Barrow Gurney 1st XI chalked up another win against
Bristol Lions, whilst in high-scoring contests at Hobbs Lane, the 2nds narrowly
lost to Bedminster 5ths , and a weakened Sunday team struggled against the
formidable opening partnership of Kilmersdon.
Barrow Gurney tamed the Bristol Lions on Saturday, bowling
a team, depleted in number, out for 121 on an unpredictable pitch at Dunkerton.
Matt Owen followed up last week’s good from with 4/36, whilst the skipper Frank
Forge weighed in with 2/24.
With batting extremely difficult, Barrow promoted the
hard-hitting Kian Ware to open the batting, and he set about making the target
in double quick time, smashing 81 not out off 41 balls with 5 sixes, to take
Barrow to a welcome win by 7 wickets after a difficult few weeks.
Meanwhile at Hobbs Lane, Barrow’s 3 H’s built a competitive
score, as regular opener Ali Hood made another powerful innings of 64, but he
was bettered by his brother Stu, who on a rare outing these days, played a
magnificent knock of 66. The innings was anchored by Barrow chairman Pete
Holdaway who batted 35 overs for a stylish 61, but the innings stalled and
237-5 was only a par score on the quick-scoring ground.
Visitors, Bedminster 5ths, weathered an excellent early
spell of 2/27 from Barrow captain Mike Lilley, but Dave Peacock (81) kept the
run chase going at the required rate. Pegged back by three brilliant run outs,
by Pete Rooney, Craig Jones and Simon Hudson, the game went down to the wire
but a dropped catch and a couple of poor overs helped Bedminster over the line
by 2 wickets in the penultimate over.
On Sunday a weakened Barrow team did well to make 211-5,
with Paul Gard making a vital 64, Frank Forge made 40 and Rod Reeves 31 not
out; but the lack of bowling strength against the classy Kilmersdon skipper
Mark Batchelor (104 not out), who made his second consecutive Sunday League
century, and Alex Gardner (83 not out) allowed
the opposition to make light of the target with several overs to spare.
Barrow Gurney’s Sunday XI were the club’s only winners this weekend as they beat Harptree Villages in an exciting low-scoring contest thanks to 8 wickets from the Owen brothers, Kieran and Matt. Barrow Firsts recovered from a poor start to give Bristol University Staff a scare, whilst the depleted seconds suffered an injury which put paid to their chances at Chilcompton.
At East Harptree, Barrow saw a good opening partnership of
58 between Guy Fisher (39) and James Riley (36) before a batting collapse which
saw only 3 other batsmen open their account as Barrow faltered to 108 all out,
In reply Harptree started well and with the score 39-0 they
looked in a strong position. After a couple of chances were missed, bowling
brothers Kieran and Matt Owen bowled Barrow to victory, as Kieran took 3/15 in
his 8 overs, whilst Matt had the remarkable figures of 6-4-6-5 as he bowled brisk
yorkers at the Harptree batsmen. Harptree folded for 91, as proud father Steve
Owen, captain for the day, celebrated an exciting win.
On Saturday at Hobbs Lane, Barrow Firsts had also struggled with the bat, as batting first, they were restricted to 174. Mark Fisher (39) and Premil Fernando (also 39) led a lower order fight back after the top order had failed. Although Hashan Mudiyanselage took 3/22, briefly curtailing Bristol University Staff’s charge for victory, they achieved the target with 4 overs to spare.
At Chilcompton, Barrow 2s faced a long journey, and started
with only 10 players due to a late injury, and the situation soon got much worse
as Barrow player, Nick Heal, was injured whilst fielding resulting in a lengthy
delay and a reduction in overs. Chilcompton took full advantage of the 9-man
field making 203 off 32 overs.
