ST GEORGE’S 224-8 (20pts) beat WINTON 153 (7pts) by 71 runs

ST GEORGE’S extended their Dorset Sunday League Division One winning run to four matches with a 71-run win over a depleted Winton side at Ferndown.

Three late withdrawals meant that the home side took to the field with only eight men but the opening bowlers made up for the lack of fielders with accurate bowling on a dry, cracked wicket that resembled crazy paving.

It took a fourth-wicket stand between Jamie Barrett and Tim Goodhew to get the scoreboard moving and when the latter was dismissed for 25, Adam Barrett joined his older brother at the crease to carry on the good work.

Jamie Barrett continued his good form and did the bulk of the scoring in a partnership of 53.

After the loss of his brother, Adam Barrett increased the tempo and together with Matt King the scoring rate rattled along as they added 80 runs in only nine overs.

Scoring prolifically square of the wicket on the leg side Barrett went on to record his first half-century for the club and the innings closed soon after on 224-8.

In reply, Winton made a good fist of getting the runs with Badrul Alam showing his quality in compiling a well-made 50 of his own.

But when he was bowled by Julian Davies from the first ball after the drinks break, it was only a matter of time before the visitors went through the shortened batting line-up.

Some lusty blows from the latter batsmen gave the scorecard a degree of respectability before the seventh and last man was dismissed as George’s went five points clear at the top of the table