Sunday Team Face A Walk In The Park In Season Opener

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.

Guy Fisher bowls at the Bristol Bangladeshi captain whose hundred dominated last year’s clash at Oldbury Court

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.

Fixtures Published For Saturday Teams

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.

Guy Fisher and Bernie Forge batting at Chilcompton, their partnership of 77 was the highest partnership of the match.

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.

AGM Report & Captaincy Teams for 2020 Announced

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 coming year.

Barrow’s 1st XI – Back from Left: Premil Fernando, Mark Fisher, Ed Holdaway, Jonny Sykes, Guy Fisher, Ellie Holdaway; Front: Phil Milton, Kieran Owen, Frank Forge (c), Kian Ware, Bernie Forge. Also played at least 3 games in 2019: Leo Brace, Jon Hood, Hashan Mudiyanselage, Matt Owen, Benura Umanga

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.

Adam Brace takes over as captain of the 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.

Colin Fletcher takes on the Sunday captaincy for 2020.

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:

President – Brian Mayled

Chairman – Peter Holdaway

Vice-Chair – Ali Hood

Secretary – Mark Forge

Treasurer – Dick Pillinger

Fixture Sec – Paul Mizen

Groundsperson – Dave Milton

Junior Rep – Phil Milton

The Captaincy Team (who are all ex-offico members of the committee) will be:

First XI – Frank Forge (C), Ed Holdaway (VC)

Second XI – Adam Brace (C), Paul Gard (VC)

Sunday 3rd XI – Colin Fletcher (C), Mark Forge (VC)

In addition Rod Reeves and Pete Shiner are willing to be co-opted as committee members.

Jane Holdaway is our Club Welfare Officer.

2019 Award Winners

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 achievements.

Guy Fisher shows off his special award.

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 (First Team Player of the Year) in action at Hobbs Lane.

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.

Simo n Hudson receives the Second Team Player award from Vice-Captain Adam Brace.

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!

Kian Ware after his award was presented by Barrow President Brian Mayled.

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.

Jane Holdaway studies her award as Club Person of the Year.

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.

Congratulations to all our award winners.

Sunday XI’s Opponents Confirmed For 2020

The North Somerset League has issued details of the composition of divisions for next season.

Steve Webb enjoys a rare innings in Barrow’s Sunday team.

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 when available.

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 Storms Away With The Prize Despite The Gales

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.

Ali Hood (left) adds up his unbelievable score with partners Simon Hudson and Martin Williams

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.

Jon Hood started with a bit of luck and went on to finish behind his brother.

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.

Paul Gard played consistent golf to come tied second and won the nearest the pin

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.

Cricket & Curry End Barrow’s Season

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.

Premil’s Invitation XI with family & friends

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.

The Barrow team and umpires.

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.

Adam Brace tucks in to the curry.

The teams and spectators were then treated to Sri Lankan curries with various trimmings as the sun set on the 2019 cricket season.

Premil treats the spectators to his singing.

There was time for some Karaoke and outdoor snooker whilst the families enjoyed the last hours of sunshine at the beautiful Barrow Gurney ground.

Barrow First Team Captain Frank Forge demonstrates his snooker prowess to his teammates.

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!

Double Wicket Winners Keep It In The Family

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.

Frank and Bernie Forge with the Double Wicket Trophy

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.

The finalists come off the field to await the final result.

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 the day.

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 Forge launches a six.

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 target.

Bernie Forge straight drives.

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.

Ali Hood narrowly failed to get his team over the line.

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.

Some of the supporters enjoying the end of season fun at Hobbs Lane.

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.

Sunday XI Finish The Season In Style

Barrow Gurney’s Sunday XI finished their league season with a win away at Keynsham.

Colin Fletcher signs off his season with a well-made 39

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.

Bernie Forge hits another boundary.

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.

Bernie Forge’s 58 not out and Guy Fisher’s quick 22 helped Barrow to a competitive total.

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.

Guy Fisher’s 5 for 28 tore the heart out of the Keynsham reply.

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.