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6th May 2006 - Match reports.

 Barnards Green 1st XI vs Chaddesley Corbet

Barnards Green 3rd XI vs Chain Wire

Barnards Green C C played their second match in Division One of the Worcestershire County League at North End Lane against Chaddesley
Corbett C C, who are a good yard stick to the strengths of the clubs in this division having been in it for several seasons. Caddersley Corbett won the toss and invited the home side to bat first on a firm but greenish wicket. Richard Williams faced with lively accurate bowling from G. Woods (Chadds New Zealand over seas player) and the home grown R. Whitehouse led the innings in a positive frame of mind, progressing steadily, while the other top order batsmen were unable to get into their stride until Tim Clarke arrived at the wicket and proceeded to get on top of the bowlers. With the fall of Rich.Williams wicket for a valiant 64 runs, Rob McCard joined Tim and together took their partnership to 82 runs in the next 9 overs. Tim was first to fall for an impressive 56. Rob was joined by Adam Binks who continued to attack the bowling until rain interrupted play. An early Tea was taken to minimise any delay and after approx. fifty minutes, play was resumed. Rob & Adam kept up the scoring rate until they both fell in the 44th over same over to R. Whitehouse, scoring 57 and 18 respectively, with the innings score on 226 for 7 . The remaining 5 overs saw the “Greens” tail wag very effectively to bring the innings to a close at 49 overs for a total of 259 for 8. Paul Drinkwater 12 not out and Jez Clarke 17 not out, like last week, at Pershore, being there together at the end. They will be getting a reputation !!!
Under, by now, an over cast sky, Barnards Green’s opening bowlers
Rob McCard and Tim Williams aided by sharp fielding very effectively restricted the opening batsmen ( Father and Son Webster ) to a combined score of 48 from their first 16 overs. A. Webster ( Son ) was first to fall for a fighting 17 runs. Two further wickets went down cheaply to the bowling of Duncan Bell who returned excellent figures of 2 wickets for 10 runs in his first 8 overs. By the 25th over of Chaddersley Corbetts innings had limped to 78 for 3. This slow rate of progress continued against tight fielding and accurate bowling upto the 35th over , when with the team score now at 119 for 5 Captain Chis Smedley introduced his spin bowlers into the fray, in particular, Paul Drinkwater who completely changed the game in five overs returning 4 for 15 . This timely use of spin bowling put the home side in an excellent position to take maximum points from the match. Victory, however was not to be, as in the end the last two “Chadds” batsmen survived the remaining 3 overs to force a draw.

Match Result-----Barnards Green C C 259 for 8 16 Points
Caddersley Corbett 164 for 9 5 Points
Barnards Green Score Sheet.

R. Williams c Whitehouse b Mole--------------64
K. Golder b Wood------------------------------- 4
M. Hooper c Porter Wkt. B Whitehouse-----0
C. Smedley c Edward b Wood-------------7
T.Clarke b Wood----------------------------- -56
R. McCard L.B.W.---------b Whitehouse----57
A. Binks c A. Webster b Whitehouse----18
P.Drinkwater Not Out---------------------------12
T. Williams L.B W---------b Whitehouse------2
J. Clarke Not Out--------------------------17
D. Bell Did not Bat. --
Total Score for 8 wickets 259

Bowling Figers Ov. M. Runs W. Ave. Ecc.
R. McCard       15 - 2 - 51 - 1 - 51 - 3.40
T. Williams      15 - 5 - 38 - 2 - 19 - 2.53
D. Bell              11 - 31 - 2 - 15 -.5 - 2.82
P. Drinkwater  5 - 2 - 15 - 4 - 3.75 - 3.00
J. Clarke           3 - 0 - 27 - 0 - 0 - 9.00

