Villagers chalk up valuable points

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BARBY Firsts welcomed Ansley to the BCG on Saturday and secured a valuable 24 points that has seen them move to the top half of the Warwickshire Division One table.

The Ansley innings started slowly with few runs coming off the bat during a tight opening spell from Will Sinclair and fit-again David Watson.

But after paceman Sinclair had sent opener White’s off stump cartwheeling, wickets proved hard to come by.

Middle order pair Norman and Davies, dug in and finished with 60 and 59 respectively mixing stout defence with some lusty blows.

Ansley reached 206 for seven at the end of their 50 overs with Sinclair two-62, Knightbridge three-27 and Singh two-61 the wicket takers.

Barby started poorly with Loz Mead caught at slip in the first over for eight, quickly followed by Rob Field (22) caught top edging an attempted pull in the sixth.

Brothers Tom (74) and Joel Gleghorn (57 not out) steadied the ship. On a flat pitch with a fast outfield 206 was always going to be short and the target was reached with 10 overs to spare.

The second team were away to Standard.

Having lost opener Rob Stipanovic after six overs the Barby batsmen filled their boots.

Jack Bennett followed up last season’s century against Standard with another, finishing on 115. He put on 130 runs with Liam Perryman 50.

Barby were not finished there and Neill Chippington (50 not out) and Barry Taylor (42 not out) saw Barby record 323-three.

Two wickets by Adam Shay put Barby on top. But it was not until Rob Stipanovic (four-35) came into the attack that runs dried up and wickets began to flow. Leybourne (45) and Atkins (35 not out) dug in.

Standard finished on 168-six.

This result saw Barby consolidate their position in second place, eight points from first-placed Warwick who Barby entertain this weekend.

The Thirds continued in their build up to next season with an away trip to Rugby Thirds.

Barby allowed Rugby to reach 253-five with Jack Rosser (50) and Jordan Hallam (53)both reaching fifty and retiring. Barby bowling was much improved with wickets for Paul Morgan, Paul Hanby and Craig Leighton who finished with three-nine.

Matt Beagley (22) and Craig Leighton (44) showed defiance, with Barby finishing on their highest score of the season on 144 all out. Nick Graham (five-37), Jordan Hallam (three-10) and A Patel (two-34) did all the damage.

The thirds are continuing their build up to league cricket next year and welcome any new players.

The Sunday XI complete their first win for a few weeks when they defeated Warwick university. Barby raced to 199-five off their 40 overs with runs for Lyndon Slassor (47), Tom Middleton (63) and Will Sinclair (53).

Barby were in control throughout the Warwick innings despite a 101 not out by Allison, wickets were spread around. Singhtook two with wickets a piece for Slassor, Manzella and Hancock. Warwick finished on 186-eight.