11th June 2007 - Match reports.

BGCC 1st XI vs Stoke Prior




After defeating Worcester in the semi final of the Carnival Cup Barnards Green played familiar rivals Stoke Prior in the idyllic settings of Ombersley CC.
With the two sides already finishing a league game this season with scores tied everyone concerned knew a hard fought encounter was on the cards.
Skipper Jez Clarke was happy to win the toss and ask Stoke to post them a total which he was quietly confident his full strength team would knock off.
Stoke started cautiously with ex Barnards Green Import Boult and the ever dangerous Fletcher (40) leading the way, However Boults Kiwi counter part Hoogstraten kept things tight from his end for the Green ably assisted by Tom Clack.
After 5 overs stoke were well positioned at 50 for 0, Skipper Jez Clarke introduced Man of the Match Andy Roy Ford (3-15) who tied the batsmen down straight away.
Fords line was so tight scoring was not easy and the batsmen were forced to try and score at the other end where the experienced Tim Williams bowled equally as straight and picked up the wicket of Boult cart wheeling his stump for an immature 10.
In a bid to step up the run rate Fletcher unwisely took an the arm of Tim Clarke in the deep who saw him yards short after a direct hit.
With the dangermen back in the pavilion the Green were sure to not be complacent and continued to bowl and field with superb discipline Brookes (3-16) replaced Williams and had immediate success as the green took wickets at regular intervals no momentum was gained by Stoke, at the end of their allotted 15 overs they closed on 108-8.
With a relatively small total to chase and a large lightening quick outfield the Green knew that no big hitting was required and that sensible calling and running would see them home safe.
Young guns Paddock and Harris started steadily until the latter was adjudged LBW without troubling the scorers, this bought Inform Kev Golder to the crease who formed a solid 2nd wicket partnership with Liam Paddock, as no big risks were necessary none were taken and between them they kept the board ticking over at just above the run rate the green were excellently poised at 90 for 1 off just 9 overs when Golder fell in the deep for a patient 46.
A slightly nervous few balls were then kept out by man of the match Andy Roy Ford before he got his eye in and then decided enough was enough and struck several well timed blows over mid wicket thus settling any nerves in the pavilion.
The Green wrapped the game up with 8 wickets in hand and with Youngster Liam Paddock finishing on a classy 39

Back Row L-R
Liam Paddock, Andy Hoogstraten,Kevin Golder, Andy Roy Ford, Matthew Brookes, Tom Clack, Phil Harris.

Front Row L R
Tim Clarke, Jez Clarke, Tim Williams, Rich Williams

Winning Team