Midweek Roundup: Thorne Impresses For U15s and T20 Team Win Again

On Monday evening Barrow’s Under 15s were put into bat against a strong Uphill Castle team. Due to late afternoon rain the game was played on the artificial wicket which gave a bit of extra bounce. Ben Thorne dominated the Barrow innings playing some good shots all around the wicket, including one pull shot which was a foot from clearing the ropes. Batting through the innings Ben ended up 41 not out, sadly the rest of the top order struggled and only Jake Davies offered any support to Ben as Barrow finished on 74-6 off the reduced 16 overs.

In reply Davis Trego was severe on anything loose and quickly hit 37 before Seb Allen took the first of his two wickets (2/12). Uphill skipper Neve Kennedy was also particularly impressive in her strokeplay making 29 not out as the visitors ran out winners by 8 wickets.

It was a lovely evening at Hobbs Lane on Wednesday as we welcomed back the midweek friendly team of St Bonaventure’s.

The late arrival of the opposition and the loss of the toss looked likely to condemn Barrow to potentially batting in the dark.

However, there was no such problem as Melissa Owen took out the opposition’s skipper and another key batsman taking 2/23, although the score moved along mainly courtesy of the top scorer – a certain Will Kerswell no less who generously played for St Bon’s. Wickets fell regularly at the other end as Adam Brace (3/12) and Ellie Holdaway (3/8) beat the flailing blades of the later order batsmen.

112 all out did not look likely to trouble an unusually strong midweek Barrow team, and so it proved as Ben Skuse avoided running himself out to score 39 and Ed Holdaway hit 2 6s in his 33. With 7 needed off 5, Leo Brace and Melissa continued to edge Barrow towards the winning post, but it needed Adam Brace to finish the game off with a straight four.

So it is 2 wins out of 2 for the T20 side. The evening continued with a very sociable drink and some pasties and pies which were well received by all.

Next Wednesday we face Bristol Water at home which will be followed by a barbecue so everyone is welcome to come and support.

A Guy & A Hood Steal The Limelight For Barrow

It is a rare event indeed when two Barrow Gurney batsmen make a hundred in one weekend, but that is what happened this week as Ali Hood and Guy Fisher made telling contributions to victories for the 2nds and Sunday 3rds. Sadly the 1sts were unable to join in the fun, but nevertheless took maximum bonus points whilst losing at home.

The 2nds faced a tough challenge on Saturday away at Old Park and bowling first found themselves up against the unconventional but extremely talented Shane Shepherd who has made runs against Barrow in the past. He did not disappoint his side this week as he cruised to 87 as Old Park made 197 for 5 in their 40 overs. Adam Brace was the pick of the bowlers taking 2/24 off his 8. But the total looked an imposing one for a team coming off the back of two opening defeats.

Enter Ali Hood, who had not been spotted with a bat in his hand since last August, an invisible man at pre-season training and thwarted in his attempt to get some practice on a Sunday by an unexpected concession. Ably supported by the in-form skipper, Ellie Holdaway, Ali destroyed the attack hitting 16 4s and 2 6s in his 102 made off 91 balls. Ellie adopted the holding role and faced more deliveries in her 37 as they shared a partnership of 154 before Ali was dismissed. A couple of quick wickets caused some anxiety and a close finish was in prospect at 174-5 but Adam and Pete Holdaway saw the team home to a much-needed win to take the side off the bottom of Division 13.

On Sunday, Bath Exiles put the 3rd XI in the field in the blazing heat at Hobbs Lane.  Nick Heal started well, varying his pace, and soon accounted for one opener.  Bath Exiles kept the score ticking over without ever dominating just using the fast outfield to their advantage with an occasional boundary. Leo Brace then bowled a very accurate 5 over spell, pinning the other opener LBW, before Mark Fisher induced the first of two hit wicket dismissals in the innings. Mark’s 2/30 were the best figures, but all bowlers bowled accurately apart from a couple of loose overs due to tiredness or looseners! 179- 7 looked to be achievable with the batting line up Barrow had.

After tea Barrow got off to a really good start against an unusual opening attack of an accurate slow left armer and a medium pacer. Mark Forge took the spinner whilst Guy Fisher dealt very firmly with the bowler at the other end. Barrow quickly had an opening partnership of 50 of which Mark made an invaluable 6  before leaving Guy to it. A couple of quick wickets set the team back but Guy was playing some expansive shots and striking the ball very well. Given a couple of lives he reached his maiden hundred, which gave his captain great pleasure having watched him play for so many years all through the Barrow junior set up.


Having celebrated his hundred and asked to retire, like any true batsman he had to be dragged from the crease having hit 18 4s and 2 6s in his 103. Barrow were well on the way to a victory but had a little wobble as the scoring rate dried up. Rod Reeves began to nurdle his way to 19 whilst Nick struck some more aggressive blows including a low flat 6 in his 29. Eventually with 3 overs to go, after Nick had perished, Steve Owen hit the winning runs with the most exquisite Harrow drive.

Barrow find themselves joint second in the Sunday League after this win and next week face a trip to Lympsham and Belvedere.

