1st July 2006 - Match reports.
Barnards Green 1st XI vs Brockhampton
Brockhampton won the toss and asked Barnards Green to make first use of a very good batting track. Rich. Williams and Kev. Golder again opened positively, taking the score to 90 without loss by the twentieth over. A fine performance. At this point two wickets fell in quick succession, first Kev.Golder for 26 then P. Drinkwater for a quick 8. Rob McCard joined Rich.Williams who together recovered the innings taking The team score onto 131 before Williams fell caught behind off the bowling of A.Rauf, Brockhampton’s over seas player. Middle order wickets fell in pairs until
over thirty eight when with the score on 177 for 8, some lusty hitting by Captain Chis. Smedley, Tim. Williams and Duncan Bell lifted the Barnards Green final score to a useful 231 all out.
In reply to this first innings total, the Brockhampton openers were separated in the very first over, by the bowling of Rob. McCard. This early success was short lived, however, when fist A. Hewlett and A. Nahorniak, then A. Hewlett and J. Apperley battled on, reaching 98 for 2 by over twenty. By over thirty eight their score had been moved on to 170 for 3 when Hewlett was smartly caught behind the wicket by Adam Binks for 79 off the bowling of Tim Williams. The fall of this wicket brought A. Rauf to the crease who proceeded to plunder 47 runs off 23 deliveries to take Brockhampton to a winning total by the forty sixth over, leaving J. Apperley on 39 not out.
Once more a respectable total by the Green’s batsmen could not be protected by the bowlers and fielders due to some wayward overs being served up by the home sides bowling attack. Of the six bowlers used only Captain Smedley 2-5 and Rob. McCard 4-3 returning economy figures below that required for a result.
Brockhampton ---- 20 Points
Barnards Green----- 4 Batting bonus point + 1 bowling point
Brockhampton vs Barnards Green 2nd XI
The green seconds travelled to Brockhampton for an 11oclock start hoping for a better performance than the previous saturday.After winning the toss the green took to the field.G.Webb and G. parker opened the innings and put on 41 for the first wicket ,Parker survived a second ball regulation slip catch and a very adjacent LBW appeal which left Sam Spencer wicketless after 6 hostile overs, Tom Clack bowled his usual tidy spell again, he also was wicketless.Skipper Spencer then turned to the off spin of Lewis Hooper and decided to use his own variations from the other end.Hooper bowled 20 overs finishing with 3 for 85 , and Spencer bowled 19 overs for figures of 3 for 64. Brockhampton finished 210 for 6 off their allotted 50 overs, most of the home batsmen made double figures with Parker 38 and Edwards 48 top scoring.After a quick drinks break the green openers Brewer and Paddock began the reply , they had taken the score to 60 before Paddock was caught for 14, Wheeler came and went without troubling the scorer, Steve Bevan made 27, Jason Brewer finally sucumbed to heat exhaustion for a fine 67, leaving the greens reply in the balance 131 for 5 after 32 overs.Three more cheap wickets and the green were in trouble, Spencer then took control off the innings striking 37 before he played a reckless shot putting his side back into trouble. Tom Clack and Glendenning moved the total closer to the target before a mix up saw Clack runout for 12, Glendenning and Shane Thompson moved the green to within 1 run of Brockhamptons score when Glendenning was bowled for 16, leaving Brockhampton victors by 1 run. Brockhampton gained 24 points and the Green only 6 from a game they were favourites to win on more than one occasion.
Barnards Green 3rd XI vs Cleobury
Despite the failure of
Ratters negotiating skills to get this match started early Cleobury could
not get sufficient players to the ground for the scheduled start time and
forfeited the toss allowing Ratters to field first. A fiery opening over
from Hooper saw Curtis fly through the air to take a spectacular catch and
Cleobury were 0 for 1. Carter took a shine to Hooper and crashed him for
three successive boundaries until he skied an attempted hook and Freeman
back pedaled at first slip to take a fine catch high above his head. The
Green fielding was of the highest order as the batters struggled to pierce
the infield. Chris Hill was at his metronomic best as delivery after
delivery slapped into the keepers gloves. Hooper (3 – 39) wilted under the
sun and Brown kept the batters guessing with a mix of deliveries, Shorter’s
ordeal was ended with a catch by Ball to bring the dangerous Nick Griffiths
to the wicket. He signaled early intent with crashing drives but Hill, aka
Nostradamus, predicted the inside edge that bowled him and cleaned
Griffiths’ brother up next ball. Wilkinson released the shackles temporarily
until giving the impressive Simon Ball his first wicket when holing out.
Preece then survived as the ball flew through Hooper’s hand at mid on and he
cashed in making 35 valuable runs, Number 10 Williams(20 no) kept him
company to add 45 valuable runs but Brown (3 – 47) returned to mop up Preece
and the number 11 to leave the Green chasing 169.
Barnards Green 3rd XI vs Cleobury
Alternative version - ( both reports sent in by S Freeman ).. only he knows which is which!!!
Knighton on Teme vs Barnards Green 4th XI
Saturday saw the Green
4ths take the trip to Knighton on Teme, a picturesque little ground where
sheep and goats paid a passing interest to the days entertainment. Skipper
Ian Scullion won the toss and with temperatures in the high 80's and a team
packed with batting, he chose to bat first. At 35 for 6 when he entered the
fray, he was starting to question his decision. With some balls taking off
vertically and others shooting along the floor, the Green batsmen were ill
at ease on such a wicket and the home team bowlers, clearly used to such
conditions, exploited every inch of the wicket. When last man jamie
Longmore strode to the wicket a score of under 70 looked likely, but with
encouragement from his skipper at the other end, Jamie decided that shut eye
and swing was the best policy and proceeded to smash four fours and a few
singles to help his skipper, who top scored with 25, to take the Green to
103 before Longmore finally perished.