Ali Hood and Pete Holdaway (26), batted extremely well for
the second wicket and briefly kept Barrow in sight of their target, but once
Ali had gone for 83, Barrow fell behind the rate and ultimately fell 25 runs
A second consecutive win for the Barrow Gurney 2s against Carsons
Mangotsfield was the highlight of the weekend, as the Firsts were undone by a
promising young Congresbury bowler and the Sunday team batted poorly against
On a glorious afternoon at Hobbs Lane Barrow 2s lost the toss and found
themselves in the field. Steve Owen and Mike Lilley opened the bowling and kept
things tight. Steve (1/24) picked up an early wicket when one of the openers
chipped to Kieran Owen, at mid-on. Pete Rooney (1/14) replaced Mike and,
nursing an injury, struggled a bit for line and length but did claim Barrow’s second
wicket with a leg side long hop that the Carsons no 3 somehow spooned into the
hands of a tumbling Roger Finnimore at square leg taking the score to
36-2. Kian Ware (1/22) replaced Steve and showed some genuine pace inducing a
nick from the opposition skipper in his second over. Carsons 65-3 as drinks
Shortly after Kieran Owen (8 overs 1/32), who was bowling really
well, with good shape moving the ball from leg to off, induced the remaining
opener into a drive which flew low off the edge and Ali Hood took a fine catch.
At 70-4 & scoring at only 3 an over Barrow were very much on top but the
next Carsons pair batted very well running hard and finding boundaries taking
their score up to 148. Isaac Todman (1/35) was bowling well keeping the ball
pitched up and very deservedly got the wicket of Carson’s most dangerous
batsmen clean bowled with a Yorker-length ball that just nipped back a bit.
In the end Carsons reached 197-5 off their 40 overs. In reply Roger
Finnimore and Ben Skuse put on an untroubled 50 partnership before Skuse (19)
was undone by the lack of pace as he was through his favourite paddle shot too
early and gloved one through to the keeper. Mark Gracey then joined Roger and they
put on a very decent partnership of 80 with a combination of singles and
boundaries and helped Barrow stay comfortably up with the run rate. Gracey
played very well with a couple of lovely back foot punches before he fell
trying to clear mid-off when he had made 40 and Barrow were 130-2 with plenty
of time left. Kian then entered the fray and with a some great striking and several
lost balls made an enterprising 48 not out. However, Roger Finnimore did get to
50 before holing out with victory in sight for a very well-played 51, playing
the solid anchor that set up a Barrow victory. Kian then finished things off
with a fine reverse hit to finish on 48 not out and bring Barrow a 7 wicket win
with more than 50 balls to spare.
At Congresbury, Barrow’s first XI looked to be in a promising
position as they restrained the home side to 237 all out. Ed Holdaway destroyed
the lower order taking 5/35, but there were wickets too for Premil Fernando
(2/37), Matt Owen 2/55 and Hashan Mudiyanselage (1/42). They were well
supported by some good fielding and catching.
In reply Barrow were up against young William Eyres fresh off of
taking 7 for 4 against Almondsbury. With some inswing followed by pronounced movement
off the seam, all delivered at lively pace, he was quite a handful and soon
Barrow were 10 for 4. Hashan and Ed Holdaway fought hard to give the score
respectability before Hashan unluckily smashed one and picked out the one
fielder in the ring on the leg side, departing for 25, and when Ed was caught
trying to emulate his 4 huge sixes, the battle became one of trying to secure a
couple of batting bonus points. With 150 on the board, Barrow were all out. Eyres
On Sunday against Keynsham Barrow played a 30 over game due
to threat of rain.
Mark Forge lost the toss and Keynsham decided to bat. They
came up against a very good opening spell from Paul Gard (6 overs for 11), who
displayed great accuracy and the bad luck which has limited his wicket count
this season. Melissa Owen also bowled well and the score remained under control
as Craig Jones took over from her but there were no early wickets.
