Frustrating Weekend For Barrow Teams

Barrow Gurney had a disappointing weekend with losses for all its 3 teams.

Ed Holdaway took 2/22 on Saturday

The First XI endured a frustrating encounter with Abbots Leigh, where the home side made 145 all out in the face of some good bowling from Kieran Owen (3/41), Frank Forge (2/20) and Ed Holdaway (2/22). Barrow’s batters found it hard going in reply with only Kian Ware (31) and Ed Holdaway (29) posing much of a threat as Barrow fell 24 runs short.

Frank Forge (2/20) celebrates a wicket with his sister Bernie

Barrow 2s also disappointed with the bat and limped to 132-9 in their 40 overs against an accurate Old Bristolians attack. Barrow did well to make the visitors work hard for their win, taking 7 wickets in the process. Simon Hudson (2/24), Oscar Livesey (2/17) and Seb Allen (2/38) were the most successful.

Sunday’s game at East Harptree turned into a runs fest as the hosts piled on 321-6, with Mathew Cole making 102 of them in powerful style. Barrow’s debutant, Nikolay Potopchuk emerged from a nervy start to post the best bowling figures of 2 for 46.

Jonny Sykes hit 99 against Harptee in a run-filled Sunday game (library picture)

Barrow’s reply was rocked by the loss of a wicket to the first ball of the innings. A partnership of 130 between Oscar Livesey (63) and Jonny Sykes (99, 5 sixes + 14 fours) put the home side under some pressure as they were scoring close to the required rate. Guy Fisher (36) kept up the momentum but with time running out and wickets falling, Barrow were dismissed for a creditable 257.

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