BARNEY COMPLETE LEAGUE DOUBLE
Barney completed a league double over Belton with a four-wicket victory at Southtown Common.
Barney skipper Riseborough won the toss and inserted his hosts in to bat on a green-looking wicket.
Belton got off to the worst possible start when Toll was beaten by the pace of Channell from just the third ball of the match to depart without scoring.
George Savoury and Goreham both set about repairing the early damage of losing Toll – Savoury in particular looking comfortable with both batsman content with rotating the strike on a slow outfield.
Belton saw off the economical opening bowling of Channell and Warren without much further alarm, although Goreham was gifted a life when he was dropped at mid-wicket from a mistimed pull stroke.
Both Goreham and Savoury found the change bowling of Tindall and Riseborough more to their liking and runs began to flow more frequently, with Belton reaching 66-1 at the halfway drinks break.
Belton stepped on the gas after the drinks break, with Goreham and Savoury both finding the boundary from the short bowling of Burton. The partnership was nearing a hundred when Goreham depart three runs short of a half-century, edging through to ‘keeper Seed attempting to cut a rising delivery from Burton.
Savoury, who passed his half-century with a late cut to the boundary, was joined at the crease by his brother Adam, but he only managed to add two runs to the score before he was sent on his way – Warren taking a fine reaction catch at first slip with Burton again picking up the wicket.
Belton were in a solid position at 106-2 with 13 overs remaining, but the introduction of skipper Riseborough ripped through the hosts’ middle order.
Mir departed without scoring when he attempted to despatch the bowler out of the park but could only top-edge straight up into the sky with Riseborough taking the catch off his own bowling.
Ware’s long awaited Belton return only lasted three deliveries when he too departed without scoring – lobbing a simple catch to Channell at mid-wicket to give Riseborough his second wicket.
Belton were aided by a few extras and Savoury hit a succession of boundaries off Lovegrove to ease some pressure before Moar was the recipient of a dubious lbw decision to become Riseborough’s third victim.
Wright failed to see through his first delivery when he played down the wrong line and was bowled by Lovegrove for a first ball duck – Belton’s fifth nought of the innings.
Savoury’s fine innings was ended in the following over when he could only help a short delivery from Riseborough into the hands of Spillett at short-fine leg for 78.
Belton were 144-8 with five overs remaining and in danger of being dismissed but a brace of boundaries from both Hodds and Comer, along with a few much needed extras, saw Belton finish their innings on 168-8.
Belton knew if they were going to be victorious in their defence that the wicket of skipper Riseborough would be key, but he was given an early reprieve when an attempted pull burst through the hands of mid-wicket to the boundary.
White was struggling to find any timing at the other end but the dangerous Riseborough was beginning to fire, plundering five boundaries from an over from Wright and three more off Moar to take the score to 68-0 from the first 12 overs.
Riseborough passed his half-century with another boundary smashed over extra-cover and the partnership had reached 87 when the skipper depart for 59 – dragging on with Comer claiming the wicket.
White flicked Savoury through mid-wicket for four and Spillett cut through point to the fence to take the visitors within 50 of victory but the introduction of Hodds ended Spillett’s innings of 16 when he could only help a long-hop into the hands of Savoury at square-leg.
Seed and Burton both hit a brace of boundaries to take Barney closer to victory before Stanford picked up two quick wickets – Seed (8) and opener White (34) both bowled by deliveries that kept low.
Channell struck Stanford for successive boundaries through backward square-leg to leave just 25 runs required from eight overs although the returning Savoury did have Burton caught stunningly by Moar at mid-off for 9.
With the game slipping away, Savoury brought himself into the attack and Channell smashed the ball to all parts, plundering two sixes in an 18-run over.
George Savoury did have Hall caught at mid-off, again by Moar, without scoring before Channell swept for four to give Barney victory by four wickets with 6 overs remaining.
|W.Goreham||ct Seed||b Burton||47|
|G.Savoury||ct Spillett||b A.Riseborough||78|
|A.Savoury||ct Warren||b Burton||2|
|A.Mir||ct &||b A.Riseborough||0|
|G.Ware||ct Channell||b A.Riseborough||0|
|Extras:||(15b, 1lb, 1w, 2nb)||19|
|TOTAL||For 8 wickets||after 40 overs||168|
Fall of Wickets: 1-0 (Toll), 2-97 (Goreham), 3-107 (A.Savoury), 4-112 (Mir), 5-112 (Ware), 6-137 (Moar), 7-137 (Wright), 8-144 (G.Savoury)
|M.Spillett||ct G.Savoury||b Hodds||16|
|J.Burton||ct Moar||b G.Savoury||9|
|O.Hall||ct Moar||b G.Savoury||0|
|TOTAL||For 6 Wickets||after 35.4 overs||170|