Barbarians beat Servies

ALL-ROUNDER: Brandon Landsborough contributed with the bat and ball in the Barbarians' win over Ex-Services at the sportsground over the weekend.

ALL-ROUNDER: Brandon Landsborough contributed with the bat and ball in the Barbarians' win over Ex-Services at the sportsground over the weekend.

Barbarians earned their first victory since their step up into Armidale District Cricket Association’s top grade competition this year by tearing through Ex-Services.

In the opening round of the association’s two-day competition, the Baa Baas won the toss and sent Servies into bat. 

The first innings was one to forget for Servies who managed just 109 from 38 overs. 

The Baa Baas top order looked like they were going the same way and were 6-60 at one point. 

Brandon Landsborough settled the team with a solid 59 before Clarrie Moran came in and belted 119 with 17 fours and three sixes contributing to the Baa Baas total of 315. 

The second innings went much the same for Servies who only added 165 to their first innings total. 

It wasn’t enough to meet the Barbarians’ first innings total and handed the newcomers the win. 

Captain Brad Rafferty contributed the win to the availability of the side’s key players and said the efforts of the bowlers were a vital part of the match. 

"I think it was just a matter of consistency in the team we have been naming,” he said. 

"We are getting all the big guns together in one hit and it is helping us out a bit. 

"Troy Dawson on day one, he took 5-27 from 13 overs, he was awesome with the ball.

"Jason Boland took 2-15 off eight [overs], Nick Levy he bowled really well on the first day with a couple of wickets for 20 runs.” 

Though the side are yet to win a game in the one-day format, Rafferty said their game plan hadn’t changed when preparing for the longer, two-day match. 

"One-dayers and two-dayers, we just approach them the same in the field, just 100 miles an hour,” he said. 

"I think it was a bit of a different style, two-day for Ex-Services. 

"Not used to playing them at that speed so that helped us a lot, a really fast over rate and [we] didn't give them much to work with.” 

With one win under their belt, the Barbarians now turn to tackling ladder-leaders Hillgrove, who have been the standouts this season. 

They outrighted City in the other game after posting a massive first innings of 3-344.

Skipper Matt Baillie led from the front with 173. He and Josh Croft put them well and truly on the front foot with a 145-run opening stand.

Baillie and Matt Schaefer (93) then joined forces and put on 173-runs for the second to take them beyond 300 before just shy of 60 overs the skipper declared.

It was hard work for the City bowlers with Rory Evers, Peter Lye and Lachlan Laycock the only three to have success.

Kyle Taylor then hit 77 and Karl Triebe 46 as they were dismissed for 193. 

Schaefer backed up his efforts with the bat with three wickets, Jack Carey also chiming in with three.

With a lead of 151, Baillie sent City back in.

It looked like they might have to bat again when, promoted to open, Taylor (63) and Chris Brennan (44) put on 92 for the first wicket. But from there the wickets tumbled regularly and they were all out for 137.

Schaefer took the new ball and was again amongst the wickets finishing with 2-21. Sean Skinner, Thomas Browne and Baillie also snared two wickets apiece.