ENGLAND’s quest to rebuild its fast bowling stocks for future Ashes Test campaigns has unearthed a fine prospect in the NSW Premier Cricket first grade ranks.
Twenty two year old Sussex left arm quick Adam Barton has proven he could develop into a first-class paceman of the highest calibre, with impressive performances in County cricket and since arriving to play with the North Sydney club in the Sydney grade competition.
Last Saturday at North Sydney Oval the English recruit produced a match-winning wicket haul to orchestrate a dramatic nine-run first innings victory over fifth-placed Sydney.
Barton bagged the superb figures of 7-71 off 20 overs to sink the Tigers, who were cruising at 3-236 at one stage in pursuit of the home side’s tally of 332.
Sydney trio Justin Mosca (83 runs off 163 balls), skipper Harry Dalton (66 off 119 balls) and Matthew Rodgers (56 off 98 balls) chalked up half centuries but all to no avail as the Sussex speedster ripped the heart of the Tigers’ batting line-up with a devastating afternoon bowling spell.
Mosca and Rodgers gave the Tigers a rollicking start with an opening stand of 108 and when both departed along with number three Tristen McDonald (19) the visitors were still well placed at 3-197.
Last match centurion Anthony Mosca was Barton’s first scalp when caught behind by keeper James Newton for 20 runs.
Barton then turned the match with his left arm seamers to remove key Sydney batsmen Beau McClintock and Ben Manenti for ducks and all rounder Nathan Sowter for 1 with 244 runs on the board.
When Dalton was caught by Anjan Oberai off Barton for a well compiled 66 the Tigers had slumped to 8-266 and were staring at defeat.
Sydney rallied with Nic Bills (23 not out) and Ryan Felsch (19) carrying the score to 306 before Felsch was dismissed by the Englishman after cracking two boundaries and a six in a cameo knock.
A revved-up Burton sealed victory in a thrilling finale when he bowled tailender Tom Ortiz for a gutsy 14 to claim his seventh scalp.
SECONDS: Sydney 5 dec 358 (Delray Rawlins 152, Suffan Hassan 115no, Liam Gibson 39, Will Graham 2-66, Patrick Lindsay 2-75) d North Sydney 139 (P Lindsay 35, Rafa Shirazi 32, David Guthrie 18, Declan Hoare 14, Ash Squire 3-19, Nick Govers 2-29, Harry Manenti 2-29, Ryan Corns 1-13, Alex Bloomfield 1-19, D Rawlins 1-20) & 4-99 (Tim Reynolds 70, Bennett Walsh 13no, A Squire 2-21, A Bloomfield 1-6, Alex Glendenning 1-9).
THIRDS: Sydney 6 dec 374 (Liam Scott 201no, Nick Taylor 69, Mayank Sharma 53, Ali Shaikh 3-51, Ammar Shirazi 3-60) d North Sydney 143 (Luke Smith 45, A Shirazi 25, Jack Thomas 13, Craig Di Blasio 5-24, Hugh Sherriff 2-20, Steve King 1-7, Mark Frei 1-18, Justin Rodgie 1-37) & 2-56 (Joshua Joseph 39no, H Sherriff 1-10, L Scott 1-10).
FOURTHS: Sydney 6-181 (Ahmed Hassan 73no, Dominic Tonkin 50, Nathan Breen 22, Justin Felsch 14, Joshua Bass 12, Gurnoor Singh 2-40, Mahadevan Thomas 1-17, Muneeb Shirazi 1-27, Shantanu Havele 1-31, Tom Strangwood 1-44) d North Sydney 178 (S Havele 59, Lachlan Stewart 43, Darryl Hands 26, Tyler Meyer 3-39, Jackson Edwards 2-34, Alex Rashleigh 2-44).
FIFTHS: North Sydney 9-157 (Rajith Premachandra 30, Charlie Rose 24, Patrick Gall 21, James Leary 19, Tom Hawkins 14, Mitchell Blow 5-50, Damian Rapisarda 1-10, Jack O’Brien 1-31) d Sydney 156 (Zak Knight 37, Liam Robson 27, Izaak Merlehan 5-37, T Hawkins 2-15)