Barnards Green cricket Club Match Reports.



Saturday 3rd XI

vs Colwall

Alvechurch and Hopwood vs Barnards Green Singles


On Saturday, Barnards Green 3rds entertained Colwall at Newland on the hottest day of the year.  After winning the toss, the Green elected to bat, but were soon in trouble against some tight bowling when Henderson had Lee Dyment bowled through 'the gate'.  Dave Knapper and Rob Lewis got bogged down as old stalwart Kevin Bayliss bowled 8 overs for just 12 runs before frustration got the better of Knapper (20) as he tried to sweep a ball pitching middle and off and was out LBW.  Jonathon Lewis joined his Dad and showed him how things should be done as he played a fluent innings of 41, but lost his Dad along the way for 19.  Jon then perished LBW to Holland and Bob Rogers followed shortly after for a brisk 13.  Dave Bayliss (32no), Dave Price (24) and Robin Longmore (11no) then tried to make the score look respectable, but even in the intense heat, 189 was a little disappointing with too few bad balls being despatched, but Colwall put in an excellent bowling and fielding performance in the intense heat.
After an excellent tea, Colwall set about their task and young Sam Spencer was unfortunate not to dismiss the circumspect Tom Palmer with three successive edges through the slips to the boundary, whilst Patrick Jelley bowled an excellent line and length giving nothing away.  Skipper Robin Longmore introduced himself for a change of pace and when a full length ball hit Purser trying to slog a ball off middle and off, the Green were left to wonder when they would get their first LBW of the season.  Purser never looked back as he proceeded to slog the ball to all parts of the leg side until he was eventually caught at deep square leg by Emily Price off leg spinner Dave Knapper.  Tom Palmer looked comfortable until he was run out for 40 and Bishop and King then saw Colwall home for 24 points leaving the Green to think, 'if only'.
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Barnards Green ‘singles’ made the long trek to Alvechurch and returned a well beaten side as Alvechurch made the most of an under par Green bowling and fielding display to record a 98 run victory.

The match was delayed as Alvechurch prepared the wicket and sent out for a set of stumps, on the toss a reluctant Alvechurch skipper elected to bat. The ball darted all over the square and indifferent bounce made batting difficult. Brookes and Spiers bowled superbly in their opening burst and soon both openers were back in the pavilion. Smith and Lea rode their luck but survived as the Green back up bowlers failed to make the most of the conditions. Freeman rotated his bowlers regulary, not because of the heat but because they failed to deliver the necessary line and length balls. Smith was the main beneficiary in more ways than one. He was dropped before he reached fifty and again in the sixties as the Green put down chances. Lea quietly accumulated his runs and easily dispatched the bad and often frequent bad balls. The pair added 105 runs until Cook bowled Lea (53). Plagued by no balls Cook looked dangerous but the over stepping contributed to the Green’s downfall and lengthy spell in the field. Freeman brought back Spiers and stemmed the runs and saw Smith put down yet again. Unphased by his good fortune Smith (108 no) now plundered runs heavily and smashed the returning Brookes (Sponsored by Steve Freeman Kit Suppliers) for 40 runs off his remaining four overs. Alvechurch posted a formidable 257 runs on a track not worthy of 150 hard earnt runs.

The Green started their response in positive fashion as Freeman and Genever had to deal with the unplayable and Freeman in particular smashed the bad ball to the boundary. Freeman then inexplicably called himself through for a suicidal single and departed for 20. Genever soon followed for 18. Well up with the rate the Green were pegged back by the change bowlers Cook and Brookes got starts and then got themselves out. Metcalfe and Tolley both set about the bowling and gave the Green a glimmer of a chance but the returning Fisher was to turn the match around, aided by some superb catching. Tolley (13) was undone by the pitch when the ball somehow came off the back of his bat then Metcalfe who had looked awesome fell to a brilliant catch at third slip. The ‘hobbling’ White briefly raised hopes of an improbable victory with a rapid 22 but on his dismissal the attempts the tail to secure the draw failed as Fisher’s returning spell of 5 for 18 did for the Green and they failed by seven balls to secure an undeserved draw.