Win keeps villagers in touch with promotion

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BARBY (20 points) beat Pickwick Post and Mail by nine wickets to maintain sixth place in Warwickshire Division One, but just 13 points from second.

Barby won the toss away to Pickwick and asked them to bat first.

The wickets started to flow right from the start with all Barby bowlers contributing.

Pickwick were unable to deal with Barby’s accurate bowling and were dismissed for just 69 runs.

Will Sinclair three-seven, Rory Long three-18 had excellent figures but Dave Watson outshone even these, bowling 10 overs, for just six runs taking three wickets.

In reply Barby were quickly in control reaching the target of just 12 overs with Bryce Long finishing on 37 not out, Barby winning by nine wickets.

The seconds were at home to Pickwick and, having lost the toss, were asked to bat on a damp wicket at the BCG.

Barby batted well to post 199-eight, but this was probably 30 runs short of what was needed. Dan Dury top scored with a fine 72, supported by Lyndon Slassor who hit 35.

Syed was the pick of the bowlers with five-55.

Pickwick got off to a good start with lusty blows and Barby failed to take the wickets needed to quell the runs. This was not helped by dropped catches and close umpiring decisions.

Pickwick reached their target of 200 having lost just three wickets, Hancock, Beagley and Shay taking a wicket apiece.

This defeat saw Barby slip from fourth in the league to seventh.

The Sunday team were away to Oakfield and won by seven wickets in a rain-affected game. Oakfield were asked to bat first and reached 174 in their innings with Paul Fortnum taking three wickets.

A quick-fire 28 by Matt Beagley and 60 by Nigel Hancock helped see Barby home to their revised target of 143 in 33 overs, with seven balls to spare.