Barley get off to a flyer

Barley won their first game of the season this week against County Hall in Hertford. Barley, led by new skipper Martin Beedell, batted first and scored 310 for eight against a strong County Hall side.   Beedell and Walters opened confidently but got thems

Barley won their first game of the season this week against County Hall in Hertford. Barley, led by new skipper Martin Beedell, batted first and scored 310 for eight against a strong County Hall side.

Beedell and Walters opened confidently but got themselves out on an unpredictable April wicket.

Allan looked in need of a net and was brilliantly caught on the boundary driving county bowler Vic Fishburn.

With several new players starting for Barley, debutant Ben Howland scored an excellent 64 and Richard Wilson scored 30n.o. against some fiery bowling from Andrew Szemiako the County Hall skipper.


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Brain Symes however was the star of the innings as he scored 102 and made his first ever century for Barley.

Having been out regularly in the 80's and 90's during the last twenty years, it was with some relief that the watching crowd cheered him to the rafters as he passed this landmark. In reply, County Hall started well with Tom Barnaby making 91.

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The bowling of Ali Wallace was dangerous but erratic. Beedell and Leigh Stewart bowled well for their wickets but it was Richard Wilson who shone taking 5 wickets for 32 runs.

Once Szemiako had been caught by Walters the end was fairly rapid with Barley running out deserved victors with County Hall 147 all out.

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