Corinthian Cup win crowns 'most successful season' in Barton's history
BARTON chairman Jim Parker might have to authorise buying a new trophy cabinet to display all the silverware won by the club this season.
Parker senior won numerous cup and league titles in the 80s and early 90s as 1stXI captain – including the league and cup double in 1987.
Jim’s son Adam captains the 1stXI now and the season just ended has eclipsed anything that has gone before in the club’s 83-year history.
First in the bag was the Aaron Printers T20 Cup, followed by the Dick Lear Cup then the Tolchards Devon League B Division championship.
The Sunday XI carried off the South Devon League Division One title in the competition’s 40thanniversary season.
The summer ended last Saturday with victory over Seaton then Cullompton at North Devon CC at the Corinthian Cup finals day.
That’s quite a haul by anyone’s standards and one Parker says the club can feel justly proud of.
“Two good wins on Saturday to secure the club’s first Corinthian Cup finished what I think has been Barton’s most successful season in history,” said Parker.
“Our success is testament to everyone involved at the club playing and behind the scenes.
"Each week we have been lucky enough that different people have stepped up the plate to contribute and we have pulled off some proper team wins, rather then relying on a select couple of players.
“We will be looking for this hugely successful season to be a catalyst for the club, both on and off he field.
“We are now back in the A Division which is a step in the right direction to getting the club back where it should be.
“Behind the scenes the committee are working tireless to secure a new lease and some exiting partnerships, which will see us set a strong foundation to push on from.
“The boys are raring to go already and keen for a good winter in preparation for what will be a tough year next year."
Cullompton, conquerors of 10-man Ottery in the morning semi, made 121 for nine in the final.
Alex Clist (29) and James Shere (29) rescued Cully from 73 for seven after the early batting was trashed by Parker (3-26) and Stuart Bowker (3-14).
Tom Porter (20) and Shaun Needham (14) made early inroads, leaving Andy Hele (60) and Parker (26no) to effectively win the game by putting on 86.
Seaton always had a job on their hands against Barton in the semi-final after being held to 133 for three.
Opener Ollie Aplin (28) helped Seaton reach 54 for two, Matt Hewer added 28 then Ben Morgan (38no) and Ollie Pinnock (24) clattered 57 unbroken in the last seven overs. Stand-out bowler for Barton as Matt Lipton (4-1-14-1).
There was little doubt over the outcome once Porter (37) and Needham (40) put on 70 for the first wicket. Parker (30no) saw Barton most of the rest of the way there.