Battling villagers lose out at the close

BARBY Firsts dominated for most of the game but still lost out against Ansley Sports in Division One of the Warwickshire Cricket League.

The away game was the first cricket played by the club this season due to the weather.

Having lost the toss, Barby were surprised to find themselves fielding.

A strong start saw Ansley reeling at 20-three with two wickets for Will Sinclair and one for Tom Gleghorn.

But a couple of missed chances and a slow rebuilding took place, with the occasional wicket, Ansley were 90-seven.

Bikram Singh took three wickets, but big hitting from Davies (46) and Morgan (58), saw the innings run away from Barby very quickly.

Some control was restored late on thanks to Will Sinclair’s return to the attack. He finished with five for 23 runs off 15 overs. Ansley reached 192 all out and the other Barby wicket-taker was Phil Beagley.

In reply, the loss of an early wicket made little impact as Barby steadily built their innings and looked on course to take the win.

Tom Gleghorn hit 43 but two quick wickets slowed the scoring down. Gleghorn was joined by Dave Watson who played an excellent innings. Barby were cruising and looked good for the win.

But the loss of three quick wickets saw the impetus of the innings change. Watson continued to play well with the rest of the batsmen falling by the wayside. Watson was last out for 54. Barby finished on 160.

Stev Stipanovic was in top form as Barby Second string beat Standard.

Having retired from first team cricket, Stipanovic took on his new role as second team captain.

Barby were put in to bat and the wickets regularly fell with only opener Lyndon Slassor reaching double figures on 29.

Barby were struggling on 68-eight when Stipanovic entered the fray.

Having amassed just 203 runs in 43 innings for the club, Stipanovic rolled back the years with a big-hitting knock.

He first accompanied Adam Shay (29) and then Troy Reeves who although only scored two, stayed in while the last pair put on 64. Stipanovic hit three sixes in his highest knock for the club and maiden club 50, finishing on 58.

Barby were all out for 177.

After a slow start, Standard reached 76-two and then slipped to 129 all out.

Stipanovic, fresh from his batting heroics, brought himself on with Slassor and they ripped through the Standard batting. Only Stride (36) and Curtis (25) showed any resistance. Slassor took four-21 and Stipanovic four-26.

The Sunday XI lost their away game to Long Itchington.

Having had their game against Napton cancelled, Barby arranged a game with Long Itchington, who batted first.

Barby struggled to contain the batsmen and the score continued to rattle along at six-seven an over.

The introduction of Bikram Singh, who took two wickets, along with Phil Beagley saw the innings slow a little. But Long Itchington finished on 213-five off their 40 overs.

Barby’s reply did not start well and a succession of wickets could have seen Barby bowled out for well under 100.

But Singh came in and played some lovely strokes, hitting an unbeaten 67.

Despite a 55-run eighth-wicket partnership with Phil Beagley this was not enough.

And although some respectability was gained Barby were all out off the last ball of the match for 162.