WAKERLY and Barrowden got back to winning ways in the Rutland League with a convincing victory away at Whittlesey 2nds.
Fielding first, Barrowden put down a couple of early chances before Chris White took a diving catch at cover to remove Denton for 11 off the bowling of Matt Sewell. The same bowler then took the wicket of Brand, caught at slip by Matt Green for 5 as Barrowden took control of the game.
Chris White (1-8) picked up a wicket and then caught the dangerous Murchie for 35 off the bowling of Glenn Moody (3-27). Dale Howkins was brought into the attack and picked up 2-2, and Jonny White (2-26) cleaned up the tail as Whittlesey were bowled out for just 91.
In reply, Barrowden made a solid start before losing Jonny White for 10. Dale Howkins continued his good start to the season with bat and ball, and made 19 before he was bowled by Murchie.
Glenn Moody was sent in to boost the run rate - which decides how many batting points you can accumulate in a run chase - but was bowled for 0.
Steve Chivers (14) and Chris White (10) both fell, again to Murchie (4-14), but Tom Wilkins made 10 not out, including the winning runs, alongside Bob White (2 not out) as Barrowden wrapped up the win with 5 wickets in hand to pick up 19 points.
Wakerly captain Chris White said: “It was very nice to get back to winning ways.
“We’ve struggled in recent weeks and come up against some good sides but I think we showed what we could do against Whittlesey and this should give us some confidence.
“We bowled well as a unit and fielded well in some tricky conditions and on a poor outfield, and we finished the job off with the bat.”
Barrowden host Nassington 2nd XI in the Rutland League Division 7 at Wakerley Road on Sunday, starting at 1.30am.
WHISSENDINE registered a comfortable 61-run win at Harlaxton in division two thanks to a century opening stand between Gordon Mackie (69) and Matthew Winn (48).
Chris Bates added 34 in the middle order but the innings fell away and they were all out within the 40 overs for 186.
It was more than enough, and an early finish looked likely as the home slumped to 46-8 against the accurate bowling of Bates (1-20 off 10) and his father Brian (4-25 off 10).
Harlaxton, though, did well to rally to 125-9.