CRICKET: Victory keeps Barby top of the table

Undefeated fourth-wicket partnership of 171 as 1sts cruise to 20-point win

Warwickshire Cricket League Division 1

Celebrating the fall of a Fillongley wicket   PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER

Celebrating the fall of a Fillongley wicket PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER

Barby 1sts 189-3 (20 points)

Fillongley 1sts 185-9 (4 points)

Barby 1sts won by 7 Wickets

Barby captain Joel Gleghorn won the toss at the BCG and asked Fillongley to bat first on a dull but cool day. And it was the introduction of spin taking pace off the ball that halted the Fillongley innings having reached 40 with out loss after 10 overs. The next 10 overs produced only 11 runs for the loss of 5 wickets as Danny Scott and James Wynn Evans bowled with great control to reduce Fillongley to 51-5.

James Wynn Evans bowling for Barby 1sts on Saturday

James Wynn Evans bowling for Barby 1sts on Saturday

With wickets continuing to fall, the score reached 98-8 only for Brad Morgan 61 not out and Andy Moore 31 to rescue the innings with a 9th wicket partnership of 81, to take the score to 185-9 after 50 overs. Danny Scott (4-29) and James Wynn Evans (2-25) were the pick of the Barby bowlers.

In reply Barby were reduced to 18-3 by Stuart Gardner (3-33) only for Tom Gleghorn 96 not out (containing 9 fours and 4 sixes) and Rob Edom 70 not out, hitting 11 fours, to produce a brilliant undefeated fourth wicket partnership of 171 to cruise to a seven-wicket victory and a 20-point win.

Warwickshire Division 7

Barby 138-5 (20pts)

Craig Scott bowling against Fillongley

Craig Scott bowling against Fillongley

Ambleside 137-10 (5pts)

With grey skies beckoning, regular captain Rob Field unavailable and a 10-man team in tow Adam Shay lead his side to Ambleside with feelings of trepidation and blind confidence in equal measure.

The decision to hand the captaincy to Shay was immediately validated after winning the toss and immediately choosing to bowl on the wettest of wet tracks. Powering up the hill and into the wind Shay opened the bowling in typically miserly fashion (12-30-3).

With Seth Westley from the top end firing thunderbolts Ambleside were soon struggling to cope with the ‘all out’ attacking approach expected from an Australian led outfit. Other than Captain Neil Lenton’s quick fire 39 there was little resistance from the Nuneaton outfit and with a spell of devastating leg spin from Matthew Nobes (6-9-4) the tail was soon accounted for. The Barby innings was off to a strong start after Jack Bennett (63) and Dom Craven blunted the Nuneaton attack.

David Watson keeping wicket

David Watson keeping wicket

In plumping for the out-of-form Charlie Seager at 3, captain Shay was taking risk but a dressing room pep talk ensured Seager went out swinging with a dashing 24. With the innings in the balance after Chey Manzella fell for 0, Shay strode to the crease and struck an aggressively assured 23no to guide the Blue Caps home to a well deserved victory.

Northamptonshire Cricket League Division 13

Barby 3rds 100 all out

Irthlingborough 3rds 104-4

Irthlingborough 30pts beat Barby 4pts by 6 wickets.

Irthlingborough comfortably chased down Barby’s below-par total of exactly 100 to claim maximum points and run out easy winners at Redwell Leisure Centre. 

After being inserted, David Lamb and Richard Ansell added 26 for the first wicket, but once Lamb departed wickets fell at regular intervals with only James Aylett Hughes getting on top of the tight accurate bowling. James top scored with a well compiled 37, but having taken drinks at 74-3 the innings quickly subsided in the face of accurate bowling on a green wicket, particularly from Vince Thomas (9-3-11-1).

Barby needed early wickets, but after Sherwood reduced the hosts to 13-2, Thomas profited from an early life and went on to punish the visitors with a fluent 37, very severe on anything short. Rob Ansell claimed two wickets on his return to the 3rd XI and Parsons had to retire hurt after suffering a nasty blow to the head from a rising ball from Joe Hardbattle, but hosts captain Danny Stratford saw the hosts home with ease.