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6th August 2006 - Match reports.

Stone vs BGCC 3rd XI

Captain Ratcliffe and half the Green regulars were on holiday or at the wedding of James Curtis. Steve Beavan led the side, won the toss, and was not to blame for the initial fiasco. The Singles bowled well with the new ball, but fielded shoddily and for a long time dropped every possible chance. This was risky behaviour on another warm day with short boundaries. The tone was set at once when Hill had Morley dropped in the first over. Churchill then yorked the overambitious Caulfield, but Batsford (48) began to pepper the legside. Steve Metcalfe replaced Hill and had equally poor luck.  Stone were scoring at will as the fielders drooped and fumbled. Justin McMillanís legspin was a mixed bag, with expensive long hops but two more missed catches. The Green were falling into serious trouble when Metcalfe suddenly took three wickets in one over, including a sensational airborne catch by Hill at short midwicket. The scoring was temporarily restrained, and skipper Beavan chipped in with two wickets, but in the last ten overs Stone threw the bat profitably, and the Singles faced a respectable target of 242. Most of the fielders looked guilty or annoyed at tea, but youngsters Harry Pleass and Jamie Tummey had made some fine stops and throws. 

Hill, given no respite and promoted to the No.1 anchor role, began with a surprise pull for six, and added five crunching fours from the medium pacers. Paul Yorke was unsure outside off stump and took half an hour to reach his usual rhythm, but then regularly lofted the ball into a nearby paddock. This makeshift pair posted a hundred at better than seven per over, before Hill (30) kicked a wide legside ball onto his stumps, and Yorke (74) drove to long off. Beavan made a useful brisk 21 then Nick Rogers joined Keith Middleton for the crucial stand. Rogers (39) laid out his familiar drives and swipes to leg; Stoneís bowlers scoffed but had no good answer until he was plumb LBW. Middleton batted sensibly and steadily, and ran particularly slowly, for an undefeated 35. Dave White drilled a fine pair of boundaries to seal the win with 7 overs to spare.  


Stone 241-7 (45 overs; Morley 61; Metcalfe 3-50); Barnards Green 244-4 (37.4 overs; Yorke 74)




BGCC IVs vs Worcester

On a muggy overcast saturday afternoon Barnards Green 4ths lost the toss and were invited to bat at Newland against Worcester 3rds.  Stand in skipper Rob Lewis opened the batting with the irrepressive Robin Longmore, whose last efforts at opening some years ago had yielded 217no with some degree of luck.  On this occasion, lady luck was once again with him as he clubbed some useful early bowling from a young Worcester attack for 76, before he miscued once too often and was caught at mid off.  The obsequious Lewis had played a patient anchor role in their partnership of 114 and was somewhat miffed when the first ball he hit in the air was well caught at point. The other Green batsmen struggled to push the score along to the large total that had earlier threatened, until a useful partnership between the inanimate Derek Goodman and the pragmatic Dave Price in the latter overs pushed the total along to 250 for 6.  The youngsters in the Worcester attack had all bowled well, but were often let down by some poor fielding, but the signs look good for the future of their club.

After a sumptuous tea, the Green bowlers came out firing on all cylinders and openers Ian Ali and Tom Banks found a good tight line and length with Ali bagging early wickets aided by good catching from the ageless Dick Brown who 'pouched' one in the slips and the bucket hands of Jamie Longmore running in at mid on.  However, it was the introduction of Dave Price with his flight, guile and panache caused obfuscation amongst the Worcester batsmen as he produced superb figures of 5.2 overs 3 maidens 5 for 6, his best of the season, to rout the opposition, including a superb diving catch from young Tom Banks to dismiss the luckless Weston who had earlier bowled a good tight spell for Worcester.  With his wind resistant haircut, Jamie Longmore then joined the party and soon helped to polish off the tail continuing his fine season with the ball and Worcester were skittled out for 65, with the Green picking up a full 24 points.  Grateful thanks go to match day sponsors Tansell's Garage of Worcester.

