Barrow Firsts Complete League and Cup Wins

Barrow Gurney First XI enjoyed a double success last week after winning their opening round of the Batman T20 cup before completing a league win over Hanham 2s on Saturday.

In the cup, Barrow travelled to near neighbours Abbots Leigh and put the home team in on a slow surface after the recent rain. Accurate bowling and some good catching and ground fielding restricted the hosts to 92-8, with Ed Holdaway taking 2 for 17 to add to his 2 catches. In reply Barrow lost 3 early wickets but Mark Brown (40 not out) batted sensibly throughout the innings to steer Barrow into the quarter finals with the assistance of Jordan Allen (29).

Mark Brown’s 40 not out saw Barrow home to beat Abbots Leigh

A beautiful sunny day on Saturday at Hobbs Lane saw Barrow celebrating further success. After a solid batting display against Hanham the Barrow total of 196-9 was barely a par score. Several batters got a start: Bernie Forge (22), Mark Brown (32), Guy Fisher (22), Ed Holdaway (34) but none could go on to play the decisive innings.

Ed Holdaway, bowling against Abbots Leigh, enjoyed a successful weekend

Mark Fisher then bowled 8 miserly overs for only 22 runs, and the other Barrow bowlers continued to put scoreboard pressure on the visitors, whilst chipping away with regular wickets. Ed Holdway (2/29) and Jonny Sykes (2/23) were the most successful, with Ed also taking a stunning one-handed catch on the boundary to save a near-certain six. With the pressure mounting, 16 was needed off the last over, and with an early six, it looked possible for Hanham, but a runout removing top-scorer Ross Edwards for 63 left Barrow as winners by 7 runs.

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