Howkins steals the show

Dale Howkins stole the show for Wakerley and Barrowden in their friendly with Ashby Carrington, scoring 102 with the bat and then taking 6-36 with the ball as Barrowden secured a 63-run victory.

Howkins came to the crease with Barrowden 5-1 at the end of the first over, with Jonny White bowled for 4 by Woods; and proceeded to find the boundary and keep the scoreboard ticking with ease.

Alongside Steve Chivers, Howkins’ innings ensured Barrowden reached 171 before they lost their second wicket, Chivers falling for 44.

In the final over of the innings, the 23-year old reached his maiden century before presenting a return catch to S Smith for 102 off 109 balls, with 11 fours and two sixes. Sam Hodson also fell in the final over of the innings as Barrowden closed on 191-4, with S Smith the pick of the visiting attack, finishing with 3-39.

In reply it was again all about Howkins. While the Ashby openers made a solid start, reaching 48 before Hodson bowled A Smith for 16, the middle order were prevented from scoring by Howkins’ leg spin.

Only Lewis (34) S Smith (29 not out) and Cuniffe (13) reached double figures and by the time Howkins had finished his spell of 8 overs, taking 3-36, the damage had been done. Steve Chivers and Bob White mopped up the tail as the visitors were dismissed for 128.

Barrowden captain Chris White said: “It’s really good to keep this start to the season going. We’ve only lost one of our first five games and the lads are really starting to click as a team.

“We’ve got a lot of youngsters in the side but they’re all maturing with bat and ball and Dale’s a fine example of this. He’s had games like this in his locker for a long time now and it’s great to see him finally produce it. His innings was one of the best we’ve seen at the club for a long time - he found the boundaries and the gaps in the field with ease and played a really mature innings. He’s improved his bowling over the last year or so too and he’s tying batsmen up in knots regularly, it’s just a good job he’s on our side!”

This weekend Barrowden host Harborough South in a friendly before a trip to Barnack 2nds in division six of the Rutland League on Sunday.