By Jamie Arrowsmith 18/06 Updated: 18/06 16:01
BARBY have won the Northamptonshire section of the National Village Knockout for the second year in a row after defeating Middleton Cheney by 56 runs on Sunday.
The start was delayed at the BCG in order to allow the outfield to dry following overnight rain but when the action did begin, Barby but were put in after losing the toss.
The pitch proved damp and slow following all of the recent rain and scoring was slow as a result.
Barby's innings was held together by Rob Field's excellent 80 as he stayed in the middle for the majority of the home side's overs.
It appeared the visitors were getting on top at 50-2 after 20 overs but Field came to the fore and aided by some big hitting from Tom Gleghorn (25) and Joel Gleghorn (18no) helped push the final total to 172-6. Neil Hillman was the pick of the Middleton Cheney attack with 2-26.
Bikran Singh (3-20) picked up three quick wickets at the start of the visitor's reply but Middleton Cheney dug deep and rebuilt through Matt Stevens (32) and Neil Hillman (18).
However, in the space of two overs Phil Beagley (2-25) removed Stevens and Adam Shay (3-28) dismissed Hillman.
That saw Barby take control and wickets fell steadily from that point with the last one going with the total on 116. Two late wickets for Dan Dury saw the end of a competitive but sporting contest.
Barby now move on to a home draw with the winners of the Leicestershire section on July 1.
Saturday's trip to Atherstone Town was rained off but the 2nds did see some action in the reverse fixture, winning by five wickets.
Having been put in, Atherstone's opener Manny Alcock proved the pick of the batsmen has he made 33 but he struggled to find support.
With several rain breaks also disrupting Atherstone, they were dismissed for 101 as Tom Middleton (5-37) and Stev Stipanovic (4-21) proved the pick of the attack. Adam Shay took the other wicket to fall.
Barby looked to be heading to an easy win in reply with Liam Perryman (22) and Nigel Hancock batting well.
However, Hancock suffered what at first looked like a career threatening injury and had to limp off. That led to a couple of quick wickets and Barby were struggling at 50-4.
Shay hit a steadying knock of 22, supported by a dogged 13no from Phil Beagley, before being run out. That led to Hancock (23no) hobbling back onto the pitch and both him and Barby limped over the line at 102-5.
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