Barrow Gurney's Mark Fisher picked up a hat-trick against Abbots Leigh in the Bristol Midweek League on Thursday to help his side overcome the disappointment of being knocked out of the Tony Hitch Cup.

Playing for the first time in the new midweek coloured kit, sponsored by Audioistic, Abbots Leigh raced to 32 when Fisher (3-17)  struck his first victim, removing captain, Jonny Weber clean bowled, a feat which he then repeated twice more to take a remarkable hat-trick. Nick Heal’s (2-7) and Phil Taylor’s (2-32) restricted Abbots Leigh to 109-9.

Barrow’s reply started disastrously as wickets tumbled and found themselves 11-4. As no other batsman made double figures, Ben Hodges was forced to play a lone hand, which he did brilliantly to take his team home, making 63 not out in the process.

It was a different story the night before as Barrow bowed out of the Tony Hitch Cup against Backwell Flax Bourton.

Batting first Barrow put on a competitive 154-8, with Kieran Owen making 35 at the end of the innings to build on Mark Brown’s 34 at the start. 

Fisher (2-20) kept things tight along with Heal (2-38) with a wicket each for Guy Fisher and Frank Forge. With three overs to go and over 30 runs needed, launched their attack taking 24 of Hodges' over to win with seven balls to spare.