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.

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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.

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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.

Kerswell Shines As 2nds Beat Portishead in Top Of Table Clash

 

Mark Gracey lost the toss and the Portishead skipper decided to have a bat. Unlike all the previous games this season, Barrow didn’t pick up a wicket in the first few overs, but Frank Forge bowled with his usual line and length and was unlucky not to pick up the wicket he deserved only going for 9 runs off his 6 overs. He was ably supported by Kieran Owen at the other end and he was swinging the ball nicely, his first 5 overs were all maidens and the only runs he conceded in his first spell was a 6 in his 6th over.

Barrow ran out the Portishead opener with good fielding from Ed Jones. Matt Owen and Mike Lilley then came on with Portishead already chasing the game having only scored about 15 off 12 overs. Both Mike and Matt picked up a wicket each before Will Kerswell came on and started turning the ball with ease and picked off three more of the Portishead wickets. After the dismissal of a Portishead junior player Jonny Sykes came on and caused a few problems but unable to get a wicket. Ellie Holdaway at the other end was unlucky not to take more than one wicket, as she had catches dropped of three consecutive balls including one by her captain.

After 40 overs Portishead had been limited to 153/7 – a score Barrow felt they had a good chance to chase down but they were equally aware that Portishead had a couple of bowlers who had picked up 5 wickets in their last few matches.

Barrow started the chase opening once again with Ellie, but this time supported by Will . They started with a flourish of boundaries and scored 14 off their first over and with the score on 18 off three, Ellie was bowled for 7. Will played a straight forcing shot which hit a young Portishead bowler on the ankle which forced him to retire after four overs having conceded 35 runs.

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Mark Gracey then fell for a 6 before Portishead picked up the wickets of Jordan Allen, Matt Owen and Steve Owen cheaply before Jonny came in to pick up the run rate. Will’s wicket then fell for a very nice 58 and Jonny (33 n.o.) and Frank (13 n.o.) took Barrow home with 13 overs to spare.

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Under 15s Continue Unbeaten Run

Barrow Gurney Under 15s made short work of Nailsea at Hobbs Lane in the North Somerset Youth League. Keiren Owen won the toss and inserted the visitors on a gloomy night and within 6 overs, he and Frazier Thomas had reduced them to 17-3. Mark Fisher then turned the screw from the Fox and Goose end while, returning from injury, Jackson Bryant burst back on the scene with a wicket maiden followed by an over conceding only one and then a double wicket maiden! Nailsea were now reeling at 26-6. Some left arm mystery spin from Finn Hicks and medium pace from Ben Mead took them to 45 off 17.3 overs.

 

As the weather loomed, Barrow cruised to a 7 wicket win with Bernie Forge leading the way as usual with 20 n.o., punctuated by a six and a four from the ebullient Louis Bocock-Grace (WG would have been proud). Unbeaten in the league, the under 15s now look forward to hosting Bedminster in the Semi Finals of the North Somerset Cup at Barrow next Monday 25th May.

Sunday Success As Riley Adds a 50 To Recent Haul of Wickets

After the great excitement of the news of the First XI result and the tension of the Second XI near miss on Saturday, surely all would be much calmer for the Sunday XI playing St Bonaventure’s at Barrow?

St Bon’s arrived one short, so Frank Forge reluctantly took a break from his A level studies to make up the opposition XI and they batted first on the same track used in the seconds’ game on Saturday. Kieran Owen (0/20) opened up bowling accurately and with some swing, whilst it was good to welcome back Liam Moore (2/27) who bowled with real pace and obtained quite some bounce from the Fox & Goose end dismissing opener Rossiter for 14 with a good caught and bowled. After 10 overs St Bon’s struggled to 38 for 1. Oscar Livesey came on to bowl 8 straight overs, and soon realising he needed to push the ball through on this wicket, he had the other opener LBW whilst Connor Jones removed Sprawson for 5 to leave St Bon’s 36 for 3. At this point the St Bon’s skipper, Hickey, dug in. Oscar eventually dismissed the opposing keeper with another caught and bowled, but not before the same batsman, having seemingly played a defensive shot contrived to slip in the crease and somehow collapsed on his stumps; for quite a while no-one seemed to have any clue as to what had happened, more concerned for the batsman. But as no-one appealed and the Barrow captain declined to do so he was able to carry on a little longer. (The skipper had to cough up a choccy bar to make amends to Oscar though!)

