Scotcher can’t save Barnack

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EVEN a century from Gary Scotcher couldn’t secure Barnack victory against Burghley Park on Saturday.

Scotcher hit 107 as Barnack posted 235 in a fraction under 45 overs but a half century from Oliver Lindley and solid batting throughout Park’s innings secured the visitors 20 points.

Park skipper Chris Meadows won the toss and put Barnack into bat, a decision which paid dividends when Mat Simpson took the wicket of Muhammad Yaseen in the second over.

But Barnack continued to bat well with Scotcher dominating the crease, regardless of great efforts from Michael Jones who bowled exceptionally well despite not taking a wicket. He finished with figures of 7-4-20-0.

Simpson claimed three victims as wickets fell steadily, courtesy of some good bowling from Abbas Qureshi, Ben Slack, Rob Emery and Oli Lindley.

Burghley then made a solid start to their innings with Emery quick to get off the mark. Lindley played a solid supporting role at the other end, hitting some delightful shots and runs continued to flow until Emery played the ball down on to his stumps on 38.

Gareth Hook was swift in his time at the crease but contributed 12 in the process. Bahle Mhlanga batted well for his 41, and he and Lindley saw off Barnack’s opening pair.

Barnack’s top scorer Scotcher then turned his hand to bowling, along with Danni Ashraf, but Burghley batsmen David Jackson (37*) and Stuart Biggs (31*) cleared the boundary on numerous occasions, with Jackson finishing the game in style with a well timed six.