4th July 2009 - Match Reports.
|Redditch CC vs Barnards Green 2nd XI||Barnards Green 1st XI vs Redditch.|
Biff! Whack! Thump! Kapow! Captions from an episode of Batman, but yesterday, captions matching the sound of leather on the willow of Paul Drinkwater (81) and Cyril Dean (65). They were superheroes in their own right in this challenging fixture away at Redditch Rugby, Cricket, Football and drunken chav walking across the pitch Sports Club.
Winning yet another toss skipper Judd Doughty had no hesitation in asking Redditch to bat first on a surprisingly green but rock hard wicket. Matt Brookes (10-2-30-1) bowled excellently with the new ball on his return to second team cricket backed up by the quick but at times erratic Tom Clack (7-1-27-0). The home batsmen got off to a decent start and exploited the gaps in what was a large field occupied by the oldest team the Green have put out this year. At 57 for none the visitors had to put the brakes on and Louis Loader (5-0-27-0) followed by Paul Drinkwater (15-1-56-4) and then Lewis Hooper (13-0-49-4) began the hard task of slowing the run rate down and picking up wickets at regular intervals. All bowled well, Loader, bowling in the seconds for the first time mixed his pace well and showed what a talent he is. Drinkwater, ‘the slot machine’ nagged the batsmen with his unerring lines and Hooper, who has developed fantastically this season, allowed the ball to hang in the air drawing false shots from a number of batsmen. Brewer took three sharp stumpings, and kept efficiently again proving he must be one of the leagues’ top stumpers, regardless of his age and is a first team player in the making. An innings which started looking likely of posting 270 plus stuttered and stumbled to 200 for 9 in 50 overs.
After a tea which saw the home side eat most of the food before the Green players entered the tea room (where has etiquette gone?) the opening batsmen of Doughty (12) and Lewis (0) headed out to bat on a wicket which had been freshly soaked when the plastic sheets protecting the wicket had been inadvertently emptied on a length after a brief rain shower. Lewis missed a straight one and Doughty chopped on whilst attempting to late cut a painfully slow delivery. Drinkwater (81) started his innings with freedom and a flourish whilst Curtis (1) was unlucky to glove a lifting delivery from the off-spinner. Dean (65) announced himself with a pulled four and then with his southpaw batting partner began the epic task of rebuilding the innings. Both batsmen rode their luck whilst hitting the ball in the air but this created more gaps as the field spread allowing quick singles and calculated twos to be taken. Drinkwater finally perished playing a tired looking shot which brought Hooper (28*) to the crease. Dean, struggling with a gunshot wound to the leg, was run out allowing Steve Metcalfe (5*), batting with a runner after also being hit by a sniper, to swat a four to mid-wicket easing the pressure before Hooper first prodded and poked then later swotted and swiped the Green to victory.
Yet again the ‘Youth Club’ battled, fought and didn’t give up allowing them to obtain a positive result against what is a very strong and experienced Redditch side who deserve to be in the top 3 in the league. With four key players out either through promotion or holiday and two players getting injured during the game it was a fine demonstration of the strength in depth that the club and second team has this season. Well done, again, boys. Worcester Nomads visit us next week and they’re a strong side also!
After a couple of
desperately disappointing results Barnards Green bounced back to winning
ways with a victory over an in form Redditch outfit. Green won the toss and
with North End Lane bathed in sunshine and a wearing wicket there were few
surprises when captain Williams elected to bat.
Redditch 146 all out [46.2 Overs] (Ford 3-32 Murphy 3-37)