BARNEY BEAT A SPIRITED THETFORD IN THE CHALLENGE CUP FINAL
A fine all round performance from a talented Barney side saw them subdue a spirited and capable Thetford. Barney won by just 23 runs to win the Mid-Norfolk Sunday Cricket League’s Challenge Cup.
Barney won the toss and elected to bat, only to lose one of their star batsmen with the first ball of the match. This was followed by a sparkling stand of 78 between Phoenix Sherry 30 and Jasper Payne 40, which included three massive sixes. Aaron Howell chipped in with a very significant 29 towards the end of the innings.
The bowling for Thetford was a true team effort. Liam Conroy 3 for 23 was the outstanding performer but James Baulch 2 for 39, Craig Baulch 2 for 24 and Chris Cooper 2 for 30 together managed to restrict a formidable Barney to just 176 all out.
In reply, Thetford looked as though they would be able to overhaul Barney’s below par score. The top six batsmen all reached double figures with Alistair Newey who was smartly run out by Aaron Howell when he was on 31. Other notable contributions were made by Bashir (Bash) Jabbarkhail 30, from 29 balls, and Q Khan 20.
But then the bowling of Barney put a tight squeeze on the tail which meant that the last 5 wickets fell for just 16 runs. The outstanding performers were Aaron Riseborough 2 for 21, Tom King 2 for 23 and Liam Riseborough 2 for 25. Thetford were all out for 156.
There was an outstanding catch taken by Jasper Payne to dismiss the Thetford captain, James Baulch. Jasper, who throws himself in his cricket with true ‘gusto’, sustained a serious injury to his right hand and had to be taken to hospital.
After the Final, Mid-Norfolk Sunday Cricket League Chairman, Colin King, said, “Jasper’s injury put a bit of a dampener on what had been a riveting afternoon of outstanding cricket. The Sprowston pitch was true and provided something for everyone. If seeing sixes being hit is what you're after, then Barney served up six of the best. Thetford, not to be outdone, smote 4 sixes of their own. It was a fascinating duel between two well matched sides.”
King concluded, “Sprowston is a lovely intimate ground and they looked after us all, players and crowd, very well. My thanks go to Phil Dix and Chairman Sudy Trevedi."