Parker pleased Barton are toughening up
BARTON'S draw against Alphington last time out proved they are on the road to recovery as a cricket team.
With Mike Gaymer stroking 73 not out, Alphington made a respectable 176 for eight against one of the better bowling attacks in the division.
Barton, relegated from the A Division at the end of last season, were hanging on at 138 for nine when their overs ran out.
"We did well to get something out of the game from a position where last year we would have rolled over and lost," said Barton skipper Adam Parker.
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"Our fielding was excellent and backed up a superb spell by Tom Porter and the two spinners Damon Calland and Stuart Bowker.
"Extras and bad shot selection were our downfall and it is something that we will put right this Saturday."
After Alphas lost Ben Morris for 37 to a fine piece of bowling by Tom Porter (5-23), they subsided to 80 for five with Damon Calland (3-28) also among the wickets.
Gaymer and Tom Weeks (20) added 63 for the sixth wicket to rescue the situation.
Barton got off to a flyer reaching 40 for none after six overs – Shaun Needham (40) getting on with it - then Alphington began to peg them back, taking regular wickets.
Tom Bath (2-24), Stuart Shaw and Lee Rowe (3-17) all chipped in with wickets, including two in two balls for Rowe, but last pair Stuart Bowker and Alex Hunt earned the draw.
Barton are at home to leaders Hatherleigh this Saturday.
CHUDLEIGH will need to buck their ideas up when they are bowling if they want a result at Axminster on Saturday.
That's the verdict of skipper Jon Martin after a disappointing two-wicket home defeat by Barnstaple & Pilton.
Lance Ames made 42 and Dan LeMarquand 37 as Chudleigh posted 181 for seven against B&P.
George McEndoo (3-26) and Jack Popham (2-34) bowled tidily for B&P.
Early wickets for Martin and Ben Holmes then had B&P reeling at 32 for four in reply. Fifty-one for five wasn't much of an improvement!
Skipper Steve Moore (45no) and Tom Popham (58) then put in 64 for the sixth wicket to get B&P back in the game.
Jack Thomas (21no) was there at the end after coming in at 130 for eight.
Said Martin: "We bowled our middle overs badly and ended up losing a game we should have won,"