Middleton hits excellent 73
Barby’s Second XI were at home in the last game of the season against Highway, on a damp pitch Barby lost the toss and were asked to bat first. Father and son opening partnership Phil and Matt Beagley both reached double figure attempting to blunt the opening Highway bowlers, Phil perished with the score on 27, Tom Middleton then entered the game with an excellent 73. Matt Beagley departed for 12 runs having seen of the opening bowlers and Andy Thorne joined Middleton, the pair prospered and put on more than 100 for the third wicket, Thorne finishing on 45. With the loss of his wicket Rob Field entered the game hitting 46 having to hold the innings together as wickets began to fall. Barby finally reaching 224-9 of their 50 overs. Josh Bains took 3-65.
In reply Highway started out of the block quickly with runs flowing, despite Phil Beagley’s taking an early wicket, Highway went on to complete an easy win thanks to 152 not out from Sam Lucas who clearly was the difference between the two teams and clearly to good for this standard of cricket. He was supported by Billy Dyal 56 not out as the visitors ran out winners by 9 wickets on 228-1.
This result saw the second XI finish second bottom in the reserves premier league in a season that has been dogged by regular changes to the team, with players retiring, being unavailable or playing in the first XI, in total the team used 57 players.
Pictures: Matthew Beagley in action against Highway
Tom Middleton hitting a four on his way to 73
The Sunday XI played the last senior game of the season at home to Crick in a 30 over a side game to try and avoid the expected bad weather, Barby batted first and Loz Mead led the way with 69, he was supported by Nigel Hancock 31 and Rob Stipanovic 62 not out, Barby reaching an excellent 209-3 off 30 overs, Goldney taking 1-29.
In reply Crick were never up with the run rate despite Grant hitting a 50 before retiring and Crick reached 132-6, David Lamb taking two wickets for 4 and Rob Stipanovic taking 2-10. This result saw the Sunday XI victorious in a season of ups and downs, that has seen the team play a ever increasing number of young players in what for some has been their first experience of senior cricket.