Wakerley and Barrowden made it three straight victories in division six of the Rutland League with an 8-wicket win at Uppingham 2nds on Sunday.
Having won the toss and put the home side in to bat, Jonny White gave Barrowden the ideal start, bowling Harry Butchart for 4 in the first over.
Sam Hodson then picked up two in the same over, bowling Wharton (7) and Joe Bennett (0), but a partnership between George Scott and T-Smith threatened to dig Uppingham out of the hole created by the consistent bowling from Barrowden.
Scott found Bob White on the boundary looking to hit Dale Howkins over the top, and with rain threatening, Dale Howkins bowled B Wild while Gareth Packer bowled Toby Rees and T-Smith to leave Uppingham on 57-7 when rain forced the players off.
In the first over back, Howkins bowled Jamie Morton for 0. Sam Rees was introduced into the attack and immediately dismissed Rachel Richardson for 3, and a last wicket partnership between Kev Bennett and Jamie Wild was broken when Rees ripped one through Wild’s defences to clip the top of leg stump leaving Uppingham 80 all out.
Howkins was again the pick of the Barrowden bowlers ending with 3-19 from 12 overs. Packer and Rees both finished with 2-11, Hodson 2-15 and Jonny White finished with 1-22.
In reply, Hodson and White got Barrowden off to a strong start but Hodson was bowled by Wharton for 15 and White run out attempting a fourth having made 26 with the visitors in sight of victory. Howkins and Glenn Moody comfortably saw the visitors home in the 19th over to seal 19 points.
Barrowden have now picked up 58 from the last 60 available and sit fourth in the table, just six points behind Uppingham with two games in hand.
l Saturday’s friendly at home to Old Eastonians ended in a narrow defeat for Barrowden who were unable to chase down a target of 127.
The side from Rockingham were restricted by some fine bowling and fielding from Barrowden with only four batsmen making double figures and only Flecknor (27) and Lilley (21) the only players to make 20.
Steve Chivers took 4-14 for Barrowden and Dale Howkins claimed 3 for 43 while there were wickets for Jonny White (1 for 3) and Sam Rees (1 for 39). Sam Hodson bowled beautifully with the new ball alongside White, but he was unable to produce a wicket and finished with figures of 0 for 8 from 5.
Twelve-year-old Ronan Sillery made an impressive debut in adult cricket for Barrowden taking a catch in the field.
In an almost carbon-copy innings, just four Barrowden batsmen made double figures with two reaching 20 - Hodson 25 and Chivers 24. The home side were closing in on victory before Bob White and Fraser Wright were dismissed in successive balls leaving it to the last wicket pair of Packer and Sillery. Packer smashed three fours in successive balls and Sillery scored his first run in adult cricket against some fast bowling before the youngster edged Anglade behind with Barrowden just 14 runs shy of victory.
Barrowden captain Chris White said: “This was a really impressive weekend for us, especially with the ball and in the field.
“The lads really upped their game and it was great to see them get their rewards. It’s always great to get some momentum in the league and everyone was up for the game against Uppingham and it showed. We stuck at it in some difficult weather conditions and deserved the win.
“It was disappointing not to win on Saturday but there were plenty of positives. Ronan was outstanding in his first adult game, throwing himself around the field. He took a smart catch and wasn’t fazed by the fast bowling he faced by a team desperate to win.
“Dale was a positive yet again with six more wickets in the weekend and all of the other bowlers stood up when we needed them to. We’ve been somewhat depleted in terms of players for the last few weeks but we’re looking really good.”
This weekend Barrowden travel to Leicester Teachers and Mossdale for a friendly on Saturday and host Castor & Ailsworth in the league on Sunday, starting at 1.30pm at Wakerley Road.
Uppingham Town 2nd
H Butchart b J White 4
T Wharton b Hodson 7
G Scott ct B White b Howkins 24
J Bennett b Hodson 0
F T-Smith b Packer 18
T Rees b Packer 0
B Wild b Howkins 1
J Morton b Howkins 0
R Richardson b Rees 3
K Bennett not out 10
J Wild b Rees 7
Bowling: J White 7-1-21-1; S Hodson 7-1-15-2; D Howkins 12-4-19-3; G Packer 7-2-11-2; S Rees 4.1-0-11-2.
Wakerley & Barrowden
S Hodson b T Wharton 15
J White run out 26
D Howkins not out 14
G Moody not out 21
Total 82 for 2
Bowling: J Wild 4-0-14-0; T Wharton 7-0-29-1; H Butchart 4-0-13-0; J Morton 1-0-6-0; B Wild 1.1-0-12-0; T Rees 1-0-6-0.