down also made 50 before retiring as some good bowling continued to be punctuated with some short deliveries which were dealt with effectively.

Nick Heal (2/40 in 7 overs) came back to claim a couple of late wickets, one brilliantly caught by Rod Reeves diving forwards to pick up a good low catch, the other removing the bails on the last ball of the innings. Oscar’s fielding merits special mention for the ball followed him everywhere and he had many awkward bounces to cope with, which he did without a misfield.

214 was a lower target than the previous two weeks but still rather challenging for a batting line up weakened by injury to two “less young” players and the lack of any senior batsman.

This promoted Oscar to open, a chance he took with great relish. After revealing his 3 different “leaves” he then moved through the gears hitting the spinners over the top and dancing up the wicket at almost any opportunity, combining well with Matt Owen (19) to put on 44 for the second wicket. Oscar fell for 37 with a first fifty in sight, the first of 3 stumpings for the Failand keeper. The middle order then continued to struggle against the slower bowlers leaving Barrow 83 for 6 off 27. The game was up but Rod Reeves and Steve Owen upheld the team’s honour putting on 53 before the overs ran out. Steve continued the form of recent weeks hitting some powerful shots straight whilst Rod appeared to be loving every minute of his cameo innings, pulling and cutting like a dervish.

Barrow lost by 78 runs in a game played in an excellent spirit. No Sunday game next week but then we have a run of fixtures until mid-August.

Weather Frustrates Saturday Teams

Overnight rain and persistent morning drizzle meant the cancellation of both games today. The 1st XI were hoping to maintain their promotion push against Woodpeckers after a week off last Saturday. Meanwhile the 2nd XI were looking to put last weeks loss against Twyford House IIIs behind them as they were due to host Stoke Gifford IIs, currently propping up Division 11.

Extras Decide It As Under 15s Lose First League Game

For any cricket lover the 3 Ws will evoke the legends of those great West Indian batsman, Weekes, Walcott and Worrell, but on Monday night it was a different 3 Ws which characterised the Under 15 clash between Barrow Gurney and Cleeve: Wickets, Wides and Wind.

20 wickets fell in this 20:20 match which is pretty unusual as Cleeve were bowled out for exactly 100 with Jackson Bryant once again showing his wicket-taking prowess with 3 for 30. Captain Kieran Owen with 2 for 14 and Mark Fisher, 2 for 8, ably supported along with some good fielding with 3 sharp run outs (Mark & Guy Fisher one each and another from Ben Mead). Bernie Forge also took a high catch over her shoulder running back from the keeper’s position. Only Curtis reached double figures as coach Lee Bryant took the opportunity to give some new squad members a chance to bowl. Max Heron and Ben Mead being economical and showing some real promise.

Cleeve were also soon among the wickets and, bowling their front line bowlers for the maximum overs bowled Barrow out for 82, Kieran Owen 17 was top score in the match and Jackson Bryant made 14. Gray was almost unplayable taking 4-18 and D Jones took 3-6. Barrow lost by 18 runs but that is not quite the whole tale.

Wides were ultimately the deciding factor. Barrow’s juniors have suffered over the years seeing the umpires uncoil their arms far too often, but this season has hitherto been an exception. Sadly 32 wides to 11 (wides counting 2 with no extra ball) masked the fact that Barrow actually scored more runs off the bat than Cleeve.

The wind blowing across the ground and into the scorebox may well have been a factor for both teams in bowling all those wides and certainly it made your correspondent appreciate a warming Gin and Tonic afterwards!

This may have been Barrow’s first League loss in the League but it was an extremely close game. Next week a friendly against Clevedon before the League season resumes.