Barnards Green cricket Club Match Reports.



10th May 2003

10th May 2003

Barnards Green 3rds vs Worcester Nomads

Barnards Green 1st vs Martley

Barnards Green 3rd XI entertained Worcester Nomads on saturday at a cold and showery Newland ground.  Put in to bat, the Green made an inauspicious start, losing Dean, Dyment and Perkins with just 29 on the board.  Rob Lewis and Keith Middleton then set about repairing the damage, before Middleton was bowled by Emson for 18.  This brought Bob Rogers to the wicket and he took the bowling to task, racing to 59 before being caught off Claytor. This brought young Jonathon Lewis out to join his sedatory dad and the two of them took the score along to 213 before Robbie was yorked by the impressive Allen for 54. Jonathon was also undone by Allen for an excellent 33 and the Green ended their innings on 225 for 9.  An excelent spell of bowling by young R. Allen brought him figures of 4 for 32 off 10 overs.
In reply,  Issacs, Brown and Kelly got Nomads off to  a solid start, but when Issacs was brilliantly run out by Lewis kicking the ball left footed on to the stumps and Kelly was caught by the same fielder diving to his left, everyone was left wondering
what Robbie had done on the recent tour to Barbados that could have transformed him to such youthful prowess.  He then followed these acts by taking 5 for 19 to reduce Nomads to 145 for 9, but the loss of 6 overs to rain was sufficient for Nomads to hang on for a draw.  D.Davis managed some lusty blows during his innings of 22 and debutant in the 3rds Cyril Dean took an exceptional catch off his own bowling to dismiss Terry Birt.
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The Green welcomed Martley to North End Lane as they finally got their league season underway in what proved to be a hard fought encounter. Rich Williams won the toss and and choose to put Martley in to bat. The Green had a superb start with both openers falling leg before without scoring to T. Williams and Doughty. Hopkins and Grove consolidated but were unable to rapidly increase the score rate. Richards was introduced to the Green attack and soon had Grove bowled with a full length delivery. Kyte followed shortly afterwards, again leg before to Doughty. Dan Flynn bowled a very tight debut spell and picked up the wicket of Ganderton. Hopkins continued in determined mood though and with support from the later batsmen managed to reach a fine century and remain undefeated on 102. Doughty finished with 3 60 in a final total of 207 for 6. The Green set off at a quick pace in pursuit of the winning total but soon lost skipper Williams and Jez Clarke with the score on 31 after 6 overs. Rain interrupted play and the Greens overs were reduced to 44, with the total for a winning draw being 184. After the resumption Tim Clarke looked in good touch before chasing a wide ball and edging to keeper Grove. This bought together Flynn and Drinkwater. The two left handers looked in very little trouble playing shots all around the wicket. Flynn reached 46 before being given out leg before to leave the Green on 112 for 3 and then Richards followed for a duck and Doughty soon afterwards for 6 to leave the Green at 146 for 6. Drinkwater reached a fine 50 but was run out soon afterwards, to leave the Green placed on 160 for 7. T. Williams and Curtis found the going tough with the light closing in but managed to guide the Green to a winning draw position of 188 for 7 at the close, just 19 runs short of victory. The Green claimed 13 points and lie in mid table after 2 games. Next week the Green entertain old rivals Belbroughton at North End Lane in what could be an important game and will remain unchanged.


Cutnall Green vs Barnards Green Singles

BARNARDS Green `singles' first ever match in the Crusader Worcestershire County League Division Five was spoilt by the weather. Despite being in a commanding position the Green lost out by 0.02 of a run when play was abandoned with seven overs left. Freeman won the toss and asked Cutnall Green to bat, believing local weather forecasters that the day would brighten up, sadly his faith was misplaced. Cutnall, in the shape of Neil Fletcher dominated the innings with his usual assured display and found a much needed ally in Derek Higgins following the loss of two early wickets to Spiers. Green rotated the bowlers and it was the introduction of divisional debutante Phil Spencer that did the trick. The wily campaigner kept things tight and deceived Higgins (34) with his googly. The deep set field was frustrating Fletcher as Spencer nipped in for two more wickets. Fletcher then tried to hoist Spencer out the ground but Spiers took a well judged catch to see him depart for a well struck 97. Spencer completed a four wicket haul and Faulkener was the only other bat to reach double figures as Cutnall closed on 174 for 8. Green started their innings in light drizzle and found runs difficult to come by. Freeman and Genever negotiated the opening attack and had just started to accelerate when Freeman went for 19. A break for a sharp shower gave the wicket new life and dramatically slowed the outfield. Good shots from Beavon and Genever failed to find the boundary and lots of running ensued. Beavon was cutting and pulling to give Green the necessary impetus and Genever perished for an accomplished 39. Tolley (15no) and Beavon added 32 quick runs until Beavon went for an excellent 47. Andy Wheeler (16no) survived a catch off a no ball before launching two mighty sixes out of the ground. With Cutnall appealing against the light it was agreed that the match be abandoned.



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