5th September 2009 - Match Reports.

Worcester vs Barnards Green 2nd XI  

On a day when Barnards Green Second Eleven could claim the league title the application of their skills and the ability to hold their nerve was vital for the Green players.Skipper Judd Doughty won yet another toss and for the first time this season elected to bat on a used but flat looking wicket. Doughty, accompanied by the big hitting Paul Yorke, began the innings in confident style, dispatching the first ball for four runs. The new ball bowlers bowled good lengths but the opening pair rode their luck and hit the ball hard forcing the attacking fielders into more defensive positions. The addition of the combative Cooke who took a dislike to the batsmen for no apparent reason only increased the scoring rate to over 5 runs per over. Doughty dispatched Cook for a huge six, much to the bowlers annoyance before Yorke hit Deeprose for a monstrous six which, judging by the reaction of the recipient, broke the garden furniture and smashed an expensive water-feature in his back garden. The opening partnership was worth 71 runs before Yorke was bowled by Deeprose for an excellent 41. Greaves (20) came to the wicket and was a calming influence during what could have been a tricky period. Greave played straight and hit the ball cleanly whilst keeping the scoring rate high. Doughty perished playing one shot too many for 31 bringing the highly talented Paul Drinkwater to the crease with the score on 82 for 2. Drinkwater, accompanied by Greaves and later the veteran Cyril Dean set about building an innings whilst simultaneously destroying the will and heart of the home bowling attack. Drinkwater began by stroking the ball along the ground but, especially in the latter part of his innings, also took the more devastating aerial option to excellent effect including one six which went even further than Yorke’s. Drinkwater made 78 runs off 79 balls with 9 fours and 2 sixes whilst Dean made a fantastic 73 off 84 balls dispatching the ball to the ropes 8 times. With the score on 265 off just 46 overs Doughty declared the innings closed giving his bowlers four extra overs in which the attack the Worcester batsmen.

After the tea break the Green players, pumped after a heroic batting display, began the innings with Sam Spencer (14-4-38-2) and Matthew Brookes (14-5-23-1). Spencer bowled with an extra yard of pace and soon had the home skipper Robinson caught behind by Ash Brewer followed by Dorrell caught by Drinkwater in the covers. Brookes, swinging the ball back into the right-handers immediately had the dangerous Genever L.B.W. leaving the Worcester innings reeling at 15-3. First change bowler Richard Brown (6-2-25-1) took a wicket in his first over having Rimell caught at mid-wicket by James Scullion. The wicket brought the confident Corbett to the crease and the visitors upped their intensity as Brown beat the bat time and time again. Ryan D’Oliveria, began to bring some normality to the home innings, playing an assured knock worth 30 valuable runs and showing some of his more experienced teammates exactly how to bat, without fuss or histrionics. The spin of Lewis Hooper (11-4-38-2) ripped out two of the middle order batsmen, giving further hope of a Green victory. James Scullion (5-1-18-0) replaced Brown and bowled with unnerving accuracy and with just enough swing to make the batsmen play and miss repeatedly. Corbett, surviving a couple of chances and with no small amount of luck scored a well earned 50 in partnership with Cook who, even when batting felt it necessary to offer advice and impart his debatable wisdom on the Green players. With the overs ticking by and mixed messages being passed from the boundary edge with regards the Astwood Bank result Doughty turned to Drinkwater (2-1-1-0) and Greaves (1-0-7-0) in a last bid to bowl Worcester out. With no success and Cook’s 30 off 58 balls proving more than irritating Doughty (1-1-0-2) rolled back the years by measuring out his ‘long run’ and attempted to ‘steam’ in. With his second ball he castled Cook’s stumps with an off-cutter and secured a potentially valuable extra bowling point. With his fourth ball he had Worthington stumped excellently by Brewer down the leg side bringing the experienced Shaun D’Oliveria to the wicket to survive the final two balls of the innings.  

As the Green players left the field the word was that Droitwich had hung on at Astwood Bank to avoid defeat and deny the Bank vital bonus points. A quick phone call between Doughty and the Astwood captain Williams confirmed the results and the Green players, now in the dressing room, began to celebrate. This performance, wholehearted, team orientated and enjoyable typified the whole season and each player, can be proud in remaining unbeaten throughout the whole campaign and every single player can be satisfied that they have contributed to the success of the team.

BGCC (17pts) 265 for 5 in 46 and Worcester (4pts) 151 for 8 in 54.