Colin Fletcher, newly appointed Sunday Captain, faces a visit to the park of Oldbury Court with the Sunday team who have been drawn to play Bristol Bangladeshis in the season opener.
Last year’s game saw Barrow struggle on the park wicket whilst the Bangladeshis flourished with the bat making one of the highest scores of the season at their home ground with their captain kissing the turf having made a hard-hitting century.
Guy Fisher though made a fighting 88 to give the home side something to worry about as he continued his progress to his 1,000 run season, but the result was never in doubt. Barrow though were able to win the return fixture at Hobbs Lane.
Barrow’s First XI, captained by Frank Forge, will visit Chilcompton 1sts on the opening week of the 2020 Bristol & District League season. Last year’s fixture saw a remarkable and thrilling match as Barrow defended a meagre target of 130 after Chilcompton seemed to be cruising to victory, with the captain’s stunning catch turning the game with the home side on 126-6.
Meanwhile Adam Brace’s 2nds start at home against Old Bristolians Westbury 4ths as the new skipper starts his determined drive to improve on last year’s results. Adam has fond memories of hitting the winning runs against the opposition when last they were in the same division.
Full fixtures are available on Play Cricket and will be accessible via this website shortly.
Barrow Gurney CC held its AGM last Sunday at
the Angel Inn, Long Ashton and 23 members attended to hear of the progress the
club has made in the last year and to elect the committee and captains for the
Frank Forge and Ed Holdaway will continue to lead the 1st
XI aiming to build on a promising season when they fell only 15 runs short of
achieving 3rd place in Division 5 of the Bristol & District League.
In 2020 the team will face: Abbots Leigh 1s, Bath 4s, Brislington 3s, Bristol
3s, Bristol Lions 1s, Chilcompton 1s, Claverham 2s, Congresbury 2s, Hanham 2s.
There is a new captaincy team for the 2nds as Adam Brace
steps up to captain, he will be supported by the experienced Paul Gard. The
news that the team will retain its place in Division 13 where they will play
some old friends and rivals was welcomed by all. Their opponents in full: Carsons
Mangotsfield 2s, Coalpit Heath 3s, Hanham 3s, Midsomer Norton 3s, Old B’s
Westbury 4s, Patchway 2s, Pucklechurch 2s, Thornbury 4s, Winterbourne 5s.
Colin Fletcher will captain the Sunday XI with Mark Forge standing
in as required as vice-captain.
Chairman, Pete Holdaway, told the meeting of the improvements
made in the last year, as, assisted by grants from the ECB, the club has
acquired new roll-on covers and upgraded its catering facilities. This winter is
going to see a major redecoration of the pavilion.
After a year in which Barrow Gurney has not had a junior
team for the first time in years, the committee were please to report of an initiative
to develop a friendly under 17 team with existing Barrow players inviting
friends to play and learn the game. Meanwhile at senior level the club were
delighted that whilst other clubs continue to struggle for players, that 3 full
teams have been put out every week. However the club still aims to increase its
playing squad for the coming year and welcome some new players.
The full committee for 2019/20 is:
– Brian Mayled
– Peter Holdaway
– Ali Hood
– Mark Forge
– Dick Pillinger
Sec – Paul Mizen
– Dave Milton
Rep – Phil Milton
Captaincy Team (who are all ex-offico members of the committee) will be:
– Frank Forge (C), Ed Holdaway (VC)
– Adam Brace (C), Paul Gard (VC)
3rd XI – Colin Fletcher (C), Mark Forge (VC)
addition Rod Reeves and Pete Shiner are willing to be co-opted as committee
Now that the clocks have gone back it seems a
long time ago when Barrow Gurney Cricket Club presented its end of season
awards. We take a look back at the award winners and celebrate their
Guy Fisher was the winner of a special award in recognition
of him scoring 1,000 runs for Barrow in all cricket. With one hundred and 6
half centuries, Guy rarely failed with the bat on Sundays or friendlies and was
also top-scorer for the first team in the B&D league.
Mark Fisher, was named First Team player of the year, in a
close contest with a number of players who all contributed to a genuine team
effort. Mark opened the bowling and was unlucky not to take more than the 12
wickets he took, beating the bat often. An economy rate of only 3 an over was
also very impressive. Mark too had a knack of making lower middle order runs
when needed averaging 20 over the league season.
In the second team, the player of the year went to Simon
Hudson, who made consistent contributions with bat and ball. Simon took 17
wickets in a team which often struggled to dismiss the opposition and was a
safe pair of hands in the field too. However, it was his quick thinking having
dropped a catch to run out the batsman with a sharp throw which will live long
in the memory!
The “breakthrough” award was won by Kian Ware, who joined
Barrow Gurney this season and soon impressed with his hard-hitting batting,
sensational fielding and as a bowler capable of bowling unplayable deliveries.
