Villagers complete a clean sweep at the weekend

Barby 216-nine beat Moseley Ashfield 94 all out

BARBY batted first at home to Moseley Ashfield and were quickly into gear reaching 100 before the first wicket fell, with Los Mead 53 and Bryce Long 29 leading the way.

But one of this season’s frailties returned when a collapse ensued, Barby going from 100-0 to 102-five.

However a strong partnership from Will Sinclair 53 n.o. and Rob Field 38 helped Barby post 216-nine.

In reply Moseley Ashfield started poorly with several quick wickets, with Dave Watson who gave up the keeping gloves to bowl took three-41, Will Sinclair following up his earlier 50 with two-24.

Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, then the introduction of this season’s leading wicket taker Rory Long saw him rap up the tail with four-18.

This was a welcome return to winning ways after several weeks of disappointing performances.

The second string were away to Moseley Ashfield and lost the toss and were asked to bowl on a small ground with a very fast outfield.

Adam Shay recently returned from a calf injury was looking in good form taking one-14 before the injury curse struck again.

A number of batsmen got a start for Moseley Ashfield with Haider and Mahmood both hitting 30.

However Barby plugged away with Phil Beagley regularly taking wickets to finish with Barby’s first league five-wicket haul of the season finishing with five-65. Moseley Ashfield finished on 217-nine.

In reply, Barby again got off to a strong start with a 90-run partnership from Rob Stipanovic 42 and Jack Bennett who went on to make 76, looked to have set up an easy win.

A slow run rate in the middle order saw Barby wanting 40 off six overs, wickets began to fall with Neill Chippington 38 holding the innings together, wanting 12 off two overs. Chippington hit a four and then was bowled.

This led to skipper Nigel Hancock holding his nerve and hitting two fours in the last over to see Barby hit their winning target of 218 with just two balls to spare.

This recorded the second team’s first league win of the season.

The friendly XI on Sunday entertained The Merchants Inn, made up of several Barby Saturday players.

The runs flowed as Barby raced to 301-seven off 40 overs with Lyndon Slassor hitting 157 (including six sixes) and supported by Joel Gleghorn 38 and Steve Blanks 28 not out.

J Bermingham was the pick of the Merchants’ bowlers with three-30.

Merchants replied with Dave Watson hitting 83, supported by Los Mead’s 38.

Excellent catches from surprising candidates saw Barby restrict the opposition to 216 all out.

The pick of the bowlers was Rory Long two-four and Paul Fortnum two-35.