WAKERLEY and Barrowden suffered an agonising 18-run defeat in Division 7 of the Rutland League at the hands of Easton on the Hill.
Easton won the toss and elected to bat, and were soon on the back foot as captain Chris White lead the way with the ball for Barrowden.
White removed the top three batsmen - Bower lbw for 0, Deprisco caught by Bob White for 2, and Morton caught by Glenn Moody for 7, as the home side slipped to 32-3.
A fourth wicket stand of 41 between Ollie Lane and skipper Barry Hancock began to get Easton back into the match, before Lane picked out Fraser Wright off the bowling of Steve Chivers for 32. Hancock followed soon after, also falling to Chivers for 29 after putting the Barrowden spinner back over his head for two sixes in the same over.
White returned and picked up the wicket of Hallam immediately, and claimed his fifth when Hendry gave a simple return catch. Five became six for White as Steve Lattimore also gave a return catch, and Wornman became White’s seventh victim in the final of his 12 overs, finishing with figures of 7-27. Matt Sewell claimed the final wicket of Sam Barrett as Easton were bowled out for 130.
In reply, Jonny Grove picked up the wicket of Steve Chivers in the first over as Barrowden made the worst possible start with Jonny White falling soon after for 15.
Barrowden were 15-2 and Dale Howkins then fell for 5, leaving the visitors 20-3, before a partnership of 40 between Chris White and Matt Green. White made 28 before he was deceived by a slower ball, and Green fell soon after, becoming Grove’s fourth wicket of the innings.
Barrowden were in trouble but Bob White played a crucial innings, making 28 but wickets fell around him. When White was bowled by Ollie Lane - his third wicket of the innings - the writing was on the wall for Barrowden. Barrett trapped Matt Sewell lbw in the next over and Easton won by 18 runs.
Barrowden skipper Chris White said “We just couldn’t get going with the bat. Easton bowled well and didn’t give us much to hit but when I was in with Matt Green I felt we could win. Unfortunately we have a problem getting over the line in league games at the moment.”