The Durham Dynamos hopes of reaching the Friends Life t20 quarter finals hang in the balance after they slipped to a four wicket defeat against the Warwickshire Bears after a thrilling game at the new look Edgbaston.
With the tension mounting Chris Woakes (14) held his nerve to seal the Bears 4th victory of the tournament with a boundary from the final delivery of the game to deny the Dynamos a vital victory.
The visitors had their chance to snatch the two points away for the hosts though after Scott Borthwick (3-19) picked up two wickets in the final over to set up a tense finish.
Darren Maddy (40) and Neil Carter (38) laid the foundations for the win thanks to a second wicket stand of 73 after Dynamos skipper, Dale Benkenstein (50) had looked to put the visitors in charge with an unbeaten half century.
Benkenstein shared a vital 6th wicket stand of 65 with Gareth Breese (31) to help the Dynamos reached 145-5 after Barker (1-29) played a prominent role for the Bears early on as the hosts got of to the better start.
The 24 year old, took a simple catch off the bowling of Carter (1-16) to dismiss Gordon Muchall (1) before he ran out Phil Mustard (15) an over later thanks to a direct hit from out on the boundary.
Barker’s one man show was completed when he dismissed Paul Collingwood (24) to leave the Dynamos hopes of reaching the quarter finals in serious trouble with just one game left.
If the Lancashire Lightning win their two games in hand, Benkenstein’s side will go into their match against the Northants Steelbacks on Thursday night needing to win and then hope that the Worcestershire Royals lose in order to secure a quarter final place.