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8th July 2006 - Match reports.

Barnards Green 1st XI vs Pershore

This return fixture in the “Crusader” Worcestershire County Division One League was played under cloudy sky’s, but on a good firm batting strip. Pershore won the toss and put in Barnards Green to make first use. Kev. Golder who registered the first century score of the season for the Green in this league, scoring 112 runs, led the other top order batsmen into assembling their highest team total of the season, so far. Rich. Williams-21, and Paul Drinkwater-45 supported Kev. Golder taking the score to 187  for 1 by the thirty-seventh over. From this excellent start the other front line batsmen made hay, notably Tim Clarke-52 not out and Adam Binks- 45 not out who together pushed the score along rapidly to record, 311 for 4 by the end of the innings. In reply to this, Pershore came up against a much more accurate and committed bowling attack, loosing three wickets by the sixth over. Opener M. Stevens the first To go caught Cris Smedley of the bowling of Tim Williams for 9 runs. The second P.Oxley fell first ball, bowled by Rob. McCard. The third their New Zealand over seas player, R. Rivers-Smith bowled Tim Williams for 8. This brought in L.Wilks to join the opener S. Howell who had survived the early onslaught. together they steadied the innings until the fifteenth over when S.Hewell was excellently caught, for 26 runs, by Paul Drinkwater off the bowling of Duncan Bell. This brought Captain S. Cooper to the wicket to join the fray, who together with L. Wilks dug in to take the score onto 161 for 4 by the thirty-first over. At this juncture spin was introduced into the attack in the form of Chis. Smedley and Jez.Clarke, who first applied the brakes, then broke the Cooper/ Wilks partnership of 105 well earned runs. Jez. Clarke having Wilks caught by Tim Williams in the deep for 67. He was quickly followed, three overs later by L. Ridings for 2 bowled by

Chris Smedley. His brother, R. Ridings came in to join his captain to frustrate the Bowlers until at the end of their innings, with the Pershore total on 237 for 7 stumps were drawn leaving Barnards Green with a winning draw.


                                    Barnards Green --- 15 Points

                                    Pershore ------------- 7 Points





Pershore vs Barnards Green 2nd XI
With the temperature much lower than the pervious week, Barnards Green in much need of a lift following the one run defeat to Brockhampton, travelled to Pershore for a 2nd XI Division One clash.
With a number of regular players missing, stand in skipper Liam Paddock lost the toss and BGCC were asked to bat first on a track that looked good for many runs. With Goodman and Wheeler back in the shed and only 13 runs on the board, this looked a wrong assumption! However Paddock and Clack, opening the innings for the first time, batted with maturity and control above their years to take the score beyond one hundred and then past the one fifty mark. Clark brought up his maiden adult fifty with a huge six over long on. Looking well set, it was great disappointment to all when he finally fell for an excellent 88 from 126 balls, an innings that undoubtedly deserved a century and should be the catalyst for many more runs in the future.
Paddock, looking to score runs and also hold the innings together, fell in the 44th over for a well constructed 77. There were other contributions from James Scullion (20) and Dave Price (10no), taking the Green to 233 for 8 off their 50 overs. Pick of the bowlers for Pershore was Holly Penwarden, Worcestershire Womens Captain, who finished with figures of 16overs, 3 maidens, and 6 for 68.
After an excellent tea, Barnards Green took to the field knowing that 233 was a good total, but with a very short boundary, the bowlers had to bowl tight lines and lengths. With the score 52 for 1 off 10 overs, James Scullion and Lewis Hooper were introduced to the attack to stem the flow of runs. The two youngsters were well supported by D Price and the scoring rate slowed and Pershore required 110 runs off the last 14 overs. With some interesting umpiring decisions, Pershore upped the rate and required 15 runs from the last 3 overs, with 7 wickets in hand. Up step Hooper and Simon Ball and the two only conceded 7 runs and took 2 wickets (including danger man White for 86) in the last 3 overs. Leaving the Green with a winning draw, a good result when Pershore looked to be winning the game for much of the innings. Other contributions from Pershore batters included youngster Taylor with an excellent 41. This weekend the seconds are at home to Chaddesley, hoping to build on the points gained from this match. Many thanks from Barnards Green to Anne for scoring the game