Announcing his arrival with two consecutive half centuries in one weekend, his
best performance was in taking Barrow 1st XI to victory making 83
not out against Bristol Lions sealing the game in double quick time.
The ‘clubman’ of the year award will have to be re-named
after Jane Holdaway deservedly lifted the shield. Whether in the scorebox, catering,
assisting with organising the tour, acting as club welfare officer, organising
sponsorship and in so many other ways, a small cricket club depends on people
like Jane in order to function.
The North Somerset League has issued details of
the composition of divisions for next season.
Barrow Gurney, will continue to play in Division 4 and will
meet Bristol Bangladeshis, Churchways, Charlton
Super Kings, Exiles (Bath), Hanham,
Harptree, Keynsham, Kilmersdon
and Westerleigh in a full programme of 18 matches.
Full fixtures will be published on this website
Barrow’s Sunday team features players of all abilities and ages, who on any weekend are unable to play or are not selected on Saturdays. It also helps players develop their games and in particular supports younger players making the transition to adult cricket.
Ali Hood triumphed once again at the Autumn BGCC golf day, beating the blustery conditions and occasionally heavy rain, to post a record afternoon score for the tournament at Thornbury Golf Club.
As the twelve Barrow players and friends teed up on Friday
the relative calm of the morning gave little indication as to what was to come.
Playing the Par 3 course in the morning, Jon Hood benefited from some good
fortune on the first as he careered into the trees only for the ball to
obligingly rebound to the front of the green. He then chipped in and that laid
the foundation of a leading score for the morning of 38 stableford points as he
continued to chip and put well. The Spring Golf day winner Mark Forge, also
benefitted from a chip in as he made 37 points, whilst in the same group Ali
pushed him hard with 36. Paul Gard and Barrow legend Gordon Ladd were only 1
further back as we broke for lunch.
Before the afternoon round everyone had an attempt to
launch the ball with Matt Owen’s 4 wood (or was it a mashy niblek?) which was
like a relic from the 19th century. But as the groups began to tee
off for real, the wind started to pick up.
After 9 holes the combination of the wind and occasional driving rain played havoc with many players’ games. Gordon’s decision to visit his grandchildren after 9 holes seemed extremely wise. Martin Williams managed to lose 4 balls in consecutive shots, which must be some sort of record, but later recovered to win the longest drive at the Par 5 9th.
Most found it hard to score on the back 9, but other
difficulties faced some golfers as Martin fell down a hole on the 15th,
and Mark was hit on the thigh pad by an errant ball (not from a Barrow player!)
neither incident helping their cause.
But Ali seemed immune to the weather, and even managed not to
be distracted when 2 golf buggies collided in front of the 18th tee
when he was about to drive. 39 points was nothing short of sensational in the
afternoon round and is a Barrow record over the 3 golf days so far. As chairman
of the handicap committee he is sure to instigate a review into his handicap
before the spring.
Ali’s total score of 75 was well ahead of the rest. Brother
Jon, despite taking an age to add up his score, was unable to make it reach
anything other than 68 and so he tied for second with Paul Gard who was
consistent throughout the day and also won the nearest the pin prize at one of
the par 3s. Simon Hudson was a respectable 4th with 64 points.
We hope for better weather at the end of March for the next
instalment and a chance to knock Ali off his perch.
Barrow Gurney saw the cricket season to a close
on Sunday with an enjoyable event at Hobbs Lane, hosted by Premil Fernando.
Premil brought together a team of players from his old school to play a Barrow
Gurney XI in a friendly T20 game, before an afternoon of fun and a chance to
sample some wonderful Sri Lankan-style food.
Barrow, captained by Ed Holdaway, decided to bat first after
the morning rain had passed away to enable the game to be played in breezy but
fine conditions. Premil, himself, proved a handful with the ball, finding some
bounce and unintentionally hitting several batters in areas where they would
rather not have been hit!
After the initial onslaught Jonny Sykes and Ed Holdaway
treated the spectators to some stylish and effortless shots, clearing the
boundaries several times before they both retired on 34, Guy Fisher continued
in similar vein and also retired on 30 but the later overs saw Premil’s XI
bring the scoring rate under control and the total of 169 in 20 overs was
perhaps only about par on a quick scoring ground.
In reply the bowling attack of Barrow started with the
youthful enthusiasm of Isaac Todman (2/10) and Leo Brace (1/16) who both bowled
with good control. The introduction of the left-arm “spin” of 72-year-old Rod
Reeves proved a mystery to all including the batsmen who (unsure how far to hit
the ball) quite often missed innocuous deliveries! Adam Brace (2/18) and Oscar Livesey
(2/25) bowled well as the visitor’s resistance was led by the eponymous host,
Premil, who made 46 in fine style before gloving to Bernie Forge behind the
stumps. The Invitational XI’s innings came to a close at 127, as Mark Fisher’s
experimental off-spin took 2/10 off his one over.