BGCC 1st XI vs Kington
This first meeting played between these two Div.1 sides in the Crusader W.C.L saw. Barnards Green entertain the top of the league, Kington at North End Lane.The home captain, Chris Smedley win the toss and invite Kington to bat first. The four man seam bowling attack of Tim Williams, Duncan Bell, Rob McCard and Kev. Downs all bowled economically restricting Kingtons opening batsmen to 70 runs off the first twenty overs, but without being able to take a wicket. Skipper Chris Smedley decided on a change to spin bringing himself on to partner Kev. Downs on debut, who proved to be very economical, bowling 7 overs for 23 runs. Still without a wicket by the 27th over Andy Ford came on to bowl and did the trick removing both openers I. Massey (48) and B.Stebbings (50) in his first over. Inspired by this success spin was continued with, bringing good, results as Kington found it difficult to progress as they lost wickets regularly arriving at 215 for 6 by the forty-fifth over. Two overs later the score stood at 221 for 8 . Chris and Andy having taken 4 wickets each. Unfortunately, this brought together two experienced tail enders who plundered 56 runs off 18 balls, 33 coming from the last over, to see Kingtonís innings close at 277 for 8.The other major contributor to this total being D. Exall in at No 3 who top scored with (58).Barnards Greenís reply was disrupted before it started due to the fact that earlier during the Kington innings Rich. Williams, fielding at slip took a heavy blow in the face from a nicked ball causing him to have to leave the field to go to hospital for treatment. He had not returned in time to open, surprise, surprise, so Chris Smedley opened with Kev. Golder, who together produced a sound partnership of 66 before Chris was out caught for (19) followed in the next over by Kev.for (35). Rob. McCardfor once did not trouble the scorer, so the Green were suddenly three down for 70. Liam Paddock produced another determined innings, batting for 90 minutes for 15 runs as wickets went down at the other end. Middle order batsmen, Adam Binks (18), Phil Harris (13), Tim Williams (19) and Kev. Downs (17) all made contributions but they were unable to keep the experienced bowling and fielding at bay for long enough. Owen Price was the pick of the Kington bowling attack, returning 4 for 43 off twenty overs, as the Greenís innings ended on 177. Leaving Kington worthy winners.In conclusion :- Barnards Greenís comparatively young , but potentially good side could not cope with the skills, experience and general intensity of effort shown by Kington. We should learn from this game to be a better team in the future.

Kington C. C ------------------- 24 points

Barnards Green ----------------- 6 points




Kington vs BGCC 2nd XI
On a saturday when the club was 14 players short mostly due to James (hicky bo) Curtis getting married, the seconds travelled to Kington with a mixture of debutante youths and senior playing legends brought out of retirement in the clubs hour of need.
 Kington won the toss and decided to bat, Sam spencer bowled morgan and had soummer stumped both for nought, opener george blasted a quick 50 making the most of his good fortune, he was superbly caught by sam spencer running back and taking the ball onehanded over his shoulder, all the kington batsmen struck the ball cleanly and played in a positive manner, with 6 of their players scoring 20 or above they were allout in the 45th over making 259.Debutante Sam Bradley took 4 wickets for 19 aided by 3 catches by Andy Wheeler, green legend Dave Creese bowled 7 tidy overs quickly slotting back into his old routine.
Tom Clack was soon out for 2,Wheeler and Lewis added 53 for the second wicket before they both fell in quick succession scoring 24 and 20 , Lewis Hooper was next out for 15 followed by Spencer (snr) 0 , Roger Thompson together with Sam Spencer began to give the green side a glimmer of hope taking the score from 91 for 5 onto 158 before Thompson was out for another fine 59, spencer was joined by creese this pair added 30 until spencer was out caught for 37, when Dave Creese perished for 17 it was left to shane Thompson to bring up the 200 with a classy off drive and gain an extra batting point , the greens innings ended on 209, Kington gained 24 points and the Green