Barrow Gurney lose unbeaten record after batting collapse

Barrow Gurney players celebrate an early wicket at Frenchay

Barrow Gurney players celebrate an early wicket at Frenchay - Credit: BGCC

Barrow Gurney lost their unbeaten record after a batting collapse at Frenchay on Saturday.

Jason Cryans (30) and Mark Brown (29) got Barrow off to a good and positive start taking advantage of anything short or on the pads. 

Both fell within a matter of a few balls, but Ed Holdaway (21) and Bernie Forge (17) took Barrow to 102-2 at drinks with both playing a couple of well-timed drives. 

Following the break Forge was dismissed by a ball which turned sharply, and the scoring dried up with Barrow managing only 18 runs off the next 10 overs and losing Holdaway in the process as well as three other middle-order wickets.

Guy Fisher (34) tried to marshal the tail, which is often productive for the team, but ended up playing a lone hand as Barrow struggled to 155 all out.

With the pitch offering some turn, Frank Forge (2-34) opened with off-spin and after downing a sharp return catch off his second ball took two wickets bowling into the strong wind.

Jonny Sykes (1-29) and Matt Owen (1-26) left Frenchay in a bit of trouble at 60-4, before Barrow rung the changes seeking to take the remaining wickets.

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Connor Jones (1-23) struck with the score on 103 and Ed Holdaway (1-15) on 136, but Frenchay cruised to victory with three overs to spare as Barrow were left to rue a total probably 30 runs light on the pitch conditions. 

Barrow remain top of Division Five, but by only a point from their nearest rivals.

The seconds were involved in a high scoring game at Hobbs Lane against Thornbury fours, who got off to a flying start as openers Logan Bowden (105) and Harrison Wheeler (61) piled on the runs. 

Barrow began to make inroads thanks to Steve Owen (2-38), Jordan Allen (3-37) and captain Peter Rooney (3-48) but Thornbury’s total of 273-8 looked unassailable.

Barrow made a good attempt at chasing it as openers Phil Milton (49) and Ben Hodges (21), returning to club colours, set the tone, before Jordan Allen (54) and Ben Skuse (53) took up the chase. 

Debutant Sam Mitchell contributed a valuable 28 but then wickets fell as Barrow ended up only 20 short for the loss of seven wickets, claiming nine valuable points in defeat.