3rd May 2008 - Match Reports.

Burghill & Tillingdon 2nd XI v Barnards Green 4th XI

Barnards Green 2nd XI VS Worcester Nomads 2nd XI

 

Another cricket season starts for Barnards Green 4th XI, however during the week the chances of play were being described as slim to none!! Once the weather turned on Thursday, the chances improved and a full match was able to be played in the Crusader Worcestershire Cricket League Division 4 2nd XI South at the picturesque ground in Burghill 

With the pitch still on the green and soft side, Burghill won the toss and elected to bowl first. Openers Lewis and Horne played patiently with the good balls early on, and then began to dispatch the poor balls into the outfield, due to the softness of the outfield, the ball struggled to find the rope which meant plenty of running for the batters! Following the loss of Horne for 14, Dean joined Lewis and the 2 put together a partnership of 80 in 20 overs. This partnership was full of excellent shots and running, and with a quicker outfield deserved to be well over a hundred partnership. 

Following the loss of both Lewis (35) and Dean (33), the rest of the middle and lower order failed to come to terms with the pace bowling of Biggs (6 overs, 2 for 16) and Sutty (6 overs, 3 for 26) and the Green were bowled out for 151 in 43 overs, a score that was helped by 41 extras, but short of the 175 to 200 which certainly looked possible whilst Lewis and Dean were at the crease. 

After tea, the Green were confident that with tight bowling and fielding they could defend the total and through building pressure pick up the wickets required for victory. Following a quality run out by returning Jamie Longmore and an inspired spell of seam bowling by Ian Alley (11 overs, 6 maidens, 19 runs, 4 wickets) Burghill were reduced to 26 for 4 inside 10 overs.  

With limited resistance coming from any batsman in the Burghill line up, only Cox (29), Evans (14) and Frier-Jones (11 not out) reached double figures, the Green bowlers were able to ease themselves in bowling outside for the first this season. James Watson and Jamie Longmore, both returning from extended breaks from cricket, bowled with variety and picked up wickets 

In the end, the bowling and fielding of the green was too much for Burghill and they were dismissed for 87 in 27 overs. This gave the Green 24 points and puts them top of the table following the first week of the season, with Canon Frome being welcomed to Newland this coming Saturday, the Green are confident of continuing their winning start

 

Barnards Green CC  1st XI Saturday Report

 

Heading into their first season back in the top tier of the Worcestershire Cricket League Barnards Green CC managed to avoid the early season rain and complete their pre season preparations with 2 comfortable wins over local rivals Worcester and Colwall.  At Norton in a 36 over game the Green posted a competitive 180 with Andy Fordís 47 the highlight.  In reply the game was over as a contest early with Worcester reduced to 40 for 6.  Matt Brookes ripped through the top order with 4 wickets.  When Colwall visited North End Lane the Green again secured a comfortable victory; this time by 10 wickets.  Colwall were bundled out for 120 with Tim Williams claiming 4 and Paul Drinkwater 3 wickets.  In reply Rich Williams and Liam Paddock both posted unbeaten 50ís as the Green cruised to victory in 20 overs.

Last week the Green was due to start their league campaign with a trip to Astwood Bank.  Despite a lovely sunny day the recent inclement weather left the ground under water and no play was possible; leaving both sides with 5 points.

On Saturday last yearís unlucky runners up Worcester Nomads were the visitors to North End Lane.  Groundsman Roy Mayoís outstanding work to get the game on due to the ground being under water on Thursday morning was there for all to see with the playing surface looking superb.  However visiting skipper Dannie Rees was happy to win the toss and invite the Green to bat first on a damp track offering slow but even bounce and some lateral movement.