Defending champions Barnards Green IIIs opened the 2006 campaign with a comfortable nine wicket victory over Chainwire. Skipper Ratcliffe invited Chainwire to have first use of the Newland wicket and the early overs showed no signs of things to come as Paddock and Davies easily negotiated the early overs. However once the hardness had gone from the ball the pitch offered quadruple movement to the bowlers, sideways and up and down. Hill removed Davies for 11 and youngster Tom Clack removed the dangerous Tovey when Freeman held onto a stinging cut to gully. Paddock was then given a life when badly put down at mid off. Clack finished his five overs at a cost of 8 runs and Clarke took over with flight and guile. A run out and Clarke wicket had Chainwire in trouble at 56 for 5. Meese showed his intentions with a towering six, first ball but Doughty extracted revenge trapping him in front for 13, Paddock opened his shoulders to increase the run total but Clarke was now ripping through the middle order as wickets clattered regularly. Beavan was introduced and removed Paddock for 66 and then struck next ball. Clarke finished the innings and returned figures of 4 for 24 off 8 and the Green needed 122 for victory. The Green innings got off to a flying start as Doughty and Yorke took the attack to the bowlers, scoring at seven an over the required total was reducing quickly. Doughty rattled up 10 fours and 6 in his 53 no whilst Yorke with 5 fours and two 6s fell for 40 with only two runs required. Beavan hit the winning the boundary as the Green completed a comfortable victory in the fifteenth over.

Droitwich Spa vs Barnards Green 4th XI

Barnards Green visited Droitwich in this cup match, lost the toss and were immediatley put into bat on a damp, unpredictable wicket. Chris Horne and Robbie Lewis opened the batting with Horne (14) in particular starting positively. Unable to pick a full-length, slower ball he soon lost his wicket however with the score on just 16. Veteran Dick Brown joined Lewis and the pair scored quickly and confidently with Brown in particular being ruthless with anything short. He eventually fell just 7 runs short of his century, having taken part in a second wicket stand of 163 and putting The Green in a very strong position. Lewis ( 61 ) went next, only 10 runs later bringing young Max White to the creese with only 7 overs left. Without the luxury of being able to settle in he was unlucky in skying a ball to be caught out for just 1. Mark Perkins (12) and Captain Ian Scullion (23 not out ), pushed the total along and The Green finished their innings on 227 for 4.
Droitwich started very slowly, frustrated at not being able to get the ball away from the excellent young pairing of James Scullion and Tom Banks. Attempts to force the pace led to early breakthroughs for both bowlers with Ian Scullion taking a sound catch at mid-off from his son’s bowling and Tom Banks proving the benefits of bowling straight. Alley joined the attack and continued to bowl economically before picking up the third wicket cheaply. N Williams (61) and P Geer found some early form for Droitwich as the second change bowlers struggled with line and length. Williams eventually mis-timed a drive, being well caught by Tom Banks and the Droitwich tail crumbled leaving them short on 196 for 9.
Pick of the bowlers for The Green were Tom Banks and James Scullion with 5 wickets between them and they will be hoping to continue this early season form in the next round of the cup against Hallow or Knighton.

Chaddesley Corbet vs Barnards Green 2nd XI
On saturday the green seconds travelled to Chaddersley hoping to measure themselves against a seasoned division one side. On winning the  toss again phil spencer inserted the home side on humid day with rain forecast . The opening attack of the two Sams, spencer and beaumont soon had the home side batsmen playing and missing,they were rewarded by taking three early wickets reducing chaddersley to 21 for3, the home side never recovered ,all the green bowlers bowled exceptionally tight , and unlike last week they did not let the opposition of the hook.Phil Harris 2 for 7 , andy sanders 2 for 12,lewis hooper 2 for 23 mopped up the rest of the innings aided by a superb fielding display.A good day in the field for the young green side ,it was pleasing to see Sam Beaumont gain good figures of 2 for 28 on his second team debut. Chaddersley were bowled out for 96 in the 40th over.

The greens openers Lewis and Brewer added 21 before brewer was caught at mid-off for 9 with the score at 21. Liam Paddock joined Jon Lewis and they proceeded to put the home attack to the sword, they past the required total in the 14th over with paddock notout 39 and jon lewis notout 32.

A fine alround display by the green gained them a comfortable nine wicket victory and 20 points