The teams and spectators were then treated to Sri Lankan
curries with various trimmings as the sun set on the 2019 cricket season.
There was time for some Karaoke and outdoor snooker whilst
the families enjoyed the last hours of sunshine at the beautiful Barrow Gurney
What an enjoyable event to finish off an enjoyable season.
We have welcomed new players; we have seen many of our younger players develop
and improve and we have enjoyed many happy times on and off the field during
the season. We have seen many improvements to the facilities on the ground and
in the pavilion and we can look forward to 2020 as Barrow Gurney Cricket Club continues
to grow and develop, encouraging players of all abilities and expanding the
number of its social members and supporters.
It may seem like a long winter, but before you know it we
will be practicing for the new season!
Barrow Gurney’s end of season celebrations saw
a rare, perhaps unique event as brother and sister duo, Frank and Bernie Forge,
won the annual double wicket competition.
A glorious autumn morning greeted 14 players ready to do
battle for the prestigious annual trophy. Players were drawn from 2 pools to
make up the pairings and when the sibling pairing had been drawn it was always
going to be interesting to see if it ended in harmony or acrimony!
With points being awarded for runs scored, wickets taken,
catches and runouts achieved and points lost for drops and wickets lost, the
first round involving all 7 teams, is always impossible to call as only Jane
Holdaway, the scorer, has any idea of who is doing well or badly.
As the teams gathered to hear the results of the group
stage, it was Ali Hood and Kieran Owen who sailed through to the final on
merit, with Kieran, in particular, discovering his six-hitting ability during
A semi-final left Frank and Bernie up against Oscar Livesey and Phil Milton and for much of the game the unrelated team seemed to have the upper hand, scoring off nearly every delivery, but a lost wicket in the last over just allowed the Forges through to the final.
Frank and Bernie batted first, with Frank hitting a couple
of fluent shots through the covers and one six, whilst Bernie was hitting
straight and then moving across her stumps to sweep or pull off middle stump to
the vacant long leg boundary. However, a suicidal run out and a good caught and
bowled from Oscar seemed to have left Ali and Kieran with a very achievable
Kieran continued where he had left off in the group stage
and opened his shoulders to clear the fence on a couple of occasions, whilst
Ali, who was cannily trying to work out how many he thought was needed, aimed
to do just enough to see his side home, manoeuvring the ball around to exploit
the tired fielders suffering from the effects of a long day in the sun after a
late night on the town.
Two wickets in two balls from the off-spin of Bernie, having more success then her regular off-spinner brother, set Ali and Kieran back a bit; but still heading into the final over they looked to be ahead of the game. A brilliant catch from Kian Ware in the deep brought it back into the balance, but nevertheless the outcome remained in doubt until Jane announced the results. In the end an extra wicket lost meant the shield went to the family pairing, meaning that Frank defended the title he won last year in partnership with Rob Figuereido.
The competition was well-supported as always as many players, ex-players came to join in the fun, the barbecue, and to sample some home-brewed beer and some fruit punch. Many thanks to Ali for organising the day, to Jane for scoring and, with Pete Holdaway, for the barbecue, and to Simon Hudson and Kevin Jones for their marvellous concoctions.
Barrow Gurney’s Sunday XI finished their league
season with a win away at Keynsham.
Winning the toss, the Barrow captain, Mark Forge, soon
found himself needing to be involved in a recovery after the early loss of Ali
Hood without scoring. Forge (10) and Colin Fletcher dug in with a 42-run
partnership over 13 overs, before daughter Bernie came to the crease to inject
some quick running and several well-struck boundaries, which were hard to come
by on the large playing area.
When Fletcher departed for an increasingly fluent 39 (the
highlight being an exquisite straight drive), Mark Gracey joined Bernie to put
on a 50 partnership, with Gracey playing some delightful shots of his own
before being run out going for another quick single. With Bernie taking full
advantage of some short-pitched bowling, Guy Fisher came in to make a quickfire
22 as the innings concluded on 185-4, with Bernie remaining unbeaten on 58 at
almost a run a ball.
After tea Bernie was soon in action with the gloves taking
2 early catches off the pace bowling of Mark Fisher including the key wicket of
the opposition captain. With accurate spells from Leo Brace (5 overs for 10
runs) and Adam Brace (8 overs for 29), the pressure was on the young Keynsham
batting line up.
Guy Fisher found the pitch to his liking as his leg-spin
got prodigious turn from the end of season pitch, deceiving 2 batsmen with the
turn to bowl them, before giving Bernie another 2 victims behind the stumps
with a catch and a stumping.
A late-order revival could not prevent Guy taking season’s best figures of 5/28, before Oscar Livesey (2/33) gave Bernie a fifth victim followed up by inducing a hit wicket dismissal. Mark Fisher (3/14) then finished things off to give Barrow and enjoyable end to the season.