Kevin Golder and Mark Hooper started positively and profited from a number of early wides.  However Damon Gariff bowled Hooper then had Golder leg before and Paddock perished the same way first ball to leave the Green in trouble at 30 for 3.  This brought together Tim Clarke and skipper Chris Smedley.  Whilst Smedley provided stubborn resistance Clarke played his naturally aggressive game and his 5 4ís and 3 6ís saw him cruise past a hugely impressive 50.  When he fell unluckily after a ball that had hit his inside thigh rolled between his legs and onto the stumps the Green had picked up good momentum and found them in a much more positive situation.  Sensing the chance to post a strong total Smedley kick started his own innings with a flurry of attacking shots before being caught on the cover boundary one short of a deserved 50.  Phil Harris (48) started his first knock of the year watchfully before moving smoothly through the gears and finding as well as clearing the boundary on a number of occasions.  When he, Ford (attempting an unlikely 3rd run) and Fowles (making his debut) fell in quick succession looking to increase the scoring rate the Green found themselves 197 for 8.  Tim Williams (26) and Matt Shimell (13no) then mixed aggressive stroke play with taking the singles on offer to move the Green to within sight of 250.  When Williams fell in the 49th over there was still time for Matt Brookes to hit the final ball of the innings over the mid wicket boundary to leave the Green on 250 for 9.

In reply Nomads made a poor start with Matt Brookes trapping Dean Oliver leg before and then getting James Smith caught by the diving Tim Clarke at square leg.  The experienced Malcolm Jones and Damon Gariff the formed an impressive partnership; consolidating then accelerating the scoring to leave the game well poised.  Gariff then pushed the ball wide of Phil Harris at mid wicket and called his partner through.  Harris swooped and fired the ball to keeper Kev Golder who removed the bails to leave Jones just short.  With Smedley bowling particularly tightly and the Greenís fielders in top form the Nomads scoring was strangled and wickets fell regularly; 2 for Smedley and 1 for Ford.  Dannie Rees then pushed to backward point and ran for a quick single.  In the blink of an eye Mitchell Fowles picked up the ball and threw the stumps down at the bowlers end to leave the Nomads skipper short.  Smedley pushed for victory by bringing back Australian quick Matt Shimell who removed Lakin immediately and Derek Austin chipped Smedley to point.  However, throughout Gariff remained unfazed and he and Gardiner were able to see out the final overs to avoid victory.  The Green will be very happy with this performance and claim 17 points.  Tomorrow old rivals Bromyard are the visitors to North End Lane where Barnards Green will be looking to build on the early season form they have enjoyed. 

 

 

 

BGCC made the short journey to Worcester Nomads in search of their first game of the season and thankfully the weather held off for them to return with 20 points for their troubles. 

With captain Phillip Spencer away on a youth training course Vice Skipper Jez Clarke won the toss and inserted the home side on a firm looking track. 

The Greenís opening attack mixed youth and experience with Spencer (jnr) and Scullion (snr) (11 overs 3-10). 

Even with the steep hill to contend with scullion struck early having Pearson LBW for 1 and with Omerod playing expansive shots every ball with little contact it was a matter of time before he had him superbly caught at first slip by Dave White for just 2. 

Skipper Leach and the experience of Dixon provided some resistance in the middle order for Nomads but the newly introduced Drinkwater kept things tight with his off spin picking up regular wickets throughout his 17 over spell. Spencer finished his spell down the hill with 9 overs 0 for 22. and Scullion was given the chance to stretch his weary legs with gravity on his side this time and immediately removed skipper leach. 

With some great fielding from a very youthful green side accompanied by a slow wet outfield a large total never looked on the cards. Thompson and Marsh (27) had a mid order flurry until Dave White took his second stunning catch of the game this time in the deep to remove Marsh.  

An excellent run out by Sam Spencer saw Nomads all out for 108 off 45 overs. 

Barnards Green started their run chase cautiously knowing they had 55 overs to accomplish the total and with the slow out field they would just have to take their time. 

Scullion Jnr and all rounder Drinkwater started out in pursuit of the total and looked in no real trouble. 

Suddenly they were in just that after Scullion was clean bowled by Thompson for just 8 and Drinkwater was Run out for 5 leaving the away side 20 for 2. 

This bought Kevin Ratcliffe and Stand in skipper Jez Clarke to the crease with consolidation on their minds. They rotated the strike sensibly at the same time putting the bad ball away, knowing that the finish line was never far away. 

Thompson bowled well throughout his 11 over spell 2-30 as he eventually had Ratcliffe LBW for a supporting 14.  

Dave white was next to the crease and he stayed the distance and supported the skipper as he continued to punish the bad ball and rotate the strike with ease. 

In the 30th over the Green were home and dry with Jez Clarke finishing 61 not out off 66 balls 7 X 4ís & 1X6 and Dave white 8 not out. 

Barnards Green won by 7 wickets.