Tough start for Barrowden

WAKERLEY and Barrowden suffered their third Rutland League Division Seven defeat of the season, in a nail-biting finish at home to Nassington 2nds.

With Barrowden missing several key players, the remainder of the squad were needed to stand up and be counted, and they certainly did that against a strong Nassington side.

Batting first, Barrowden lost wickets early, slipping to 48-5, with Norman taking three wickets, and S Aziz taking two. A 46-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Fraser Wright (7) and Matt Green got the home side back into the game, however, with Green exhibiting some clean hitting on his way to a first half-century for the club.

More quick wickets fell at the end of the innings though, and Green was left stranded on 58 not out after putting on 15 for the final wicket with young debutant Sam Rees. Barrowden were all out for 130, with Russell (3-25), Norman (3-27), Aziz (2-17) and Mortlock (1-34) picking up the wickets.

In reply, Nassington got off to an equally poor start, falling to 18-3 with Jonny White and Matt Sewell among the wickets.

Goodson played well for his 24 before being bowled by Dale Howkins, who also picked up the wicket of Hussain, LBW for 15. More wickets quickly followed for Barrowden, with stand-in skipper Steve Chivers taking 2-28 from 11 overs as Barrowden really built up the pressure. Nassington were reduced to 123-9 in the 44th over, but survived a very good run out appeal to make it over the line with just one wicket in hand.

Barrowden host Narborough & Littlethorpe in a friendly at The Rec on Saturday, starting at 1.30pm, and travel to Market Overton 2nds on Sunday in the Rutland League.