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.


Owen Double Act Not Enough As Sunday XI Fall To Valuers

The Treasury Valuers were welcome visitors to Hobbs Lane for this week’s Sunday game which was played out in beautiful sunshine with the ground looking a picture.

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The visitors won the toss and elected to bat on a new track on the edge of square meaning a short boundary to the car park side. Clarkson and Edmunds began well picking off the bad ball and rotating the strike meaning they reached 60 off 10 overs before Steve Owen had Clarkson caught by Guy Fisher (the first of 3 good catches) for 30. Bowling in tandem with his dad, Kieran accounted for the other opener and bowled accurately, proving a handful to all the batsman taking 2 for 22 off a full 8 overs bowled in 2 spells. Steve also showed masterful control (1/17 off 6). The score only advanced to 87 off 20, but Maplestone and Yeo then took charge against the slower bowlers, Yeo retiring on 50, whilst Maplestone fell run out on the same score attempting to recover his ground whilst backing up too far. Pete Halladay collected the striker’s push out on the off side and had the presence of mind to collect the ball and outrun the non-striker finishing off the manoeuvre with a dive at the stumps ball in hand.

But that partnership had taken the scoring rate back over 6 an over and the lower order took the Valuers to 222 for 6 after their 40 overs.

Barrow needed a good start, and got it thanks to in-form Ben Skuse who brought the timing from the close of Saturday’s knock into Sunday with some lovely shots through the covers With Guy Fisher in support 44 off 9 was solid enough but then Guy fell. Oscar Livesey followed soon after, following a mix up. The middle order then contrived to get in and get out.

Mick Hardy then fell first ball, stumped off Coombs leaving him on a hat trick. He eventually took 5 for 23.

This only served to bring the Owens together again, this time at the crease at 84 for 6, both playing positively, with Kieran making a fluent 20 and Steve, apparently forgetting himself, advancing up the wicket to deposit the ball in the field at the Fox and Goose end for, he says, his first career 6. Now on 23 Steve threatened more violent assaults on the bowling only to be miraculously caught at slip flashing at a wide one and being caught by a fielder who put his hands in front of his face to protect himself and then fell over gleefully clutching the ball.

The family partnership of 42 gave much needed respectability as Barrow slid to 136 all out. Steve was nominated man of the match for Barrow. The opposition then all joined us for a well earned, and cooling drink and we look forward to playing again next year.

Searching For The Brain of Barrow

Quix Image 2Barrow Gurney CC will be holding another club quiz on Friday 19th June at the pavilion. 7-30pm to finalise teams for a prompt 8pm start. Teams of 4 or 5 (no more than 5 ). £2 per head with all proceeds going to club funds. The bar will of course be open. Questions set by “Mizthequiz” and his word will be final. Who will be the “Brain of Barrow”?


Barrow Hit The Top After Sri Lankan Win

Bowling first against Bristol Sri Lankans, Barrow’s James Riley and Paul Glazzard bowled really well, restricting the opposition to just 19-2 off of 16 overs when Riley finished his first spell.  Riley claimed the opener for a duck with one that nipped back and Glaz having the other caught by Jonny Sykes at mid on the run.  Rob Figs picked up an LBW in his first over after taking over from Riley and Sam Turner produced a fantastic bit of fielding to run out Naufel after his son called him through for a single. This left the Sri Lankans in difficulty at 39-5 from 24, however Barrow couldn’t quite press home the advantage and the next partnership got the Sri Lankans to 103 before Riley bowled the impressive looking young Mahdi, Shehan then decided to tee off and got to 74 before Riley bowled him with a slower ball. James Mitchell was asked to bowl at the death and picked up a wicket last ball of the innings giving Barrow 4 bowling points and leaving Barrow needing 186 to win.  Riley finished 12-5-23-3 (8-5-6-1 in his first spell) and Glaz 12-3-21-2 bowling straight through.

Ali Hood and Sam Turner opened up, Sam was fresh from his two nets this week and sporting a new bat.  Both openers batted sensibly and moved to 50 in just 11 overs. Ali was first out for 39 after being run out going for a third with the score on 96 and Mick Hardy went for 3 also run out. James Mitchell came in and hit the ground running and quickly moved into the twenties before Sam fell LBW for a match-winning 69.  James Mitchell ended up 23 not out and Jonny Sykes 3 not out to wrap up a 7 wicket victory with 9 overs to spare. So this makes it 4 wins from 5 and, as it stands, Barrow are top of the Division 2 table.

