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7th May 2006 - Match reports.

 Worcester CC vs Barnards Green 1st XI


BGCC started the 2006 Sunday league campaign against local rivals Worcester CC and they took with them a side mixed of youth and experience.Skipper Kev Golder lost the toss and was asked to bowl on what looked to be a batsmans dream wicket, this dream was later to become reality.
The Green opened with youngsters Tom Clack and Sam Spencer who although bowled well to start with soon found it hard to trouble the opening pair of Maewenga (110) and L. Weston (80) After 10 overs the score had raced above 100 for 0 and a massive total was inevitable. Golder made changes to the bowling attack including Australian Fast bowler R McCard who although caused discomfort to the openers could still not find the break through.
Golder then turned to Spin and experience Jez Clarke and Phil Spencer bowled their 18 overs between them with Maewenga being dismissed LBW to Clarke and JC falling victim to Spencers slower fuller delivery. Both returned figures of 1 for 60 off their 9 overs.
This left the remaining Worcester batsmen to bat around Liam Weston. Spin remained the game plan for the green who now looked to peg the total down as close to 300 as possible. Mark Hooper and Chris Smedley carried on chipping away at the Large Worcester tail which did have substantial ‘wag’ Hooper then had Liam Weston caught at Long off by Jez Clarke for 80 and it was left to the youngsters of the Worcester side to accompany Dormston Cook through to the end when they eventually closed the innings on 320 for 5 after their 45 overs.
Although Worcesters side had a noticeable amount of inexperience in their side the remainder of the Birmingham League pedigree along with an International bowler Waddington Maewenga should have been of a good enough quality to defend this large total.
Barnards Green mixed the batting order up and Kevin Golder survived a couple of early live lines and then put his old club to the sword, he kept the Run rate up and around what was required whilst his batting partners came and went, Knapper, Smedley and Hooper all failed to make noticeable contributions until Rob Mc Card marched to the wicket, he and Golder had to spend time at the crease to enable the green to be in with a chance.
Bowling changes were made and Maewenga was bought into the attack but he had no answer to Mc Cards array of shots, he scored freely to all parts and bought his 50 up in no time. The green progressed past 200 at an alarming rate not even half way through the 45 overs then the Australian / English language barrier broke down and Golder was run out for a useful 77 Tim Williams and Phil Spencer both came and went and the Green looked to be in trouble at 230 for 6 Jez Clarke joined Mc Card and with plenty of overs left to bat they set about rebuilding the innings putting the bad ball away with ease at the same time.
Mc Card Passed his maiden Century and the 6th wicket partnership passed 50 and the game looked to back in favour of the green.
With the score on 296 Jez Clarke chopped on to his stumps for a valuable 26 but with 18 overs still to bowl Worcester heads were well and truly down, Nick Rogers was now the man in support of the Australian and proved more than capable of supporting him through to the end, the green eventually won in the 36th over 7 wickets down.
McCard was dropped on the boundary by Bolton when striking the winning runs which was the only chance he gave in an innings of timing and shear power which was a pleasure to watch by all, Rob finished on 172 not out and faced just 88 balls.
The Green will look to build on this next week when they entertain Bromsgrove.