CRICKET: Seconds go top of the table

MHRA 11-08-12 Barby Aug16 Action shots from Barby 2nd team v Bronze . Paul Vaile bowling to Rob Stipanovic, Barby batsman .
MHRA 11-08-12 Barby Aug16 Action shots from Barby 2nd team v Bronze . Paul Vaile bowling to Rob Stipanovic, Barby batsman .

Barby claim two winning draws against Bronze.

Both first and second teams were paired with Bronze and both finished with comfortable winning draws. The first travelled to Bronze on what seemed like the first hot day of the summer. Having lost the toss and been asked to bat first Barby lost the early wicket of Mead, but steady contributions by the top order, Field 16, Tom Gleghorn 25, Joel Gleghorn 15 and Slassor 18 saw Barby look to set a challenging target for Bronze to chase.

However, it was the steadying influence of Dave Watson who held the innings together when the other batsmen failed to go on, hitting 61.

Barby appeared to be heading to a below par score however enter number 11 Dave Knightbridge who struck an unbeaten 22 much to the astonishment of the watching Barby team, he was supported by Will Sinclair’s 19 not out Barby finished on 204-9.

Barby set about defending this target and were rewarded quickly when Will Sinclair removed the Bronze opener in his first over. Bronze never really recovered and lost wickets regularly only James Bradin who opened the innings and carried his bat for 47 not out showed any resistance. However, Barby whatever methods they tried were unable to prize the last Bronze batsmen out.

Bronze finished on 135-9.

All the Barby bowlers contributed, Will Sinclair bowling two quick spells finishing with 2-41, Dave Watson bowled tightly and followed up his innings with 3-19, Dave Knightbridge 2-24 and Phil Beagley 2-42 were the other wicket takers, Bronze finished on 135-9. This result saw Barby remain comfortably in mid-table in Warwickshire division 1.

The seconds were at home and a winning draw saw them head the table. Barby won the toss and decided to bat first on what appeared to be an excellent batting track.

The runs flowed from the start and Jack Bennett 35, Rob Stipanovic 45 set Barby on their way, further contributions by Neill Chippington 64 not out and Barry Taylor’s first 50 for Barby (62) saw Barby post a respectable 259-4.

In reply Bronze lost two quick wickets to Adam Shay who finished with 2-52, only Coley with 45 offered any stern resistance. Barby battled away, with the first club wickets for Liam Perryman 2-26 and Barry Taylor 1-8.

However, Barby could not take all the wickets to force a win, Bronze finishing on 152-7. This draw saw the Seconds top the table and help them push towards promotion.