Barby miss out after good start

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Barby 202-nine lost to Southam 203-eight.

BARBY were left frustrated after a loss to Southam in a game in which they spent mostly in charge.

Batting first Barby started well and raced to 125 off 25 overs with Bryce Long 35, Simon Gear 77 and Tom Gleghorn 37 looking to have set Barby on their way to a good score.

The middle order stumbled due to good bowling from Rob Edom five-28 and this pegged Barby back to a disappointing 202-nine after such a good start.

In reply, early wickets saw Southam at 20-three, however the scourge of Barby’s season saw another dropped catch.

Luke Nelly was still in single figures and went on to hit 101, with some fine striking.

Barby continued to battle away but Southam finished on 203-eight.

Will Sinclair was the pick of the Barby bowlers with four-43. This defeat saw skipper Joel Gleghorn frustrated in a game he felt they should have won.

The second string were away to Lyndworth and lost by six wickets.

Barby struggled to field a team and left the BCG with just seven players, two more arrived at Lyndworth but just nine players took the field.

Barby batted first, reaching 104 all out.

Adam Shay, who played with a injury, hit 24 and skipper Nigel Hancock top scored with 26.

In reply, Lyndworth started at a canter and were 65 off just five overs.

Phil beagley two-15 pegged them back, supported by Nigel Hancock two-39 but Lyndworth raced to their target after just 16 overs. Had barby fielded a full strength team the result would have been very different.

Sunday saw Barby enter the National village knockout competition for the very first time and saw them defeat Stockton by 40 runs.

Barby lost the toss and were asked to bat first. A good start saw Barby on their way to a good score with Los Mead 45, Rob Field 37 looking to have set a solid platform.

The middle order again failed with just Dave Watson and Joel Gleghorn both hitting 22.

Barby finished on a score of 187 being bowled out in the last over. Coop three-17 and Ed Russell three-33 were the pick of the Stockton bowlers.

In reply, Stockton looked to be heading into the next round. Again two early catches went down.

However good bowling from Dave Watson two-31, Rory Long four-42 and Will Sinclair two-40 pegged Stockton back.

This added to Barby regaining the ability to catch saw them win by 40 runs and reach the final of the Northamptonshire section of the competition.