After two disappointing losses to Failand & Portbury and Long Ashton, Barrow Gurney 1st Team faced bottom of the league, Bristol Sri Lankans, with a chance to get the season back on track. Arriving at the Fry’s Club Barrow were pleased to again find that we had neutral umpires and the team was even happier when Phil Milton won the toss and decided to put the Sri Lankans in. James Riley and Paul Glazzard were back to their best and did their usual job of both containing and taking regular wickets, Glaz aided by LBW decisions and Riley bowling straight and full. The Sri Lankans were 33-5 at which point Mark Brown and young gun, Kieran Owen, continued the good work of the openers as they too took wickets reducing the opposition to 57-8. The all to familiar theme of allowing the opposition of the hook continued however as the Sri Lankans clawed their way back to 101 all out when they should have got no more than 80. Glaz finished 9.1-1-22-4, Riley 12-3-32-2 and Kieran 5-1-15-2.
After Sam Turner’s late withdrawal Barrow had a fourth opening partnership in as many games as Mick Hardy opened with Brown. Both started steadily getting the board ticking, always important when chasing a low score. Mark went with the score on 20 and Mick with the score on 30 odd. Nick Moore scored 42 before getting out allowing Phil Milton and James Mitchell (30*) to see Barrow home with 15 overs to spare. No sooner had the game finished than it rained heavily.
With the win Barrow move back to fourth in the table. No game this week for the first team but they finish the season with three home games and all to play for.