Cricket: Barrowden enjoy winning weekend

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An unbeaten 127 not out from Sam Hodson and 84 from Jonny White ensured it was a winning weekend for Wakerley and Barrowden in Rutland League Division Six.

Hodson’s second century of the season helped Barrowden to a 202-run friendly victory away at Pytchley, while White guided the Rutland side to a four-wicket win against Orton Park in the league.

Jonny White was the star of the show at Orton Park in the league match.

Barrowden won the toss and inserted the home side with Chris White taking advantage of the swinging new ball, bowling Sainsbury for 0.

Jonny then made his first impact on the game in the fifth over, removing Hamish Meichan caught behind off a beauty of a delivery for just four.

Gavin Meichan and Mahmood then went about solidifying the innings for the home side against some quality bowling from the White brothers early on, backed up by Hodson.

Chris, into his eleventh over on the bounce, bowled Mahmood for 17 with the score on 44-2 in the 22nd over, the Barrowden captain finishing with figures of 2-33 from his twelve overs.

Dale Howkins picked up the big wicket of Meichan for 32 as Barrowden began to increase the pressure.

Two more wickets for the leg spinner followed soon after, as did a run out from Tom Wilkins and three late wickets for Sam Hodson as Orton were bowled out for just 127.

Jonny White finished with 1-20 from ten overs, Hodson 3-29 from 10.4 and Howkins 3-33 from nine.

Barrowden’s reply didn’t get off to the best start with Chivers trapped in front for one, but a partnership of 51 between Jonny White and Howkins put Barrowden in charge.

White took the attack to the Orton bowlers, hitting Debell for 12 in one over - including a huge six over mid-on, immediately followed by a cover drive for four all along the ground - and Howkins looked in good touch too, keeping the scoreboard ticking towards the victory target.

Howkins was bowled off an inside edge by Plant for 12, and Hodson was unfortunate to be run out in a mix-up with White.

Barrowden’s innings began to stutter at this point, with Chris White and Matt Green going cheaply, but Jonny White’s presence at the crease helped to calm the nerves on the boundary with 12 fours and two sixes contributed to an innings of 84.

However, with just one run needed for victory the Barrowden opener was trapped in front by Asif.

Tom Wilkins took strike for the next over and clipped Meichan through mid-wicket for four to seal another maximum-point victory for Barrowden, solidifying their position in second place.

In Saturday’s friendly at Pytchley, Barrowden batted and after losing Jonny White early on and Steve Chivers for 22, really kicked on through Dale Howkins and Hodson.

The pair put on 48 for the third wicket before Howkins was trapped in front by Patel for 40.

Chris White (15) and Matt Green (7) both made starts as Hodson continued to find the gaps in the field.

Joined at the crease by Tom Wilkins, Hodson raced through the 90s and reached his hundred with a three to wide long-on.

Wilkins finished unbeaten on 30 while Hodson was 127no with 22 fours and one six. Barrowden finished on 266-5 from their 40 overs.

The home side got off to the worst possible start in their reply with Chris White taking a catch at slip off the bowling of Sam Rees with Patel edging the off-spinner behind and the ball ballooned up kindly off keeper Green.

White himself, (3-26) then bowled Holdsworth (19) and Lindley (2), and then had Chambers - the only other Pytchley batsman to make double figures - caught behind for 17, leaving the home side on 60-4.

From here two more wickets from Rees, and 3-0 from seven balls from Gareth Packer cleared up the remainder of the Pytchley batsmen, leaving them 64 all out and Barrowden with an impressive 202-run victory.

Barrowden captain Chris White was full of praise for his side, particular the two young talents.

He said: “Sam and Jonny have threatened time and time again to produce knocks like those and when they fire they look like nobody can bowl to them.

“Sam’s innings on Saturday was outstanding, he made it look so easy. The way Jonny batted at Orton showed his class too, taking the attack to their bowlers just when they started to build the pressure and he played some brilliant shots.

“With the likes of those two and Dale (Howkins) in our top order we know we can set big targets and chase them down too, it gives the rest of us a lot of confidence.

“Sunday was a great all-round performance.

“We asked for commitment and effort against a competitive side with some good players and everyone upped their game. We gave them nothing in the field and bowled well as a unit, and although not many got going with the bat they played the supporting roles just when we needed them to make it easier for Jonny.”

This weekend Barrowden host the touring side Sportsman CC from Edgbaston, and travel to Old Eastonians on Sunday.