Mixed fortunes for Seniors - Week 2 results
The 1sts hosted Shobrooke Park at Cricketfield Road on Saturday, and slipped to their first defeat of the campaign.
The pitch looked like a tricky one before the toss, and the visitors took advantage of winning it by putting the Barton boys in to bat first.
Batting proved to be extremely difficult with the ball doing plenty in the air and off the pitch, and despite a skippers knock from Parks of 27, Barton were dismissed for 86
Hopes were high for a good bowling performance with plenty of assistance for the Barton attack, Gilly and Killer Martin opening the attack. Wickets tumbled regularly, with Gilly delivering some of his best work with the ball during his Barton career(2-19), but the target proved to be too little for the visitors, who finished on 88-5; wining by 5 wickets in just under 30 overs.
The disappointment was clear from all of the 1st team players and they're determined to put this slip right at the next opportunity, aiming for a significant positive reaction to this performance.
Better news from the 2nds who travlled to one of the teams relegated from the 2nds Prem last year, Heathcoat CC.
The 2nds also lost the toss and were put in to bat by the Home side, and they too had to cope with difficult batting conditions - a ball hooping around both ways and jumping off just short of a length.
The Barton openers both succumbed to the ball jumping off the pitch, with Matty Lipton snicking an unavoidable one behind, and Stinky Pete retiring after injuring his elbow.
Cole Harford began the upward progress with some cracking shots before Adrian Lipton and Jack Bell came together for the telling 5th wicket partnership of 114. Jack Bell ended on 42 not out, with Adrian hitting his maiden 2nd team 50, finishing on 59, out off the last ball of the innings. This set Heathcoat a tough, but not insurmountable target of 189 in their 45 overs
Matty Lipton and Cole Harford opened the bowling and had the Heathcoat players in early trouble, and wickets fell regularly. But the Heathcoat batsmen knuckled down and weathered the early storm, fighting off Kylie, Ports and Adrian Lipton, whilst keeping the scoreboard ticking over. A couple of spilled catches made the task even more difficult for the Barton 2s, but they persevered and a Run Out by Kylie preciptated the final collapse of the Heathcoat line-up
It was looking ominous for Barton when Heathcoat reached 141 for 6 wickets down and had 18 overs left to reach their target. A couple of quick wickets off the bowling of Kylie took out the last of the recognised batsmen, followed quickly by a direct hit run out by Kylie - and Cole on for his second spell with Adrian Lipton mopped up the tail for a fantastic team victory
Two 19 point wins from 2 games is a great start for the 2nds, and the youngsters have begun to shine in their own right, which is a great sign for the club.
Next Saturday the 1sts take on Tavistock CC at home and the 2nds travel away to Braunton CC
15 May 2017