Barby CC denied victory in final league game

BARBY Cricket Club entertained Pickwick Post and Mail in the last league match of the season and came away with a winning draw, sealing 6th place in Warwickshire division 1.

Barby batted first on an overcast afternoon at the BCG.

Loz Mead opened the innings with Tom Gleghorn and a solid foundation was laid. Gleghorn was out for 24 but Mead hit a fine 83, supported in the main by Dave Watson 68.

Barby lost wickets at the end when trying to push the run rate on and finished with 224-7. Sharif was the pick of the Pickwick bowlers finishing with 3-32.

In reply Barby kept the run rate in check thanks to Will Sinclair bowling 12 overs (1-20), supported by Stevan Stipanovic (3-56) and Dave Watsons (2-45). However, Barby were held up in their quest for a final win of the season by Khan (52) and Iqball (53 not out). Pickwick finished on 202-7.

The second XI were away to Pickwick and on an overcast and often wet afternoon.

Pickwick won the toss and batted, runs flowed slowly but Barby were unable to make inroads into the batsmen.

Dave Knightsbridge did manage to take two wickets in his first spell, but an increase in the run rate saw Pickwick reach a reasonable 240 all out, with Knightsbridge finishing on 4-54 and Troy Reeves mopped up the tail with 3-59.

A heavy downpour and Pickwick making no effort to put the covers on saw the wicket become very wet.

It led to a lengthy delay and the wicket failed to dry out so the game was abandoned as a draw.

Barby despite an up and down season, finished in 7th in the final league table.

The final match of the season for Barby saw the Sunday XI host Crick. Barby elected to bat first and were all out for 199, Bikram Singh with 64 and Rory Long 47.

In reply Crick were never up with the run rate and only three batsmen achieved double figures.

A late flourish from Grant (49), Williams (42) and Adrian (46) saw Crick finish on 189.

Barby’s chief destroyers were Phil Beagley (3-17) and Steve Blanks (2-10).

The match saw the retirement of Graham Lamb who after several years at the club has decided to hang up his bat.