Barnards Green Cricket Club.Match Reports.



September 3rd 2005

BGCC 2nd XI vs Harborne
After returning from the clubs cricket tour of Torquay the seconds side was decimated by injuries and unavailability's, leading bowlers Sam Spencer and Lewis Hooper were unavailable after visits to Torquays A&E.The side to play visiting Harbourne was a mixture of seven green youngsters and extra experience of green legend Dave Creese who seemed to be healthier than many of the younger tourists.Phil Harris took the new ball and took a wicket in his first over,at the other end Ian Scullion was bowling off only a couple of paces due to a hamstring injury,he still was able to trouble the batsmen with his controlled swing bowling,Tom Clack replaced Harris and only conceeded 18 runs in his 5 over spell,Jamie Longmore took a couple of overs to find his rythm but returned respectable figures off his 8 overs in the middle of the innings.With Harbourne well placed 180 for 3 off 39 overs Skipper Spencer introduced the expierenced Creese into the bowling attack ,this had the desired effect he removed the dangerous Garbutt for 87, Robbins for 42 and Akhtar for 27,Phil Harris returned to finish off the overs ,in a superb spell he finished up with 3 for 47 off ten overs.Creese ended up with 4 for 13 from 5 overs,Harbournes innings finished on 228 when they were bowled out in the 49th over,a good display again in the field considering the limited resources,both 14 yearolds Clack and Scullion [jnr] bowled tidy spells which bodes well for the future.Dave Knapper who was hampered by back injury picked up on tour and Dave Creese opened the innings against the pacey Iyer and  accurate Wilson ,these two did thier job of seeing off the new ball ,the opening stand was broken in the 16th over when Creese was out for 20 with the score on 57.Knapper soon followed for 29,this exposed the young middle order of the green side.But as has been the case this season Jon Lewis 18,LiamPaddock 19 and Phil Harris 28 all made contributions .At 113 for 4 skipper spencer joined Harris ,together they took the score along to 162 when Harris was out.Spencer was next out when the green were on 199 his 51 had brought the target within sight,it was left to Ian Scullion 25no and Tom Clack 11no to see the green home in the 43rd over with 4 wickets in hand.A fine team performance but with special mention for Phil Harris for his alround performance with bat,ball and in the field, not forgetting the part Dave Creese played with bat and ball.At the start of the day the green needed 17 points to win the league,with the 20 points gained today they have made sure local rivals Malvern cannot overhaul them with one game remaining.
Many thanks for the match day sponsors "ALDINE PRESS"


Harborne vs BGCC 1st X1
On Saturday Barnards Green CC 1st XI traveled to Harborne knowing that 13 points would finally secure promotion to division 1 of the Worcestershire league.
With this in mind and a hot day a flat wicket Green skipper Chris Smedley had no hesitation in deciding to bat first. Mark Hooper struck to glorious boundaries before being caught off an equally attractive shot, leaving the Green 15 for 1. Daniel Flynn was then dropped first ball to a simple chance at square leg. This was to cost Harborne dearly. Kevin Golder was also dropped early on and after these scares the pair set about destroying the home attack. The ball was flying to all parts with Flynn in particular showing no mercy to the bowlers. Golder too was stroking the ball well and the pair completed 50’s. Flynn then found some more gears and raced to a hundred in the 21st over. After drinks he continued his savage attack as the Green raced to a huge total. Flynn finally fell attempting another aerial shot and was caught at deep extra cover for 184. The innings included 15 sixes and took just 27 overs. Golder completed a superb century shortly after. Gary Lewis contributed 32 and Tim Clarke an unbeaten 20 as the Green posted a colossal 417 for 6 in 48 overs declared.
Realistically needing only 3 wickets for promotion the Green started well when Tim Williams removed both openers with the aid of catches from T. Clarke and Golder. Paul Drinkwater then got the vital 3rd wicket caught behind by Adam Binks. Harborne then dropped the anchors and made no attempt to score and concentrated solely on survival. Jez Clarke and later Daniel Flynn and Duncan Bell picked up wickets but the Green were unable to gain any momentum and ran out of overs. Harborne closed on 155 for 7. The Green picked up 15 points and so guaranteed promotion to division 1. The Green has achieved a second successive promotion and is testament to all the hard work that both the players and club officials have put in. They will be looking forward to the challenge that division 1 will undoubtedly provide as the club moves on in these exciting times for all involved. On Saturday the Green complete their league campaign at home to Netherton, the side that has chased them down for so long.

BGCC Singles vs Belbroughton
In a dramatic finale to the season Barnards Green ‘Singles’ gained the necessary points off the last ball of the match to see them crowned as the WCL Division 5 Champions.With tour hangovers on display and did Curts have the heart for the match everyone knew this was it.
The ‘Singles’ were asked to make first use of a dry wicket and openers Ratcliffe and Doughty made steady progress until Ratcliffe parted for 7. Freeman kept Doughty company as the prolific opener started to find the boundary. Freeman was then unceremoniously retired hurt with one that jagged back and the clunk on his protector was heard around the county. Some thought he might have Mumps as lumps appeared in his neck. With Belbroughton giving Edwards a deserved rest the Green accelerating the scoring as Curtis peppered long on and off whilst Doughty was now striking the ball to all parts and his dismissal for 48 came as a surprise to all. The Green middle order decided today was the days for runs and all made significant contributions to the total. Curtis 29 @ 168 beats per minute, Brown with a sparkling 44 using all parts of his bat to good effect, Beavan with a wristy 34 and a powerful 27 from Metcalfe ensured the Green posted a decent score. The returning Freeman and Hill perished in the quest for quick runs but 243 looked a good score.
The Belbroughton response was serene and the Green knew that the winning draw would be sufficient for the Championship. After Boardman’s dismissal the incoming Burrows upped the tempo but the scoring rate was creeping ever upwards. Matt Brookes bowled twelve straight for a miserly 27 but the batters now went on the offensive. Ratcliffe could not find a bowler to make the necessary breakthrough until Hill had Knights well caught in the deep for 43 when Brown leapt from his chair to take an excellent catch. G Ross made his attacking intentions clear from the first ball and with Burrows starting to open up the ‘Singles’ found themselves on the back foot. With 80 needed off 13 overs the title was slipping away, Steve Beavan then ran out Burrows for a fine 68. Doughty was brought back and quickly removed Ross for 48. Belbroughton continued the chase but the Green were missing vital chances in the deep until Doughty aided by the excellent hands of Chris Hill put the ‘Singles’ in charge with 5 for 48. Stokes had other ideas and with 33 required off the last three overs smashed the ball with gay abandon, Metcalfe spilt a chance and injuring himself bringing Bob Rogers onto the field of play as substitute. With 18 required off the last over it was down to wise campaigner Chris Hill to bowl. A boundary, dot and single brought Stokes on strike who smashed a huge six then a scrambled two leaving Belbroughton with six to win. To the delight and relief of the ‘Singles’ players he could only manage two and Barnards Green were the 2005 Division 5 Champions.
The champagne cork flew, and was dropped by Ratters but the achievement will long be remembered. Well done Ratters! And well played all those that played a part in the champion effort.
P.S. Bob Rogers is expecting a medal for his one over fielding stint!