Wakerley and Barrowden Cricket Club beat touring Welsh side Craig-y-Nos

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Barrowden produced a fine performance against Welsh touring side Craig-y-Nos to record a convincing 86-run victory.

The side from Swansea were playing their first game against the Rutland side and it turned out to be a great day of cricket.

Barrowden batted first and put on a 163-run partnership, between Jonny White and Steve Chivers. White continued his recent run of form with the bat, and was attacking from the off.

The 50 came up in just the sixth over and White reached his own 50 soon after, his second of the season so far, and went on to make 84, including 10 fours and four sixes before being stumped by James off the bowling of Packer.

Barrowden lost wickets in a cluster soon after, with White falling in the 30th over so players were sent in to try and set the tourists a decent total.

Chivers batted right through the innings and made his first half-century for the club, to follow his impressive form with the ball the week before this match with the bat, finishing unbeaten on 55 as Barrowden closed on 213-6 from their 40 overs.

Fraser Wright, the Barrowden player making a guest appearance for the injury-stricken opposition, was actually the pick of the bowlers, with 3-14, while Packer picked up 2-48 and Luprini 1-26.

In reply, Matt Sewell and Glenn Moody were in fine form with the ball early on, with Sewell particularly unlucky not to pick up several wickets.

Moody did make the breakthrough in the 10th over, when James edged through to Chris White, and White also caught Packer off a fine edge from the bowling of Matt Green. Chivers bowled John for eight soon after as the wickets began to fall regularly, but Humber blasted his way to 48 as the visitors fought back.

Bob White was introduced into the attack and picked up three quick wickets - two catches for Glenn Moody, including the dangerous Humber, and one more for Chris White - before Sam Rees bowled Fraser Wright to the delight of the home side, (Wright leaving a straight ball only to hear the rattle of ball on stumps).

Sam Hodson picked up the final wicket as Craig-y-Nos were bowled out for 127. Bob White finished with 3-32, with Moody, Green, Chivers, Rees and Hodson in the wickets.

Barrowden skipper Chris White said: “It was a great day. We all really enjoyed the game and the opposition want to come back next year, and even invited us over there, which is great.

“Everybody got either a bat or a bowl on both sides and it was one of those games that was competitive but where you could also have a laugh at the same time. Jonny was outstanding with the bat, and Steve played well holding the innings together.

“I was impressed with our bowling too, Matt Sewell and Glenn Moody are coming on leaps and bounds this year, and Sam Res looks promising with bat and ball too, and he was a bit chuffed to get Fraser out! As we all were. It was a great game of cricket.”

This weekend Barrowden host Old Wyvernians on Saturday in a 40-over friendly, before travelling to Easton-on-the-Hill in the league.