Barrow Gurney Under 15s reached the Cup Semi-Final with a 15 run victory over Blagdon. Batting first on an idyllic sunny evening at Barrow, Bernie Forge and Guy Fisher followed up their 99 opening partnership in the previous round at Flax Bourton, with a steady 34 before Guy fell for 18. Bernie batted solidly supported by Fraser Thomas (13) before falling for 29 trying to accelerate the run rate.
Louis Bockock-Grace (11) and Mark Fisher (12*) made the most of the last few overs with Louis picking up a ball on his legs and hitting it almost into the scorers’ hut for 6. Barrow finished on 106-6 after their 20 overs as a young Blagdon team stuck to their task and gave up few extras. Arrowsmith taking 3 for 23.
Blagdon were soon struggling as Fraser and Mark both took early wickets, but they rallied in the middle overs due to a good innings by Lowe (20*) and Barrow giving away a few too many wides. Captain Kieran Owen (1/16) regained some control whilst Louis chipped in with 1/22. The run out of Tovey slowed Blagdon’s scoring rate just when it seemed they might get their target, before opening bowlers Fraser (1/8) and Mark (2/12) came back and ensured they fell short.
This is the third successive win for the Under 15s under Lee Bryant’s stewardship and takes Barrow to a semi-final against either Cleeve or Bedminster in two weeks time.
Following last week’s disappointing loss to Pakistani Express (see below) Barrow Gurney needed to get the season up and running against St Mary Redcliffe, the team that went all of last season unbeaten and had won their opener this season. Unfortunately Barrow lost the toss again, which seems to be becoming a bit of a habit, and Barrow were duly put into bat. Ali Hood and Sam Turner opened up, Ali the first to go LBW, which even he agreed with, for 14; Sam next caught for 7. Mick Hardy walked after feathering one to the keeper to leave Barrow reeling at 26-3. Nick Moore and James Mitchell went about the rebuilding process picking up singles, rotating the strike, punishing bad balls and slowly building the score. This was a brilliant partnership and was just what was needed at the time. Nick went for an increasingly fluent 76 and Redcliffe probably now regret dropping him at least twice. Phil Milton was bowled around his legs by the leggie for 5 and Mark Brown ran himself out after hitting it straight at the fielder; at this point the momentum seemed to be shifting back to Redcliffe. However, James Mitchell began to open up before going for a brilliant 67 and some big hitting from Paul Glazzard (36*) helped take Barrow to 227-9 from the 45 overs.
Before Barrow went out to field Phil reminded everyone of the need to be ‘on it’ from ball one and show the same energy in the field as Redcliffe had done. This was duly delivered.
James Riley and Paul Glazzard opened up and both of them hit the right lines and lengths from ball one; Riley bowling the opener with a beauty and Nick taking a skyer from Glaz. Runs were at a premium and wickets fell regularly. At drinks Redcliffe had no more than 50 on the board and were 4 or 5 down. Glaz bowled straight through for figures of 12-1-31-2, a fantastic performance. Rob Fig then picked up where he left off last week bowling some searing yorkers with plenty of control, finishing 9-3-34-2 including a one-handed diving catch by the keeper. Mick and Riley cleaned up the tail, Mick picking up 2 wickets. However, Riley was undoubtedly the star of the show finishing 11-6-9-4 (including 3 wides!). These brilliant bowling performances were backed up with some brilliant fielding, notable contributions from Glaz, Browner, Sam, Ben Skuse and Nick, just as the captain had asked for.
In week one of the season Barrow were up against Pakistani Express. The match began 15 minutes late, in drizzle, with a somewhat reluctant Sam Turner and Ali Hood opening on a wicket that seemed to be in need of more preparation and against some erratic bowling and some wild bounce. Ali was the first to go for 2 to a sharp catch with the score on 24. Nick Moore went soon after for 4 followed by Sam (15) leaving Barrow 48-3. New player James Mitchell and Mick Hardy set about rebuilding before James went for 20. Mick fell for 40, Paul Glaz went for 0 and Ben Skuse for 7. Captain, Phil Milton, was out for 43 in the 42nd over, unfortunately the tail didn’t wag and Barrow were all out for 177 inside of 43 overs.
James Riley and Glaz opened up, Riley picking up the opener third over. Rob Figs replaced Glaz and picked one up first ball, bowling with real pace and hostility. Wickets fell relatively regularly leaving the Express 80-6. Unfortunately Rob had to go off after two full tosses having picked up 4 wickets but Barrow were still confident that one more wicket would probably finish the game; unfortunately it proved to be elusive with the ball falling into gaps or just short of fielders several times. Shahid finished with 69* playing some unorthodox shots showing the difference between division 2 and 3 is that teams bat that bit further down the order and the change bowlers are that bit better too.
