BARTON were beaten on the chase at Lewdown, who bowled their way to a 72-run win.
Lewdown were always in the driving seat after racking up a hefty 294 for four – South African opener Johannes Wessells amassing 149.
Barton’s 222 all out – Shaun Needham 73- was respectable but not enough.
Wessells fired 24 four and two sixes – that’s 108 in boundaries – during a 117-ball stay in the middle.
He put on 105 for the second wicket with Leon Horn – he made 17 off 64 balls – and 88 with former captain Harry Geering.
Geering went on to make 61 not out and hoisted 58 in a hurry for the fourth wicket with successor Tallan Burns.
The seamers didn’t have great days for Barton – Tom Drake claimed two for 59 in eight overs – and of the spinners only Jamie Peters went for four an over or below.
Barton got the worst possible start when opener Will Grainger fell lbw to Wessells to the first ball of the innings.
Shaun Needham went four balls later and Barton were none for two.
Drake got stuck in and made a top score of 73 to hold the middle order together.
Barton’s best partnership was one of 56 between Drake and Mark Gilmour (41).
Although Barton were up with the asking rate, with Drake and Gilmour out of the way at 172 for six they were running out of wickets in hand to chase 293 to win.
Bits and pieces – including 16 from last man Stuart Bowker – got Barton to 222 and four batting bonus points.
The wickets were shared round with Wessells (2-27) just pipping Adam Creasy (2-29) in the standings.
It doesn’t get much easier for Barton this week as they welcome 100 per centers Bradninch to Cricketfield Road.