The introduction of Leo Brace changed that as he bowled one
of his best spells (2/22) clean bowling 2 batsman. But then the fielding
standards suddenly went into free-fall and shots hit straight to the fielder
went for 4 more often than not. James Riley, off a short run removed the
stubborn Browne for 53. With Leo executing a brilliant bit of fielding
completed by Jonny Sykes for a sharp run out, Keynsham finished 166-4.
After the early loss of the skipper, Riley, overcame a slightly fidgety start to blossom into playing some elegant shots, in partnership with Paul Gard, and soon reached 50. He tried to retire but was dissuaded, but when he had scored 65 (12 fours, 1 six) he walked off. 97-1 (in effect 97-2) and Barrow were in a strong position, but being a Sunday, he wanted to ensure everyone had a game. Within 5 overs everyone had, as Gard fell immediately for 15 and Barrow collapsed to 112 all out! Young John Biddlestone took 6 for 10 amidst the carnage.
Barrow Gurney 1st XI won a thrilling
low-scoring encounter at Chilcompton this weekend, whilst the 2s finally
registered a win in another game where runs were hard to come by.
With several regulars of the top 6 away, Barrow captain, Frank
Forge, seemed to have taken a bit of a risk on choosing to bat after winning
the toss. As Ben Skuse departed to the first ball of the game, it fell to the
regular opening pair of Guy Fisher (58) and Bernie Forge (27) to put Barrow
back on a solid footing with a partnership of 77 before Bernie edged to slip.
Guy made his 50 in fine style with a lovely straight six into the sightscreens
and one flowing cover drive, which was particularly easy on the eye.
Beyond Guy’s knock, which was ended by one which kept low,
Barrow really struggled as a lucky stumping off the keeper’s pad, a silly run
out and a couple of wild shots put them seemingly out of the game. Only a dogged
11 not out from Kieran Owen got the team to 130 all out.
Chilcompton set about getting the runs quickly but were pegged back by Frank’s off spin (3/24 off 9 overs) as he surprised the opposition by opening the bowling. With tight seam bowling from Mark Fisher and Premil Fernando at the other end, Hashan Mudiyanselage replaced Frank with his leg-spin. Having bowled the dangerous Rivers for 25, the game seemed to be slipping away from Barrow as Chilcompton were 119-6 needing only 12 to win. At his point the skipper inspired his team taking a breath-taking catch at silly cover, with Matt Owen bowling the No 9 and Bernie Forge taking a good catch off Hashan’s quicker ball (leaving him with 3/28), it was now 119-9 and game on. Matt Owen (2/5) gave nothing away and after having a close LBW turned down, finally bowled Chilcompton’s No 11 to win a famous victory by 4 runs.
Meanwhile at Hobbs Lane, the 2s also struggled with the bat
until Simon Hudson (batting at 6) crafted an important 23, but still they found
themselves 105-7. The unlikely partnership of Peter Rooney (39 not out) and
Isaac Todman (16 not out) put on 49 for the last wicket batting out the
remaining overs and giving Barrow something to bowl at.
Mike Lilley (6-2-6-2) and Paul Gard (8-2-13-0) kept things
very tight early on, before Steve Owen (2/28) and Adam Brace (3/30) chipped
away at the Coalpit Heath 3rds’ middle order. Injured Simon Hudson took 2/27 at
half pace before Isaac Todman took the key wicket of Oliver Baldwin for 37. Coalpit
Heath folded for 107 as Barrow finally recorded a win and regained touch with
the teams in the lower half of Div 13.
Sunday turned out to be wet and with Barrow on 73-5 against
Bitton, torrential rain ended proceedings.
Jon Hood and Frank Forge combined to give Barrow Firsts an exciting victory over Abbots Leigh 1sts on Saturday. However the 2nds struggled against the same club’s 2nd XI. Rain prevented any play on Sunday
Barrow Gurney played a double-header against Abbots Leigh
on Saturday as their respective 1st and 2nd XIs met.
