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10th June 2006 - Match reports

 Barnards Green 1st XI vs Eastnor

On a perfect day for cricket and with the North End Lane pitch and ground looking immaculate, thank must go to Mr Roy Mayo for his unsung efforts as grounds man. Team photographs were taken, by the Malvern Gazette’s  representative, followed by Banards Green , winning the toss and choosing to bat first on the good batting track provided. A prompt start was made which once again, with the exception of  Kev. Golder, who top scored with 58 from 76 deliveries, saw the Green’s top order batsmen fall cheaply to accurate hostile bowling. Their score being restricted to 58  for 5 by the 18th over. At this juncture Paul Drinkwater joined Kev. Golder and at last a partnership was built. 60 runs being accumulated before the 6th wicket fell in the 29th over. The never say die attitude of the home sides late order batsmen, namely :- J. Lewis-28,  P.Harris – 20  and T. Williams – 11 not out, all fought on after P Drinkwater  went bowled for 34 valuable runs in the 38th over. The Green were Eventually all out for 178 runs in the 45th over of the allotted 50 over innings. During a very welcome Tea interval, due to the 28 degree temperature, it was generally felt that first innings was 20 to 30 run short  to have any chance against the in form, second in the League’s batsmen of Eastnor. This feeling was born out when by the 10th over when the Eastnor,s team score had raced to 60 for the loss of their two opening batsmen. The first falling to R. McCard when the score was on 17, the second falling to D. Bell. Eastnor’s No 3 and 4 batsmen continued to score rapidly, and it began to look like a quick result was on the cards with the score reaching 135 for 3 in the 25th over. Barnards Green showing dogged determination fought on and when “spin” was introduced, wickets started to fall. Chris Smedley turned in excellent bowling figures of  2 wkt’s for 22  off 10.4 overs, while Jez. Clarke took 4 wkt’s for 26 off his 6. These fine bowling efforts backed by excellent fielding reduced Eastnor to 169 for 8. All at once it seemed the Green were in with a glimmer of hope, but it turned out not to be as  Faisel – 6 not out and Ishtiaq – 8 not out. Saw Eastnor to victory. Top scorers for Eastnor were Atiq –76.  Adeel – 30  and  Arshad – 23. Extras were plentiful yet again, with a total of 21 against, compared to only 5 when the Green were batting. To  conclude.. This was the first defeat of the season, which in the end turned out to have a very close and exciting finish, which cold have gone either way.  Well played both sides, especially for the spirit it was played in..                                               

                                    EASTNOR      24   Points for a Win

                                    B.G.C.C.           6    Bonus  Points


Barnards Green 3rd XI vs Stone

An early start, baking heat and Stone arrived with only nine players but a promise of more to come. Ratters lost the toss and the Green were in the field. A metronomic and mesmerising Chris Hill had the batters swishing fresh air whilst Rich Brown, using the all of the “cut bit” kept the scoreboard ticking with a heavy wide count. A tight inner ring ensured runs were at a premium as Harler struck a succession of cover drives straight to the fielders. Brown achieved the breakthrough when beating Harler (20) with a straight one and repeated the feat the next over to have Stone at 30 for 2. Beavon was having a torrid time behind the stumps and in all fairness the batters were playing and missing giving more to do than anticipated. Clarke replaced Brown and Morley (21) immediately thrashed him to the fence with four fours but Clarke extracted revenge with a well flighted delivery that removed the leg bail. Stubborn resistance from 13 year old Harler defying the mighty Doughty with “text book” defence. Ratcliffe sought the variety of bowling offered by “League Record Holder” James Curtis and after his one over as Stone Skipper called his batters off so that we could watch the football and take tea with his side 88 for 5 after 35 overs. Meanwhile the remaining Green fielders loosened up in the hope of further Ratcliffe experiments. Beavon sat in the dressing room put his head in his hands and dropped it. The resumption saw the immediate return of Chris Hill who took two wickets and Dave Price with another as Stone subsided to 130 (after a recount) all out with the Stone Skippers promise of more players failing to materialise. Meanwhile, Beavon was asked if he could look after the Skipper’s Aquarium whilst he was holiday but Steve stated he couldn’t keep fish either.

The Green response saw the early loss of Paul Yorke but Judd Doughty was hitting the ball sweetly with a succession of boundaries that saw the Green going at eight an over. Freeman, with his first league innings of the season, started to find the bat and then the boundary with some sweet shots but perished after the pair had added 82 runs for 19 with one that kept low giving Goode his second success. Curtis (10no) and Doughty made short work of the remaining 30 runs with Doughty depositing the ball into the adjoining field and pass 200 league runs in his fourth innings. He finished 78 not out as his side reached their target in the 22nd over and secure the maximum 24 points.


Eastnor vs Barnards Green 2nd XI

On saturday the green seconds travelled to the picturesque ground in the shadow of Eastnor castle, having lost the toss the green were asked to field first.The green took to the field with a very different looking side from recent weeks ,containing four under 15 players who were about to make their second team debut for the season, also included was the somewhat more experienced under 16 Lewis Hooper.Tom Clack and James Scullion opened the attack  and both took an early wicket to leave the home side struggling on 22 for 2 after eight overs, Clack and Scullion only conceeded 13 and 17 runs respectivley off their allotted opening spell. Shane Thompson playing his first game in senior cricket struggled in  his first over but soon settled down to bowl a 5 over spell, with a little bit of coaching to compliment his raw talent the green might just of unearthed another player for the future.Lewis Hooper settled down to bowl a long spell of offspin although not bowling as well as he did last season he still managed to trouble all of the home sides batsmen with his variation, finishing with 5 for 74 off seventeen overs ,hopefully he will regain his rythum of last season and continue to take alot of wickets,Roger Thompson again bowled a tidy spell taking the wicket of the dangerous  Steve Emery for 41. Adam price bowled a good line with a deceptive change of pace he too was rewarded with a wicket on his second team debut. Eastnor were bowled out in the 46th over for 176 with only Nic Bollen 33,Steve Emery 41 and Craig Wildig 23  making any worthwhile contributions. The green bowled and fielded well with the youngsters for the most part  leading the way , the highlight in the field was James Scullions one handed catch to dismiss Nic Bollen.Jason Brewer and Derek Goodman put on 66 in ten overs before Brewer was caught for 21, this brought Andy Wheeler to the crease who proceeded to take the home sides bowling apart his 50 came in eighteen balls , he continued putting the home attack to the sword finishing 90 notout containing six sixes and and tweve fours.[it been a long time since weve witnessed a JACK ATTACK].The green strolled home by eight wickets with 28 overs to spare. the green took 24 points and Eastnor 3


Stourbridge Social vs Barnards Green 4th XI