AN unbeaten 71 from Marc Eldred helped Wakerley and Barrowden cruise to a nine-wicket victory against Stewart & Lloyds 2nds in Division 7 of the Rutland League.
Barrowden were set 128 for victory and reached their total in just over 23 overs.
In a match reduced to 41 overs per side due to rain, S&L made a solid start with the bat, going past 50 before losing a wicket but the run out of Dunn for 20 started a collapse from the young side.
Chris White picked up 3 wickets (3-18) and Sam Hodson 2 (2-24) as the S&L innings stuttered its way to 127-9. Jonny White (1-18), Matt Sewell (1-18) and Bob White (1-11) all picked up wickets for the home side.
Jonny White was bowled by Webb for 8 but an unbeaten partnership of 110 from Eldred and Hodson (42 not out) saw Barrowden reach their target in just 23.1 overs, picking up maximum batting points. Eldred’s knock of 71 was a timely return to form for the opener having missed the majority of the season, while Hodson’s knock was another example of his improvement over the course of the season.
The victory followed a disappointing defeat against Old Eastonians on Saturday, where Barrowden slumped to just 73 all out with Sam Taylor the only batsman to make a score of note, making 27 not out. Although Barrowden’s bowling and fielding again impressed, picking up 6 wickets before the home side reached their target with Taylor picking up 3-14 and Jonny White 2-23 with the Rockingham-based team wobbling.
Barrowden skipper Chris White said “We bowled and fielded very well, like we have all season, but we just couldn’t get that final wicket. Marc and Sam batted well to get us to the target. I’m pleased for Marc because it’s not been an easy season while Sam is turning into a fine player in all areas.”