THE final day of Frinton Cricket Week started with a morning T20 match between the Barflies and the Barbarians, formerly Frinton Rotary.

Barflies skipper Richard Deane won the toss and elected to bat in sunny but windy conditions and his team enjoyed a strong start, with opener Keith Waller excelling, ably supported by Adam Ellis and Max Cochrane.

The first ten overs saw 84 runs scored, but it was a very different story in the second half of the Barflies innings.

Veteran Barbarian bowlers Kevin Walker, Ian Smith, skipper Keith Hockridge and Jerry Wedge, together with young Ross McAuley, all bowled tightly and, with wickets falling at regular intervals, Barflies only managed 36 from their last ten overs, eventually finishing on 120 for eight.

Walker finished with four for 26 and Wedge three for 16.

In reply, Barbarians lost opener Mike Dooley first ball, but were then steadied by Rob Smith and Chris Harris.

However, they struggled against the seam of Dick Parry and Cochrane, both eventually losing their wicket.

At this stage, Barbarians had fallen behind the required run rate, but excellent knocks from Liam Wilson and Tig Tanner, both retired having scored their 25, and Jerry Wedge (19), brought their team back into contention.

The match provided an exciting finish, with the Barbarians requiring 24 runs from the last three overs.

Scotty Rodwell was in sparkling form and, ably supported by McAuley, saw the Barbarians home, smashing the winning runs with three balls to spare.

This was the first victory in four attempts by the Barbarians over the Barflies in Cricket Week.