Cricket: Barrow batsmen impress despite defeats
PUBLISHED: 13:00 07 May 2019
Barrow Gurney batsmen impressed as the new league season began, but all three teams lost out in competitive matches.
Defending Bristol & District League Division Five champions Bristol Lions visited Hobbs Lane on Saturday to take on a Barrow first team captained by young Frank Forge.
Mark Fisher (3-45) and Forge produced accurate spells but the Lions piled up 295-9 from their 45 overs, as Alwis scored 130 against his former club.
Former skipper Phil Milton (34) shared a century opening stand in reply with Bernie Forge, who is playing for Cornwall Women this season.
But after Forge fell for 73 and debutant Benura Umanga was run out for 39, Barrow were left with too much to do and Fisher's unbeaten 30 proved in vain in a 34-run defeat.
Despite taking nine bonus points in a strong showing, Barrow were left to rue missed chances and the misfortune of a late injury to their opening bowler and a key batsman being injured while filling in for him during the game.
The second team struggled when bowling in windy conditions at Bedminster fifths as Dave and Owen Peacock put on a father-and-son partnership of 247.
In a spirited Barrow reply, Ellie Holdaway led the way with 48, with notable contributions from Ali Hood (38) and Mark Gracey, who was returning after serious illness and scored 31.
Making 202-7, Barrow secured maximum batting bonus points which might be important later in the season.
The third team visited Peasedown St John on Sunday to play Kilmersdon and, batting first, Guy Fisher survived a couple of chances to make his third century for Barrow, with two sixes in his 102.
Fisher was ably supported by 15-year-old Ben Thorne who hit an unbeaten 30 for his highest senior score and a total of 189-5 looked competitive enough.
But a second-wicket partnership of 129 between Ashley Davies and Mark Batchelor saw Kilmersdon home with three overs to spare.