12th July 2008 - Match Reports.

Worcester Nomads vs BGCC 1st XI Canon Frome vs BGCC IV XI

On a grey Saturday afternoon Barnards Green CC 1st XI made the short trip to local rivals Worcester Nomads.  Heavy Friday night rain which had leaked under the covers left a damp looking pitch but one which none the less looked flat and not short of preparation.

On winning the toss home skipper Dannie Rees asked the Green to bat.  Paul Drinkwater fell early, bowled by Gariff and Skipper Chris Smedley and Liam Paddock slowly began to build a platform.  However several short rain delays seemed to disrupt the rhythm of both sides.  Paddock (21) and Smedley(34) both fell after seeming to have done the hard work.  Tim Clarke and Kevin Golder then both fell cheaply in quick succession leaving the Green on 120 for 5 off 32 overs when the rain came again.  This time the players were off for a longer period and took tea.  The rain finally stopped and after performing the calculations it was decided there would be 28 overs left in the game.  Jez Clarke (64) then played a fine innings, mixing aggression with determination and good running with the huge wet outfield not yielding many boundaries.  He struck the ball particularly cleanly and passed a richly deserved second half century of the season.  Andy Ford (14) and Tim Williams (16) provided good support as the Green closed on a commendable 192 for 8 off 50 overs. This was a good score on a slow wicket.

In reply Nomads had just 10 overs to bat, but were given a target of 96 for the winning draw.  They were immediately on the back foot as first Matt Shimell bowled a tight over for just 1 run and then in the second over Chris Smedley picked up Malcolm Jones for a duck and Geoff Taylor first ball, brilliantly caught by the tumbling Liam Paddock at long on.  With the score 1 for 2 after 2 overs the Nomads decided to call of any run chase and started to block.  Green skipper Smedley turned to in form spinner Andy Ford and employed an attacking field with 9 fielders around the bat.  Ford then extracted some sharp turn and found Watkins inside edge which flew to Golder at short leg where he took a smart catch.  Nomads closed on 31 for 3 off their 10 overs and the result was match abandoned with both sides taking 9 points having earned 4 bonus points each.  The result was a disappointment to both teams but also vindicates the new wet weather rules the league has employed with neither side gaining an unfair advantage from the uncontrollable weather.  On Saturday Barnards Green travel to second placed Bromyard, now just 35 points behind leaders Stourbridge and looking to close the gap.

 

With skipper Brown loosing the toss and being asked to bat first on a wet and very green and soft looking track at Canon Frome, the signs were not good for the Green in this mid-table clash away in the Division Four South 2nd XI fixture in the Crusader Worcestershire Cricket League .

Wheeler and Horne opened the innings and were watchful for the first over, then Wheeler took control. With the Frome bowlers varying their line and length, Wheeler punished anything full or short and took full advantage of the generously small boundaries all the way round the picturesque ground.

Having lost Horne for 1 in the 5th over, Cyril Dean strolled to the middle full of confidence from an excellent knock the week before. Together Dean and Wheeler punished every bowler, with a furry of boundaries and sending the awaiting batsman to all parts of Herefordshire to fetch the balls, and apples!!! 

Wheeler brought up his fifty in the 7th over and then set his sights on a much higher total, he reached his first 100 of the season with a straight six in the 16th over and finally fell to L Cotterril, Frome pick of the bowlers with 2 for 46 from 12 overs. Wheeler finished on 144, including 12 fours and 14 sixes. Dean reached his 50 with 6 fours and 5 sixes and was finally out for 74 

Elliot Henessy, on his Green Senior debut, looked confident at the crease for a 13 year old until an excellent catch meant he was replaced by Steve Hunt, who decided to carry on the aggressive manner which had been set. Hunt was then dismissed for 10 and the innings run rate slowed, until some last overs hitting from skipper Brown and the lower order meant that the Green finished on 289 for 7 from 45 overs.  

Although this was an excellent score, it represented a good fight back from Frome, as the Green had been 197 for 1 in the 20th over with Wheeler and Dean at the crease

 With a large total to chase, Frome needed to get off to a positive start. This was denied them with tight bowling from Dave Price (1 for 37 from 9 overs) and Ian Alley (12 overs, 3 maidens, 30 runs and 4 wickets)

 Only N Andrews (48) and D Wilson (15) were able to reach double figures, as the first change bowlers of Hunt (1 for 27) and Merley (2 for 5) dismissed the middle order without much hassle. 

It was left to Jamie Longmore to finish off the tail with 2 wickets and dismiss Frome for 120 inside 30 overs. This was a good solid performance by the fourths and helped ease the pain of defeat felt earlier in the season when Frome visited Newland. The Green are hoping to continue their run when they entertain Hanley Castle on Saturday at Newland