On another gloriously sunny Saturday afternoon the Green's third team entertained their contemporaries from Bromsgrove ,with both teams trying to maintain their recent upsurge in form. With a spate of unavailability throughout the club there were recalls for the veteran Martin Heaton and Steve Alamutu, and the pending late arrival of Paul Yorke to make up the full complement of players.The Green won the toss and elected to field first with part time Keeper Kevin Ratcliffe taking the gloves, father and son combination Ian and Ryan Scullion soon settled into a good line and length obtaining swing and seam movement making batting not the easiest, Scullion the elder was rewarded with two early wickets to a fine catch in gully by Roger Thompson and a catch behind the wicket by Ratcliffe leaving Bromsgrove 20 for two after 11 overs, Dan Hunt had Duffy caught in the deep by Scullion jnr for 7, this brought Vernon to the wicket to join opener Hope this pair gradually got on top of the bowling adding a useful 75 runs when skipper Spencer had Hope well caught by Yorke for 40, Vernon soon followed after spooning a simple catch to Thompson which was dropped the resulting mix up between the batsmen allowed the Green to run out Vernon for a well struck 56. Some lusty blows by Wensley 34 and opposition skipper Husbands 22 brought about the return of the Scullions to bowl the final 7 overs, the father and son combination were soon amongst the wickets and enabled the Green to restrict Bromsgrove to 201 all out in the 50th over, Ryan Scullion finishing with 2 for 28 off 10 overs and Ian Scullion 3 for 35 off 11 overs, a good fielding display by the fast improving Green side.
After an excellent healthy tea, the Green's openers Yorke and Lewis strode to the wicket looking confident of knocking off the required runs, this confidence was soon to found misplaced as a flurry of wickets Yorke 0, Lewis 1,Heaton 2 and Ryan Scullion 0 the Green were in serious trouble 8 for 4 after 7 overs, they became 20 for 5 after Ratcliffe was caught for 6, then after a minor recovery Alamutu was caught for 13 and Thompson likewise caught for 19,at 64 for 7 the Green were in danger of being embarrassed by being bowled out for a low score.Jason Brewer was joined by Phil Spencer together they carefully rebuilt the innings,with a mixture of fine defensive play and the ability to punish any wayward deliveries they took the score to 176 when Spencer was caught on the boundary for 57, Dan Hunt scored 9 and with the last wicket remaining Ian Scullion drove two boundaries to give the Green an unlikely victory by one wicket, Jason Brewer finished 60no a fine man of the match innings , which enabled the Green to secure 20 more points in their quest for a top five finish.WELL DONE JASON
SPECIAL NOTE TO ALL PLAYERS....
The clubs quest to gain Birmingham League status for the first and second teams and to leave the teams left in the WCL in the highest possible division is at the moment going to plan, but with the holiday season coming up it would be nice if all the players made themselves available when ever possible, even if the team you have been playing in is not pushing for titles it is still good for the club to put out the strongest sides possible, running off to play in meaningless pre-season football friendlies for local Mickey Mouse teams does not show any commitment to the club or your team mates. ENG