Sunday Team Struggle Despite Four For Fisher

This Sunday Barrow travelled to nearby Bedminster and the home team had assembled a team drawn from a mixture of their senior and junior sides including some who had played in the winning Under 15 team against Barrow in the previous week.

An early success from Nick Heal (2/52), bowling one opener, only led to a long partnership between Jones and Hedges of 134, scoring comfortably at 6 an over. Despite a spirited effort in the field the best hope of breaking the partnership seemed to be a retirement. This came when Jones reached 3 figures. After losing James Mitchell, unexpectedly taken ill, Mick Hardy bowled with his customary guile and control, and in partnership with Guy Fisher exercised some restraint on the scoring rate, bowling to their field, before Mark Fisher (4/46) returned to take 4 quick wickets (all bowled). Oscar Livesey (2/31) chipped in with a couple in the 40th over, including a stumping from stand-in wicketkeeper Connor Jones who impressed in that role throughout. 231 (the target) was surely out of the question with one of our two first team regulars out although Bedminster kindly lent an Under 13 Gloucester player to replace the absent James.

The Barrow innings began with some sharp bowling and the top order crumbled with no-one making double figures until a spirited partnership between Mick and Barrow’s man of the match Mark Fisher both of whom made 19. The 10th wicket pair, Messrs Reeves and Holdaway briefly brought back memories of yesteryear to keep the opposition out in the cold and chilly air, making sure Barrow lasted the 40 overs and just passing 100 and a rather one-sided encounter was brought to a close.


2nds Fall Short Of Expectations At The YMCA

Looking at the table before the game, it looked like it should have been potential win for Barrow, but things turned out very differently.

Mark Gracey lost the toss and YMCA chose to bat. The normal accuracy of Barrow’s bowling didn’t quite materialise and the safe hands in the field in recent weeks deserted them. YMCA made 206/9 off their 40 overs.  Mike Lilley (2/24 off 9 overs) had the best figures, with Liam Moore taking 2/36 off 7 overs.

Still confident that Barrow had the batting to run down the total, Barrow set out to find that recent form they had had with the bat had also gone AWOL with the team being bowled out for a very disappointing 65. Kieran Owen top-scored with 18.

A wake-up call perhaps for Barrow who now need a couple of wins to ensure being candidates for promotion at the mid-season.

Under 15s Enjoy Huge Support In Cup Semi Final

A large crowd gathered at Hobbs Lane to watch Barrow’s Under 15s play Bedminster in the semi-final of the Harry Secombe Cup. Parents, First and Second Team players and members from both clubs meant a packed car park and a great atmosphere for the game.


Bedminster batted first and Jones and Tryfonos took the score to 19 before Mark Fisher (1 for 26) bowled Tryfonos. When Jones (21) and Belcher (18) both fell to keeper-turned-bowler Jackson Bryant (2 for 14 off his 4 overs), leaving the score 56-3 it seemed Barrow had a good chance of pressing home their advantage, but Bedminster’s middle and lower order all contributed runs and at increasing pace, despite the efforts of Louis Bocock-Grace (2 for 17) and a well-deserved late wicket for Fraser Thomas (1 for 26).

Bedminster’s total of 124 for 6 off their 20 overs was about par for the quick scoring Barrow ground, but Barrow were always going to have to bat well and preserve wickets with an inexperienced lower order if they were to challenge.


From the outset the field was well-set and designed to prevent the boundary. Opening pair Bernie Forge and Guy Fisher started sensibly picking up the singles on offer against a quick opening attack. Guy hit one of his trademark 6s over straightish long on whilst Bernie dealt with some short pitched bowling with several pull shots without finding the boundary. Guy fell for 13 with the score at 21 and Jackson then picked up the tempo with several off side shots using the pace of the quicker bowlers. When Jackson fell for 19 at 60-2 Barrow were ahead on the comparative score. But then skipper Kieran Owen went LBW without scoring, and wickets began to fall at regular intervals. Bernie was stumped for 19 trying to force the pace, one of 2 stumpings by the Bedminster keeper Belcher (who also took a good catch), by which time the score had only moved on to 71-6. Despite some fine shots through the off side by Elliot Matthews (11) the innings folded and Barrow were all out for 87.

Bedminster now meet Congresbury in the final.


