A dramatic batting collapse, doomed Barrow Gurney CC to a defeat against Bristol Thirds last Saturday,

Batting first on a beautiful day at Hobbs Lane, Jason Cryans (53) and Kieran Owen (36) put on 94 for the first wicket and when Mark Brown added another half century, with the score at 183-3, they were aiming at well over 250. Instead, mayhem ensued as the last seven wickets fell for 26 runs in the face of some spirited bowling by George Herring (3-35) and Daniel Lambert (5-50).

Barrow Gurney's total of 209 looked to be a small total to defend on the quick scoring, and so it proved as Graham Herring played a flawless innings of 129 to steer Bristol to the victory by seven wickets.

The highlight of Barrow Gurney’s weekend though was a maiden century by Sam Mitchell for the Second XI on an artificial pitch at Bradley Stoke.

Chasing 220-2, Mitchell blasted 116 not out with nine sixes and eight fours to help his team claim a much-needed win by five wickets. He was ably supported by Peter Rooney (31) and Paul Gard (21) in reaching the total.