THE final day of Frinton Cricket Week started with a thrilling T20 match between Barflies and Barbarians.

When Barbarians skipper Keith Hockridge won the toss, he elected to bat first.

The early loss of openers Rob Smith and Scott Rodwell saw his side reduced to four for two.

However, the innings was brought back on track thanks to good knocks from Jerry Wedge and Mark Grover, who both retired with 25 runs to their name.

Chris Harris was run out following a misunderstanding but Liam Wilson scored 22 and Tig Tanner 12 to bring the Barbarians' total to 117 for five from their 20 overs.

Brian Wilderspin-Webb was the most economical bowler with one for 13 and James Pitman the most successful, with two for 18.

Wilderspin-Webb and Richard Deane opened for Barflies and they quickly moved the score onto 27 before both being removed by Gary Mason and Ross McAuley respectively.

Skipper Pitman and Keith Waller batted well, until Pitman was run out by an excellent return from the deep by McAuley.

Max Cochrane came in next and played with his normal aggression, batting excellently to reach retirement on 25.

McAuley joined the attack for a superb spell, including the wicket of Waller, who was clean bowled for 13.

Barflies required 35 runs to win from the final six overs with Ellis scoring well. However, a combination of superb fielding by Scott Rodwell, who took two catches and achieved two run outs, and tremendous death bowling by McAuley and Grover saw Barflies needing a six from the last ball to secure a tie.

In the event, returning bat Cochrane failed to score, seeing Barbarians win a terrific match by five runs.

Barflies' man-of-the-match Cochrane and for Barbarians it was Grover.

This victory sees Barbarians move ahead by two wins to one in the series and the teams meet again next Friday at Ashlyns Road, with a 6pm start.