Barrowden build upon success

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BUILDING on their success in the Rutland League, Wakerley and Barrowden beat Nevill Holt on Saturday.

Barrowden won the toss and elected to bat on a damp track with the White brothers - Chris and Jonny - getting off to a solid start.

Both played some fine shots and the pair put on 98 for the first wicket when Chris fell for 47. Joined in the middle by Dale Howkins, Jonny couldn’t reach the 50-mark either, also falling for 47, bowled by a ball which stayed low on the early-season wicket.

Howkins and Sam Hodson picked up where they left off against Market Overton. Having guided Barrowden over the line the previous week, the pair put on 54 for the third wicket to enhance their strong position before Howkins (27) skied to mid-off late on. Hodson played well for his 26 before he was also dismissed trying to move the score along.

Tom Wilkins hit two scorching boundaries - a straight drive for four followed by a six over long on - but he was bowled for 15 in the final over, leaving Glenn Moody (2no) and Fraser Wright (2no) to see out the final over as Barrowden closed on 191-5 from their 40 overs with Adams the pick of the Nevill Holt attack, finishing with figures of 3-24 from 8 overs.

In reply, Nevill Holt lost four quick wickets with Jonny White (2-13 from 7) and Steve Chivers (2-29 from 8) making early inroads, leaving the visitors 24-4.

Moody then picked up an early wicket with an unplayable yorker, but Joff Ward and Joe Hughes set up a promising partnership. Ward made 56 and Deerman hit an aggressive 27 but Moody (4-33) claimed the final wicket and seal Barrowden’s win.