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Last over defeat in National Village Knockout

The Sunday XI entertained Colwell from Herefordshire in the first regional round of the national Village Knock-out Cup and lost in the last over with a ball to go.

Batting first Barby started steadily with openers Rob Field 19 and Loz Mead 35 setting a platform for the innings, both were out caught driving at mid off and a quick 19 from Tom Gleghorn, lead to the arrival of Dave Watson 59 and Will Sinclair 34 who put together the main partnership of the Barby innings Watson and Sinclair both departed close together and the Barby innings stalled a little until late hitting by Bikram Singh 24 and Barry Taylor 23 saw Barby reach a respectable 240-8.

In reply Barby started well with Sinclair bowling tightly and the Colwell batsmen struggled to play him. Colwell opener Tom Coleman was dropped when barely in double figures, which would cost Barby dear, Sinclair finished with 1-31, his spell was followed by a good spell from Bikram Singh 1-38 and Barby looked on course to be reaching the next round.

However, Tim Riley 58 not out joined Coleman and the visiting batsmen set about the run chase. Coleman was approaching his 100 and on 97 was again dropped, this handed the initiative to Colwell, Colman completed his 100 with some quick runs finishing on 123. Barby, however, were not beaten and three quick wickets saw the game in the balance. However Riley was still in and guided Colwell to 241-5 with just a ball to go.

Warwick v Barby 1st XI

The first XI on Saturday recorded their first win since the opening few weeks of the season in a tense low scoring affair, Barby were away to Warwick and batted first, runs were hard to come by only captain Tom Gleghorn 42 not out made any real score as Barby were bowled out for 99, James Wynn-Evans taking 4-8 including a hat-trick and Steven Dyer 4-40.

However, Barby were not going to lie down and let Warwick have an easy win, Will Sinclair 4-26 and Dave Knightbridge 4-44 set about the Warwick batsmen, the first 4 batsmen did not trouble the scorer. Tom Cooper with 28 looked to be edging the hosts to Victory, but Sinclair returned to take the last wicket to see Warwick dismissed for 91.

Barby 2nd XI v Warwick

The second XI again lost due to a crucial dropped catch at home to Warwick, batting first Phil Beagley 28 and Rob Field 67 opened the innings, supported by Nigel Hancock 20 Barby set a total of 183 all out crucially being bowled out off 43 overs, Tom Austin taking 4-26. Barby in reply found wickets hard to come by with runs coming freely.

However, the introduction of old timers Phil Beagley 1-33 and Nigel Hancock 3-36 saw the run rate drop and Barby looked to have a good chance to win, wickets began to fall regularly, Charlie Lines 2-27 and Troy Reeves 2-26 looked to have seen Barby to victory, however, a dropped catch on 180 saw Warwick escape and seal the win a few minutes later to reach 184-9 in the 53rd over.

The third team had no game