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.

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