Double delight for Barrow Gurney after victories for both firsts and seconds

Ed Holdaway batting for Barrow Gurney against Hanham seconds.

Ed Holdaway batting for Barrow Gurney against Hanham seconds. - Credit: Barrow Gurney CC

Barrow Gurney enjoyed double success last Saturday with the first XI comfortably beating Hanham seconds, whilst the second XI pipped Golden Hill fifths to a one-wicket victory.

At Hobbs Lane, Barrow batted first and having lost Mark Brown early and Jason Cryans having to retire hurt, Guy Fisher (15) joined Kieran Owen to rebuild and take the score to 52-2.

Ed Holdaway then joined Kieran Owen and took the total past 100, but with only 10 overs to go a competitive total seemed out of reach. 

Quick running and some explosive shots followed as the pair cut loose to hit 70 off the last four overs, with Holdaway finishing 121 not out, hitting 11 sixes in the process, as Owen (72) was dismissed off the last ball after hitting three sixes of his own. 

Their spectacular partnership realised 184 in all as Barrow posted 236-3, with the momentum of the match having shifted firmly in favour of the hosts.

Hanham started with positive intent but could not get Mark Fisher away as the accurate seamer bowled five maidens in his eight overs, taking two wickets for just four runs.

There were wickets too for Matt Owen (2-35), Holdaway (2-10) and one apiece for Nick Heal and Jonny Sykes as Barrow pushed for a maximum-point win.

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But it was not to be as Hanham were eight down at the close, leaving Barrow winners by 73 runs.

At Shine Sports Ground, Golden Hill batted first against Barrow seconds, with Phil Taylor (2-24) the pick of the bowlers.

Paul Gard also picked up a wicket but the home side built a total of 191-4 without really ever getting on top of some accurate bowling.

After an early setback, Ellie Holdaway (29) and Josh Yelland (44) played well, clipping some boundaries through the leg side in particular before Mark Gracey provided further acceleration falling for 49 with Barrow eying up a win. 

A lower-order collapse, coupled with some injuries preventing quick singles, made the target much harder but last man Phil Taylor joined his skipper as the team limped over the line.