13th June 2009 - Match Reports.
|Old Vigornians 2nd XI vs BGCC IVs||Astwood Bank vs BGCC 2nd XI|
With all four Barnards Green teams
recording victories at the weekend, the fourth team played its part by
convincingly beating Old Vigorians at the charming Hawford Lodge school
ground. With OV's winning the toss Green skipper was praying opener John
Barr would arrive to open the innings, but his prayers were not answered
and so Robin Longmore was asked to stand in to open with debutant 16
year old Lewis Churchill. Churchill showed good application playing
with a straight bat and looks an excellent acquisition, but he was
unlucky to be undone by the wicket which played slow and he was caught
from a ball that stopped on him. This brought another excellent
prospect to the wicket in the form of Jack Cullity, but he too played a
little early and got a leading edge to be caught for four. Skipper Dick
Brown joined Longmore who was quietly driving and cutting himself to a
good score and these two took the score to 142 before Brown perished for
a fine 40 bowled by the tenacious Tim Race. Barr joined Longmore who
stepped up a gear with some big boundaries including an enormous six off
Race to the square leg boundary, but having passed his century, he then
miscued a long hop to be well caught at deep mid wicket for an enigmatic
106. Barr and Mark Perkins then continued to punish any bad balls with
Barr sweeping his way to 37 and Perkins 23 before both were bowled by
Ammable who finished with 6 for 65. The Green tail wagged to take the
score to an impressive 267 off their allotted 45 overs.
Barnards Green CC 1st XI v Astwood Bank CC 1st XI
A mature and well paced innings from Liam Paddock ensured another 24 point win for Barnards Green in their WCL Divison 1 clash at North End Lane and more importantly helped to complete a clean sweep for the club with all 4 Green teams collecting maximum points from the weekend’s encounters.
Upon winning the toss visiting skipper Alexander decided to try and make first use of the wicket and later use his heavily loaded spin attack to exert pressure on the home side batting second.
Unfortunately a fired up Nick Murphy and skipper Tim Williams had other ideas as first Murphy and then Williams combined to leave the home side reeling at 13-4 inside the first 8 overs. Williams bowled with swing and movement off the seam to destroy the stumps of Sewell and Murphy made a mockery of Clayton’s decision to shoulder arms to a full delivery as he sent his off stump cart wheeling.
Sensible batting from Dan Sealey(56), more famous for his booming bass lines with Ocean Colour Scene than his booming off drives and valuable support from youngster Pedley(38) propelled the Bank towards a competitive total however canny off spin from Ford(3-46) and the return of Murphy put pay to any late acceleration as the visitors were eventually bowled out for a below par 152.
With the wicket improving after an afternoon of hot sunshine the Greens reply started well with Kevin Golder in destructive form alongside the more circumspect Smedley. When Smedley was dismissed by Freeman for 17 Rhodes joined Golder in a brief partnership before the youngster was dismissed by a fantastic catch off the bowling of Jagielski.
Paddock steadied the ship with crisp stroke play however at 100-2 the wicket of Golder caught at long off prompted a severe batting collapse and put the Greens quest for another 24 point win in massive jeopardy. Harris who opened his boundary account with a huge six perished as he inexplicably missed a knee high full toss to be bowled by Summers, Binks followed shortly afterwards with an ungainly heave leaving his off bail in the dirt and after an assured start Clarke was stumped off Summers. Ford calmed the nerves momentarily however a calamitous run out ensued, debutant Dunn drafted in at the last minute to replace the injured Metcalfe could not get his trademark slog sweep to work and he was the eighth man out leaving the cool and collected Paddock and Aussie import Murphy to steer the home side to victory with massive 8 overs but only 2 wickets to spare.
Barnards Green maintain their position at the top of WCL Division 1 and this week make the trip to fellow high flyers Stourbridge.
The Tansell’s Garage man of the match for his 3-11 was skipper Tim Williams.
ABCC 1st XI 152 all out Sealey 56, Murphy 4-39, Williams 3-11
BGCC 1st XI 153-8 Paddock 55no, Summers 5-52
Barnard’s Green Second Eleven beat Astwood Bank 3-0 in this top of the table encounter at the pleasant Astwood Bank ground. 3-0 may sound an odd result for a cricket match but the Green out-batted, out-fielded and out bowled their opponents and, I dare say, had there been a cake eating contest at tea, the visitors would have won that also. I wish Astwood no disrespect or ill-feeling, they were a decent cricketing outfit, but the Green simply outplayed them in every aspect of this ‘must-win’ game.
Winning the toss the home skipper elected to bat on a dry wicket tinged with green, reflecting the wet week the ground had seen before this sultry summer Saturday. The pace attack of Spencer (12-1-36) and Banks (6-1-14) made the ball zip through and found both vertical and lateral movement with the new ball. After a few rasping shots from both opening batsmen the excited Green players settled down to the task in hand and began to squeeze the run rate and pick up wickets at regular intervals. Twice Tim Clarke ran batsmen out with some excellent fielding and Tom Clack joined the fun with a run out of his own also. The change bowlers of Clack (7-0-33), Lewis Hooper (6-3-28) and James Scullion (5-2-32) all bowled well taking wickets whilst checking the scoring with style and substance. The bowlers were well backed up with some excellent fielding and catching typified by Ash Brewer behind the timbers who kept tidily and, under the watchful eyes of his mentor, took one of the sharpest leg-side stumpings witnessed on a cricket field. Astwood spluttered and stumbled to 147 in 33 overs before the last wicket fell and the innings was closed.
At the interval, less than two hours into the game, the home skipper offered the visitors the chance to bat for 10 overs before taking tea and this offer was accepted by skipper Judd Doughty who saw it as a chance to continue the momentum gained whilst fielding and transfer into their batting. Mark Hooper fell cheaply to a good ball before Scullion came out to bat in the mould of a ‘tea-watchman’. Scullion did an excellent job and batted well beyond the interval punching two fours and six before departing with 23 vital runs to his name. Clarke joined Doughty in the middle on a wicket which had begun to deteriorate under the heat of the sun. Clarke displayed his now customary elegance in a bright and breezy 23 before he fell to the tempting spin of Boycott. James Curtis (11*) made light work of the bowling, oblivious to the crumbling deck, hitting his first runs with a huge six before stroking a four a couple of balls later effectively killing off the slim chance Astwood had of winning the game. Doughty (63*), made up for his lack of style by obdurately grafting his way to an unbeaten half-century before he punched two fours in succession to claim a 24 point victory for the Green.
Yet again a fantastic all-round performance by the youth club (Curtis was the oldest member of the side) – let’s continue with the hard work and high levels of discipline but more importantly let’s continue to enjoy playing cricket together and results like this will continue to be the norm.
Astwood Bank 147 a/o (2pts) Barnards Green 148 for 3 (24pts)