Barnards Green 3rd XI vs Highley

Barnards Green IIIs inflicted a heavy defeat on one of their nearest challengers with this 154 run victory, thanks to an explosive 32 ball 74 from Lee Hooper and a fine all round team performance. In a match played in an excellent spirit throughout the Green were asked to make first use of an excellent track. With Highley short on numbers for the first five overs and with undisciplined bowling Doughty and Yorke set about scoring big runs. Doughty was pulling and driving magnificently and was receiving plenty of encouragement from all round the ground. His request fro a drink was met with “Lets all have drink” and at the break the Green run machine had reached fifty. Yorke was just quietly and efficiently accumulating runs. 89 from the first 15 was a good start but Doughty perished when Yorke sent him back and the run out was achieved. Ratcliffe and Curtis soon perished to Webster (2 – 24) but Yorke and Freeman rebuilt the innings as the dangerous Boyce was introduced to the attack. Yorke continued with a series of thumping drives through the covers and smacked Boyce for two straight drives to bring up an excellent fifty. The innings now accelerated to 171 but just as Yorke looked set for three figures he edged behind for 83. With ten overs remaining Hooper joined Freeman; Freeman smashed three successive boundaries but was then sacrificed for the big hitters when an unsighted and deaf Curtis gave him out leg before for 26. Lee Hooper now started his onslaught, with Metcalfe the pair was dispatching the ball to all parts of the field but it was Hooper who was hitting the big shots and ball finders were deployed to all adjoining fields. Metcalfe perished for 23 but the scoreboard was rattling along, White kept Hooper company but not much running was required as ball after was smashed out of the ground. Ratcliffe had his hands full looking for spares but in the final over Boyce had his revenge with Hooper going for a third successive six and to bring up the 300 he was bowled for a magnificent 74 of 32 balls. Seven 6s Six 4s had seen the Green through to an imposing 298.
The Highley response was circumspect as Hill maintained his miserly season whilst Hooper bowled a fiery opening burst. Whilst the Green could not achieve the breakthrough Highley crawled to 40 off fifteen overs. Clarke replaced Hill and quickly removed the dangerous Humphries with a well flighted delivery; Walford smashed a rapid 15 but holed out giving Clarke 2 for 38. Steele remained vigilant as the middle order tried to up the rate until Ratcliffe opted for the unusual and opened the buffet by bringing on James Curtis. This inspirational move saw flight and variation, two excellent Clarke catches in the deep and although Highley had doubled their score they were four wickets down as Curtis had nipped out 2 for 28. With one end open Ratcliffe went back to the usual bowlers and the Green got the wicket they wanted when Steele’s excellent vigil was ended by Doughty. Having survived a difficult chance in the first over Steele (35) succumbed to Doughty’s wizardry; the Green magician beat his defences with a slower offbreak that smacked into leg stump. With twelve overs remaining the Green needed five more wickets. Doughty tried as he might with four slips (Yes Mr. Doughty senior 4 slips) but he had to make way for Rich Brown. Brown’s impact was immediate; bowling an immaculate line and length he was too good for the tail and took three quick wickets leaving the Green requiring two wickets from eight overs. Hill returned and despite beating the edge couldn’t make the inroads, it was Brown (4 -14) who took a stinging return catch to dismiss Humphries leaving the Green on the brink. Batters ten and eleven frustrated the Green with a mix of solid defence and full on attack should the fielders get to close and with only two over remaining it was the maestro Chris Hill (1 -20) who induce Boyce into a false shot and Metcalfe took the catch to leave the Green victorious by a massive 154 runs.





                         Hallow vs Barnards Green 4th XI
Barnards Green won the toss and elected to field on a very green track which played far better than it looked.After some tidy bowling from the opening pair Tyler and Spiers Hallow pushed the score along slowly and lost wickets at regular intervals never really putting a significant partnership together.Longmore and Scullion came on as changes to bowling with equally tight spells both Longmore and Tyler ending up with three wickets each.Hallow eventually all out in the 42nd over for 147.Perkins and Lewis started off slowly and crept along to 31 before the first wicket of Perkins fell.Brown came in to a stuttered start but rode his luck and went on to 62 no as the Green went on to win only loosing one more wicket.