Unfortunately, the first team came up short against Bristol Lions on Saturday.  Losing the toss (again) they were asked to field.  James Riley and Matt Owen opened up with Riley producing a wicket first ball of the game as their opener player on. Matt got a second soon after caught behind.  After that however wickets were hard to come by as yet again Barrow bowled too many boundary balls, gave away extras and maybe didn’t defend the boundaries early enough. Three of the Lions batsmen made 50, including former Barrow player Alwis as the Lions finished on 260 all out despite Mark Fisher bowling really well for his 3 wickets.

Barrow’s innings began badly as firstly Ben Skuse ran himself out and Bernie Forge was bowled soon after.  Sam Turner, Guy Fisher and James Riley came and went quite quickly but Paul Glazzard and Phil Milton put on 50 odd before Phil managed to scoop one to the keeper and Glazzard, in his first innings of the season,  went soon after for 58.  Late cameos from Mark Fisher, Simon Hudson and Matt Owen got Barrow to 217 before being bowled out, although they reached the 10 bonus point by getting past 200.

The Firsts remain in mid-table as they face a challenging trip to PR Royals next week who have won their opening three fixtures.







Barrow’s Bowlers Bring T20 Success At Flax

Barrow’s T20 season got underway at Flax Bourton Irregulars on Wednesday with an exciting comeback win.

Mark Forge opted to bat first to take advantage of the better light and the fact that 3 of the team had yet to arrive!

Losing 2 wickets in the first over was not part of the plan. Jonny Sykes began to repair the damage before the third wicket fell on 33 as weekend heroine Ellie Holdaway was caught and bowled. Connor Jones then joined Jonny and engaged in a productive partnership of some restrained strokeplay. Jonny retired on 27 and Connor, having hit the stroke of the day, an on drive up the hill for four, also retired on 25 leaving Mark Gracey and Matt Owen to push the total to 110 in 20 overs, which looked at least 30 runs light on a good pitch.

Flax lept out of the starting gate and despite an early success for Paul Gard both their second wicket pair retired having exceeded the 25 mark. With the score at 76 at ten overs and only 35 needed, Flax were cruising. The decisive bowling change though had come the over before as Barrow’s answer to Trueman and Statham (for you historians of the game) came into the attack. Matt Owen bustling in up the hill taking 3/8 in 4 overs and the extremely impressive Leo Brace who took 2/20 in his four, clean bowling one batsman with one which moved a lot and pinning another LBW. Leo found a lot of swing and occasional bounce, while Matt’s pace and accuracy in the fading light accounted for 2 batsmen clean bowled while another chipped up a catch to Gracey at mid off. Their 8 overs were supported by some excellent fielding.

With 18 balls to go Flax remarkably still needed 17 runs. Connor then returned to bowl one of the returning retired batsmen and then took the 9th wicket when keeper Bernie Forge (a late substitute for the injured Phil Milton) clung on to a thick edge, finishing with 3/15 in all.

Adam Brace then dismissed the opposition skipper (who had resumed his innings after retiring) and Barrow won by 12 runs.

Next week Barrow entertain St Bonaventures.

Barrow Under 15s Worry Mighty Weston

On a splendid May evening at Hobbs Lane, Barrow’s under 15s entertained the mighty Weston Super Mare in the North Somerset Youth League, as Pete Holdaway reports:

Weston won the toss and set about Barrow’s attack scoring at 9 an over despite Isaac Todman beating the bat regularly and having 2 lbw appeals turned down on height. All went well for Weston with Rai and Smith retiring before Leo Brace struck with 2 wickets both bowled and just failed to take a hat-trick by a couple of inches. Melissa Owen dismissed Price for 4 and at 129-3 in the 17th over Barrow were containing Weston to a manageable total. When Ben Thorne took a sharp catch at cover off debutant Seb Allen at 138-4, the away team’s hopes of possibly 180 plus were not to be. The innings closed at 150-4. Although run ragged in the field, Barrow’s youngsters stuck to the task and Luke Thorne, in particular, rose to the occasion as the ball often appeared to follow him around!

Barrow’s reply started with a modest 3 off the first over and nods all round in the Weston field signalled their satisfaction. What followed was an explosion of hard-hitting at one end and a cultured display of textbook shots from the other! Cameron Bullock was irresistible with an array of boundaries to all parts of the ground which led to Weston’s skipper hastily rearranging the field to try to plug the gaps. It was futile as Barrow went to 42-0 off 7 overs and seriously looked well in the chase. At the other end, Oscar Todman (12 years old) played like a seasoned professional, cutting and square driving for ones and twos before playing an exquisite glance off the hip to fine leg for four. At 14 overs they had advanced to 81 and the cheers from the boundary echoed around the ground as the sun started to disappear behind the scoreboard. At 91, Weston’s Austin produced a Yorker that Oscar couldn’t avoid and he was trapped lbw on the back foot for 18. With 4 overs remaining Ben Thorne joined the exuberant Cameron and ran with him to ensure he reached his maiden half century finishing on 53 no and Ben on 7 no. Barrow concluded on 109-1 against the best side in the league. The performance drew praise from Weston’s coach who might have been expecting a quieter evening at Hobbs Lane Well played Under 15s !!!

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!