Barby bag first league win of season

Barby batsman Matthew Glenn in action
Barby batsman Matthew Glenn in action

BARBY CC have bagged their first league win of the season.

Having dominated many parts of their matches this season, but having failed to take advantage, Barby secured a first victory against Marston Green.

Barby lost the toss and on a damp wicket were asked to bat first. After an early, wicket Simon Gear (21) and Tom Gleghorn (44) set up a useful platform in the early part of the innings.

But with the loss of Gear and the introduction of Dave Watson (74), Barby’s two most in form batsmen set about setting a target for Marston to chase.

A quick flurry of wickets saw Barby short of 200 but a healthy partnership between Daniel Dury (37 not out) and Will Sinclair (25 not out) saw Barby to a very respectable 240-six.

Tahir was the pick of the Marston bowlers finishing with two-34.

In reply, Barby continued to take wickets throughout the innings. Only Knott 43 looked to be mounting any resistance.

Will Sinclair made the early breakthroughs taking three-50. But it was the introduction of David Knightbridge that saw the destruction of the Marston innings, taking five-46 in probably his best spell for the club.

He was supported by Dave Watson who took two-32. This 24-point victory saw Barby move up the Warwickshire Division One table.

The second string were at home to Marston Green who came to the BCG top of the Reserves League Division One.

Having lost the toss Barby were invited to bat. But there were no gremlins in the pitch and Barby openers, Rob Stipanovic (53) and Matthew Glenn (49) set about hitting the Marston bowlers around the BCG. In the first 10 overs Barby raced to 73.

The loss of Glenn, closely followed by Stipanovic, slowed the Barby charge down but fine knocks by Liam Perryman (43), Neil Chippington (52) and Nigel Hancock (26 not out) saw Barby post a strong target of 268-seven.

In reply, Marston lost an early wicket – thanks to a fine catch by Rory Long, but having reached 41 off 10 overs Marston hit the wall following tight bowling by Troy Reeves (two-41) and Stev Stipanovic saw Marston score just 18 off the next 10 overs.

The visitors never appeared to be in the game after this point, but also had only lost two wickets and looked to be heading to a draw.

But Phil Beagley (two-28) came on to dislodge Rodgers (34) who had batted for over 30 overs.

He quickly followed this up with a second wicket and the drive for wickets began.

Stipanovic returned to the attack and quickly rattled through four Marston batsmen finishing with four-33.

Rob Stipanovic also took a wicket but the overs ran out with Marston on 155-nine.

Barby took 18 points from the match, to see them just one point of Marston in the league in third place.

Barby were due to play Weekly and Warton in the next round of the National Village knockout on Sunday but this was cancelled and this is now scheduled for this weekend.