15th August 2009 - Match Reports.

Barnards Green Cricket Club 4th XI vs Old Vigornians Oldswinford vs BGCC 1st XI

(The fourteen phases of Dick).

With The Green once again struggling for players three “new boys” were drafted in for the meeting with Old Vigornians.

Dick deliberated at length over whether he should risk batting first without either of his regular opening batsmen, but had his mind made up for him. OVs won the toss and fielded.

Debutant Graham Baddeley volunteered to open with the legend which is Julian Hall who at first appeared to be using someone else’s eyes as he regularly played down the wrong line. The pair however scored steadily with Baddeley looking comfortable until he was bowled for 12 by Foster in the twelfth over. With Hall having finally started to hit a few runs the openers had put on 41 for the first wicket and Dick was pleased.

Promoted to number three, Mark Perkins offered brief support before deciding that he could run twenty yards before a fielder could throw a ball five yards. It was close but Mark lost the race and departed for 7.

Enter Dick. Dick was determined not to throw away a good start and even more determined not to get himself out to Bell’s “in-duckers” about which he had warned his team. Dick kicked away ball after ball as he nurdled along in support of his partner and, having both survived numerous good shouts for lbw these two moved the score on to 89 before Hall (41) (runs not waist) was stumped in the twenty sixth over. Jack Cullity was given another chance to build an innings but both Brown (13) and Cullity (1) fell with the score on 97. Dick was starting to feel uneasy – five wickets down and the teas had not arrived!

Ian Scullion, vastly experienced, brought in at the last minute to make up the numbers, now found himself at the crease having to hold The Green’s innings together on his own for 15 overs.

Captain Dick barked his orders at the remaining players.

“Support Scully. He’s batting well”!  A succession of batsmen (and one batswoman) ignored his instructions as the next four contributed just seven runs to the total.

Dick started to boil!

Could the last man, Russell Brewer, adorned in his son’s shirt, trousers, boots, gloves, pads, socks and box survive long enough for Scully to put some runs together. With eleven overs left Brewer dug deep, blocking everything whilst at the other end Scullion went on the offensive.

In the forty first over an exhausted Scullion (41) (runs not age) finally succumbed to another flighted ball from the wily Menden ( 9-2-5-35) and The Green were all out for 154. Dick was not sure how he felt.

 

Now there was another problem. So much Tea had arrived that there was nowhere to lay it all out. Tea would have to be taken in instalments but where to begin?

The homemade quiche? The chicken legs? The myriad of cakes? The proper sandwiches? Or perhaps the individual fruit cocktails. Tea was wonderful!

 

So, rested and gorged Dick was enthused. Time for the team-talk. There were not enough runs on the board and his bowlers needed to be on-form from the start.

Elliot Hennessy, was once again entrusted with the new ball and swung it from the start trapping Horton lbw for 1 without him moving from the crease. At the other end Jack Cullity bowled with pace and control, moving the ball off the seam and  threatening to bring the slips into play. With numerous deliveries unplayable Dick began to wonder but opener Arnold was scoring regularly.

Ryan Scullion replaced Hennessy, determined to put behind him a disappointing performance from the previous week. He was not to disappoint this time getting Priddy lbw for 7 and Foster caught by Baddeley for 2.

With Dave Price replacing Cullity at the other end OVs’ batsmen found runs hard to come by, not least due once again to the exceptional fielding of 12 year-old Georgia Hennessy and the pressure told on Gommersal who committed Hara-kiri taking on the arm of  Ryan Scullion and being run out for 6. When a well-flighted delivery from Price took Howard’s middle stump and Ryan Scullion sent Meek back to the pavilion the visitors were behind the run-rate and six down. Dick allowed himself a little smile. Elliot Hennessy came back for his second spell and had Arnold caught behind for 26 bringing together Race and Menden.

With Race demonstrating his full range of agricultural but effective blows and Menden playing proper scoring cricket shots, even with a slow run-rate the extra overs gifted by The Green brought the total within reach. Dick was thoughtful and juggled his bowlers. Cullity resumed up the hill and Price, switched to the other end, returned a favour by deceiving Menden (19) with  flight and accepted a gentle caught and bowled. With The Green’s young bowlers being restricted he needed to find a few overs from somewhere else and asked “occasional” bowler Ian Scullion to assist. Race was still resisting doggedly but running out of partners and even when Price had Foster lbw for nought Dick was not confident of victory.

Then Scullion Senior steamed up the hill, bent his back, pitched the ball straight and full and sent Race’s stumps flying. Dick breathed again.

Ten wickets down, 24 points for The Green. Race finished on 22 and OVs on 123.

Dick brought his boys together and exclaimed ”it was never in doubt”.

Dick tells porkies!

 

Special thanks to Sharon and John from

Laser Bowl Malvern

for once again lending us their kids for the afternoon and for a quite marvellous tea.

 

Oldswinford 79, Hooper.L 5-16

BGCC 80-7, Malhotra 5-36

 

Leading into the business end of the season skipper Tim Williams and his charges were ultimately happy to exit a difficult trip to relegation candidates Oldswinford with 20 points after a tight, low scoring encounter.

 

Upon winning the toss Williams chose the safe option of bowling first ruling out the 24 point win and hopefully allowing the visitors to control the game.

 

Murphy struck with only his second ball of the day capturing the wicket of Holloway caught by Ford at slip and Harris quickly also entered the action trapping Blunt LBW for 6 as the Green applied early pressure. After a scratchy 16 Malhotra perished to an ambitious drive caught by Harris at mid off to leave the home side reeling at 22-3 which only got worse when Harris took a simple caught and bowled dismissing Attwood for zero.

 

At this point Williams introduced spin into the attack. Brewer (after running out Oldswinford star man Hayward for 3) provided a degree of solidity to the home sides innings with nuggety defence , however with limited stroke play he struggled to propel his side. Unfortunately for the Oldswinford team Hooper and Ford created excellent pressure with Hooper the main benefactor as he completed an excellent 5-wicket haul to end the innings on what looked a paltry 79 all out from just 39 overs.

 

With a small target and Golder back in the side following a run of poor availability due to aviation and archery commitments the Green were anticipating an easy victory in advance of the top of the table clash with league leaders Pershore. Hooper and Golder got the visitors off to a steady start with Soukup and Hand looking ineffective with the new ball.

 

Unfortunately for the visitors this was where the comfort zone ended with the introduction of the spin of Malhotra. First to go was Hooper quickly followed by Rhodes who was bowled by a vicious spinning delivery. Murphy was a solitary victim for Brewer LBW for 1 with Golder playing a lone hand at this point mixing solid defense with intelligent placement and ruthlessly dispatching the few loose deliveries on offer with arrow like precision. 

 

Tim Clarke forged a brief partnership before he too was undone by Malhotra, leaving the Green over 40 to win with only 5 wickets in hand. Harris was caught and bowled after prodding a simple catch back to Malhotra and Binks fell without troubling the scorers bowled through the gate.

 

Soukup returned to the attack in place of Brewer and reaped immediate rewards having Jez Clarke trapped LBW for 3 as Golder became more and more exasperated with the application of his band of merry men. Fortunately he was joined by Ford who showed the calm of Friar Tuck to partner Golder as he completed a poised half century.

 

With news of another likely Pershore victory reaching the ground Golder was determined not to miss the target  and found a willing ally in Ford who dispatched a clinical pull shot to the boundary allowing his side a sigh of relief as they reached the eighty required to bring home another 20 point win.

 

Malhotra the start of the Oldswinford stack with 5-38 and Golder 50 not out.

 

The Tansell’s Garage man of the match Kevin Golder.