5th June 2010 - Match Reports.

Hagley vs Barnards Green CC 2nd XI Barnards Green CC 4ths vs Old Elizabethans

The trip to Hagley Hall ended up as a deeply disappointing day in the sunshine for the Green second eleven.
Having won the toss and elected to bowl first on beautiful looking track surrounded by a lush green outfield the Green did an excellent job in restricting the hosts to just 202 runs in their 50 over allocation. Tom Banks taking the new ball looked ring rusty (4-0-20-0) although made up for this in the field. Young Ryan Scullion bowled with pace, rhythm and aggression over his two spells and finished with (7-2-33-2) but the key to restricting runs appeared to be taking the pace off the ball. Tom Clack (7-0-20-1), with the keeper, Ashlea Brewer, standing up to the pegs, bowled a nagging line and the batsmen appeared happy to leave the majority of his deliveries, making the task of accumulating runs all the more harder. Later, Lewis Hooper (12-2-61-2) bowled well but found he was the target for the batsmen looking to post a competitive target as James Scullion (12.4-3-41-4) and Jack Cullity (7-3-15-1) squeezed the run-rate dry at the Church end of the ground. Both Scullion and Cullity bowled with knowledge and nous, for the latter –beyond his years, swinging and seaming the ball off a full length. Both of these bowlers were supported by some decent ground fielding and aggressive wicket keeping from Brewer.
After a nourishing tea (Hagley CC must be the only cricket tea in the land to include Bombay Mix as an integral part of the spread, marks are awarded for the unconventional and the cheese board was noted as a classy touch befitting the sourroundings) the Green opening pair of Judd Doughty and Andy Wheeler began the reply. Wheeler (45 with 44 coming in boundaries) hit the ball hard and smacked the medium pace attack of Allport, Beckerleg and Russell to all parts with the occasional hint of elegance. Doughty (18) played some tidy shots before departing to a chest high full toss caught on the leg-side, from the wrist spin bowling of Shaw. Wheeler perished in much the same fashion except his delivery has shoulder high and clearly should have been called a ‘no ball’. Tim Clarke (17) looked in good form until he missed a straight one from Shaw and the Green’s reply began to falter. Adam Greaves (67) provided the glue to stick a collapse together and batted with determination and class in equal measure to guide the innings close to the required target. Unfortunately no other batsmen was able to hang around long enough to make Greave’s hard work pay off. Greaves, forced to push the run rate on was finally bowled by Allport. The last 7 batsmen of Banks (0), Brewer (6), Clack (3), J.Scullion (0), Hooper(0), Cullity (9*) and R. Scullion (0) combined to score just 18 runs together ending the innings on 185, 18 painful runs short of victory with 10 overs left. Whilst credit must go to Hagley who are proving to be our bogey team, lessons in durability and endeavour must be learned by all of the Green batsmen, crease occupation can be as valuable as run scoring in certain circumstances. Next week we face a tough Redditch side at North End Lane and this week’s homework is batting practice. ‘Durability’ and ‘Endeavour’. Repeat 100 times.
 

Old Elizabethans vs BGCC 3rd XI

Barnards Green were asked to bat first on a hard, straw-coloured wicket at Newland and a high scoring match looked likely. Robin Longmore and Ewan Wilson opened for The Green and the contrasting styles of the pair became apparent as Wilson (17) exploited gaps in the field with a range of excellent cricket strokes before being caught off the bowling of Donaldson, whilst Longmore (35) preferred the aerial route to achieve a fine 35 with only one run being  a “non-boundary". With both openers out of the way the experienced Chris Horne and Captain Dick Brown came together and started to build a partnership of some 100 runs for the next wicket. Horne (50) looked in excellent form pulling anything short to the leg-side boundary and driving anything over-pitched with considerable venom, his half-century including two glorious sixes. Brown, who has batted well all season found that element of good fortune which all batsmen need in order to achieve high scores and some hard-hitting quickly saw him too achieve his half-century. In the increasing heat and humidity of the afternoon it was fatigue rather than bad batting which finally saw the end of both men with Brown finishing on 74 which included 11 fours and 3 sixes. Robbie Lewis continued  the onslaught, accompanied first by Elliot Hennessy and then by Mark Perkins. Lewis started slowly but then found his touch to achieve a fine 35 before being stumped off the bowling of Neale. Hennessy decided not to do too much running in the heat of the day preferring to hit 5 fours and a six in his not out total of 32. Perkins looked totally at ease and never in trouble as the Green’s innings came to a close on 280 with him 22 not out. The visitor’s all bowled well but lacked their usual degree of penetration on a wicket which offered them little help.

