Champions Royston continue Junior One South promotion party with Barrington victory

Martin Leary bowls for Royston

Martin Leary bowls for Royston - Credit: Archant

Royston’s fantastic season continued on Saturday with a seven-wicket Junior One South win at Barrington.

The hosts won the toss and asked Royston to bat first on a green wicket.

Opening bowler Andrew Daley struck early, removing Rory Harper and Martin Leary with the score at 16-2.

Bonham Harper joined Paul Leary at the crease though and looked to counter-attack the Barrington bowlers, flaying his first three balls through the off-side for successive boundaries.

Harper continued to pick up the run rate and pillaged his way to 37 from 29 balls before finally being caught off the bowling of Sam Carrington with Royston on 76-3.

Paul Miller arrived and together with Paul Leary proceeded to bat through the remaining overs with considerable ease, recording a fourth-wicket partnership of 148 to take Royston up to 224-3 in 40 overs.

Miller ended with 55 not out from 76 balls and Leary with a watchful 98 not out from 107, taking his season stats to an impressive 733 runs in 16 innings at an average of 61.08.

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In response Barrington looked edgy and some excellent opening bowling from Phil Hall (10-3-16-2) and Connor Little (7-1-34-1) saw the required rate sneak up.

Little found the breakthrough and saw Elliot Griggs caught smartly at slip by Paul Miller, and Hall followed suit an over later, clean bowling the dangerous Scott Douglas for 19.

Walker and Turner also departed cheaply, the former being run-out by Harper with an outstanding piece of fielding and direct hit, and Barrington looked dead and buried at 49-4.

Daley began to hit out against the change bowlers though and racked up 34 runs in fairly quick time, however wickets still fell from the other end, and when he finally perished with Barrington at 125-8, the game was done.

Evan Goldman (6.1-1-39-3) finished off proceedings to bowl Barrington out for 144 and seal a 15th league win in 16 for the Crows.

Royston captain Martin Leary said: “The only game we’ve lost this season was against Barrington so this return fixture was a great chance to put that right. It was another great team effort and in particular I thought we fielded superbly.”

On Saturday Royston end the season at Audley End, before hosting the winners of the Junior One North Division in a play-off game to decide the overall Junior Division champions.