Club Cricket in the Leicestershire
& Rutland Cricket League
Penetrative spin bowling and forceful batting helped them to outplay championsKibworth on the way to a nine-wicket home victory in the Everards Premier Division.
That seemed an unlikely outcome when Kibworth's openers Sunny Patel (46) and Matt Craven (56) shared a stand of 108 in 22 overs after they were put in.
But then Barrow took charge. Their spinners claimed all 10 wickets as Kibworth subsided to 229 all out.
Rishi Patel took 4-32 and his fellow off-spinner Sandeep Salgotra, who is having an outstanding season, weighed in with 3-39.
Barrow opener Ramesh Kara played some typically lavish shots in his 36 before falling lbw to paceman Luke Evans with the score on 73.
Thereafter, Jack Nightingale (63 not out) and Rob Sayer (107 not out) rarely looked in trouble during a match-settling partnership of 160 in 25 overs.
They played a few big strokes but, with Kibworth having four or five fielders on the boundary much of the time, made the most of the plentiful opportunities to take singles.
Sayer finished the match in grand fashion with a straight drive for six as Barrow won with 10 overs to spare.
Their captain Tim Taylor said: "Spin controlled the game for us, and credit to Jack and Rob for the way they chased down the target."
Barrow are now fifth in the table, one place behind Kibworth, and Taylor said: "Normally we hit a sticky patch at some stage during the season, so our aim this year is to be consistent and competitive going into the second half. On paper, on our day we can beat any team in the League."
Last weekend’s Everards Leicestershire and Rutland Premier League fixtures included a stunning victory for Barrow Town as Rob Sayer hit 107* in a superb nine-wicket win over Kibworth.
Sayer was ably supported by Jack Nightingale, who has played for the club’s Second XI this season. Nightingale scored 63* in an unbroken stand worth 160.
Kibworth batted first and made 229 all out. Matt Craven top scored with 56, his third half-century in succession, and Barrow’s spinners, including Sayer, took all ten wickets to fall. Rishi Patel was the most successful bowler, finishing with figures of 4 wickets for just 32 runs.