Barrowden save best for trip to Uppingham

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WAKERLEY and Barrowden have finally found form with two impressive displays last week, one of which was by far their biggest and best win of the season.

Sunday’s game was a real morale booster for Barrowden, who put in their best performance of the season by far after making the short trip to Uppingham, to play Town’s 3rd XI in Division 7 of the Rutland League.

Uppingham won the toss and put Barrowden in to bat and the White brothers racked up their second hundred partnership of the weekend, with both again making 50 before Chris was caught and bowled by Jack Godfrey for 55 with the score on 110.

Jonny followed soon after, also for 55, caught by Ed Scott on the boundary off the bowling of Charlie Richardson with the score on 121.

Dale Howkins and Sam Hodson then put on 79 for the third wicket before Howkins was caught on 46. Hodson played a controlled innings for 32, while Tom Wilkins and Matt Green gave their wickets for the cause as Barrowden closed on 217-6 off their 45 overs, with Bob White unbeaten on 4 and Fraser Wright 2.

Frank T-Smith was the pick of the Uppingham attack, picking up 3-50 with all three coming in the closing stages.

In reply, Josh Wedge, Alan Brown, Neil Wedge and Harry Butchart all fell to Chris White (4-34 from 12 overs), and Dale Howkins chipped in with a couple of wickets as the home side fell to 99-6.

However, Ed Scott’s fine knock of 59, and Charlie Richardson’s 24 got Uppingham back into the contest. But, when Scott chipped Jonny White to Glenn Moody at point, and Richardson was trapped LBW by Howkins, the game swung back in Barrowden’s favour.

Matt Green bowled T-Smith and then Tom Roberts picked out Shaun Cardell at long on, off the bowling of Howkins, to give Barrowden a 41-run victory, bowling Uppingham out for 176. Howkins finishing with figures of 4-50.

Barrowden skipper Chris White said: “This is by far our best performance as a club all season.

“We all did a job with the bat and then with the ball and in the field. We were up against a strong Uppingham side and not many people would have expected us to win but we really did show what we can do.

“Saturday was another good performance, it’s just a shame the rain came. Hopefully we can take this momentum into the second half of the season, it’s about time we started playing like we can, and maybe we can turn this season around now.”

Saturday’s match at home to Stoneygate was a friendly game with Barrowden batting first and opening with a new partnership of the White brothers - Jonny and Chris.

The Whites put on 128 for the first wicket, with both going past 50. Chris was the first to fall, caught on the mid wicket boundary for a season’s best 70, while Jonny went one better and reached his first hundred of the 2011 campaign, making 104 before adjudged LBW.

Barrowden closed their innings on 212-5, with Chris Gutteridge the pick of the Stoneygate bowlers, taking 2-17.

In reply the Stoneygate innings was blighted by rain and, despite several attempts to restart play, the match was abandoned with the score on 62-1, with Gutteridge 21 not out. Dale Howkins had taken the only wicket, caught at slip by Chris White after the ball rebounded off keeper Matt Green.

Sunday fixtures

THIS Sunday’s Rutland League fixtures include Bourne v Uppingham, S&L Corby v Marjet Overton, Wisbech v Oakham, Uppingham 2nds v Loddington, Long Sutton v Ketton, Oakham 2nd v Hampton, Benefield v Uppingham 3rd and Market Overton 2nd v S&L Corby 2nd. Barrowden have no league fixture this weekend.