CRICKET: Winning weekend for Barby

Rory Long bowling for the 2nds in their win over Knowle Village  PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER
Rory Long bowling for the 2nds in their win over Knowle Village PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER

Teams pile on the points in their rise up the league tables

Barby 1sts 272-10 24 points

Adam Shay

Adam Shay

Coleshill 1sts 265-10 8 points

Barby 1sts won by 7 runs

Barby travelled to Coleshill looking to keep up their recent run of good form and gain points on one of the teams above them in the league table.

After being inserted by Coleshill, Barby made a positive start to their innings with an opening partnership of 61 between David Watson and James Wynn Evans who were both dismissed for 31. The rest of the Barby innings was dominated by Chris Bramley who made 55 and Rob Edom with an aggressive boundary laden 85 as Barby posted a competitive total of 272 all out in 48.1 overs on a fast scoring ground with A Bashir taking 5-46 and I Amin 3-35 the pick of the Coleshill bowlers.

Wicket keeper Charlie Seager

Wicket keeper Charlie Seager

Coleshill, in reply, lost two early wickets to opening bowlers Sinclair and Watson as they were reduced to 39-2. This brought Usman and Khan together who shared what looked like match winning partnership of 126 as Coleshill reached 165 before Khan was dismissed for 50 this started the fall of regular wickets with Usman being the sixth wicket to fall for 95 with the score on 219.

The introduction of Rob Edom to the bowling attack swung the match back Barbys way as he completed a fine all round performance by taking 5-27 as Coleshill were dismissed for 265 in the 49th over to leave Barby winners by seven runs to gain a 24-point win.

Barby 2nds 191-4

Knowle Village 2nds 189-10

Barby 2nds on Saturday

Barby 2nds on Saturday

Barby 2nds won by 6 Wickets

With chairman John Hardbattle targeting wins across all three teams Barby 2nds emphatically fulfilled their part of the obligation, defeating Knowle Village by 6 wickets.

On the sort of day cricket was made for, Barby found themselves fielding first looking to make use of what life may be available from a very flat looking pitch. After Rory Long (2-58) and Adam Shay (1-30) had both picked up early wickets, Bleby 50 and Richmond (48) showed the pitch for what it was and eased Knowle to 100 without further alarm and a 250 score felt about par. It was the introduction of 14 year old leg spinner Matt Nobes that was to turn things in Barbys favour, first picking up the unfortunate Richmond to a freak dismissal and then Bleby to an excellent delivery and smart stumping from the effervescent Charlie Arthur Seager. Dan Scott then joined the party taking three quick wickets, turning the game in Barby’s favour. Only a last wicket partnership of 35 enabled Knowle to post a total of 189 which was never going to be a problem if Barby batted well. Nobes finished with 3-32 and Scott 3-27 off 12 tidy overs.

After a huge tea, things started slowly, but Scott Whyment (41) and in form Captain Rob Field (52) started to take command putting on 90 for the first wicket before both fell tamely in quick succession. If Knowle had hoped this might signal a collapse they were to be disappointed as in front of the already victorious third team and watching Chairman; Richard Tarrant (23), Long (25 not out), and man of the match Dan Scott (34 not out) calmly knocked off the runs with 15 overs to spare.

TEAM PHOTO: Barby 2nds, who beat Knowle Village 2nds in Warwickshire Division 7 on Saturday:

Pictured (back from left) Graham Lamb (Scorer), Seth Westley, Charlie Seager, Scott Whyment, Adam Shay, Richard Tarrant, Damon Goulding, John Piper (Umpire). (Front) Matthew Nobes, Rory Long, Rob Field (Captain), Dan Dury and Dan Scott.

Pictures by Mike Baker

Grange Park 137 all out 

Barby 3rds 140-4

Barby won by 6 wickets.

Barby 29pts, Grange Park 4.

On a hot afternoon at the BCG on the day that England regained the Ashes, Barby bagged another 29pts towards promotion with a comfortable 6 wicket victory against fellow challengers Grange Park.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Grange Park made good progress and were looking set for an imposing total somewhere in the region of 180-200 after reaching drinks on 80-2 with ‘thorn in the side’ Bendetti going strong and latching onto anything remotely short with great aplomb. 

However, the loss of the impressive Bendetti for a well-crafted 58 brought proved crucial and the tight bowling in the first 20 overs bore fruit as Barby began to make quick inroads into the middle and lower order. Grange Park subsided from 111-4 to  120-9 with Manzella the pick of the bowlers as usual with the outstanding figures of 10-5-16-3.

Sherwood wrapped up the innings by ending an irritating last wicket stand of 17 to finish up with the excellent figures of 12-2-21-1 while Hawkins, Outhwaite and Ansell all chipped in with vital wickets, ably supported by enthusiastic fielding.

Barby’s run chase started poorly and at 38-2, the further 100 runs required seemed quite a long way away. 

However Jack Seager, playing his first game for the club this season and opener Ollie Hawkins then combined to produce a scintillating match winning partnership of 67 in just 12 overs. Both players were severe on anything short, with the boundary being peppered at regular intervals. Seager launched two enormous sizes that landed close to the playing strip on the adjoining main pitch, as the visitors wilted in the heat and started to sense the inevitable.  Hawkins fell for a classy 40 with the total at 105, but after Beagley fell shortly afterwards to a brilliant one handed slip catch, it was left to Outhwaite to help Seager see Barby over the finishing line. Fittingly, it was left to Jack Seager to hit the winning runs with his third maximum to finish on 64 not out.  

Another great team performance from Barby 3rds with everyone supporting each other throughout, and a match played in a really excellent spirit against some great lads from Grange Park CC.

Barby Sunday XI 165-10

Crick 95-10

Barby won by 70 runs

Barby Sunday XI made it four wins out of four over the weekend with a 70 run victory over Cick in a Sunday friendly at the BCG. Barby won the toss and chose to bat and scored 165-10 mainly due to 44 from Steve Blanks and contributions from Sam Saeed 18 and 14 year olds Seth Westley 16, Joe Hardbattle 15, and Charlie Britten 11 Not Out. In reply Crick were held together by opening batsmen Adrian Ratnayake but once he was dismissed for 54 they collapsed to 90 all out, as James Wynn Evans 5-7 and 14 year old Mathew Nobes 2-15 bowled Barby to victory by 70 runs.