On a glorious day at Hobbs Lane, Barrow 1sts enjoyed a hard-fought win in a high-scoring contest. On winning the toss and batting, Barrow had a good opening partnership between Bernie Forge (22) and Guy Fisher (19) before 3 quick wickets set them back. This brought Jon Hood to the crease playing only his third game back in cricket after a few years of retirement. Jon batted fluently, testing the fielders with some quick singles and twos, playing some pleasing drives, cuts and flicks off the legs, in partnership with Ben Skuse he took the score to 98 before Skuse fell for 15. With support from Ed Holdaway (28) and Mark Fisher (43) with whom Jon put on a partnership of exactly 100, the scoring rate was soon at 6 an over, but he selflessly gave his wicket away in search of 300 for the team, having anchored the Barrow innings with his 95. Barrow finished on 286-9.
In reply, Jon was soon in action in the field, keeping calm to execute a run out, whilst Mark Fisher, in an immaculate opening spell, took an early wicket and had a couple of chances dropped off his bowling. When Premil Fernando (2/30) ripped through the middle order, Barrow were in the ascendancy as Abbots Leigh were 77-4, but their captain, James Holdsworth, though had other ideas as he hit his first 3 balls for boundaries and appeared intent on turning the innings around. Barrow’s skipper, Frank Forge, decided to change the pace and came on to bowl himself.
The change brought immediate success as Kian Ware executed
a diving catch and then Frank bowled his opposite number to be on a hat trick
after his first 2 balls. Although it was not to be, thanks to another good
catch by Kian and one from Ed Holdaway the Abbots Leigh run chase (although on
course in terms of run rate) looked likely to run out of steam. Frank finished
with 5/51, before Mark Fisher (2/29) finished things off as the visitors fell
39 runs short.
Afterwards, Frank gave Jon Hood the Player of the Match award
despite taking 5 key wickets himself.
The 2nds however endured a different afternoon away from
home as Abbots Leigh made 232-6, with Barrow captain Mike Lilley (3/24) being
outstanding with the ball, before he saw his team skittled out for 111, Mark
Gracey top-scoring with 28.
Rain prevented the Sunday team fixture at Blagdon taking place.
Barrow Gurney CC are proud to be supporting South West charity It’s In the Bag which supports men with testicular cancer and promotes awareness of this condition which affects so many men. It helps people to know how to check for warning signs as it a condition which can be treated effectively if caught early.
When he experienced some discomfort “down below” last
summer, Mark Gracey, never imagined that he had cancer. As a typical man he was
reluctant to get himself checked out, but, thankfully, he did so and received
the awful news before Christmas. After an anxious few months, radiotherapy and large
dose of chemotherapy, Mark is now well on the way to a full recovery. Incredibly
he was even able to take his rightful place in Barrow 2nds in the first game of
the season (scoring a feisty 31), even if he had to move a little gingerly in
Understandably Mark wants to help others who have suffered
the same diagnosis and more importantly get his teammates and others to take
steps to check themselves so that the condition can be treated early. He is
raising funds for It’s In The Bag by selling wrist bands. Barrow Gurney CC have
adopted the cause and are supporting Mark’s efforts which have already raised
If you are visiting Barrow to play or watch, then why not
make a contribution or do so direct by visiting
http://itsinthebag.org.uk/ (which also has details how to check yourself out). Or follow the
charity on twitter @ItsInTheBag
Barrow Gurney all-rounder Kian Ware enjoyed an exceptional weekend, making his first half-century on Saturday, and then following it up with another on Sunday. It was not enough to bring Barrow 2s to their first victory, but his Sunday effort helped in a first North Somerset League winof the season.
Kian, was wicketkeeper for Barrow 2nds on Saturday in their
game against Mells 1sts and took a difficult catch behind the stumps as Mells
put on 227-7 at Hobbs Lane, Adam Brace (2/26), Simon Hudson (2/45) and Leo
Brace (2/42) bowled well to restrict the opposition scoring. In reply, Barrow
relied heavily on Ware’s powerful striking as he added 4 sixes to 5 fours,
including reaching his 50 by clearing the ropes. The game was in the balance
until his dismissal, but Barrow fell 33 runs short as the team still waits for
its first win.
