WAKERLEY and Barrowden produced their two best performances of the season with victories over Narborough and Littlethorpe and Market Overton 2nd XI.
Barrowden bowled a youthful Narborough side out for just 65, in Saturday’s friendly, with Chris White taking 4-7, Dale Howkins 2-20, and Jonny White, Steve Chivers and Bob White also in the wickets.
In reply, Barrowden experimented with their own young players at the top of the order after losing both Jonny White and Chivers early on, but 23 from Sam Hodson, ably supported by Sam Rees who looked comfortable before falling to Hill (2-16), Dale Howkins (11 not out) and Bob White (13 not out) saw the home side to victory.
Barrowden performed even better on Sunday, producing their best performance of the season to claim their biggest league victory of the season, away at Market Overton.
Fielding first, Barrowden got an early breakthrough when Matt Sewell bowled Nicholls for 1, quickly followed by Fortnam being given out lbw to Chris White (2-25) for 2. Owen made an attacking 31 before he was bowled by Jonny White, while Thomas chipped Dale Howkins (3-56), to the grateful hands of Andy Sherriff for 9, slipping to 60-4.
Marko got back into the game with a 49-run partnership between Perry and Goodliffe until the former was caught by Sherriff off Jonny White (3-33), for 24. Three more wickets fell quickly, including top-scorer Goodliffe for 36, caught by Tim Coogan in the deep, and Martin Thwaites (31) saw the home side up to 170 before being the last man out, bowled by Matt Sewell (2-46).
Barrowden again lost early wickets, falling to 76-4, but were kept in the run chase by Andy Sherriff’s 53, which included 5 fours and 5 sixes. When he fell with the score on 90-5, and Bob White soon after (96-6), Barrowden were in big trouble.
But an unbeaten partnership of 75 between Tom Wilkins and Fraser Wright got the visitors to their target of 171 with 9 overs to spare. Wilkins making a fine 42, which included some classic cover drives and a huge six to win the game, while Wright played the stabilising supporting role, making 13.
Palmer was the pick of the Marko attack, taking 2-34, while Welbourne (1-38), Goodliffe (1-48), Thwaites (1-26) and Fortnam (1-5) all picked up wickets.
Barrowden skipper Chris White said: “Sunday’s win was fantastic for us as a club. We gave it everything in the field and looked almost out of it with the bat at one stage.
“Andy’s innings was superb, it gave us something to build on and put them under some real pressure. Tom and Fraser at the end were great. They looked in control from ball one and saw us home from a situation where we would have crumbled earlier in the season.
“Hopefully now people will have a look at us and think we could actually cause them some problems. It was a great game of cricket with good batting, good bowling and some drinks after; how cricket should be.”