Having regained their place in the premier league, the 1st team started the first half of the 2013 season in great shape forming a strong platform to push on from. Alas, at the half way mark B&B had amassed 5 wins 4 losses and 2 draws leaving us comfortably in the top half of the table. The high points include a winning draw at Market Harborough (S Galloway 57* T Moores 54 B Modah 51) and three great wins against Sielby (R Avtar 52), Syston (R Patel 133*) and a thriller at Loughborough(P Chandritha 41*(33)).
The second half of the season produced 2 wins 6 losses and 3 draws, finishing their comeback season midtable in joint 6th place with Loughborough Town (who we beat twice!). The main features formed by T Moores coming close to his maiden premier century collating 97 with M Bobat 76 in an attempted chase of the mammoth 330 posted by Broomleys. A Love?s 79 against Sielby helping B&B to a winning draw away from home. Also, V Lodhia hitting 80* against Stoughton and Thurnby again nudging Barrow and Burton to a winning draw.
All in all a good season for the first XI, with many new young faces making their debut having come through the ranks as juniors.
Bowler of the year: Stansha Galloway
Batsman of the year: Rishi Patel
After just surviving relegation just less than 12 months ago, B&B 3rd XI had a big task on their hands to finish in the top 5 of division 1 to end up in a higher division in the new pyramid league structure for the start of the 2014 season. Things didn't get off to a great start with a loss against the newly promoted Birstall 2nd XI. After this poor start, a repeat of last year flashed before everyone's eyes.
Fortunately, from this point onwards, B&B 3rd XI hardly looked back as they went on to gain maximum points from 12 of their 22 games, 3rd best in the league and drew only 3 games, showing that if the team played to potential every game (and the 2nd XI didn't take players at short notice.... But we'll say no more on that), we would have easily taken the title instead of finishing in the highly respectable 3rd place we did eventually finish.
Highlights from the season in the batting department include 10 knocks of 50+ with the standouts being a superb 99* from Mark Russell and a dominant 10-wicket win away from home against Whetstone. Chasing 174, Dave Seymour 86* and Mike Simmons 66* made light work of the Whetstone bowling. Again against Whetstone, another 174 run partnership, this time between Mike Simmons 66* and Mark Russell 99* another highlight of the dominance in the batting department.
Bowling highlights from the season include 5, 5-wicket hauls, 7-13 off 10 overs being the standout from Sam Shipman.
Fielding standouts were stand-in keeper Nigel Blagg taking 15 catches and 3 stumpings in his 13 games behind the pegs. In the field, top wicket taker was Sam Shipman with 11 catches and 1 run out.
Highlights from the league presentation include 2 batsman in the top 25 run scorers (Pete Roberts - 426, Mike Simmons - 378) with the former collecting the batting trophy for division 1 with an average of 60.86. 3 bowlers made the top 25 wicket takers (Sam Shipman - 34, Lee Smith- 31, Rich Langham 29). Nigel Blagg collected the wicket-keeping trophy for his 18 wickets behind the stumps.
3rd XI award winners for the season:
Batting - Pete Roberts
Bowling - Sam Shipman
Next season promises to be a very successful one for not just the 3rd XI, but all 4 senior teams with the influx of junior players breaking through into the senior sides and proving why they should be playing week in week out. Onwards and upwards with the new structure next season, enjoy your time off from cricket and see you all in the new year, fresh and raring to go for some pre season training!
Well that's another season done, never mind the result, ( we lost not by much but we lost), the positives we should take are many. After having to start the season with a new bunch of players after the four best players from last year either moved up a team or went to uni, we had a slow start winning one of the first four games.
But from around the halfway point of the season when we started to get a more settled team and I started to learn who could do what and when, we had a good run of wins. We were never in the top two all season, but we kept on hanging in there, defeats at the lovely Sharnford and Woodhouse were what cost us promotion, but an overall finish of third is a good season.
What we need to learn as a team that others do better is to hang on for a draw rather than giving our last wickets away, other than that we have more bowlers that any other team, ( nine some weeks) and we field better than most. With only one player earmarked to move up next year, I'm looking forward to seeing all the team back again next April fitter and stronger. See most of you at winter nets, if you want to get picked for the first game.
Batting - Steve Neal
Bowling - Dean Neal
Bring on 2014 and more success for Barrow Town CC.
Barrow & Burton Cricket Club is an ECB Focus club because of the work it does developing young cricketers.
All teams performed well in their respective leagues, U11?s finished 3rd, U13?s top, U15 A?s and B?s both 3rd and U17?s 2nd. There were also good cup runs (but no Silverware) for U13?s and U17?s.
The clubs had 10 players playing representative cricket at county level in 2013 and a further 5 have recently been nominated for consideration in 2014.
A total of 21 juniors played in senior teams for the club this year, with notable performances from Kunal Lodhia (136 not out) and Sam Nightingale (7 wkt haul), both whilst representing the 2nd XI.