On Sunday at Hobbs Lane, Bath Exiles came up against Ware
the bowler whose 8 overs (1/24) showed his all round abilities. The Exiles
started quickly with Brian O’Calaghan making a fine 81, but they were later
pegged back by excellent slow bowling from Frank Forge (2/24) and 2 brilliant
run outs from boundary fielders, one by Frank, and another by Rod Reeves.
Chasing 190 to win, Barrow lost both their openers for 52 before Ware entered
the stage once again, with a display of clean hitting he struck 11 boundaries
and 2 sixes, including one to reach his half century for the second day
running. He found good support from 71-year-old Rod Reeves (29 not out) who
took Barrow to victory after Ware had been bowled.
Unfortunately for Barrow Firsts, they came up against a
very strong Winterbourne A side who amassed 291-3 after being put into bat.
Some bad luck with aerial shots going not going to hand, and some poor fielding
on a fast outfield did not help the cause. Winterbourne then bowled equally as
well, as the Barrow side, missing some key players, could only manage 92 in
reply and scored only 1 point in a disappointing showing after last week’s
highpoint. The team will hope to bounce back from this disappointment next week
against Abbots Leigh.
Gurney charged to the top of B&D Division 5 with an emphatic maximum point win
against, previously unbeaten, Bath 4ths at Hobbs Lane on Saturday. Unfortunately,
the 2s and 3s lost at Patchway and Bristol Bangladeshis respectively.
Hobbs Lane a lost toss resulted in Barrow batting first for the first time this
opened up with a new look opening partnership in Guy Fisher and Bernie Forge.
Bath had very accurate opening bowlers and they were rewarded with the wicket
of Bernie early on. This brought Ellie Holdaway to the crease to join Guy at
which point they set out trying to set a good platform and did a stellar job of
it putting on 55 for the second wicket. Guy played very sensibly putting away
his flashier shots and knuckling down just as the team needed until getting out
for 31 trying to boost the run rate.
brought the long-anticipated return of Jon Hood who looked to push for quick
singles while trying to push the run rate along with Ellie playing the anchor
role. Ellie played a brilliant knock at a perfect pace for a number 3 and was
fully deserving of a maiden first team 50. Unfortunately, it was not to be, but
she scored a very good 46 nonetheless. On her departure Barrow were 131-4 so
there was plenty of work to do to get a decent score. Jonny Sykes and Benura Umanga
took this in their stride with Benura getting 50 off 35 balls and Jonny 33 off
18 with some monstrous six hitting. Mark Fisher (18) and Premil Fernando (15 not
out) then finished the innings off nicely with a few big hits of their own as
Barrow reached a score of 257-8. Another top team batting performance.
Fisher and Kieran Owen opened the bowling and put the pressure on the Bath
batsman immediately allowing them to score at 3 an over after the first 10
overs. Kieran (1/9) also picked up a wicket early caught behind safely by
Bernie Forge with a cracking ball. Bath then put on a decent partnership before
Premil Fernando managed to get one through the defences of the Bath number
three trapping him LBW. In at 4 was Vik Prasher who had scored a hundred a week
before and in rapid time too, so he was a key wicket. Enter Ed Holdaway who
managed to pick up the wicket of the opener Beth Howe (35) and Prasher (32) in
quick succession putting Barrow right on top. Ed picked up a further 2 and was
well supported by Benura keeping it tight at the other end. Ed bowled with
unexpected pace after his injury and with great control.
