Local Cricket returns, but it’s a home defeat for Barrow
On a glorious, but slightly chilly spring day, Barrow CC got their first season in the Palace Shield underway against Vernon Carus at Ernest Pass hoping to make a push to a return to the Northern League.
Skipper Glenn Kermode won the toss and elected to bowl first on a firm April wicket, hoping that there would be some movement off the wicket.
Daryl Wearing (who must be approaching veteran status!) along with Sam Henderson took the new ball, and despite some tight bowling and restricting the scoring rate, carried little look as the Carus batsman looked to see out the difficult opening spell without losing wickets.
As can be the way in early season games, the fielding wasn’t quite as sharp as it could have been and several early chances went begging, as the old adage goes, catches win matches, and unfortunately this would return to harm the home sides prospects.
Greg Reynolds and Gary Collins continued the good work with the ball and at drinks the visitors were 60-3 with the next 10 overs critical. Combined with a solid 60 from one of the openers and 38 from the visitors number 6 playing numerous sweeps and impressive reverse sweeps, Vernon Carus ended their innings on 161 all out, the wickets being shared around the home bowlers.
Barrows reply got off to the worst possible starts losing several quick wickets and as Greg Reynolds and new arrival from Dalton, Jack Singleton looked to steady the ship, until Singleton left one which he claimed nipped back and clipped his off stump – perhaps he needs to have a word with the groundsman ..
Rhys Studt joined Reynolds but a disciplined attack made scoring difficult and eventually scoreboard pressure took its toll and the innings collapsed to a very disappointing 64 all out.
Skipper Kermode was understandable disappointed after the game, but still believes they have enough to be competitive on a regular basis this season
“ We are still a relatively young side after the older core, we can learn plenty from how Vernon Carus batted and bowled. They stuck around early on in the innings allowing their mid- lower order batsman to increase the run rate whilst their bowlers were really up for the battle and bowled well in partnerships.
There is plenty to work on and improve as a team. We look forward to our next game on Saturday at South Shore whilst our next home game is against Croston on 1st May.”