Cricketers brush away the cobwebs

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Barby Cricket Club had a successful run out on Saturday with a comfortable victory against Ambleside of Nuneaton. On a beautiful day Ambleside won the toss and chose to bowl first to take advantage of what looked a green early season wicket.

After Rob Field once more overestimated his pace being run out for 2 all other batsmen gained valuable time at the crease as Barby closed on 210 after 40 overs. Simon Gear 46, Joel Gleghorn 29 and Dan Dury played well but the stand out performance was from Dave Watson who stroked a fluent run a ball for 63.

Ambleside were never really in the hunt having been quickly reduced to 6-3 by Will Sinclair (1-13) and Rory Long (2-29) who both bowled tidily . Tom Gleghorn, David Knightbridge and Tom Middleton all picked up wickets as Ambleside closed 9-157 after their 40 overs.

The Sunday XI were away to Hunningham and having won the toss decided to bat, this turned into a bad decision as the top order failed and Barby were left on 15-5. However the middle led by Captain Dave Knightbridge 59, Bikram Singh 27 and the return of Richard O’Dell 53 saw Barby reach 180-9 in their 40 overs. Jonathan Messling and Pete Harrison both taking three wickets.

This was unfortunately 50 runs short of a par score and Hunningham reached 183-2 with James Wilson 79 not out and Joss Holfield 65 with 10 over’s to go. The only wicket takers for Barby were Troy Reeves and Phil Beagley. The game did give every one the chance to brush away the cobwebs from a long wet winter.

All three Barby sides open their league campaigns next Saturday; the firsts entertaining Lyndworth with the seconds and thirds away at Handsworth and Rushden Town respectively.

Barby’s Junior section is now well and truly underway with large attendances over the past two Friday evenings. Training for children of all ages starts at 6pm on Fridays, overseen by ECB qualified coaches and all are welcome.