Thorpe Arnold’s barren spell continued as they succumbed to a nine-wicket defeat against title challengers Barrow Town on Saturday.
Thorpe won the toss and chose to bat first, and a solid start from Read and the returning Renwick got the hosts off to a steady start.
But once again they couldn’t capitalise. Renwick was the first out for 31 and Clark and Gillett soon followed after both failed to adapt to a slow pitch.
Read made 30 but was dismissed soon after, and only Starkey and Randall then really contributed with 20 and 28 respectively as Thorpe were bowled out for 166.
The lesson to be learned by Thorpe’s batsman is clear, be greedy when you get in and make a big score.
As for the bowlers the message was clear, bowl at the stumps as batting is much more difficult when you have to play at every ball.
Unfortunately it seemed the memo had got lost as it took the best part of 11 overs for the home attack to threaten the wickets.
And as soon as it happened a wicket fell as Christie removed Yuvraj Odedra for 36.
But that was to be Thorpe’s only success as Barrow cruised home thanks to Ramesh Kara who smashed the home bowlers all around the ground on his way to an unbeaten 99.
The game was over in the blink of an eye before drinks in the second innings.
Thorpe: A. Renwick 31, C. Read 30, A. Clark 0, J. Gillett 4, L. Clark 6, R. Randall 28, M. Starkey 23, A. Christie 4, M. Foldys 4, G. Exton 1*, Extras 30. Total: 166.
Bowling: A. Christie 7-0-43-1; M. Starkey 2-0-16-0; L. Clark 7-1-56-0; M. Foldys 4.5-0-46-0; G. Exton 2-0-7-0.