On what was a glorious day at Hobbs lane, Barrow Gurney 2nd XI were facing high flying, top of the table Patchway. Mark Gracey once again won the toss and once again chose to put the opposition into bat to make the most of the new ball.
Mark Fisher and Matt Owen opened the bowling and Barrow seemed to peg the Patchway openers down before picking up the first wicket in the 7th over.
Patchway’s skipper then came in and built a 40 run partnership before Ellie Holdaway took a good instinct catch off Kieran Owen’s bowling. Barrow were still keeping the Patchway batman pegged back with only 70 being scored off the first 20 overs.
The wickets seemed in short supply as Patchway put together another good partnership that lasted another 15 overs and 80 runs before Barrow claimed 2 quick wickets within consecutive overs. The first bowled by Guy Fisher and the other a great catch by Mark Fisher running backwards off Ellie’s bowling. Guy then picked up Barrow’s final wicket caught behind by Bernie Forge. At this point, Barrow still thought the run chase wasn’t too hard before Nello came in and slogged 21 off just 8 balls leaving Barrow chasing 193 to win.
After tea, Bernie was dismissed cheaply to a leg-side strangle. Mark Gracey then tried to score a few quick runs and scored a six early on in his innings, before being bowled by a straight one. Roger Finnemore came in at number three and lived up to his skipper’s billing scoring a very accomplished 64. Unfortunately the wickets fell around Roger and when Ellie fell to a great catch with a fielder diving full stretch at cover to dismiss her, Barrow were in trouble. Roger supported Jackson Bryant (15) and Kieran (39) as Barrow got closer to the Patchway score, but they unfortnately fell 30 runs short.
Once again Barrow gave away far too many extras with 41 of the Patchway score coming off extras.