Barby settle for mid-table finish

BARBY Cricket Club 1sts finished off the season with a disappointing display away to Rugby.

Batting first, Barby struggled from the start and were soon three wickets down with Rob Field’s 23 being the only score of note.

Tight bowling and some end of season batting saw wickets fall at regular intervals and Barby slipped to there lowest total of the season – all out for just 96. Matt Ewer took 3-11.

In reply, two quick wickets from Will Sinclair (2-23) had no real impact on the Rugby run chase and the game finished after just 13.4 overs with Rugby reaching their target easily for the loss of just two wickets.

However, Sinclair should be happy with a good seasons’ bowling, 39 first team wickets at an average of 14.1.

The result saw Barby finish in mid-table.

The seconds still had outside hopes of promotion, although the previous week’s loss to Massey Fergusson had been a hammer blow.

But after being asked to bat on a good wicket, Barby set about the Castle Bromwich bowlers. Openers Rob Stipanovic (58) and Scott Whyment (50) put on over 100 for the first wicket in quick time.

They were supported by Barry Taylor (33), Tom Middleton (44) and Phil Beagley (32 not out) as Barby racked up an impressive 261-6.

Dolman enjoyed must success with the ball taking 2-22.

In reply, Barby never looked like losing although wickets were hard to come by.

Chris Mills (25) and James Tyler (64) batted for a large part of the innings as Castle Bromwich finished on 204-4.

Wickets were shared by Rob Stipanovic, Tom Middleton, Troy Reeves and Phil Beagley.

The winning draw saw Barby finish 13 points behind second place, in a season that had promised so much. But for the weather, and some improved availability, it would have seen promotion.

The Sunday XI entertained Crick and batting first scored 230-3, with good contributions from Dave Knightbridge (64) and Rory Long (69 not out). The best bowler for Crick was Rodley with (2-32).

In reply Crick scored runs freely, although it was the introduction of Danny Simms (58 not out) that saw a run 
explosion, supported by Wilkins (50) and Clarke (45 not out). Crick reached the target with six balls spare, finishing on 231-3.

The wickets were taken by David Lamb, Sam Saeed and Loz Mead.