The Barrow Gurney pavilion was packed for a club quiz. Held after the training sessions for the Under 11s and 13s, some parents stayed to test their general knowledge whilst the younger members enjoyed playing on the outfield on a lovely summer’s evening.
Players of the past, joined with current players, committee members and friends of the club to test their wits against the fiendish questions set by Rich “Mizthequiz” Mizen.
Who was the highest run scorer for England in the disastrous 2013/14 test series?
Which film studies is in Borehamwood in Hertfordshire?
Which first class county has the most and fewest twitter followers?
Where were the Olympics staged in 1996?
Cadbury Garden centre is on the road between Congresbury and which other village?
These were some of the 80 questions posed (answers at the end of the article in case you want them!)
In a close encounter there were 4 teams within 4 points of each other with “The Anthill Mob” (including a brace each of Holdaways and Forges) running out narrow winners despite not being able to identify photos of such stellar personalities such as Nicki Minaj or Scooter from the Muppets.
Answers to questions above: Kevin Pietersen, Elstree Studios, Yorkshire and Leicestershire, Atlanta USA, Yatton.
In a weekend when Barrow yet again had 33 players selected for the 3 teams, it was ironic that only the Sunday team got to play courtesy of the weather.
The visitors, Failand & Portbury were put into bat on an unusually still and muggy day at Hobbs Lane. Matt Owen used the conditions to good advantage swinging the ball a lot from the Fox and Goose end (eventually taking 1/17 in 6 overs) but the Failand openers put on 76 for the first wicket before Kieran Owen bowled Pattison for 34, the other opener (Gunerathne) made 52 before retiring, before Oscar Livesey (recovering from his first ball being dispatched for 6) pinned Marsden LBW on the back foot. Down also made 50 before retiring as some good bowling continued to be punctuated with some short deliveries which were dealt with effectively.
Nick Heal (2/40 in 7 overs) came back to claim a couple of late wickets, one brilliantly caught by Rod Reeves diving forwards to pick up a good low catch, the other removing the bails on the last ball of the innings. Oscar’s fielding merits special mention for the ball followed him everywhere and he had many awkward bounces to cope with, which he did without a misfield.
214 was a lower target than the previous two weeks but still rather challenging for a batting line up weakened by injury to two “less young” players and the lack of any senior batsman.
This promoted Oscar to open, a chance he took with great relish. After revealing his 3 different “leaves” he then moved through the gears hitting the spinners over the top and dancing up the wicket at almost any opportunity, combining well with Matt Owen (19) to put on 44 for the second wicket. Oscar fell for 37 with a first fifty in sight, the first of 3 stumpings for the Failand keeper. The middle order then continued to struggle against the slower bowlers leaving Barrow 83 for 6 off 27. The game was up but Rod Reeves and Steve Owen upheld the team’s honour putting on 53 before the overs ran out. Steve continued the form of recent weeks hitting some powerful shots straight whilst Rod appeared to be loving every minute of his cameo innings, pulling and cutting like a dervish.
Barrow lost by 78 runs in a game played in an excellent spirit. No Sunday game next week but then we have a run of fixtures until mid-August.
Overnight rain and persistent morning drizzle meant the cancellation of both games today. The 1st XI were hoping to maintain their promotion push against Woodpeckers after a week off last Saturday. Meanwhile the 2nd XI were looking to put last weeks loss against Twyford House IIIs behind them as they were due to host Stoke Gifford IIs, currently propping up Division 11.
For any cricket lover the 3 Ws will evoke the legends of those great West Indian batsman, Weekes, Walcott and Worrell, but on Monday night it was a different 3 Ws which characterised the Under 15 clash between Barrow Gurney and Cleeve: Wickets, Wides and Wind.
20 wickets fell in this 20:20 match which is pretty unusual as Cleeve were bowled out for exactly 100 with Jackson Bryant once again showing his wicket-taking prowess with 3 for 30. Captain Kieran Owen with 2 for 14 and Mark Fisher, 2 for 8, ably supported along with some good fielding with 3 sharp run outs (Mark & Guy Fisher one each and another from Ben Mead). Bernie Forge also took a high catch over her shoulder running back from the keeper’s position. Only Curtis reached double figures as coach Lee Bryant took the opportunity to give some new squad members a chance to bowl. Max Heron and Ben Mead being economical and showing some real promise.
Cleeve were also soon among the wickets and, bowling their front line bowlers for the maximum overs bowled Barrow out for 82, Kieran Owen 17 was top score in the match and Jackson Bryant made 14. Gray was almost unplayable taking 4-18 and D Jones took 3-6. Barrow lost by 18 runs but that is not quite the whole tale.
Wides were ultimately the deciding factor. Barrow’s juniors have suffered over the years seeing the umpires uncoil their arms far too often, but this season has hitherto been an exception. Sadly 32 wides to 11 (wides counting 2 with no extra ball) masked the fact that Barrow actually scored more runs off the bat than Cleeve.
The wind blowing across the ground and into the scorebox may well have been a factor for both teams in bowling all those wides and certainly it made your correspondent appreciate a warming Gin and Tonic afterwards!
