Battling Barby get off to impressive start

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BARBY CC got off to a good start against Pak Shaheen CC in Division One of the Warwickshire Cricket League, looking for a return to winning ways.

The villagers kept the run-rate low with tight bowling from Stev Stipanovic one-44 and Will Sinclair one-18.

Barby fielded well and the innings was heading for a score well below 200 until P Jacob 74 not out and S Manzar 54 hit the Barby bowlers around at the end of the innings pushing their score to 210-five. Top wicket takers were Rory Long two-77 and Dave Watson two-57.

Bryce Long 82 and Simon Gear 53 set a strong foundation with Barby reaching their target with 10 overs to spare.

Faraq and Raja took two wickets each. This win sees Barby remain comfortably in mid-table.

The Seconds were away to Standard CC and having struggled to field a full team, only 10 players took the field but a good performance saw Barby secure a draw.

Standard started well and put on 70 for the first wicket with Curtis 37 and Duffin 33. The introduction of Phil Beagley saw a slow down in the run-rate and wickets began to fall.

But runs started to flow again with scores of 40 from Davis and 59 not out from Cook saw Standard set Barby a challenging target of 245 having lost seven wickets.

Phil Beagley took five for 51.

Barby went in chase of a win, with Dave Wesson 23 keeping Barby up with the run-rate.

But Jack Bennett was the star of the Barby innings, hitting his maiden club 100. He hit an unbeaten 103 having batted throughout Barby’s 50 overs.

The loss of Wesson and Lester for 13 saw Barby struggle with the run-rate, and settled for a draw on 192-four.

Tom Middleton ended not out on 21 to support Jack Bennett’s excellent performance. This result saw Barby seconds stay in mid-table.

The Sunday team took on Bitteswell and right from the start the Barby batsmen took a liking to the Bitteswell attack.

Dave Watson hit the ball to all parts with a classical 130, supported by Dan Dury 45 and Will Sinclair 87 which saw Barby hit 294-four in 40 overs.

Bitteswell never looked like reaching the target and lost wickets at regular intervals.

Sam Saeed took three wickets for just five runs. Chey Manzella took his first senior wickets taking two-22.

Barby ran out winners by a mere 187 runs