Vital wickets tumble as villagers battle to victory

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BARBY celebrate victory at home to Walsall YMF CC and take 24 points.

Walsall won the toss and batted first with the openers Shafqat 31 and Waheed 37 looking to have set a fine foundation.

But the introduction of veteran Stevan Stipanovic saw the innings crumble, with wickets falling regularly. Stipanovic finishing with five-40, supported by Will Sinclair three-42 and Dave Watson two-28 seeing Walsall all out for 143.

In reply, Barby lost wickets at regular intervals, with Walsall continuing a barrage of appealing.

Simon Gear 27, Tom Gleghorn 25 and Rob Field 25 all getting starts, but not being able to go on.

Barby were struggling on 102-sesven until Dave Watson 30 n.o. and Rory Long 11 n.o. saw Barby home by three wickets.

Riaz was the pick of the Walsall bowling taking three-40. The win sees Barby moving closer to the promotion places.

The second string were away to Kings Heath who turned out to be the best team they had faced all year. Having won the toss, Kings Heath batted well throughout on a fast outfield. Webb 46, Baker 74 and Patel 43 n.o. saw Kings Heath reach 274-seven.

Barby bowlers struggled and the pick of the bowlers being Nigel Hancock three-56 and Troy Reeves two-60 taking most of the wickets to fall.

In reply Barby got off to a good start led by Jack Bennett 45 and were up with the required run-rate. But a steady flow of wickets saw Barby bowled out for 157 with just Adam Shay 49 being the only batsmen to attempt to hold the innings together.

Kings Heath bowled well throughout with Badger four-23 and Afzal three-29 being the pick of the bowlers. This defeat saw the seconds fall behind the front runners in the league, but still sitting in fourth place.

The Sunday XI were away to Badby who were put into bat with J Mapplethorpe 51 and Baxter 33 helping Badby to 170-seven.

Top bowlers for Barby were Sam Saeed two-12 and Los Mead two-33.

Barby, in reply, never looked in trouble with Phil Beagley 40 and Nigel Hancock 78 n.o. helped see Barby home.

Badby’s best bowler was S Bonthyus who finished with two-28.