Cricket: Hard fought first win lifts Barney to third
Barnard Castle CC
A DETERMINED all-round team performance gave Barney their first league win on Saturday and they moved to third place in the NYSD Premier division.
The top score in their innings of 161-9 was 23 but three players achieved it and four bowlers then shared the wickets as Saltburn were dismissed for 126. These performances were embellished by an outstanding display in the field which included four superb catches.
The feeling remained that Barney are not quite firing on all cylinders but their refusal to be undermined by a slow, low pitch deserved the reward of 25 points. Barney made the bold decision to bat after winning the toss and quickly realised that runs would be hard to come by.
A watchful opening, when the ball moved about off the pitch, was followed by a regular fall of wickets. But most of the batsmen were willing to dig in. Perhaps the most remarkable shot of the day was from Samarth Seth who hit his first ball for six over long off with a fielder in place on the boundary precisely for that shot.
Seth perished for 23 as did captain James Quinn who looked in assured touch. Valuable contributions came from Finn Usher, Josh Bousfield, Rob West and Phil Merryweather, the latter three all striking huge sixes out of the ground.
The late flurry put Barney firmly in the match and if 161 was reachable it would take diligence and hard work. Rob Dixon’s accuracy ensured that Saltburn’s innings was in deep trouble early. He bowled their prolific professional Ryan Gibson with a peach of a delivery, had captain lbw next ball and reduced them to 22-3. Resistance followed and a partnership of 71 between Salinda Ushan and Owen Tennant took on threatening proportions. But Usher’s guileful off spin made a decisive intervention. He had Tennant caught in the deep by Bousfield running to his left and then Ushan driving hard and low to long off was wonderfully held by Bousfield.
There were eye-catching catches, too, for Rob West swooping in at midwicket and Richard Borrowdale, stooping low with deceptive speed at slip. Saltburn’s innings ran out of steam quickly, their last seven wickets falling for 33.
J Clarkson c Aisnley b Almond 3, O Peddelty b Stewart 14, J Quinn lbw Almond 23, S Seth c Gibson b Stewart 23, R Borrowdale c Almond b Stewart 0, F Usher st Erskine b Crooks 18, K Carver c Almond b Smith 5, J Bousfield c Ushan b Smith 19, R West not out 23, P Merryweather b Crooks 10, R Dixon not out 3, Extras 20 Total (50 overs) 161 for 9
L Crooks 14-4-41-2; J Almond 15-4-29-2; O Stewart 11-1-46-3; A Smith 10-2-38-2
G Shaw lbw Dixon 8, R Gibson b Dixon 8, B Ainsley lbw Dixon 0, S Ushan c Bousfield b Usher 58, O Tennant c Bousfield b Usher 25, A Smith b Bousfield 1, J Erskine c West b Usher 7, J Tribick c West b Carver 0, L Crooks c Borrowdale b Usher 1, J Almond lbw Carver 4, O Stewart not out 0, Extras 14 Total (42.5 overs) 126 all out
Bowling: J Bousfield 9-0-25-1, R Dixon 8-0-31-3, K Carver 12.5-2-33-2, R West 2-0-12-0, F Usher 11-1-22-4
Barney won by 35 runs
Macmillan Cup v Marton
BARNEY won their first round Macmillan Cup tie with something to spare.
Captain James Quinn played a seamless innings of 55no laced with lovely cover drives and pulls to ensure his side victory by four wickets with nine balls left. If there was a slight doubt at 93-6 Rob West brushed it aside with a crunching innings, repeatedly hitting hard to leg.
Barney restricted Marton well with the Robs, West and Dixon, and Karl Carver particularly probing.
Marton 121-8 (M Croft 41, K Carver 3-20); Barney 122-6 (J Quinn 55no, R West 19no, R Borrowdale 16, Faizan Hussain 2-15, M Croft 2-24)
Barney won by 4 wickets
Barney II v Northallerton
VETERAN Ian Swinburn rolled back the years (again) on Saturday with a thrilling century.
His 127 came from 113 balls, included four sixes and 20 fours and was the dominant role in a first wicket partnership of 179 with Aidan Wiltshire who was an admirable foil.
Barney piled up a monumental total with Richard Watson and Adam Bainbridge joining the fun and Northallerton were left to try to hang on or hope the ran came. In the event, opening batsman Sam McCullough played almost a lone hand.
After Tom Brooks made early inroads, Bainbridge and Watson came along to clean up swiftly as the last six wickets went for 18.
Barney II 263 for 6 dec (46 overs, I Swinburn 127, A Wiltshire 37, R Watson 30, A Bainbridge 27, J Clarkson 5-63).
Northallerton 125 all out (39.1 overs, S McCullagh 61, L Jackson 28, R Watson 4-34, A Bainbridge 3-7, T Brooks 2-33)
Barney won by 138 runs