CRICKET: Two centuries for Barby

David Watson on his way to 113 for Barby on Saturday    Pictures by Mike Baker
David Watson on his way to 113 for Barby on Saturday Pictures by Mike Baker

Victory keeps 1st XI top of Division 1

Warwickshire Cricket League Division 1

Rob Edom was 121 not out against Aston Unity

Rob Edom was 121 not out against Aston Unity

Barby 1sts 293-4 dec (24 pts)

Aston 1sts 244-10 (5 pts)

Barby 1sts won by 49 runs

Barby continued their fine start to the season with a last over victory against Aston to keep themselves top of Division 1.

Asked to bat first, Barby produced a fantastic batting performance, mainly due to a fourth-wicket partnership of 185 between centurions David Watson - who made 113 containing 12 fours and a six - and Rob Edom 121 not out - containing 12 fours and 5 sixes.

They took Barby from 73-3 to 258-4 with the ball disappearing to all parts of Barby’s Longdown Lane ground, with Tom Gleghorn adding 38.

Barby captain Joel Gleghorn was able to declare on 293-4 after 45 overs, giving his bowlers five more overs to bowl Aston out, which proved to be a wise decision.

Aston seemed undaunted by the big run chase as they set about attacking the Barby bowling from the start, Zahid Javed reaching 50 off 38 balls before Craig Scott dismissed him with the score on 77.

Wasim Maher continued the run scoring with 42 and after 25 overs Aston were 148-2 and in with a great chance of getting close to the Barby total, but scoreboard pressure began to tell.

Wickets fell to the off spin of Craig Scott (4-59) and the left arm spin of James Wynn Evans (3-46) and with Gam Gurung (2-24) the pick of the seam bowlers Aston reached the last over of their innings 9 wickets down.

Needing to survive the last six balls to gain a draw Will Sinclair’s first delivery was fended off by the Aston batsmen Abed Hussain- who had made 30 - to Dan Dury at forward short leg who took the catch to give Barby a 24-point win.

Warwickshire Cricket League Division 7

Barby 2nds 90-10 (2 p)ts

Aston 2nds 91-6 (20 pts)

Aston 2nds won by 4 wickets

Barby 2nds’ roller-coaster season continued with defeat away at Aston.

Asked to bat first on an unprepared pitch was always going to be a struggle and so it proved. Early deliveries alternately kept low and popped up and with the long outfield, runs were hard to come by.

Rob Field (17) and Adam Shay (19) top scored as Barby were dismissed for 90.

After hostile spells from Seth Westley (1-13) and Dom Craven (4-30) Aston were quickly reduced to 36 for 5 and an unlikely victory was on. Sadly a couple of chances were missed and Aston were able to slog their way to victory by 4 wickets.

Northamptonshire Cricket League Division 13

Top of the table St Michaels 74 made light work of a severely depleted Barby side, cantering to a 9-wicket win with 18 overs to spare.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, the visitors soon slipped to 10-4, and only James-Aylett Hughes (23) mastered the bowling and the up and down nature of the pitch.

Their 67 was Barby’s lowest score for two years and was never going to be enough, and despite an excellent spell from Dave Sherwood (8-2-18-1), the St Michaels top order were content to plod their way to the small target rather than sacrifice wickets in an attempt to get maximum batting points.  

Barby suffered the ignominy of failing to achieve even one bonus point from the game, and one can only hope for improved player availability over the coming weeks.

National Village Cup

Regional Semi -Final

Barby 267-6

Kislingbury 171-10

Barby won by 96 Runs

Barby eased past Northamptonshire League side Kislingbury to progress to the regional final of the National Village Cup.

Captain Joel Gleghorn won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket that had produced over 500 runs the day before.

And once again Barby amassed a huge total ending on 267-6 after 40 overs with Rob Edom continuing his fine form to make 91 and Rob Field 84 sharing a 101 run partnership. Craig Scott 26 and Chris Bramley 21 also chipped in with useful contributions.

In reply Kislingbury were never up with the required run rate as Tom Middleton 4-31, Tom Gleghorn 2-23 and Danny Scott 2-53 bowled them out for 171 in 37.3 overs as Barby won by 96 runs.