5th May 2012 - Match Reports.

Avoncroft vs BGCC 3rds

Water Orton vs BGCC 1sts

Avoncroft did well to get this match on given the dreadful conditions. In the end The Green were comprehensively beaten but there were highlights along the way - not least the run out of Dick Brown.

The match report this week is a compilation of the "twitter" feeds from the afternoon.

"And they're off at Avoncroft. Green thirds opening with Wheeler and Lewis. Damp ...... but game on.
First four of the year toThe Robster.... Six without loss as we experience the contrasting batting styles of these openers.
Lewis gone for four, caught at fine leg. Green are seven for one. Wheeler still to get off the mark.
Ratters off the mark with a shovel to cow corner and Wheeler responds with a four through extra cover.
Ratters gone. LBW. Looked a little high perhaps? Green now 20 - 2 off eight overs. Roger Thompson joins Wheeler.
Wheeler. Six...... and out. Well caught at cover. Andy stands. Did it carry? Umpire says "yes". 28-3.
Cyril Dean. Caught at slip. Gone for nought. Green in trouble at 29-4. Enter Dick Brown. Full of advice for others. How will he do?
Thompson survives a mis-cue over extra cover. Brown off the mark with an edge past gulley. Wides top scoring at the mo.
Shot of the day by Thompson. Lofted drive carries the boundary for six...make that four...tree got in the way. Sun comes out right on time.
Dick run out in bizarre fashion. Thought keeper had missed it so walks up pitch and keeper rolls the ball at the stumps. Oh dear says Dick!
Thompson realising we need runs hits two big sixes and follows with a four through mid wicket and another six! 80-5. Far more respectable.
Thompson brings up his fifty with a four and another six in successive balls. Needs someone to stay with him though. Dave White. Over to you.
100 up for the Green with a risky chip over mid-wicket. Yet another bowling change but all seam still. Are you watching skipper?
And Thompson has gone! Caught on the backward square boundary going for another big one. Sam Daffin joins White. Play straight Sam! 104-6.

Dave White unlucky to be caught and bowled. Hit it well. One of those that just stick!

Adam Price. Out second ball. Big Zero. Should have got on the front foot Ads.. Eight down. The end is nigh perhaps?
Antony Eyles. Played it too early. Another victim of the slow pitch. Last man in now. Get the kettle on ! 107-9
Goodres. Cuts the ball to point for one. Umpire signals byes. What's going on ?!!!
Daff Sam square cuts for 4. Dick Brown smells a batting point. Only 37 to go. Dick talks us through his run out...again.
Roger: "Have you batted yet?" DCP: "I'm not playing"
Huge hit from Goodreds. Plugged. Dick's bet on him getting less than ten looks under threat. Come on the 67 year old!

That's it. Innings closes on 119 off 31 overs. Tea time.

Urgent correction. Apologies to Cyril. He got one after all.

Avoncroft 0-1 after 3 balls. Good catch by Adam Price off John Greatreds.

Opener dropped twice in two balls off Antony Eyles.

Second wicket down. Caught Dean bowled Eyles. 21-2. Steady as we go.

Greatreds strikes again. Middle stump uprooted.

Game slipping away at 78-3. Some big hitting going on as the wicket dries out.

And that is it. Avoncroft win in the 19th over".

The team arrived to find a green pitch which considering it had been under water for much of the week wasn't surprising and is a credit to their hardworking ground staff. Tim Williams won the toss and chose to bowl first. The first dismissal came early with a neat catch from Mark Hooper off Phil Harris to dismiss Morgan for 0 if only all other catches had been taken so well the result may well have been different. Dawes and Bedford fell soon after both bowled to give overseas player Josh Rurawhe his first wickets of the season.
And so the decisive partnership of the match formed - Crouch and Ali. They put on almost a hundred with some aggressive if not classic shots and surviving only courtesy of some dropped catches. Crouch was caught for 44, Trew debuted briefly making 1 before Ali's luck ran out and he was caught for 68 leaving Water Orton 141 for 6. Harris and Lloyd put on 38 before Harris was clean bowled by Dovey, Lloyd continued to remain unbeaten on 43 not out, ably supported by Irish (not out 7). Final score for Water Orton was 213 for 8 off 55 overs due to a short rain break in the innings, Barnards Green's target was reduced to 204 off 50 overs.

Barnards Green's innings started badly with three quick wickets falling before the score reached double figures. The Water Orton team had clearly worked out to bowl on this wicket and only Rurawhe seemed comfortable at the crease. Rees, Hennessy and Brewer briefly supported him as he progressed to 32 not out. The Barnards Green innings closed on 53 all out. Rurawhe's league debut performance was the only real highlight of a disappointing game. The first eleven team aim to bounce back this week when they host Halesowen.