McMahon’s blast leads Barley men to second win
BARLEY recorded their second victory of the season in Cambs League One South with a win against Great Shelford. Put into bat by the Shelford skipper, Barley openers Jamie Walters and Chris Allan, found the new ball swinging markedly in the warm air and
BARLEY recorded their second victory of the season in Cambs League One South with a win against Great Shelford.
Put into bat by the Shelford skipper, Barley openers Jamie Walters and Chris Allan, found the new ball swinging markedly in the warm air and cutting about off the unpredictable wicket.
Milne bowled well and eventually had Walters bowled for 19.
Allan had already struck two sixes and had reached 35 before he was caught on the boundary, hitting out at another long hop from Mathews.
Chris Markham and Brian Symes then both crashed boundaries off the erratic bowling, before Symes played across the line and was bowled and Markham dollied one to a fielder.
At 83-4 off 20 the Barley innings could have come unstuck had not Paddy McMahon and Bruce Carnaby come together. McMahon carved a cavalier 53 out of only 14 scoring shots.
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His 50 came with the last of four consecutive sixes off a now beleaguered Shelford spin attack. Carnaby shored up the other end with another controlled innings.
Never hurried in his style, Carnaby had plenty of time to steer and push the ball around the ground and he ended up 65 not out.
With help from Adam Pattison, Keith Markham and Mick Ross, Barley ended up with a very respectable 223 off their 40 overs.
In reply, the Great Shelford openers looked like they could hold a bat. Fine bowling from Peter Chuck however began to frustrate them. Sutton chipped one up for Walters to catch.
Symes bowled Milne with an unplayable jaffa, and then Chuck (5-27) rattled through the rest of the top order before he had Byatt (47) excellently caught behind by Chris Markham.
Though without reward, McMahon bowled a fine fiery spell and Eric Davis once more rolled back the years and trundled in for four mesmerising overs.
Mick Ross then cleared up the Shelford tail with a fine spell of accurate and variedly paced bowling. Shelford ended on just 91 from 27 overs.
After two abandoned games, one cancelled, and two losses, two wins move Barley from bottom to mid-table.
Experience triumphed over youth as Hatley & Arrington defeated visitors Bassingbourn by 92 runs on Sunday.
Batting first, Hatley lost a couple of early wickets to a young and lively Bassingbourn attack.
However, opener Tim Davenport stood firm to eventually make 21 before the ever-solid Steve Hooley provided the main backbone of the innings with a controlled 66.
Luke Knibbs then blasted a rapid 24 and together with Nick Lenton, who made 18, helped boost his side's final total to exactly 200.
Ben Allan was the most successful of the Bassingbourn bowlers with 3-32.
In reply, Bassingbourn started well, with opener Nigel Tegg stroking a stylish 22. However, once veteran Hatley seamer Will Perry had removed the top order batsmen during a fine spell of 3-22, only Tristan Tegg (17) and Phil Cooper (19) provided much resistance.
Knibbs again displayed his fast-developing all-rounder qualities by taking 2-9 and skipper Frank Hooley topped off an energetic afternoon in the field with 2-10 to dismiss the visitors for 108.