Victorious villagers celebrate winning ways

BARBY won the Northants section of the National Village knockout against Weekley and Warkton

The game was staged in the grounds of Boughton Hall in a lovely setting but on a damp wicket following the weekend’s rain.

Barby lost the toss and were asked to bowl.

Barby started poorly with paceman Will Sinclair struggling with the footmarks and a few early boundaries occurred.

But Barby quickly gained control with Dave Knightsbridge two-17 and Dave Watson three-25 keeping a tight control on the Weekley and Warkton batting.

Wickets continued to fall with no batsman being able to get going.

Veteran Stev Stipanovic took four-15 helped by two excellent stumpings by Tom Gleghorn. Barby bowled Weekley and Warkton out for just 91.

In reply, Barby got off to a flying start with Loz Mead hitting the opening bowlers around the ground being out for 23 in just four overs.

The bowling became more steady and a couple of further wickets fell, but Rob Field, 15 not out, and Dave Watson, 16 not out, saw Barby home.

Barby will now play the winners of the Derbyshire section of the competition.

Barby (seven points) lost to Old Edwardians (20 points)

Saturday saw Barby first team at home to Old Edwardians.

Following two successive wins the batting frailties set in with a regular batting collapse seeing Barby, who batted first, slump to 98-six at one stage.

Things turned round with a Barby seventh wicket record stand of 109 between Simon Gear (100 n.o.) and Rory Long (50) seeing Barby finish on 207-seven.

Hussain was the pick of the bowlers with three-44.

Barby took wickets regularly with Sinclair, Watson and Rory Long taking two wickets a piece a good lower order innings from R Mohammed (68 n.o), P Clark (31) and Z Shah (39) saw Old Edwardians home with 10 balls to spare. Barby lost by two wickets.

The seconds were away to Streetly in a rain-affected game. Having lost overs at the start of the game, Barby asked Streetly to bat and tight bowling from Adam Shay (two-27) saw Streetly struggle.

After further rain Streetly came out and set Barby a challenging target of 204-six off 48 overs with Tom Middleton and Troy Reeves taking two wickets.

Barby’s innings was reduced to 42 overs and although runs flowed regularly, Barby were always just shy of the runs required to win.

A fine innings from Neill Chippington (63) supported by Jack Bennett (34) and Dan Dury (28) saw Barby heading for a winning draw.

But late wickets saw Matt Beagley and Craig Lester hold out for the draw with Barby finishing on 187-eight.

Had the innings been 48 overs Barby may well have won, settling for 15 points and continuing their three-game unbeaten record and their move to fourth in the table.