Battling Barby hold their nerve

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BARBY faced Pickwick and enjoyed a successful weekend of cricket.

The firsts were away and were asked to bat first.

Rob Field 28 and Loz Mead 38 opened the batting and started solidly.

However with the loss of Mead and the introduction of spin saw runs became hard to come by. Sajid finished with five-38.

Wickets fell at regular intervals, until Lyndon Slassor 24 and Joel Gleghorn 44 put on a 60-run partnership. Barby reached 180-eight.

In reply, Pickwick were always under pressure from leading bowler Will Sinclair. Wickets fell regularly and Barby looked on course for a victory.

But late resistance from Iqbal 50 saw Pickwick close to hanging on for the draw.

However Barby held their nerve and took the last two wickets to win by 25 runs and secure a 24-point success.

The seconds were at home in a vital game at the top of the table.

Batting first the seconds rattled up what seemed like an unassailable target of 241-seven. This was thanks to Jack Bennett 42, Rob Stipanovic 31 an unbeaten 76 from Liam Perryman and 42 from Barry Taylor.

Although two early wickets fell, Pickwick through Shamirez Ali 107 and Mahmood 56, saw victory within their grasp. Towards the end of the innings runs came freely.

But Barby held firm and wickets began to fall with Pickwick finishing just eight runs short of the Barby total on 233-eight. This 17-point draw saw Barby remain second in the league.

The pick of the Barby bowlers were Tom Middleton with four-34 and Stev Stipanovic two-59.

The Sunday XI were away to Hampton and Solihull. And on a slow outfield they racked up an impressive 219-seven – thanks to Phil Beagley 50, Bikram Singh 78 and Rory Long 33.

The game was never in any doubt after an opening burst by Dave Knightbridge four-14. The other wicket takers were Matt Beagley, Bikram Singh and Sam Saeed.

Hampton and Solihull finished on 142-eight.