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
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
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.
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