Barrow taste sweet victory over Thornton Clevelys
On another picture perfect cricket day, Thornton Clevelys made the long journey around the coast to Ernest Pass to take on Barrow with both sides showing good recent form, and Thornton sitting just below Barrow in the table.
Barrow won the toss and elected to bat first. The wicket looked a belter, but as the game developed it became apparent batting on it wasn’t as easy as expected, with it being a little slow.
Simon Chadd and Joe McQullian opened the innings for Barrow, and although they made a cautious start, batted well to see off the new ball, and as the game developed this would prove to be a crucial partnership.
The experienced Thornton attack bowled well and kept it tight, with boundaries proving hard to come by. The home side struggled to get partnerships going as they lost regular wickets throughout the innings, but some later order aggressive batting from Sam Henderson and Matty ‘Moo’ Adams saw the home side close their innings on a 139, possibly 20 light of a par score. Joe McQuillan 25, Greg Reynolds 22 and captain Glenn Kermode with 21 the main contributors with the bat
The Thornton innings started off in similar fashion to the home sides. Everygreen Daryl Wearing backed up by Sam Henderson, bowled long tight opening spells chipping away with wickets keeping the visitors batting under pressure. Backed with some excellent catching, including one particularly sharp effort from Moo Adams at gulley – he looked more surprised than his team mates when it stuck – had the visitors reeling at 38-5.
A couple of small partnerships later on saw the visitors double their score, but the innings finally came to a close with a sharp run out combination from a Henderson throw and a smart take from young keeper Ollie Whalley, Thornton finally all out for 79.
Henderson the pick of the bowling with 5-25 from 12, Wearing with 3 and Simon Chadd 1.
An excellent team performance with the bat, and a controlled effort with the ball backed up by good catching and ground fielding put the icing on an excellent days cricket.
A link to the rest of the days images found below