Bath looking too far behind to beat the Barrow score, the push for as many
bowling bonus points as possible was on. The returning Jon Hood then got his
first wicket caught well by Jonny Sykes at deep midwicket. He soon took another bowled with a lovely
slower ball. As Bath got over 200 with 8 wickets down, Barrow tried to take the
final bonus point. Guy bowling a good over with no luck, so Barrow then entered
the final over still needing 2 wickets for max points and they managed it with
a Premil direct hit run out and a lovely floaty long hop caught at square leg
off Frank Forge’s bowling.
said afterwards: “It was an almost perfect performance with the bat, ball and
in the field. As you can see from my report all 11 players were mentioned in
what was a true team performance. My Player of the Match would be Ed Holdaway for
taking two important wickets and finishing with figures of 9-3-29-4. Honourable
mentions go to Ellie and Benura who also
played big roles in the win.”
At Scott Park, Patchway Barrow 2s made 180-7 in their 40
overs thanks to a good partnership between Ben Skuse (58) and Pete Holdaway
(41), Nick Heal (24) added some useful late order runs. Patchway though plotted
their way to a comfortable win with 3 overs to spare as all their top-order
made a contribution. Simon Hudson was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 26.
On Sunday, Barrow travelled to Oldbury Court to play
Bristol Bangladeshis. Losing the toss Barrow were faced with bowling with a wet
ball on an unpredictable pitch. Captain Numani hit a powerful 115 and found
support from Khan (73) as Barrow struggled in the field, the home side amassing
272-7. 15-year olds, Isaac Todman (3/50) and Ben Thorne behind the stumps (1
catch, 1 stumping) were outstanding.
Barrow’s reply was once again spearheaded by Guy Fisher (88)
who played a flawless innings and seemed destined for another hundred. But the
rest of team struggled as the pitch lost much of its bounce with the old ball,
and Barrow faded to 184 all out.
Gurney First XI chalked up their first win of the season in emphatic style against
Chew Magna. Meanwhile the 2nds competed well at times but ended up on the
losing side against Old Park, and the Sunday team were frustrated by a late
concession by their opposition.
It was a much sunnier and brighter day as Barrow Firsts arrived at the scenic Chew Court for their game against Chew Magna 2s. Frank Forge won his first league toss of the season and decided to put Chew in.
Mark Fisher and Matt Owen
opened and bowled with machine-like accuracy putting the ball on a length
outside off relentlessly, resulting in several plays and misses. Eventually
Mark (1/19) picked up the first wicket,
bowling the Chew opener and Matt (also 1/19) getting the second, a nick off to
Bernie Forge behind the stumps.
Fernando, on his first game back with Barrow then bowled in partnership with Frank
(2/25) and the scoring continued at a
very slow rate. Premil bowled very well hitting the pitch and bowling with
great control. At drinks, the team hadn’t conceded a boundary. A floaty
off-spinning full toss that got cracked over the road soon put paid to that but
all in all Barrow continued with amazing control.
Kieran Owen came on and again continued the squeeze. Bernie seeing a Chew batsman batting outside his crease decided to stand up and took a good stumping off Kieran. Kieran took a wicket with the very next ball nicked off again with Bernie catching it safely, overall Kieran’s figures were 3/27. Premil (3/13) got the final wicket (of the opener Richard Gattan who had batted doggedly throughout the innings for 39) as Barrow bowled Chew out for 109 off of 43 overs.
Frank said afterwards “One
big positive this week was how everyone fielded and backed up the accurate
bowling which really helped in keeping the run rate so low. A special mention
to Guy Fisher who had several good stops at point.”
After tea, Phil Milton and Bernie Forge opened up, and after their
hundred partnership last week, they followed it up with a 50 partnership. Phil
looked in great form hitting 3 big sixes over the road and looking like he
wanted the game over quickly. He was out for a quick-fire 41 at which point
Bernie and Ellie Holdaway joined in the first all-female partnership in Barrow’s
first team history. They continued scoring at a good run rate without ever
looking in trouble as Barrow cruised to the target with only 15.5 overs bowled,
Bernie finishing on 26 not out and Ellie 18 not out.
The win propels
Barrow to third place in Division 5 at this early stage of the season.
