Villagers marching on in national knockout

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FOR the second year running Barby won the Northamptonshire section of the village knockout, defeating Middleton Cheney at the BCG.

They now move on to the regional finals of the competition.

The start was delayed to allow the outfield to dry following overnight rain and having lost the toss Barby were asked to bat first. The pitch was damp and slow following all the rain and scoring was slow.

But the innings was held together by an excellent 80 by Rob Field who batted for most of the Barby innings.

At 50-two after 20 overs it looked as though the visitors were on top. But led by Field and some big hitting notably by Tom Gleghorn (25) and Joel Gleghorn (18 not out) Barby posted a competitive 172-six.

Neil Hillman was the pick of the Middleton Cheney bowlers with two-26.

The visitors reply started with three quick wickets taken by Bikram Singh who finished with three-20.

Middleton Cheney then started to rebuild their innings with 32 from Matt Stevens and 18 from Neil Hillman. But in the space of two overs Phil Beagley (two-25) removed top scorer Stevens and Adam Shay (three-28) removed Hillman.

This saw Barby take control of the match and wickets fell steadily and the visitors were dismissed for 116. Two late wickets by Dan Dury saw the end of a competitive but sporting match.

Barby now move on to the next round with a home draw to the Leicestershire winners on July 1.

On Saturday both the first team and seconds faced Atherstone Town in the Warwickshire League. Overnight rain saw the Firsts’ off.

The second string were at home in one of the few game to be played in the league.

Having won the toss Barby bowled first. Opener Manny Alcock was the pick of the Atherstone innings with 33 but no other batsmen really supported him. Despite several rain breaks the visitors were dismissed for just 101.

Tom Middleton (five-37) and Stev Stipanovic (four-21) were the pick of the Barby bowlers. The other wicket was taken by Adam Shay.

In reply, Barby looked to be heading to an easy win with Liam Perryman (22) and Nigel Hancock batting well, but Hancock suffered an injury limped off. This led to a couple of quick wickets and Barby were struggling at 50-four.

Adam Shay hit a steadying knock of 22 supported by a dogged 13 not out from Phil Beagley. After Shay was run out, Hancock hobbled back on to the pitch and both he and Barby limped over the line.

Hancock finished on 23 not out. Barby reaching 102-five.

Being the only completed game, this saw Barby move up the table to sit in second place.