Hale Barns Third XI compete in the Cheshire County Cricket League East Division One for the fifth consecutive year in 2019.
Despite posting six scores of over 200 and coming within one win of fourth position, the team finished the season in ninth out of 10, mostly due to their inability to bowl teams out, which Barns only achieved three times.
Captain Farhan Rabbani has been a consistent performer at the top of the order for the past few seasons and was top run scorer again in 2018, scoring 523 runs at an average of 37.36, with four fifties and one century. However, 3rd XI Player of the Year went to new vice captain Ahmed Choudhry, who established himself as a key contributor with 436 runs at 43.60, with his highlight display coming with an unbeaten century at Bredbury St Marks. Meanwhile, Junaid Iqbal was also a centurion in 2018.
Jack Wylie was leading wicket-taker for the second successive year, although his tally of 15 was closely followed by Suhail Anjum, who claimed 14 dismissals in his debut season for the club. Elsewhere, Jake Romer reached double figures after producing sensational figures of 7-15 during a home win against Cheadle.
In all, the Thirds used 34 players across the season and yet again provided a platform for junior players to experience senior cricket, with 13 teenagers being involved, including four senior debutants – Tom Reed, Sam Jones, James Morris and Charles Mills. Another youngster, Charlie Romer, made a terrific impact at Brooklands when he registered a five-wicket haul.