CRICKET: Barby celebrate tremendous year at awards dinner

Barby's scenic ground this summer
Barby's scenic ground this summer

First team promoted to Warwickshire Premier League

At a highly enjoyable annual dinner and awards ceremony at the Grovesnor Hotel in Rugby, Barby Cricket Club were able to celebrate what has been a momentous year with tremendous success across the ladies, juniors and senior sections.

The club prides itself in providing outdoor sport for all sections of the community, at one of the most scenic and well kept grounds in the Midlands.

Barby now run four senior sides at the weekend as well as three junior sides and a ladies team in midweek.

Since the club achieved Clubmark accreditation in 2012 it has continued to focus heavily on the junior section.

This year Barby’s U11s, U13s and U15s all performed well in their respective leagues and reached cup finals. The U 13s and U15s were both cup winners with the U15s doing the league and cup double.

A number of players received county recognition and moved up to senior cricket. Matty Nobes, Joe Hardbattle and Jonty Craven were all regular 2nd XI players with Seth Westley stepping up to the 1sts. U13 skipper and all rounder Alex Watson also made his mark taking a Sunday hat-trick and making a maiden Saturday league half century.

The juniors practice on Fridays from the end of April with matches on midweek evenings. New players will always be welcomed and well looked after and the bar is always open for parents!

Barby Ladies led by Karen Leppard had the best season in their history, winning the league, the cup and the six- a-side trophy. Leppard cited the camaraderie of the team as key to their success.

“We have experienced players and young players and the philosophy is for everyone to be given an opportunity to shine,” she said. “We refuse to rely on a core batting order, or only the same people bowling each week.

“Everyone was involved and everyone improved.”

Award winners were Molly Norton (Captain’s Award), Giuseppina Rosa Manzella (most improved), Katie Randle (bowler) and Alex Meek (batting). Leppard added: “Anyone wishing to join us will be welcomed with open arms, irrespective of whether or not they have played cricket before. We can teach them and guarantee they will have fun!”

The firsts achieved promotion to the Warwickshire Premier League and were narrowly defeated in Tenby after progressing as Northamptonshire champions in the National Village Knockout .

Captain Joel Gleghorn celebrated a remarkable fifth promotion in eight years of his captaincy.

Tom Gleghorn and Rob Edom starred with the bat while James Wynn Evans took the plaudits with the ball but this was a real team effort.

Fielding at all times was outstanding with Craig Scott narrowly outpointing veteran Rob Field to take the fielding award.

Key to this promotion was the fact that everyone who played in the side contributed and close games generally went our way.

Barby’s 2nd XI’s blend of youth and experience finished mid table in what was a strong Warwickshire Division 7.

With the bat, Rob Field, Jack Bennett and Matt James all scored over 300 runs with James, who averaged over 40, taking the batting award.

With the ball, Matt Nobes with 29 wickets at an average of 16 won the bowling award ahead of all rounder Rob Field, whose average of 9.75 failed to meet qualifying criteria.

Adam Shay, Seth Westley, Gam Gurang and Rich Tarrant also bowled well.

The real achievement of the Second XI was the emergence of so many juniors into adult cricket. The season, however, ended on a sad note with the news of 2nd team umpire John Piper’s passing. John was a respected umpire and a thoroughly nice man. He will be sorely missed.

The 3rd XI play in the Northamptonshire league and had another enjoyable season. Alex Watson picked up the batting award with Dave Sherwood the bowling honours.

Joe Hardbattle, 15, was the most improved player and also took the coveted players player award. After starting the season in the 3rd team middle order he ended the season as an established second team batsman and captaining the Sunday side. Finally, the coveted chairmans award was given by John Hardbattle to Rob Field. Hardbattle concluded by recognising the many volunteers who make the club what it is from coaches, scorers, tea ladies ( and gents) and Groundsman for their hard work in making the club what it is.

Should you be interested in cricket and fancy joining then please let us know. Email or call Craig Lester on +44 7904 804674. You will be made very welcome. If you fancy winter practice, pre season nets start on February 5th and run every Sunday until April 9th for 3 hours 9.00-10.30 for juniors and 10-30-12.00 seniors.