When the 2s arrived at a much warmer Hobbs Lane for this week’s
game, they were pleased to find that the new covers had already done a great
job in leaving the pitch in good condition despite the torrential rain we had
in mid-week. Mike Lilley lost the toss and Barrow found themselves in the field.
Gard and Pete Rooney opened up and again bowled well without any luck, some
deliveries being unplayable and far too good to induce a nick at club level, in
addition there were a few slashes through wide slip and at least one very close
LBW shout but the breakthrough didn’t come and Old Park passed 50 without loss.
Adam Brace entered the fray and in his customary way duly picked
up a wicket in his opening over as Old Park
reached 80-1 at drinks and looking well placed to accelerate to a 200 plus
total. Pasidu Eros (1/31) picked up a wicket with Mark Gracey taking the
catch and he bowled well and was energetic in the field sweeping on the
boundary for much of the game.
Overall the bowling was much better this week but the fielding was on a different level altogether as epitomised by two truly outstanding moments. Firstly, from Chairman Pete Holdaway who, fielding in the covers, picked up the ball and threw down the stumps at the bowlers end to run out the opposition captain going for a quick single. Then Adam held onto a spectacular one-handed return catch from a firmly struck drive that appeared to be past him before he somehow got a mitt to it, this gave him the best bowling figures on the day of 2/22). Steve Owen (1/41) also charged in manfully up the hill to deliver 8 overs straight through at the death and gave very little to hit whilst bowling a few away swinging pearlers. Old Park closed on 190 -6 after 40 which perhaps was a few less than they had hoped for.
As Barrow went out to bat Pete Holdaway stepped up to open with
Ali Hood after Ellie’s promotion to the first team. At drinks Barrow had made
85-2, losing both Ali (30) and Pete(12) but were probably slight favourites at
this stage. Shortly after Gracey fell to a run out, it was a tight one and the
fielder did well but it was definitely an untimely dismissal and was
unfortunately followed, as so often it seems, with a second wicket in the over when Eros
nicked one and was superbly caught in the slips.
Roger Finnimore, without being at his fluent best, was digging in and
it always felt that Barrow were just one decent partnership away from making a
real go of the chase but it never quite happened and the run rate started to
climb. Eventually Barrow ended up 38 runs short with Roger top scoring on
44, so picking up 6 bonus batting and bowling points and still looking for a
maiden win for the season at Patchway next week.
Beautiful weather and the warmest day of the month so far added to
the frustration of the Sunday team as opposition Lympsham and Belvedere could not
muster a team, but it was promising that so many players took on the
opportunity of an impromptu net session.
As Barrow Gurney’s league cricket season began, the club’s three teams enjoyed some batting successes but were on the losing side of highly competitive matches. On Saturday, it was Barrow’s women cricketers who really excelled with the bat as Bernie Forge hit 73 for the Firsts and Ellie Holdaway 48 in the Seconds, both being the top-scorers for their teams.
At Hobbs Lane, Barrow’s First XI, captained by
young Frank Forge, featured some new faces, and they were playing last year’s
Bristol & District Division 5 winners, Bristol Lions. On winning the toss,
the Lions chose to bat first, But the new skipper was
faced with an immediate problem when vice-captain, Ed Holdway, arrived to say he couldn’t bowl because of a
go-karting accident leaving Barrow with only 2 seamers for the day but a rather
unusual amount of off spinners.
The pace of Mark Fisher and the off spin of the new skipper opened the bowling and kept things tight to start with. Eventually the wicket came with a genuine edge to slip and a good low catch from the injured Ed. Mark then took a good catch at long off moving to his left off Frank which meant that after about 10 overs the Lions were roughly 30-2. Barrow looked alive in the field and well on top at this stage. At drinks with the score being about 100-2, and with a few chances gone begging, saw former Barrow player Alwis getting into his stride. Despite good fight from the bowlers on a great track, the Lions pushed on and Barrow were struggling to help their bowlers by not fielding to the best of their abilities. There were some highlights in the field however including, barely moving Ed, taking a high catch in the most casual manner and Guy Fisher getting a run out at short third man. Barrow managed to finish well with Mark picking up a few well-deserved wickets (3/45) and Phil Milton (2/24), replacing Jonny Sykes, who sustained an injury whilst bowling, who proved to be a canny death bowler getting the wicket of Alwis (133), stumped by Bernie, and bowling economically. The Lions finished 295-9 off of 45 so Barrow managed to get 4 bowling points.
