Barney held at bay by stubborn tailenders
Barnard Castle CC
Marske v Barnard Castle
AFTER three successive defeats, Barney recovered some of their mislaid lustre on Saturday. They were denied victory by Marske’s ninth wicket pair who stubbornly and efficiently held out for ten overs but it was a performance that displayed many good points.
Barney had lost matches in short order in the league, the National Cup and the Macmillan Cup and it was important for them to stop that unwelcome run before it became a habit.
Their total of 229-8 was built on several solid individual innings and when Marske fell to 145-8 with ten overs left it looked as though Barney would take 25 points and retain top spot in the Premier Division.
After being put in, Barney soon lost Pat Roberts who had been promoted to open the innings after several top-notch performances at number six. Soon after, Hashan Dumindu, who is struggling slightly at present, followed and at 27-2 trouble beckoned.
But the two Jameses, Wainman and Quinn, proceeded to assemble a watchful and skilful third wicket partnership of 111.
Wainman, learning well from recent experiences, left well and selected his scoring shots wisely on both sides of the wicket, while Quinn’s batting was as ever handsomely appointed.
When they were out close together the rest of the middle order, in contrasting styles, ensured a hefty total. Richard Borrowdale, Giles Creedon and Josh Bousfield all upped the ante while Finn Usher played a neatly controlled hand.
Marske started well but after Barney made the initial breakthrough they took wickets regularly. Wainman and Bousfield worked their way through the top order and Usher contributed a spell of off-spin that was as well-ordered as his batting.
Jamie Hood and Michael Brokensha, however, faced 67 balls between them, putting on an unbeaten 43 for the ninth wicket to deny Barney their win.
It means that the team have slipped to third in the Premier Division but at least health seems to be restored.
J Wainman lbw Gibson 67, P Roberts c English b Peirson 3, H Dumindu c Pickard b Peirson 11, J Quinn c&b Berry 53, R Borrowdale c English b Berry 18, F Usher c Peirson b Berry 23, G Creedon c English b Berry 22,J Bousfield not out 12, P Merryweather lbw Pickard 7, T Merryweather not out 1, Extras 12, Total (50 overs) 229-8
Bowling – J Hood 7-1-20-0, H Peirson 7-3-19-2, M Brokensha 5-0-19-0, R Gibson 15-1-62-1, S Berry 13-0-87-4, J Pickard 3-0-15-1
J Wing c Dumindu b Dixon 36, R Gibson c Dixon b Bousfield 16, C Gratton lbw Wainman 2, S Berry c P Merryweather b Wainman 11, N Anwar lbw Bousfield 44, G Lynch lbw Usher 1, J Pickard b Bousfield 2, J English b Wainman 4, J Hood not out 18, M Brokensha not out 26, Extras 26, Total (50 overs) 188-8
Bowling – J Bousfield 15-3-52-3, J Wainman 15-0-42-3, R Dixon 8-2-28-1, G Creedon 2-0-15-0, F Usher 8-1-22-1, T Merryweather 2-0-5-0
Match drawn – Barney 15pts, Marske 10pts
Barney II v Redcar
LIKE their first XI colleagues, the seconds were deprived of victory by an excellent opposition late partnership. At seven wickets down in a rain reduced match, Redcar still had ten overs to negotiate.
They managed it despite several bowling changes involving as many different paces.
The main contributor to Barney’s large total was Richard Watson whose measured maiden century came from 117 balls and contained 12 fours. He was given brisk late support by Adam Smith.
Redcar started quickly through Jonathan Cooper but wickets fell at the other end and when he was out, having scored 86 of the 130 on the board, Barney looked favourites.
Barney 236 for 8 dec (45.5 overs, R Watson 105, A Smith 45, C McKnight 24); Redcar 180-8 (41 overs, J Cooper 86, E Palfreeman 29, P Stanwix 3-28, R Watson 2-43).
Match drawn, Barney 15pts, Redcar 10
Barney III v
BARNEY’S young and largely inexperienced side lost a hugely entertaining match on Sunday. They fell short by 12 runs, losing their last six wickets for 20 as they continued to chase victory to the end.
Gopal Singh’s 77, full of ferocious pulls and sweeps to leg, ensured that Middlesbrough set a daunting target. Both Dan Watson, bowling accurately, and Theo Truss caused problems.
Joe Toulson’s bravura strokeplay gave Barney a rapid start as he was given splendid support by Shane Mullery.
After their departure, Truss and Ross Hutchinson in sharply contrasting styles – one utterly correct, the other determinedly unorthodox – provided a feast of fun. When they perished, Barney refused to give up the chase and Middlesbrough won from the first ball of the final over.
Middlesbrough 175 all out (36.1 overs, G Singh 77, R Rashid 30, D Watson 4-38, T Truss 3-37); Barney 163 all out (42.1 overs, J Toulson 59, T Triss 30, R Hutchinson 23, D Armitage 3-28).
Middlesbrough won by 12 runs
Barney U17s v
Newton Aycliffe U17s
THE U17s, who will be capable of challenging all fronts this season, opened their account with a convincing victory last Friday.
After restricting their opponents to 56 in their 20 overs, with Theo Truss and Sam Metcalfe doing much of the damage, they knocked off the total in five overs with Ralph Makepeace leading the charge.
N Aycliffe 56-9 (D Robinson 14, H Wright 14, S Metcalfe 3-14, T Truss 2-8); Barney 58-2 (5 overs, R Makepeace 38no)
Barney won by 8 wickets.
Saturday, May 25 1st XI v Hartlepool (H, 1pm), 2nd XI v Hartlepool (A, 1pm); Sunday, May 26, 3rd XI v Saltburn (H, 1pm); Monday, May 27, 1st XI v Great Ayton, Kerridge Cup (H, 2pm).