CRICKET: Barrowby just lose out in valiant effort against Bingham

Veteran Steve Harper starred behind the wicket and with the bat for Barrowby on Sunday.
Veteran Steve Harper starred behind the wicket and with the bat for Barrowby on Sunday.
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Grantham & Melton Association

Division Two

Bingham 160

Barrowby 137

Barrowby lost out narrowly to Bingham on Sunday.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat and made a steady start on the Barrowby track, despite an early wicket loss thanks to a great reflex slip catch by Matt Veasey off the bowling of Jason Martin. The Bingham innings then kicked on thanks to opener Tim Snapes making a fine 67 before Barrowby fought back.

Again, Veasey was amongst the action, producing a fine spell of bowling to remove the next three Bingham batsmen to return figures of 3-34.

With the top order gone, Barrowby then started to take wickets at regular intervals, including a purple patch of wicket keeping from veteran Steve Harper who took three catches and two eagle-eyed stumpings.

Lee Turner’s left arm produced the breaks for Barrowby as he bagged himself three wickets for just nine runs off five. The innings was around off by youngsters Jack Knight and Sammy Hardy taking a wicket apiece.

Barrowby set off after their target with opener Mark Knight and Harper punishing anything wayward. Knight departed for 17 but Harper continued the mini-onslaught, hitting eight boundaries, with Barrowby appearing to be cruising.

However, Harper mistimed one effort which saaw him dismissed for 44. A couple of quick wickets brought Bingham back into the game.

Ian De’ath dug in, however, to steady the innings, with good support from Lee Turner (11) and Jason Martin (19), both of whom got themselves out in unfortunate circumstances.

Bingham seized their opportunity to work through the Barrowby tail of brave youngsters, leaving De’ath stranded on 25 not out with the finishing line just out of sight.