Strong showing from Seniors - Week 3 reports
The first team hosted Tavistock CC at a damp Cricketfield Road in Week 3, with the Umpires delaying the start for over an hour and a half to try and ensure safe playing conditions. The match eventually began having been reduced to 30 overs due to the delay in starting
Barton took the field to start and 'Killer' Martin and Gilly opened the attack, with Jon Martin striking early. Conditions were not easy for the batsmen, and despite keeping the visitors under pressure, an excellent 2nd wicket partnership was ominous for the home side with the visitors reaching 55-1 off 11 overs.
Then the game entered a crucial period with Bowks and Parks entering the fray, with the visitors looking like they were going to post a significant total. Some excellent bowling and outstanding fielding put paid to that, with wickets tumbling regularly and runs hard to come by and the next 14 overs produced only 45 runs for 7 additional wickets and the visitors were struggling at 100-8. Needo finished off the tail in the last over and Tavistock were dismissed for 123. Parks was the pick of the bowling finishing with 4-17, with support from Bowks 2-21 and Gilly 2-23 Needo 1-6 and Killer 1-17
Although the target was gettable, the conditions were really not conducive and the home team made slow and steady progress. However, the visitors kept the Barton boys working hard and nicked out wickets regularly, making life difficult for our batsmen.
After a good start from Needo (20) and support from Gilly (16) Shelts (12) and Matt Needham(10) it was left to Killer and Bowks to see Barton home. Jon Martin top scoring with 31 not out, blasting the Tavistock bowling to all parts of the ground and a crucial supporting undefeated innings of 6 from Bowks saw the 1sts get home with 3 balls to spare for a victory by 2 wickets and 19 points.
The seconds made the long trip up to Braunton CC looking to maintain their excellent start to the year, in what turned out to be a spicy affair
Barton were put in to bat in difficult conditions and on a wicket with variable bounce and plenty in it for the bowlers, and despite the openers succumbing early-on, they took advantage of a woeful fielding performance by the home team, who shelled nearly a dozen catches!
Cole Harford (17) and Ports saw off the early bowling attack and Ports went on to hit an excellent 55, before Adrian Lipton got so close to his second league fifty in two games before being unlucky to a daisy-cutter, out for 46. Baz (26 n.o.) and Josh Horrell (11) continued the good work and the 2nds finished their innings on 190-6
There was plenty of chat during the Barton innings and Barton returned the courtesy when in the field.
The 2nds bowlers enjoyed the conditions immensely and never looked in trouble with Cole Harford (2-9), Josh Horrell (2-10) and Spence (2-37) polishing off the home side for 141 and earning the 2nds their third consecutive 19 point win, winning by 49 runs.
Next week the 1sts make the short trip to Ipplepen and the 2nds host Paignton at Cricketfield Road.
21 May 2017