Barry West End v Belstone
Record ninth wicket partnership secures win in Wales
Belstone ventured into South Wales for their end-of-season tour this year with a game on Barry Island near Cardiff. Apart from a swift 22 from Dan Fogerty Belstone’s top order struggled against the accurate bowling of Tommy Miller (5-0-21-2), Rhys Hatton (5-1-25-3) and Neil Holmes (5-0-25-2) such that they were reduced to 39 for five and then 84 for eight at the 20 over half way stage, with the innings threatening to be all over at any minute. However, normal opening bat Phil Woods and usual No3 Tom Pearce had other ideas as they began a ninth wicket partnership which eventually blossomed into a new Club record stand for the wicket of 92 runs, comfortably smashing the previous best of 52, set in 2006. Pearce was finally stumped just after reaching his fifty; the last wicket fell soon after leaving Woods stranded on 49 not out with the total of 179 all out being far better than had seemed likely an hour earlier.
Barry West End began their reply very cautiously at two an over with Rhys Howell taking 46 balls to score 14 and his fellow opener Mark Williams even slower with four runs from 33 balls. By the time they were both out with the score on 33 fifteen overs had gone. Chris Walpole then made his one contribution to the game by bowling Barry’s best batsman David Frost for a golden duck to leave them further adrift. Steven Oram (27) and Mark Ellis (31) batted well but they couldn’t score quickly enough to get the chase back on course. With Matt Dennis picking up two late wickets for just ten runs the innings petered out on 134 for seven to give the tourists a comfortable 45 run win.