CRICKET: Barby best again with victory over Bronze

Tom Gleghorn held the innings together with 62
Tom Gleghorn held the innings together with 62

Match-winning spell of 5-13 by bowler Sinclair

Warwickshire Cricket League Division 1

Barby 1sts 169-7 (24 points)

Bronze 1sts 124-10 (3 points)

Barby 1sts won by 45 runs

Barby travelled to Bronze and after losing the toss were asked to bat first on a dampish wicket, after morning rain which reduced the match to 48 overs a side.

The Barby innings was held together by Tom Gleghorn who made 62 against some tight Bronze bowling, with Jitan Mandyhan 3-27 and James Palmer 2-44 the main wicket takers and Ollie Freeman, who bowled with great control to take 1-12 off 11 overs.

In reply Bronze seemed to be in control of the match with Jitan Mandyhan making 44 and Ollie Freeman 37.

Will Sinclair then produced a match-winning spell of bowling to return figures of 5-13 off 8 overs and with the Scott brothers Danny and Craig taking two wickets each Bronze were bowled out for 124 as Barby won by 45 runs.

Warwickshire Cricket League Division 7

Bridge Trust v

Barby 2nds

Barby seconds will take heart from a spirited display as they went down to runaway league leaders Bridge Trust by 4 wickets on Saturday

Batting first, Barby quickly found themselves three wickets down with only four runs on the board as the opposition seamers made good use of the new ball.

In previous seasons this would likely have heralded a collapse, however, Barby are now made of sterner stuff. Opener Jack Bennett (36) and all rounder Rich Tarrant (63) both worked hard to rebuild the innings before falling in quick succession.

Rory Long and Adam Shay then both batted well for 40 a piece before a flurry of late hitting from Seth Westley saw Barby to a creditable 221 for 9 off 50 overs.

Bridge Trust have a unique batting style that involves all out attack from ball one.

Taking wickets was the only option and at 1-1 off 3 balls things looked good. Sadly Bridge Trust’s two best players came together riding their luck in scoring 96 and 80 respectively and the score to 180-1.

Amidst the mayhem Seth Westley and Jonty Craven both bowled with real pace and repeatedly beat the bat with no luck at all. Westley was outstanding in the field also taking an excellent diving catch and saving numerous runs in the outfield.

With 40 runs left to win and 9 wickets in hand Adam Shay and Matt James (3-23) briefly gave Barby hope as Bridge Trust faltered in crossing the finishing line.

Overall a defeat, but the attitude and commitment shown throughout the team was excellent and augers well for the future.

Northamptonshire Cricket League Division 13

Stony Stratford 4ths 219-7

Barby 3rds 156-8

Stony 29pts beat Barby 7pts by 63 runs.

Barby 3rds’ poor run of form continued as they were convincingly beaten by a vibrant and youthful Stony Stratford team on a lovely summer’s day at the BCG.

After winning the toss and surprisingly electing to field, Barby failed to make early inroads but at the half way stage with Stony 74-0 they had at least kept the innings in check. 

Three wickets quickly followed including the key one of opening Masroor for an accomplished 72, but the last ten overs saw the Barby bowlers lose the plot somewhat with too many short balls sent down and over 100 runs accruing in the process. 

Visitors’ captain Ian West scored a quickfire 55, whilst Manzella grabbed some late wickets to end with 4-55. Dave Norton returning the fold after four years in the wilderness was the most accurate of the bowlers and finished with the creditable figures of 7-2-29-0 amidst the late carnage.

Beagley and Hardbattle got Barby off to a steady, if unspectacular, start but first John Hardbattle and then Chey Manzella were dismissed within seven balls of each other in unfortunate circumstances to leave the hosts on 32-2.

Stony’s bowlers continued to bowl much tighter lines and fuller lengths that Barby had managed earlier in the day, and only Aylett-Hughes with a belligerent 27 including three maximums and young Alex Watson (22) threatened to take the initiative away from the bowlers. 

Blanks and Sherwood added some useful late runs with an 8th wicket stand of 44 when the game was already up, but in doing so they did at least ensured Barby took four batting points to go with the three bowling points earlier in the afternoon.