Steady knock from ‘Eddie’

Eddie Barlow of Heanor Town Cricket Club
Eddie Barlow of Heanor Town Cricket Club

Heanor Town CC 2nds enjoyed their first game at the Town Ground on Saturday, in sunny conditions.

Visitors Ashover were asked to bat and an early wicket for Fletcher started the proceedings, with some tight bowling also by Liam Sloman at the other end.

Andy Mann was introduced with the score at 34-1 and picked up a wicket before drinks, with Paul Barlow taking a simple catch at 80-2.

After drinks, Liam Barlow bowled without much luck but did pick up the wicket of Beerbasi, again caught by Paul Barlow.

Steven Morley struck almost immediately, taking two wickets in two balls in his second over, leaving Ashover 114-7 in the 33rd over.

Andy Mann kept chipping away before the important wicket of Nutt (64) was gained with some impressive work in the outfield by Paul Barlow to run him out.

Morley picked up his third wicket (3-22 )with another catch by Paul Barlow, and Bradley Sharp finished off with his first wicket to make it 152 all out in the 42nd over.

The star was Paul ‘Eddie’ Barlow with four catches and the important run out, but he wasn’t finished there!

After tea, Mark Fletcher and Paul Barlow started briskly with only three an over required before Fletcher was bowled for 32.

Gary Hickinbotham was stumped for a quick 14 and Heanor’s middle order never settled with Paul Fletcher being bowled for one and Chris Moor caught for five, which slowly gave the impetus to Ashover with the score now at 97-4 after 29 overs.

Barlow kept plugging away with various partners before losing yet another with Andy Mann being bowled for 17. Morley and Bradley Sharp never really troubled the scorers but Paul Barlow did after reaching his 50 during this time.

In came Liam Barlow to make up the father and son partnership with Heanor still requiring 13 from nine overs but with wickets falling rapidly.

At this point, Liam took control and steadied ‘Eddie’ with a couple of superb cover drives to finish the game in the 45th over and 22 points in the bag.

Liam Barlow finished with nine not out and his dad carried his bat for a very solid 68 not out.