Tea was taken and it was obvious that OEs were not prepared to settle for a draw and looked to force the pace from the off with Bayliss in particular batting aggressively. His opening partner Davies was adjudged lbw when he had scored just 4 and the visitors lost their first wicket with the score on just 11 but this brought the free scoring A Bolton to the crease and with The Green’s opening bowlers failing to reproduce their usual form, he and Bayliss began to dominate. With the run-rate escalating Skipper Brown once again looked to his slow bowling partnership of  Steve Hunt and Dave Price to check OEs’ progress and, with the added benefit of Robbie Lewis’ accuracy the plan worked as Price first had Bayliss (39) sharply stumped by Perkins and then trapped Bolton (54) lbw. With these two gone the total was going to be beyond the visitors but despite Lewis taking a sharp return catch to dismiss Colbourne, Price having Young superbly caught at mid-on by Dick Brown and Jack Mackintosh clean bowling OEs’ captain Pullen The Green were unable to dislodge M Bolton and Donaldson who batted superbly under increasing pressure to see out the final overs and prevent their hosts from gaining the win.

Barnards Green’s batsmen all contributed and were, for once, somewhat let down this week by a below par bowling and fielding performance.

The match was played throughout in the best spirit with The Green finishing on 14 points and Old Elizabethans on 10.

 

On another gloriously sunny Saturday the Green travelled to Worcester to play local rivals Old Elizabethans in what was expected to be a close game between two evenly matched third teams.On losing the toss yet again, the Green were asked to make first use of what looked to be a hard bouncy wicket. Openers Scullion and Hill struggled against the father and son combination of Martin [magic] Johnson and the pacey left armer Peter Johnson, whilst Scullion was able to dispatch any loose balls Chris Hill scratched around unable to rotate the strike until eventually out in the eighth over with out troubling the scorers, this brought the newly promoted Drinkwater to the wicket, he was careful with the uneven bounce but punished any loose bowling by hammering the ball to the boundary, Scullion fell for 13 quickly followed by Hall 1 and Ratcliffe 6, at 57 for 4 Louis Loader joined Drinkwater and together they upped the scoring rate until Drinkwater got a ball that lifted and was well caught in the slips for 39, Dave white joined Loader and  together they added 70 runs until White top edged a full toss to backward square leg for a much needed 28, Heaton struck a brief 16 with one 6 landing in the park and ride car park, Roger Thompson who had been struggling for form came in at number 9 and proceeded to smash the ball to all parts of the ground, his cameo of 31 and Louis Loader's maiden club half century helped the Green post a competitive 228, this was a fine innings of  64 no and hopefully will give Louis  the confidence to make the most of his natural talent with the bat.For the Old Elizabethans veteran Martin Johnson finished with 5 for 47 from 17 overs
The home side got off to a steady start in reply with Price and walker adding 83 runs in 23 overs until Walker was bowled by Thompson for 29, Scullion bowled a fine opening spell only going for 18 runs off ten overs, the introduction of spinners Dan Hunt and Paul Drinkwater was key to the Green's quest for their first league win of the season, Hunt had Downward stumped by white for 9 and followed up with the wicket of the dangerous chapman well caught in the deep by Louis Loader for 11, a 60 run seventh wicket partnership from the father and son combination of Martin and Peter Johnson gave the home side a chance of victory, the introduction of Spencer 3 for 35 broke up the partnership when he had Johnson junior caught at mid wicket for 41, Drinkwater had Johnson senior caught behind by White, then followed up by taking the final wicket leaving the home side 16 runs short at 212 all out.A well deserved victory for the Green and 24 points, highlights of the game were, the match winning innings from Louis Loader ,and a fine fielding display by most of the Green's fielders including a slip catch from Heaton , a fine diving catch at long off by Ian Scullion despite being distracted by OE's official Bill Tansell, and two fine runouts one by Drinkwater and one by man of the match Louis Loader .