Sensational Catch Propels First XI To Nail-biting Win Over Long Ashton

Barrow Gurney welcomed Long Ashton to Hobbs Lane to play our First XI for the first time in many years; there was talk before the game about what to do if Barrow won the toss, however yet again the opposition won it and Barrow were put into bat.  Ali Hood and Sam Turner opened up, Sam despite yet another new bat, first to go from a full toss that he lost against the beautiful blue sky.  Nick Moore off of the back of his ton last week came and went quickly chasing a wide one leaving Barrow 52-2 in the 11th over.  Mick Hardy and Ali had to rebuild and make sure that Barrow didn’t lose any more wickets and took them to 94 before Mick was given LBW for 23.  At 111-4 the game was in the balance, Mark Brown and captain Phil Milton took the total to 175 until Mark middled it only to pick out wide fine leg, lightning then striking twice as Paul Glazzard did exactly the same thing just after. Unfortunately the tail didn’t wag much, Phil departing for 45 in the penultimate over, with Barrow finishing on 203 all out.


James Riley and Paul Glaz opened up and although bowling well didn’t get the early breakthrough Barrow needed defending a relatively low total.  Enter Rob Figs who bowled beautifully, with pace, accuracy and real ‘grunt’ picking up the opener caught at slip by Mick in his third over.  Rob got another couple bowled, absolute gems of balls before Browner had one caught off a wide one.  Long Ashton were 111-4, exactly the same as Barrow had been, and the game was in the balance.  Rob, bowling straight through, picked up Long Ashton’s captain caught and bowled and completed his 5 wicket haul in his last over.  The Long Ashton opener however was still in and the opposition were 182-7 chasing 204.  Phil decided to gamble and brought Glaz back on; the opener decided to charge down first ball of the spell, missed it, and was duly stumped.  Game on!  The big hitting number 9  then tried to smash Glaz into the car park for a match deciding 6 only for Browner to pull off one of the best catches you will ever see jumping and taking it well above his head down in the corner.  With Riley bowled out and Browner still buzzing from his catch he was the obvious one to ball the last over with Long Ashton 9 down but only needing 8 to win.  Browner duly speared in a ‘double wicket style’ yorker to seal an absolutely brilliant win.

Axbridge Score A Few Too Many For Sunday XI

Winning the toss and bowling first seemed the obvious choice under leaden skies and in humid conditions at Hobbs Lane. However the opening attack of Mark Fisher and Barrow debutant Nick Heal found little swing although the odd ball did a bit off the pitch. Axbridge’s openers Hatcher and Packham were extremely severe on anything outside off stump or full and rushed away to 90 off 15 overs before Hatcher retired on 51; then Liam Moore (2 for 27) dismissed Packham for 44 and followed that up in the following over with another success, Jackson Bryant taking a good low catch at Mid Off.

Jackson (2 for 19) then came on to bowl, fresh from his success in the Under 15s last week (3 for 1) and straight away he found some movement off the pitch cutting one back to clean bowl Reeves and repeating the feat to dismiss the opposition skipper for a duck. With Guy Fisher bowling a tight five over spell (1 for 7), the middle overs offered Barrow the only period of control against an experienced batting line up. Axbridge continued to score well, although without the dominance of their openers, and racked up 195 for 7 in 40 overs. The latter stages of the innings being notable for Nick Heal’s first wicket (1 for 42 off eight) and the dismissal of J Fisher inevitably by M Fisher (1 for 39).

The total always seemed an ambitious one for a team with no first-teamers lurking down the order to perform some heroics. Nevertheless the Barrow team batted well but kept losing wickets just as a batsman got set. Bernie Forge (16) hit 3 early boundaries before perishing to a full toss marginally below shoulder height from spinner Bush. Guy Fisher top-scored with 34 including two sixes over the straight long-on boundary and into the members’ enclosure. Jackson started promisingly before falling for 19, Frank Forge then followed for an elegant 19, leaving Barrow needing 85 off the last 10 overs. The skipper then joined James Halladay at the crease. Mark Forge having got off the mark with a crashing blow over extra cover for 4 soon settled into a more familiar rhythm of nudges and nurdles and with James trying hard to puncture a close set field at the other end, the rate began to climb although the scoreboard kept ticking over. James (16) hit a lovely straight drive (dubbed “shot of the day” by the Axbridge umpire), whilst with time running out Mark fell for 27 playing across the line. Mark Fisher then had time to repay the compliment giving his wicket to Axbridge’s J Fisher and the innings closed with Nick (6 not out) scoring off the only two deliveries he faced. Barrow falling short by 33 runs.

The team voted Nick, man of the match, for some good bowling, a catch and a positive attitude in the field on debut.