After all the anticipation and fine spring weather, the cricket season started for Barrow on a cloudy but bright day with a cold wind blowing across the ground from the reservoirs. Following some confusion over the start time, and with Leema’s captain still in a taxi on his way back from holiday, the new “friendly” captain won the toss and chose to bat first on a dry but slightly green pitch.
Openers Bernie Forge and Phil Milton had to withstand some quick and accurate bowling from the opening attack with the ball often skidding through. Having seen them off Bernie fell to a good catch for 11 including one powerful shot over extra cover for four. Phil (on his way to 54) was particularly severe on the second string’s tendency to bowl full tosses. Will Kerswell (14) kept up the tempo before a lengthy partnership between the skipper and debutant James Mitchell. Taking advantage of some sloppy Leema fielding they rotated the strike with James (not surprisingly) the more positive, with one glorious back foot shot through the covers a contender for shot of the day, falling for 29 to a ball that nipped back. Enter Oscar Livesey in unusually positive mood, joining the skipper in scoring a 5 (neither all run – thankfully!) before crunching a waist high full toss over the bowlers head with a straight bat (definitely shot of the day!). Oscar perished for 16 before the lower order went in search of quick runs as the overs began to run out. Meanwhile yours truly steered the side to the close of the innings (remaining 31 not out – yes really!) with a deft mix of off glides (mistaken by some for edges) and forcing shots through the off side (for singles largely!). Barrow closed on 202 -7 which looked to be a competitive total.
James Riley (2 for 9) opening from the Fox & Goose end rattled the stumps of Leema’s captain with the first ball of the innings with an inswinger against the breeze, whilst Frank Forge (1 for 18) was unlucky to have the dangerous Jeevan (35 and top score) dropped early on. James Mitchell (1 for 12) and Rob Fig (1 for 18) piled on the pressure with Rob dismissing Jeevan just before the spinners were due for a bowl, with Oscar taking a breathtaking catch high to his right that seemed to have passed him and then keeping the ball under control as he fell. Oscar then bowled with flight and variation to take 3 for 12 despite the pitch offering little turn. Will (2 for 15) backed him up well with the aid of Bernie taking a good legside stumping chance. Leema looked as though they would fall short of a hundred but a spirited last wicket partnership (with young Campbell 19 not out) took them to 121 before Frank bowled the last man.
A good work out for the whole team who fielded really well and everyone had chance to prepare for the season. Oscar was voted man of the match for an excellent all-round performance with Bernie a close second for some tidy keeping on a pitch on which quite a few kept low.
You will find attached to this email the details for the 2015 BGCC Fantasy Cricket 2015 edition – last season raised nearly £200 for the club – and paid the same in prize money to the top 4 finishers:
The main points are:
– less fielding points
– an extra transfer window
– higher value all-rounders
– pre-season friendlies do not count
– U15’s are included
– you only need to include yourself in your first entry
– £10 per entry and 3 for 2 offer remains – families and individuals can take advantage of this
– slightly more money to play with – against higher values should even itself out
As always, your value doesn’t represent your ability – but more an assessment of how much I think you are likely to play with a rough look at points gained last year.
Do you take the gamble and pick some of the very decent players who are undervalued, but how much will they play? Or play it safe?!
Deadline is before the first league game of the season (2nd May 2015) – although you can enter after this, you won’t get the points for games already played.
Please make sure you pay ASAP – cash or bank transfer is fine.
Let me know if there are any issues with my form
The 2015 junior fixtures are now available for download in Word format on the website.
In due course, these will be added to the fixtures section of the website also
You can download from the Fixtures block on the top right of the page.
With a £40 prize every month, and an annual additional £100 – why not set up a standing order to join the 100 club. Numbers will be drawn each month. For further information or to join, just contact your captain.
Due to the weather, today’s working party at the ground has been postponed until next weekend. More details to follow…
Just a reminder that there is a working party at the ground on Sunday March 29th (after nets) – support is vital in order to prepare for the forthcoming season.
All help appreciated.
Information on the 2015 Barrow Gurney Fantasy Cricket League will be coming soon – please watch this space.
At Barrow Gurney CC we maintain a series of email address lists:
We have 2 real lists that contain email address:
1. A Seniors List containing the email addresses of our senior members (seniors@)
2. A Juniors List containing the email addresses of our junior members or guardians (juniors@)
We then have 1 “Umbrella” list which simply sends to all of the seniors and all of the juniors (members@)
Please would you take the time to let your captain or the committee know if you’ve recently had a change of contact details – this will allow us to update the lists in good time for the new season.
Please remember that Sunday Morning Nets could be an ideal time to pass on any new contact details.
It should be noted that membership of these lists is by invitation only through the committee in an effort to avoid SPAM or unsolicited email – so please let us know.