12th June 2010 - Match Reports.

Old Vigornians 2nd XI vs Barnards Green 4ths. Barnards Green 2nds vs Redditch 2nds.

Perhaps it was the early start forced upon them by some football match or other but Barnards Green 4ths didn't really turn up for their visit to Old Vigornians 2nds.
Dick Brown won the toss for The Green and put his hosts in to bat first. This would prove to be a costly mistake as it later became apparent that this wicket would only support one innings.
James Parry for OVs, in his first knock of the season, would go on to score 101 after being dropped early in his innings as The Green's opening attack lacked their usual control and accuracy. Colin Cole (36) gave sound support for the second wicket.  Steve Hunt and John Hennessy were introduced to try to stem a run-rate which rarely fell below five per over and Hennessy's line and length deliveries provided him with three wickets, all catches, particularly noteworthy being the one handed take by Steve Hunt on the boundary and smart work by Dick Brown who completed his second catch of the day, having earlier taken a smart catch at slip off the bowling of Jack Mackintosh. Dave Price and Rob Lewis were given the task of trying to gain some control over a match running away from the Green but Parry, now joined by the aggressive James Bader, were set and scoring freely. Price finally bowled Parry claiming one of his three wickets for the afternoon and Lewis accounted for Bader who found the safe hands of Steve Hunt on the boundary to give him his second catch. Old Vigornians finished on 244 for 8.
Unaware of the part the failing pitch would play in proceedings The Green, having chased such totals before, emerged from tea in a confident mood but after openers Longmore (9), Lewis (8) and Howie (7) had faced a series of deliveries which either shot along the floor or reared off a full length, their mood changed. Phil Mackie and Will Lucas took full advantage of the conditions and wickets started to tumble. Skipper Dick Brown offered brief resistance before being run-out at the non-strikers end by the bowler's fingertips. Elliot Hennessy, for once disappointing with the ball, found form with the bat on his way to a well-crafted 46 but rapidly ran out of partners. The Green's bowlers contributed a solid 37 runs between them but they were never going to achieve the runs required and eventually surrendered on 152 all out with 14 overs unused.
The Green were outplayed by a good OVs side who produced an excellent all-round performance of batting and fielding with their bowlers exploiting conditions to the full.


Two out of three ‘aint bad’ they say. Unfortunately, for the Green second eleven it wasn’t good enough on Saturday last. Our batting was solid and dependable in posting a total of 262 in our 50 over allocation. Our bowling was sound, if not a little too similar, seam up, medium pace, defensive type bowling across the board. It was our fielding which let us down against a keen Redditch side. Normally it is our strongest suit as a young, mainly athletic, outfit but on this occasion we were out of sorts, sluggish and lacking out usual competitive edge on a perfect day for cricket.

Andy ‘yet another Jack-attack’ Wheeler opened the innings with skipper Judd Doughty on a green-tinged North End Lane wicket and immediately took a shining to the opening attack of Ali and Altaf. Wheeler (63 off 39) took the initiative and bashed the bowling to all parts whilst Doughty (43) took a backseat role. Wheeler eventually perished to a clever slower ball from the persistent Ali to bring Tim Clarke (35) to the crease. Clarke looked in his most fluent touch of the summer thus far and was just getting going when he lost his off-bail, via his pad, to Altaf. The dependable Adam Greaves (41) came to crease and carried on from where he left off last week pushing the ball into the gaps and rotating the strike with Doughty excellently. Doughty perished with the score on 169, mis-timing a sweep into the deep, bringing the veteran Chris Hill (10) to join the action. Hill perished not long after playing the shot of the day, a sweetly taken straight drive down the ground enabling Tom Clack to attempt to ‘up’ the scoring rate. Clack (37 off 30) hit the ball hard all around the ground and was most impressive running between the wickets. Clack was supported well by Greaves then Scullion (2), Brewer (12) and Brown (16), the latter hitting a delightful paddle-sweep for 6 in the closing overs to help the innings close on a decent total.
Young Ryan Scullion (6-0-25-0) and Tom Clack (9.2-3-36-1) opened the bowling with pace and accuracy and both were unlucky not to claim early wickets after finding thick outside edges from the opening batsmen. Scullion was replaced by his older brother, James, (11-1-49-1) who settled into a good early rhythm and beat the bat on numerous occasions. Clack gave way to Culity (4-1-23-0) who again looked assured at this level before allowing Brown, making his second team debut this season, to take over. Brown bowled tightly but to no avail (6-0-36-0) whilst Scullion and then the sharp darts of Clarke (8-0-38-1) tried everything to pick up wickets at the opposing end. The Redditch batsmen of Rose and Mukhtar made good inroads towards the total before Clarke and Doughty (5-0-35-2) picked up a trio of wickets. Scullion and Clack returned to the attack in an attempt to stem the steady flow of runs which trickled ever closer to winning the game for the visitors. Both bowlers kept it tight but a combination of experienced batting by Eley (42) and indifferent fielding by the home-side allowed Redditch to win the game with two balls of the innings to spare.
At Hagley our batting let us down. This week our fielding was below par. Please don’t let our bowling suffer next week as we travel to the north of the shire to play a game on Pedmore’s home turf.