RISEBOROUGH INSPIRES BARNEY TO VICTORY
10-man Belton made the long trip for a first ever visit to Barney & Fulmodeston. Belton skipper Savoury won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Belton had a new-look bowling attack with Comer and Varghese. Comer should have gotten the early breakthrough when Riseborough was put down by Thomas at mid-on – a mistake that would prove costly.
Riseborough was on a one-man mission with Spillett happy to play a supporting role at the opposite end. 55 runs were brought up off the first 10 overs, with the home skipper passing his half-century shortly after. The introduction of Nixon and Edmonds did slow the home run-rate for a short while though.
The opening pair brought up the hundred stand just before drinks break with Riseborough edging towards a century of his own. Edmonds got the somewhat fortuitous breakthrough when Spillett played around a full-toss to depart leg-before for 10.
Riseborough was beginning to play for his century, with Cropley and Nixon able to put a stranglehold on proceedings. Riseborough was gifted another reprieve in the nineties as he was put down at long-on off the bowling of Nixon before passing a deserved century.
Raol got a couple of quick wickets for his efforts – first Seed was pouched by a fine diving catch from Nixon at point for 25 and White could only find Varghese on the long-on fence.
Risborough’s innings was finally ended on 123 when he charged and missed the slow spin of Cropley to be stumped by ‘keeper Savoury. Edmonds had Burton caught on the boundary by Cropley but Hall saw the home side passed the 200 mark.
The run-chase was always going to be tough ask but Thomas and Toll found the pace of the opening bowlers a tough challenge. Thomas had reached 15 when he was caught by Spillett at slip off the bowling off Lovegrove.
Savoury was given the task of upping the dreary run-rate without losing any more wickets – although a succession of boundaries went some way to releasing the shackles.
Belton lost their second wicket when Warren somehow found the back of Toll’s bat with White claiming the simplest of slip catches to see Toll on his way for a painstaking 7.
Savoury’s innings was ended when, for the second time in as many days, he top-edged a full toss off spinner Warren and was claimed by Hall at slip for 24. Nixon followed Savoury soon after when he chipped to Risborough at mid-off for just a single.
With the game slipping away, Cropley & Edmonds bided their time to build the only half-decent partnership of the Belton innings. Cropley departed when he ‘toed’ a pull shot and was caught at mid-on for 29 – and from that point Belton folded.
Raol was bowled by the returning Lovegrave without scoring before Chanell had Jones bowled for one and Comer caught by Spillett without scoring to leave Belton on the brink.
A couple of late-innings sixes from Edmonds saw Belton up past the hundred mark by Varghese was bowled by Burton for one to end the misery.
Barney & Fulmodeston Innings
|A.Riseborough||st Savoury||b Cropley||123|
|J.Seed||ct Nixon||b Raol||25|
|J.White||ct Varghese||b Raol||5|
|J.Burton||ct Cropley||b Edmonds||3|
|Extras:||(10b, 1lb, 5w)||16|
|TOTAL||For 5 wickets||after 40 overs||215|
Fall of Wickets: 1-108 (Spillett), 2-160 (Seed), 3-176 (Riseborough), 4-200 (White), 5-218 (Burton)
|A.Toll||ct White||b Warren||7|
|B.Thomas||ct Spillett||b Lovegrove||15|
|A.Savoury||ct Hall||b Warren||24|
|C.Cropley||ct Burton||b Lovegrove||29|
|C.Nixon||ct Riseborough||b Hall||1|
|K.Comer||ct Spillett||b Channell||0|
|Extras:||(6b, 1lb, 7w)||14|
|TOTAL||All out||after 33 overs||112|
Fall of Wickets: 1-36 (Thomas), 2-46 (Toll), 3-59 (Savoury), 4-60 (Nixon), 5-92 (Cropley), 6-92 (Raol), 7-97 (Jones), 8-97 (Jones), 9-112 (Varghese)