Carr came to the crease, a fluent left-hander, especially through the off side, he soon overtook his captain to make 50, although Hickey, played into form by Mark Gracey’s two overs for 21, soon joined him. A large total loomed when Liam (2/30) and Connor (3/35) were brought back to contain St Bon’s to 175 off 40 overs.

After the usual excellent Halladay tea, James Riley opened the batting instead of the bowling, and despite a few awkward moments against Frank in the opening overs, survived the loss of his captain for a duck to one that cut back sharply off the pitch, and played some cracking shots through the covers and over long-on. Oscar batted three and was just getting into his stride when Frank caught him with tumbling catch off his own bowling, Phil Milton took the side to within striking distance of the win with 38 (including a six and 5 fours).

By mid-innings one of St Bon’s players had to leave, so Bernie Forge hot-foot from a Somerset U17 game at Millfield school helped them in the field. Barrow were well ahead of the scoring rate and needed one good partnership to take them home. Pete Halladay (4 not out) batted for quite a long time, and aimed a few lusty blows but took a few to the body himself, whilst Connor clearly wanted to get off home, striking 38 not out at the other end to leave Barrow 4 wicket winners.

A good game of cricket played in a good spirit. Next week Axbridge at home.

Moore’s Ton & Riley’s Wickets Help Firsts to Failand & Portbury Win

After a wet week Barrow travelled to Horserace Lane on a sunny afternoon with a team missing four regulars including the skip who was at an all-day NTC class. Ali Hood followed Phil Milton’s lead & lost the toss so Barrow found themselves batting first once again.

The Failand & Portbury openers bowled well using their local knowledge of the sloping wicket to their advantage but Mark Brown & Ali took Barrow past 40 in the 10th over but by the end of the 13th both were back in the pavilion  – Mark Brown particularly unlucky to slip while retreating on an aborted quick single to be left run out. Nick Moore & Mick Hardy found the going tough as the openers continued to plug away & were then replaced by two spinners who only conceded 26 off the first 10 overs they bowled, so drinks were taken at 75-2. Barrow’s steady but unspectacular progress continued & importantly no more wickets fell as they reached 110-2 off 30 overs, then Nick cut loose & Mick found his touch and by 35 overs the score had progressed to 162-2 and a total of around 220 started to look within reach. Mick perished for an important 39 and ended a partnership with Nick of around 130, to be replaced by Johnny Sykes who brought his good form from the seconds with him making a rapid 30 not out. Nick was undoubtedly the star man making 124 (10 4’s & six 6’s) before being stumped in the penultimate over. So tea was taken with Barrow having posted a very useful 249-4, 172 of which were made in the second half of the innings at 7.8 runs per over.

The defence of 249 got off to a good start when in the first over Failand’s opener pulled a hammy & was cleaned up next ball by James Riley – the next 10 overs saw a tight contest between bat & ball Barrow had opportunities putting down a couple of tough chances whilst Failand punished bad balls so it was fairly even as Failand progressed to 41 from 12 before Riley softened up the other opener with a bouncer that hit on the grille & then cartwheeled his stumps next ball  finishing his first spell with 2-11 from 7. Paul Glazzard , was keeping things increasingly tight with his last 6 overs only going for 18 well supported by Browner but although the run rate was creeping up the breakthrough remained elusive again with a couple more tough chances going begging. Eventually though Barrow’s pressure began to tell & Browner picked up 3 wickets  (3-57) & Connor Jones chipped in with an important one as well so with F&P on 172-6 off 35 they needed 78 from the final 10. At this point Ali called upon the ever reliable Mick & the excellent James Riley who did the job meaning the final over started with the opposition needing an unlikely 23 with only 2 wickets left. Riley delivered the final over & picked up his 4th wicket (12 -4- 36-4) meaning with the league win last week and the cup game on Weds  he has picked up 11 wickets for not very many.

So a very good win with a relatively depleted team against a side who this time last year were playing Division 1, this was a great team effort with everyone showing energy & enthusiasm in the field – especially Mark & Guy Fisher who didn’t otherwise get much of a game and Johnny who did a sterling job behind the stumps (there aren’t many 6ft 5 keepers around)!

Next week the Firsts have another big game, a local derby, as Long Ashton pop up the road.