PLAYING only their second league game of the summer campaign, Barry Athletic travelled to Rogerstone, with visiting captain John Gee electing to bat.
In sunny conditions, Barry openers Aaron Smith and David Goodway put on 31 for the first wicket before the former was bowled for six. This was followed by a 40-run partnership before Rhett Jones was caught in the deep for 21. Nathan Baker was next to go for a fine 24 with the score on 143 and there was a flurry of wickets as Barry lost their last seven batsmen for just 55 runs. The 198-run total after 44 overs included a fine and flowing 13 in 13 balls from Ashley Baker and 85 for Goodway. D Nel took five for 35.
Rogerstone’s innings go off to a flyer as their openers got stuck into the Barry bowling especially Frost whose first four overs went for 29. However, Steve Jones produced a tight spell at the other end and grabbed the first wicket when trapping A Harris for 20 with the score on 29. Following the departure of Trinder (33), bowled by Gee, with the score on 63, wickets fell at regular intervals, with the skipper (3-24) picking up another two.
With Hellyar pitching in with three for 46, Rogerstone were 106 for seven and this soon became 123 for eight before Aldaway and Berry looked as if they were going to snatch an unlikely victory for the home side.
However, following an 81-run partnership, Usswald trapped Aldaway for 18 and it was anyone's game until a controversial moment. After requesting a runner, Berry hit the ball to mid off and set off for a run himself, leaving his runner stood at the striker's end. With the ball returned to the bowler, Berry was run out as Athletic clinched a two-run win.
BARRY ATHLETIC: 198 (D Goodway 85, N Baker 24, R Jones 21; D Nel 5-35)
ROGERSTONE: 196 (Aldaway 89no, Trinder 33; J Gee 3-24, P Hellyar 3-46)
This Saturday the Firsts are home Malpas, with the 2nd XI playing the same opponents away, while the Sunday XI entertain Llantwit Major.
Youngsters between are ages of seven and 15 are invited to attend junior training (6.15-7.45pm) at the Island ground on Thursday nights.