Barkby United collapse to Cropston defeat

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A poor all-round performance left Barkby needing major improvements if they are to mount a promotion challenge this season.

Barkby won the toss and put visitors Cropston into bat, and the hosts began well as Pick bowled Finnemore for three and then captain Tilley, caught in the slips by Townsend, for 10.

Townsend then took another slip catch off James Kirk to dismiss Wormleighton for 10, reducing Cropston to 36-3 and justifying the decision to put the visitors in.

Cropston lost two more wickets with the score not yet on 100, but Ian Allen and Rao put on 115 for the sixth wicket, and at 212-6, the visitors looked set for a formidable total.

Spinners Townsend and Drake slowed the scoring rate, Townsend trapping Rao LBW for 95 before Drake had Allen caught by Pick for 58.

Townsend took two further wickets to restrict the visitors to 239-9.

Barkby’s innings once again started badly, losing Flowers and Hollis with only 13 on the board.

Townsend and Drake were also early casualties and at 35-4, Barkby were in deep trouble.

Ian Kirk and Matt Harby put on 51 for the fifth wicket, but the home side added just 30 more runs for the last five wickets to be dismissed for 116, and leave Cropston victors by 123 runs,

It had been an erratic bowling performance, while no batsman had been able to play a major innings.

Cropston: 239-9.

Bowling: J. Kirk 11-1-53-2; C. Pick 6-0-41-2; I. Kirk 9-2-45-1; R. Waplington 3-0-24-0; R. Townsend 9-1-44-3; J. Drake 7-1-27-1.

Barkby: S. Flowers 8, B. Hollis 0, R. Townsend 12, I. Kirk 35, J. Drake 3, M. Harby 20, L. Phillips 2, R. Waplington 12, M. Troop 5, J. Kirk 1*, C. Pick 4, Extras 14. Total: 116.

* Barkby’s National Village Cup match with the Jolly Sailor was cancelled after the home side failed to raise a team and conceded the game.

Barkby will play Lubbesthorpe at home on May 17.