This may have been Barrow’s first League loss in the League but it was an extremely close game. Next week a friendly against Clevedon before the League season resumes.
See the video footage taken by Melissa of her brother taking the wicket of S Coombes in the recent Sunday game. Guy Fisher is taking the catch in the covers.Video
The Treasury Valuers were welcome visitors to Hobbs Lane for this week’s Sunday game which was played out in beautiful sunshine with the ground looking a picture.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat on a new track on the edge of square meaning a short boundary to the car park side. Clarkson and Edmunds began well picking off the bad ball and rotating the strike meaning they reached 60 off 10 overs before Steve Owen had Clarkson caught by Guy Fisher (the first of 3 good catches) for 30. Bowling in tandem with his dad, Kieran accounted for the other opener and bowled accurately, proving a handful to all the batsman taking 2 for 22 off a full 8 overs bowled in 2 spells. Steve also showed masterful control (1/17 off 6). The score only advanced to 87 off 20, but Maplestone and Yeo then took charge against the slower bowlers, Yeo retiring on 50, whilst Maplestone fell run out on the same score attempting to recover his ground whilst backing up too far. Pete Halladay collected the striker’s push out on the off side and had the presence of mind to collect the ball and outrun the non-striker finishing off the manoeuvre with a dive at the stumps ball in hand.
But that partnership had taken the scoring rate back over 6 an over and the lower order took the Valuers to 222 for 6 after their 40 overs.
Barrow needed a good start, and got it thanks to in-form Ben Skuse who brought the timing from the close of Saturday’s knock into Sunday with some lovely shots through the covers With Guy Fisher in support 44 off 9 was solid enough but then Guy fell. Oscar Livesey followed soon after, following a mix up. The middle order then contrived to get in and get out.
Mick Hardy then fell first ball, stumped off Coombs leaving him on a hat trick. He eventually took 5 for 23.
This only served to bring the Owens together again, this time at the crease at 84 for 6, both playing positively, with Kieran making a fluent 20 and Steve, apparently forgetting himself, advancing up the wicket to deposit the ball in the field at the Fox and Goose end for, he says, his first career 6. Now on 23 Steve threatened more violent assaults on the bowling only to be miraculously caught at slip flashing at a wide one and being caught by a fielder who put his hands in front of his face to protect himself and then fell over gleefully clutching the ball.
The family partnership of 42 gave much needed respectability as Barrow slid to 136 all out. Steve was nominated man of the match for Barrow. The opposition then all joined us for a well earned, and cooling drink and we look forward to playing again next year.
Barrow Gurney CC will be holding another club quiz on Friday 19th June at the pavilion. 7-30pm to finalise teams for a prompt 8pm start. Teams of 4 or 5 (no more than 5 ). £2 per head with all proceeds going to club funds. The bar will of course be open. Questions set by “Mizthequiz” and his word will be final. Who will be the “Brain of Barrow”?
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.
This Sunday Barrow travelled to nearby Bedminster and the home team had assembled a team drawn from a mixture of their senior and junior sides including some who had played in the winning Under 15 team against Barrow in the previous week.
An early success from Nick Heal (2/52), bowling one opener, only led to a long partnership between Jones and Hedges of 134, scoring comfortably at 6 an over. Despite a spirited effort in the field the best hope of breaking the partnership seemed to be a retirement. This came when Jones reached 3 figures. After losing James Mitchell, unexpectedly taken ill, Mick Hardy bowled with his customary guile and control, and in partnership with Guy Fisher exercised some restraint on the scoring rate, bowling to their field, before Mark Fisher (4/46) returned to take 4 quick wickets (all bowled). Oscar Livesey (2/31) chipped in with a couple in the 40th over, including a stumping from stand-in wicketkeeper Connor Jones who impressed in that role throughout. 231 (the target) was surely out of the question with one of our two first team regulars out although Bedminster kindly lent an Under 13 Gloucester player to replace the absent James.
The Barrow innings began with some sharp bowling and the top order crumbled with no-one making double figures until a spirited partnership between Mick and Barrow’s man of the match Mark Fisher both of whom made 19. The 10th wicket pair, Messrs Reeves and Holdaway briefly brought back memories of yesteryear to keep the opposition out in the cold and chilly air, making sure Barrow lasted the 40 overs and just passing 100 and a rather one-sided encounter was brought to a close.
Looking at the table before the game, it looked like it should have been potential win for Barrow, but things turned out very differently.
Mark Gracey lost the toss and YMCA chose to bat. The normal accuracy of Barrow’s bowling didn’t quite materialise and the safe hands in the field in recent weeks deserted them. YMCA made 206/9 off their 40 overs. Mike Lilley (2/24 off 9 overs) had the best figures, with Liam Moore taking 2/36 off 7 overs.
Still confident that Barrow had the batting to run down the total, Barrow set out to find that recent form they had had with the bat had also gone AWOL with the team being bowled out for a very disappointing 65. Kieran Owen top-scored with 18.
A wake-up call perhaps for Barrow who now need a couple of wins to ensure being candidates for promotion at the mid-season.