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Barney have made tremendous strides in recent years. Within the space of four seasons between 2014 and 2017 they won all four of the NYSD League’s senior trophies, the Kerridge Cup (twice), the Premier 15s, the Macmillan Cup and most prized of all the league title.
This playing success, shared by second, third and junior teams, has been accompanied by vast improvements off the field. Changing rooms, a bar and a function room have all been added since 2007. The ground too, featuring permanent seating built into the perimeter banking, is unrecognisable from what it was.
In some ways it is a return to old glories. Formed in 1832, Barney regularly competed against the leading North-East Clubs (often for money) in the early days and became founder members of the Durham Challenge Cup in 1888 and the Durham County League in 1891. But while keeping an attractive fixture list they dropped out of league cricket for more than half a century.
In 1962 they joined the NYSD B Division which they won at the first time of asking. They were champions three more times by the mid-seventies, usually in the top five but regularly denied a place in the top division. In 2010 they were Division One champions and won automatic promotion.
Three of their former players, Newton Wood, Bernard Lee and John Asworth have been inducted into the NYSD Hall of Fame. The captain who led them to recent triumphs, James Finch, has now left the club, albeit reluctantly, and been replaced by James Quinn, a product of the club’s coaching system, which has paid huge dividends.
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