CRICKET: Barby struggle against high Standard bowlers

Rob Edom against Standard on Saturday (Pictures by Mike Baker)
Rob Edom against Standard on Saturday (Pictures by Mike Baker)

2nds show heart and character when reduced to nine men

Barby 1sts 118-10 (2 points)

Dave Watson made 8 in Barby's 5-wicket defeat

Dave Watson made 8 in Barby's 5-wicket defeat

Standard 1sts 121-5 (24 points)

Standard eased to a comfortable 5-wicket victory over Barby at the BCG. After winning the toss Barby chose to bat first and were soon struggling against the Standard opening bowlers Vaughn and Patel.

Only an innings of 36 from Rob Edom and an 8th wicket partnership of 44 between Chris Bramley 27 and Dan Dury 17 enabled Barby to reach a well below par score of 118 all out, with Vaughn 3-39, Patel 2-16, O’Hara 2-20 and Le Bourne 2-22 all taking wickets for Standard.

Barby needed to take early wickets to get back into the match and reduced Standard to 47-3, only for a 4th wicket partnership of 57 between Vaughn 32 and Leybourne 31 to take Standard to the brink of victory before both batsmen were dismissed. The winning runs saw Standard finish on 121-5, to win by 5 wickets.

Craig Scott opening the batting on Saturday

Craig Scott opening the batting on Saturday

Continental Star 1sts 236-10 (24 points)

Barby 2nds 192-9 (7 points)

Whilst it will register as a defeat Barby 2s will take a lot of heart from the character shown as they battled with nine men against table topping Continental Star 1st X1.

On a pitch that had seemingly not been cut or rolled, Continental Star batted first and slogged their way to 237, taking advantage of short boundaries and the fact that Barby were reduced to nine men when Jack Bennett unfortunately suffered a double compound fracture of the finger early in the innings and was taken to hospital by Richard Odell.

Dan Scott, 4-54 was the pick of the bowlers, well supported by Adam Shay 3-56 and Pete Satchell 3-45 on debut. Rob Field continued his recent run of form in the field, pulling off another two stunning catches. Star were bowled out in the 45th over, giving Barby 55 overs to achieve the target or survive for a draw.

After tea, Continental Star opened up with a mixture of seam and spin and the rejigged Barby batting order were quickly reduced to 35-4 as the ball misbehaved alarmingly off the deteriorating pitch. Rob Field battled through finding support first from Shay (18), then Golding (16), Odell, back from hospital (17) and finally  Satchwell (18).

Unfortunately with four overs left, Field was last man out for a battling 94, leaving Barby to return home bruised and battered but pleased to have shown a lot of heart in trying circumstances.