Bourton and Frankton v Barrow CC (Suffolk)
Barrow 215 for 6
Bourton and Frankton 207 for 3
Barrow won by 8 runs
Saturday saw Bourton and Frankton welcome touring side Barrow CC from Suffolk to The Field which saw the visitors claim a narrow victory by eight runs.
Batting first, the tourists made a respectable 215 for 6 off their 35 overs with two bats retiring on 50 not out. Keeping in the spirit of the fixture, Bourton saw nine bowlers turn their arm over with Stuar McQuillan and Graham Lord both taking two wickets each.
In reply, Dale Coles and George Smith matched the Barrow bats by retiring on 50 with Matthew McQuillan (27), Stuart McQuillan (30) and Mark Whitehead (20) all chipping in. However the home side could not get over the line and were denied at the close, falling short by a small margin in an entertaining afternoon’s cricket.
Oakfield and Rowland United v Bourton and Frankton
Bourton and Frankton 212 for 4
Oakfield and Rowland 187 for 9
Bourton and Frankton won by 25 runs
Sunday’s opposition was a little closer to home as Bourton and Frankton returned successful from their visit to Swinford after beating hosts Oakfield and Rowland United.
The visitors batted first and Dale Coles and George Smith continued the form from 24 hours before, Coles top scoring with 81 and Smith not far behind with 78. Danny McManus had added an early 19 and with Mark Whitehead unbeaten on 20, Bourton and Frankton closed on 212 for 4. Finn Miles taking 2 for 44 for Oakfield and Rowland.
In reply, Sam Miles led from the front and with support from Richard James gave the home side a platform to challenge whilst Bourton chipped away at the top to middle order. However when James departed for 48 and Miles shortly after for 72, Bourton took control and steered the contest in their favour. Whitehead finished with 4 for 29 and Stuart McQuillan 2 for 36 as Oakfield and Rowland closed on 187 for 9, 25 runs adrift of the target.