Barby foiled by Stockton

BARBY were away to Stockton and fielded first.

Stockton were restricted by some tight bowling early on from Sinclair and the evergreen Stipanovic, but maintained steady process putting on 72 for the first wicket.

Runs then began to flow more freely and Stockton reached 212-5 off their 50 overs, Michael Hughes 54 and Owen Edwards 75 top scoring for Stockton.

The most successful bowlers were Dave Knightsbridge 2-39 and Dave Watson 2-42.

Barby’s reply started poorly with an early wicket and this set the scene for the innings.

Rob Field 57 batted well to try and hold things together, but Barby continued to lose wickets.

When Field was out the only resistance came from Rory Long (18) and Will Sinclair (17*).

Barby were dismissed for just 145 and this saw them drop three places down the league table to 6th.

The pick of the Stockton bowlers were Steve Ward (2-38), Nishee Parmer (2-36) and Jason Scott who bowled two balls and took two wickets.

Barby 2nds entertained Stockton seconds who won the toss and batted first.

They set a stern target of 296-7, thanks to Luke Cole (122) and Tom Cooper (118*) who, thanks to some dropped catches, were able to hit Barby’s bowlers round the park.

Just Troy Reeves with 3-52 shone with ball.

In reply Barby were never up with the run rate and despite several batsmen getting good starts, none went on to make a substantial score and wickets continued to fall with centurion Cooper taking 2-44.

Barby looked to be slipping to a defeat until Dave Wesson hit an unbeaten 48 to see Barby claim a losing draw on 206-7.

This draw keeps Barby comfortably in mid table.

Barby Sunday XI were at home to Stoneleigh who scored 178-5, thanks to some big hitting from M Edgington (46) and A Edgington (66),

This came despite a tight opening spell from Dave Knightsbridge who bowled eight over’s for just 11 runs, taking one wicket.

In reply Barby reached 166 all out with just Tom Middleton hitting 56 and Barby lost by 12 runs, the best bowlers for Stoneleigh were G Sutcliffe (3-18) and P Chapman (3-20).