WAKERLEY and Barrowden produced one of their best performances of the season when they beat Ashby Carington on Saturday.
The friendly against opposition from the Rutland club’s former league, the Grantham League, was seen as a test of progression and it was clear how far Barrowden have come in the two years since making the move to the Rutland League.
Barrowden chose to bat first but then suffered an early setback when Marc Eldred edged behind in the first over for a duck. But a 93-run partnership between Steve Chivers and Sam Hodson put Barrowden back on track.
Hodson played some sublime shots and struck eight boundaries in his 73, while Chivers proved to be the anchor of the innings, making 40 before he was bowled. Jonny White contributed 22 with a high quality drive down the ground the highlight, and Matt Green provided the late charge, blasting 33 to get Barrowden to 224-7 at the end of their 40 overs.
A diving catch at backward point from Chris White off the bowling of brother Jonny was the breakthrough the Rutland side needed early on, and wickets then followed at regular intervals.
Gareth Packer took 3-17 from eight overs, Sam Rees 2-38 off eight, and there were also wickets for Steve Chivers and Bob White - who had top scorer Henderson, the only man to score more than 15 for Ashby - stumped by Tom Wilkins for 56 as the visitors were bowled out for just 110.