Barnards Green cricket Club Match Reports.



1st June 2003

Barnards Green

Sunday Casuals vs Broadwas





With Barnards Green going from strength to strength thanks to an excellent youth coaching policy, they were able to field three teams on Sunday, with the Sunday Casuals entertaining Broadwas at Newland. Batting first, Broadwas started brightly with Chris Oakley punishing anything short of a length and skipper Knight equally scathing on anything over pitched. However, with the score on 30 off just 6 overs, Knight holed out to Chris Fredericks at mid on off the impressive youngster Devon Ward who later returned to pick up three further wickets to finish with 4 for 18. Dave Kyte then joined Oakley and the two of them took the score rapidly to 88 before Emily Price dismissed both in relatively quick succession, Knight well caught by debutant Jamie Plant who fielded excellently throughout. Oakley was deceived by the guile of young Miss Price and was clean bowled and Mayfield was soon well caught by keeper Tim Price off another debutant Paul Julian who bowled an excellent spell of 2 for 28 off 10 overs. Emily picked up her third wicket following one of two excellent stumpings by big brother Tim and was unlucky not to finish with five wickets following a couple of missed catches. Thirteen year old Adam Price then tied up the tail conceding just three runs off his overs and Broadwas innings finished on 128 with Jordan hitting a solid 19 in the tail.

After a wonderful tea provided by Lyn Price, husband David set about the Broadwas bowling attack in ferocious style scoring 17 before being bowled by Mezzone whilst fellow opener Keith Middleton looked on bemused. Tim Price then hit a quick 16 before being well caught by Oakley on the deep square leg boundary. Chris Fredericks and Paul MacDonald both played dogged innings in support of Middleton who was finally dismissed for 49 and it was left to Jamie Plant to hit the winning runs to finish 10 not out on his debut. Knight finished with 4 for 29 in 10 good overs. Many thanks to match day sponsors Discount Carpet Warehouse of Worcester.

On winning the toss skipper Kevin Ratcliffe had no hesitation in deciding to bat. The Green got off to a rapid start despite losing the early wickets of Andy Wheeler (6) and Tim Clarke (9). Aggressive batting from New Zealander Danny Flynn well supported by Tim Williams saw the Green race to 100 in the 28th over, Flynn reaching his second century of the weekend in the 24th over. Flynn was out for 113 having put on 157 in 19 overs with Williams (70). Jez Clarke scored a fine 44 in the latter overs run chase and the Green finished on a superb 292-7 off 45 overs. In reply Stourbridge lost two quick wickets both to the bowling of Matt Brookes, Murphy caught at mid-wicket by Flynn and Dhoolab caught by Ratcliffe at point. Only Bradley with an excellent 90 looked dangerous as others around him struggled. The Stourbridge innings closed on 200-6 after 45 overs, Green winning by 92 runs.


FIELDING three teams on a Sunday stretched the Green's resources somewhat so it was with some trepidation that stand-in skip-per Andy Lamb visited Stourbridge.

The Green elected to bat and put on 120 for the first wicket as an in-form Rich Williams and young Liam Paddock mixed diligence with aggression. Paddock was eventually dismissed for 25. By this stage Williams moved comfortably to a century being severe on a series of short balls. Of the remaining batsmen only Rob Tyler was able to master the wicket as he shepherded the tail to a respectable 194-7 off their 45 overs.

In reply the home side struggled with Philip Harris claiming a wicket in his first over with the aid of an alert catch by Tom Wells. Stourbridge decided to adopt an aggressive approach but the Green's young bowlers persisted with line and length bowling, which brought due reward. Junior bowlers Phil Harris (4-33), Liam Paddock (3-15) and Rob Tyler (1-15) reduced the home side to 112-9 before the evergreen Bob Roger was called upon to break a stubborn last wicket stand.




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