Barnards Green cricket Club Match Reports.



5th July 2003

Barnards Green 1st XI

vs Alveley

5th July 2003

Alveley vs Barnards Green 2nd XI


Last Saturday Barnards Green 1st XI welcomed Alveley to North End Lane for the Malvern side.  Rich Williams won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first.  With conditions perfect for swing and seam bowling the Green bowlers immediately looked like making a break through.  Despite 3 dropped catches in the first 13 balls, including the dangerous Rodenhurst, twice, the Green did make early in roads into the Alveley batting.       T.Williams had Rodenhurst caught by a juggling Churchill at mid off and then added the key wicket of Hughes just 2 balls later, clean bowled.  Ian Scullion continued his good form by adding 2 wickets, both clean bowled, and Williams bowled Twigg to leave Alveley in a critical position of 16 for 5.  The introduction of Clive Churchill saw three further wickets tumble in quick succession with some excellent fast bowling, including a superb leg side stumping by Glendinning.  Tim Williams returned to the attack to finish the innings with 2 wickets in an over to end with 5 for 14, with Scullion 2 for 10 and Churchill 3 for 11 also returning excellent figures.  Alveley’s innings closed on 37 all out.  Despite some early lapses this was an excellent performance from the Green with some accurate and penetrative bowling blowing away the Alveley line up.  Faced with a less than challenging target, Green openers Rich Williams and Dan Flynn wasted no time in completing a 10 wicket victory.  Rich Williams finished the game in a flourish with 4 successive fours.  The game was completed by 10 minutes to 4, and the Green players were faced with an unusual afternoon, with no cricket.  The Green secured 20 points from the game but still managed to drop one place in the table and will be looking to continue the good form tomorrow when they travel to Martley. 



Barnards Green 3rd XI

 vs Belbroughton


On Saturday the 5th of July BGCC 2nd's traveled to bottom of the table alveley. On winning the toss Skipper Dick Brown asked the opposition to bat, confident that his healthy bowling attack would make early inroads in the alveley line up. He was right to be confident as Chris Hill (  13 overs 4 for 8) continued where he had finished off the week before dismissing opener Taylor in his first over. Yet again Bell was consistent in his 6 over spell ( 1for 18) bowling with extra pace he managed to send the other opener back for an early shower. This brought the introduction of Stu Fletcher to the bowling attack, with himself and hill taking a wicket virtually every other over the showers in the alveley dressing room were being constantly frequented! It was only the 27th over when Stu Fletcher bowled number 11 batsman Higgins with his second, wicket taking middle stump Yorker of the game, too good for most top order batsmen let alone a tail ender, Fletcher finished ( 7.1 0vers 4 for 21 ) This ended alveley's innings on just 49, the only real highlight being Brian Hancock's outstanding diving one handed slip catch to dismiss Copland off the bowling of Fletcher. This Gave The Green the best chance they would get of completing two ten wicket victories in a row as Hancock and Clarke skipped out to the middle. Clarke however was soon skipping back as he was bowled second ball for 4.  This brought James Curtis to the crease. With nothing to lose Alveley got behind their bowlers and swapped them round looking for any break through they could this did come in the 13th over when Hancock was caught off the bowling of Higgins for 13 but green were already just 7 short of the total required these came in the next over as Curtis hit the winning runs to finish on an unbeaten 27.


On saturday Barnards Green 3rds entertained old rivals Belbroughton on a dry but overcast afternoon.  Skipper Bob Rogers asked Belbroughton to take first knock and openers Doolittle and Pardoe pounced on any loose deliveries and quickly took the score to 34 before rob Lewis was introduced to the attack and he had an immediate effect having Doolittle smartly stumped by Nick Rogers.  Further wickets then fell at regular intervals as Lewis found a good line and length to finish with 5 for 17.  Father and son Mick and Nick Ross then set about rebuilding the innings before Dave Price took a smart catch to dismiss Nick off the bowling of Jamie Longmore.  Field then took the bowling on and regularly found the boundary before Liam Paddock returned and picked up two wickets with jamie Longmore taking a skier and Emily Price pouching one in the covers.  Mick Ross finished unbeaten on 51 and Belbroughton scrambled to 181.
The Greens response was slow but solid as Lee Dyment(12) and young Liam Paddock(21) bated cautiously against an accurate attack.  Paddock then showed what a quality player he is going to be with a flurry of superb drives through extra cover, but with the score on 41, both openers perished in quick succession.  Three further wickets fell in quick succession and the Green were left floundering on 47 for 5 when Ncik Rogers joined the patient Rob Lewis.  Rogers rode his luck a little but was quick to pounce on anything loose onthe legside.  These two took the score to 109 before Rogers gave a simple return catch and was out for 29.  With Lewis looking solid, but the run rate increasing it was a case of enter the gladiator as Dave Price rolled back the years to cream the ball to all parts of the ground for a rapid 30 not out which clearly inspired Rob Lewis who started to find the gaps and went on to score an excellent 57no and these two saw the Green home for an excellent 4 wicket victory and 20 points.  Many thanks to match day sponsor MSM/DRH.









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