Barley maintain pressure on leaders

PUBLISHED: 19:15 25 June 2008 | UPDATED: 15:47 11 May 2010

BURROUGH GREEN were hit for six by the in-form Barley who registered a six-wicket victory. Green got off to a dreadful start, losing Ian Lister, Paul Dennison and Mark Ward for just 13 runs. Scott Bishop (21) moved the score along, but Matt Speight (0) a

BURROUGH GREEN were hit for six by the in-form Barley who registered a six-wicket victory.

Green got off to a dreadful start, losing Ian Lister, Paul Dennison and Mark Ward for just 13 runs. Scott Bishop (21) moved the score along, but Matt Speight (0) and Simon Batting (5) were also despatched with ease.

Burrough Green did offer a much-needed recovery late on with Alan Nickerson (17), Paul Lawes (36) and Alex Payani (20) doing well, however the hosts finished on 147 from 39 overs with Peter Chuck and Nick Butler taking four and three wickets respectively.

The Barley response was a little better than their opponents start with Jamie Walters (30) finding his early range, although the visitors did lose Andrew Hunt (1) and Chris Allan (7) fairly cheaply.

However, Christopher Markham's 34, and Brian Symes' 54 not out, including four fours and two sixes, took Barley forward. When Markham was bowled, Matthew Chandler came in alongside Symes and together they saw Barley home at 151 for 4 off 39 overs. The win keeps Barley in third place in the Cambs Junior Division 1B.

Elsewhere in Division 1B, Cokenach also continued their recent good form, beating Longstowe by 27 runs, while in Division 2C Foxton seconds crashed to their third straight defeat, losing by 121 runs at Eversden.

There was also a defeat for Abington in Division 2, as they went down by 68 runs against Castor & Ailsworth.

The visitors scored 184 for 8 off their allotted 48 overs, with David Hamper and Nick Avery both taking three wickets.

In reply Abington were all out for 116, with James Webb (26) and Guy Ennew (17) top scoring for the hosts. Andy Berringer starred with the ball for the visitors, with a seven-wicket effort that included five clean bowled.

In Division 5C, Bassingbourn seconds eased to 129-run victory over Thriplow thirds after totalling 219 for 5 from their 40 overs.

Division rivals Barrington seconds also claimed a victory, seeing off Linton Village seconds by six wickets.

The visitors were all out for 122, with Barrington comfortably reaching 123 for the loss of just four wickets.

Barley seconds were less fortunate as they slipped to a 47-run defeat against Sawston fourths, with the visitors' 263 a tall order to reach.

REED thirds beat Welwyn Garden City fourths by 10 runs on Saturday.

Openers Peter Baker and Aiden Swain started well, with skipper Baker (19) leading the way until he was caught in the 10th over with the score on 29.

After Greaves (12) came and went, Swain was joined by Matt Bowles, and the two went about building an innings saving partnership of 89 off 13 overs, comfortably fending off the Welwyn bowling attack.

The impressive partnership came to a close however as Swain (65) was bowled, with Bowles (38) following soon after. With the score on 155 for 4 off 30 Maseeh Naeem and Ben Bowles continued with the task, with Naeem adding 21 runs in his brief three over stay.

But the elder Bowles stayed at the crease and kept the Reed innings in check by hitting an important 28, which was assisted by the energetic Rupert Martin (23).

When Bowles fell, Martin and Ian Roberts (1) saw the innings out as Reed posted a score of 233 for 9 off their 47 overs.

And Reed's task of defending the total got off to a poor start as opener Marcus Baker struggled to find his early rhythm. However, despite an initial setback Baker had soon redeemed himself by taking an impressive catch at first slip from the bowling of Rupert Martin (16-0-71-3).

The hard hitting Byford (32) was then caught by Peter Baker, with the captain taking a fine catch in the gully from Ian Roberts' (14-2-59-3) delivery.

Fitzgerald and Primarolo offered the most resistance, but Fitzgerald (35) was stumped by Alan Ward, and with that Welwyn's chances were all but over.

Primarolo was then caught and bowled by Martin for an impressive 66 after offering a brief glimmer of hope, with Tanner adding a dangerous 27 before he was caught off of the bowling of Mitchell Cooper (7-0-24-1).

Ben Bowles (5-0-40-1) also chipped in with a wicket thanks to a brilliant catch from captain Baker.

The game ended when a strong throw from Aiden Swain hit its target, with Reed sealing the win in the final over.

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