BARBY cricketers may have exited the National Village Knock-Out competition despite a spirited performance but the experience is sure to prove invaluable in the future.
The village side travelled to Stainsbury Hall CC in Derbyshire for a regional round of the National village knock out.
Having won the toss Barby elected to bat and were quickly two wickets down.
The runs dried up with just 26 coming off the first 18 overs.
But a 166-run partnership between Tom Gleghorn (80 n.o.) and Rob Field, who scored 53, saw Barby reach a respectable total of 188-six off 40 overs.
A fine spell of bowling from Smyth off nine overs for just seven runs, taking two wickets was the pick of the Stainsbury Hall bowling attack.
In reply, Stainsbury Hall got off to a good start and never really looked back. They reached 190 with three overs to spare having lost just one wicket.
The experience of playing in this competition has proved an excellent opportunity for the club to play at different venues and against teams from around the region.
Saturday saw Barby (16 points) draw with Four Oaks Saints (three points)
Barby CC were away to Four Oaks Saints in Division One of the Warwickshire Cricket League.
Midday rain saw a delay to the start and the match was reduced to 40 overs. Having lost the toss, Barby were asked to bat first and posted a respectable 188-six with Loz Mead 71 top scoring supported by 62 from Tom Gleghorn and Rob Field finishing with 31 not out. Pick of the bowlers was Dan McGinley with two-51.
In reply, Barby kept Four Oaks batsmen quiet throughout the innings and regularly took wickets with Will Sinclair two-31 and Dave Watson two-37 the pick of the Barby bowlers.
But the shortening of the innings to 40 overs left Barby with not enough time to take all 10 wickets with Four Oaks finishing on 145-eight.
This saw Barby take 16 points out of a winning draw and see them lie comfortably in midtable, looking to push up the table in the latter half of the season.
The second string were at home to Ansley Sports.
The weather again had its say with the start being delayed and the game shortened to 41 overs a side. Barby won the toss and asked Ansley to bat.
The innings started well for Ansley with runs coming quickly in the first few overs.
But Tom Middleton started to take wickets, finishing with four-33. Ansley were well place at 78-two until the introduction of Phil Beagley who took four wickets for seven runs and Rob Stipanovic who took two-two. This saw Ansley bowled out for just 94.
The Barby reply got off to a poor start slumping to 20-four.
But a fine unbeaten 59 n.o from Rob Stipanovic and Adam Shay 19 saw Barby win by five wickets leaving them fourth place in the league.
On Sunday, the friendly XI played Monks Kirby who batted first and reached 203 all out.
Ellis hit 89 and Graham Lamb took five-36 for Barby. In reply, Barby struggled and were bowled out for just 93 with Steve Blanks top-scoring with 25. Vivek was the top Monks Kirby bowler with three-16.