County League: Barkby United seal Premier resturn despite loss

Barkby United, from left, back ' Aiden Morris, Ryan Waplington, James Kirk, Jack Berrisford, Rob Townsend, Ian Kirk; front ' Tom Flowers, Lloyd Phillips, Steve Flowers, Martin Troop, Matt Boyce. EMN-150809-124543002
Barkby United, from left, back ' Aiden Morris, Ryan Waplington, James Kirk, Jack Berrisford, Rob Townsend, Ian Kirk; front ' Tom Flowers, Lloyd Phillips, Steve Flowers, Martin Troop, Matt Boyce. EMN-150809-124543002
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Barkby United had a nervous wait before they could begin celebrating promotion back to the County league Premier Division on Saturday.

United slipped to defeat at Leicester Banks on the final day, but results elsewhere meant the eight points were enough to send them up to the top flight.

Banks won the toss and put the visitors into bat on a slow wicket, and with only two runs on the board, Ian Kirk was bowled for two.

Seven runs later Tom Flowers mistimed a shot and was caught for five.

Matt Boyce and Jack Berrisford took the score to 47 before Berrisford was bowled by Nai for 16, and Steve Flowers was bowled first ball by Nai to leave Barkby on 47-4.

Aiden Morris and Boyce put on 78 for the fifth wicket before Boyce was caught on the boundary for a valuable 55, and Morris was the next batsman to be dismissed for 35 with the score on 138.

One run later Waplington was out without scoring and at 139-7 Barkby looked in big trouble.

Rob Townsend and Martin Troop took the score to 171 before Townsend was out trapped lbw for 31.

Troop and Jamie Drake put on 53 for the ninth wicket, Drake playing an aggressive innings, hitting three sixes in his 26 not out, while Troop finished on 15 not out as Barkby’s innings closed on 214-8.

Barkby swung the game back in their favour by taking the first four Leicester wickets with only 62 on the board. And when Townsend had Naik caught by Berrisford, the home side were reduced to 99-5.

Sai attacked the bowling from the start of his innings, scoring 87 not out, and when he was joined by P. Patel (30 not out), the Banks reached their target in the 43rd over.

But The eight points, coupled with Enderby’s surprise defeat at home to Earl Shilton, were enough to clinch promotion.

Barkby: I. Kirk 2, M. Boyce 55, T. Flowers 5, J. Berrisford 16, S. Flowers 0, A. Morris 35, R. Townsend 31, R. Waplington 0, M. Troop 15*, J. Drake 26*, Extras 29. Total: 214-8.

Leicester Banks: 215-5

Bowling: R. Waplington 9-0-45-1; J. Kirk 4-0-30-1; R. Townsend 12-2-44-2; A. Morris 10.4-1-52-0; J. Drake 2-0-20-0; T. Flowers 5-1-23-1.