3rd September 2011 - Match Reports.

Ombersley vs Barnards Green 2nds.  

Smashed windows, bloody lips, Cornish pasties, dropped catches, two gallon jugs of squash and 24 points in the bag – it all happened at Ombersley on Saturday for the Green second eleven.

A rock hard batting track with a large but well tended outfield was primed for the team batting first in this mid-table, nothing-to-lose but all-to-play-for encounter. The home side won the toss and elected to have first use of the facilities. Adams and Thompson bowled well, with pace and nip but failed to penetrate, going at five an over for the first ten. Scullion took over from Thompson, slipped a few past the edge but lost his shape by the end of his 7 over spell leaving the stage set for the irrepressible Hooper. Clack, without doubt, bowled his finest spell of the season at the bowling green end. Jogging in off just three paces his bullets fired out four of the top five in a mean 13 over spell. Doughty, replacing Clack for the final 8 overs took a couple of wickets to tie things up nicely. Hooper also took four key wickets with bounce more than twist, helping to take the total from 86 without lost to a below par 206 all out. Whilst three catches were put down, Hennessy, Binks behind the stumps and Dean in the gully took five very good catches between them in a decent fielding display contributing to Ombersley’s rapid decline.

Mini pasties, scotch eggs, melon, chocolate covered fingers (own-brand kit-kats), pineapple rings, jaffa cakes and so much more – those who weren’t there missed a ‘dead-cert top three’ tea.
Wheeler and Binks took on the new ball. Binks looked solid and particularly strong square of the wicket whilst Wheeler picked up where he left off last week, the week before and the week before that smashing the bowling to all parts. Wheeler scored a fine 64 whilst Binks perished for 32. Hennessy, buoyed by the verbals returned to him played some pleasant strokes in his 22 before walking past a straight one. Banks, having a bad day after breaking a window and being hit in the face during the warm-up looked calm and settled before falling for a well fought 14 as the state of the game changed. The spinners tightened their grip on the Green’s reply and new batsmen Dean and Doughty found run scoring tough. Dean took the aerial route once too often and man of the moment Hooper joined his skipper to edge the game to a close. Doughty fell with just a handful of runs to get leaving the bowling heroes Hooper and Clack to snatch an excellent victory with 18 balls to spare.

This was a great a win for the Green against a very good Ombersley side. Next week we visit league
champions Barnt Green for our penultimate game of the season.