Barby 1sts in action earlier this season
Barby 1sts in action earlier this season

Victory sees Barby into promotion shake-up as season draws to a climax

On a sun drenched afternoon at the BCG, Barby skipper David Watson won the toss and, after much deliberation, asked Studley to bat first on a wicket that looked tailor made for a high scoring encounter.

Opening bowlers PW Sinclair and Tom Hill had had not read the script and got the Blue caps off to a dream start, reducing the opposition to 11-3.

Studley, to their credit, fought their way back into the contest with a 50-run partnership for the 4th wicket that displayed a contrast of techniques employed by the batsmen at the crease. Young gun Barrie Forrester-Smith showing an attacking intent with some glorious shots to all parts whilst being ably supported by the more stoic batting style of Simon Stamenkovic, content to occupy the crease in order to post a competitive target.

The Studley cause was aided by some wayward Barby bowling as well as a drop in the levels of intensity amongst the fielders.

After a few home truths at drinks, Watson took matters into his own hand and brought himself on to bowl. It wasn’t long before he made the breakthrough bowling left handed Simon Stamenkovic round his legs. A few onlookers remarked that following the wicket, Watsons glare towards Sinclair suggested the old adage’ if you want a job doing properly, do it yourself!

When the wily James Wynn-Evans dismissed Forrester-smith to a superb diving catch by Joel Gleghorn at long off the visitors innings started to fall apart. Regular wickets from Watson and Wynn-Evans resulted in Studley being bowled out for a massively under par 104. This left the blue caps a tricky 10 over’s to survive until tea. The home side needn’t have worried as Gleghorn and Wynn-Evans got off to a solid start and walked at tea 47-0.

Sitting down to the customary Barby banquet confident that the victory was not far off the mood was relaxed and jovial and that confidence proved to be well placed as the winning runs were compiled with no wickets being lost, Gleghorn completing his half century in the process.

The victory leaves Barby in the promotion shake-up as the business end of the season approaches and confidence should be high going into the grudge match against wealthy league leaders Marston Green.

The second XI were away to Studley and batted first. Matt James 53 and Jo Oliver 46 were the main scorers for Barby in their innings of 168 all out. Chris Leavers 7-58 was the pick of the home bowlers. In reply Barby took wickets regularly G Chandler 3-44, Jo Oliver 2-27 and a wicket for Andy Thorne saw Studley struggling. However it was Chris leavers who after his seven wickets then scored 103 not out to see Studley home to a 4 wicket win. This result sees the second XI in the relegation zone.

A youthful Barby 3rds suffered a heavy defeat away at the hands of Old. After winning the toss and electing to bat in the oppressive heat, Olds openers reached 100-0 off the first 13 over’s and an even bigger total looked on the cards. Crawley with 103 and Hope with 77 set a great platform but Barby plugged away in the heat and tight bowling from Manzella and Lynch followed by a superb spell of spin bowling from James Aylett Hughes (5-18) restricted the hosts. This was James’s first five-wicket haul for the club and was well deserved. Barby made a dreadful start to their innings in the face of accurate Old bowling, slumping at one stage to 30-6 under the scoreboard pressure however the only shining light on the batting front was a superb maiden 50 In adult cricket for Chey Manzella.

The Sunday XI were at home to Warwick University, having won the toss on a hot afternoon there was no hesitation in batting first. Jo Oliver with 76 was the star of the Barby innings, with a late cameo from Loz Mead 35 not out as Barby reached 198-9. J Vignet was the pick of the Warwick bowlers with 3-43. in reply Barby took wickets right from the first over M Nobes 2-19, L Mead 2-7 and Chey Manzella 3-17 were the main wicket takers as Warwick were bowled out for 128, I Shashank was the only Warwick batsmen to make any impression with 46.