After a stern team talk, Barrow set about chasing the target. Bernie Forge and Phil Milton then put on over 100 for the first wicket, taking what the bowlers gave them while still managing to score at 5 an over. Phil was eventually out for a well-made 34. The batsmen kept fighting on with a good scoring rate, Bernie the pick of them eventually out for a brilliant 73 and a maiden 50 in the First XI. Debutant (and former Lions’ player) Benura Umanga hit a very quick 39 and looked as if he was up for the challenge of winning the game for Barrow until a very unlucky run out where he slipped while trying to make his ground. Guy Fisher got a very good Yorker to be bowled and Barrow’s last hope was Mark Fisher who hit a few lusty blows including a straight drive 6 on his way to 30 not out. Barrow needed 10 an over off the last 7 or so but couldn’t quite get over the line due to running out of wickets, Jonny Sykes even heroically hobbling out at No 11!! Finishing 259 all out off of 41 overs was a brilliant effort and selfless batting all the way down the order.
Frank Forge said afterwards: “Overall it was an incredible batting performance from the team and a lot of fight was shown. We just needan improvement in the field and we will win a lot of games if we play as we did.” Barrow took 9 bonus points from the encounter.
Mike Lilley’s first game as
skipper started off well when he won the toss and inserted Bedminster but after
that it proved a tough day for the 2’s at a very chilly and windy Clanage. Paul
Gard opened up with the wind behind him, picking up an early wicket and with
Pete Rooney doing a sterling job running into the wind, Bedminster were
restricted to 40-1 off 10. Unfortunately, that early breakthrough proved to be
the only success of the innings as Dave and Owen Peacock put on a father and
son partnership of 247 that took the home side to a very imposing score of
285-1 off their 40 overs.
They were assisted by some of Barrow’s bowlers being a little rusty to say the least, Barrow’s less than athletic fielding (Ellie Holdaway aside who was magnificent and saved Barrow at least 30 runs) and some short boundaries but credit to the Bedminster batters who played very well, and but for a couple of diving efforts by Roger Finnimore and Paul Gard, their innings were pretty much chanceless.
reply got off to a flyer with a flurry of boundaries from Ali Hood but
Bedminster soon found their line and length and fielded very well in the
ring preventing easy singles, cutting
off the boundary an over Barrow needed to stay in touch. Ali (38) and Roger (6)
perished before drinks, the latter to an enthusiastic desire to take a quick
single but an unsuccessful attempt to turn around when it was declined leaving
him on the deck as the ball returned to the bowler. Ellie Holdaway was then
joined by Mark Gracey (31) who played some great shots including a straight six
and some unusual shots including one back over the keepers head. It was by now
clear that maximum batting points was probably more realistic than a victory and
Barrow closed in on this as Ellie was unluckily run out just shy of her half
century (48) after a great pick up & throw down from the covers. An Adam Brace
boundary and a last ball 4 byes meant that Barrow did get the 5 points by
closing on 202-7.
On Sunday the 3rd team visited Peasedown
St John to play Kilmersdon. Batting first Guy Fisher survived a couple of
chances to make his third century for Barrow, 102 including 2 sixes. He was
ably supported by 15-year-old Ben Thorne who made 30 not out – his highest
senior score. 189-5 looked a competitive total but a second wicket partnership
of 129 between Ashley Davies and Mark Batchelor saw Kilmersdon home with 3
overs to spare.