16th May 2009 - Match Reports.

Hanley and Upton 2nd XI vs BGCC 4th XI BGCC 2nd XI vs Droitwich

Youngsters star again.

The heavens opened as a much-changed BGCC 4ths side left Northend Lane, and few in the party expected to be playing much cricket that afternoon but, thanks to Hanley and Upton’s new covers and hard work by their ground staff, the conditions were perfect as the sun came out right on time.

With a slow outfield and the threat of rain at any time, skipper Dick Brown, on winning the toss, had no hesitation in putting the home team in to bat.

Progress for Hanley and Upton was slow as their openers of Harper and Dolphin struggled with the uneven bounce generated by Jack Cullity and Ian Alley and seemed loath to take on quick singles. Cullity, restricted by age, was replaced by Ryan Scullion who immediately found line and length and was once again impressive. With the run-rate restricted the Captain decided to bowl Alley through and he eventually removed Harper for 14. Elliot Hennessey joined the attack, bowled superbly from the start, having Williams caught behind by Mark Perkins. With so many young bowlers in his side who could only be used in short spells, Steve Hunt and Dave Price needed to be brought into the attack for a few overs. Price bowled Dolphin with his second ball and Hunt picked up the wicket of Albert who drove a ball to mid-on only to find the safe hands of 12 year old Georgia Hennessey. Ex-Green player Harry Pleass wandered across his stumps to be trapped LBW by Price who then caught Chambers at mid-wicket off the bowling of Hunt.

With The Green well in control the youngsters were re-introduced to the attack. Jack Cullity caught Lewis off his own bowling, Ryan Scullion had both Bottomley and Wright LBW and Georgia Hennessey found the edge to have Conway caught behind. Hanley and Upton finished on a total of 112 all out.

The Green’s innings opened with Julian Hall and John Dunn who both started tentatively as they struggled with the impressive seam bowling of Bottomley and Conway. Both bowlers found sufficient movement off the pitch to worry the openers and caution was needed. Slowly the experienced Hall started to take control showing particular strength through the offside and putting pressure on the fielders with a string of audacious runs. Dunn hit a huge straight boundary and was then caught behind for 15 off a delivery from Conway which took off. Jack Cullity came to the wicket, middled Williams’ "quicker" ball to the hands of mid-off and walked off again to explain to his Mother what went wrong. The much improved Elliot Hennessey joined Julian Hall at the crease and immediately launched into a series of cover-drives which had the field retreating whilst Hall continued his plodding at the other end. Despite the best efforts of all of the home team bowlers who performed excellently throughout, Hall (48 not out) and Hennessey (36 not out ) saw The Green home in the 30th over for a win by 8 wickets.

Congratulations to both clubs for continuing to give their youngsters the opportunity to play senior cricket and for a match played in the right spirit.

 

SORRY  - No Third team report this week.

 

On a day blessed with bright sunshine but cursed with heavy showers, Barnards Green Seconds took to the field after winning the toss (4 from 4) against a strong looking Droitwich CC. Sam Spencer (12-0-43) and Matt Brookes (6-0-33) bowled well in the early stages with the new ball although Brookes found it tough running into the force nine gale that blew across the ground. The introduction of the veteran Drinkwater (9-1-42) helped purchase the home side’s first wicket and keep the free scoring visitors in check. With regular breaks for rain and plenty of time spent gazing at the hills in readiness for the next rain cloud it is a fair point to make that the home side lost concentration and focus at times in the field. One player who kept his concentration levels high was Ash Brewer who kept tidily again and produced an outstanding piece of glove-work to stump Clarke first ball off one which Scullian (5-2-43) fired down the leg-side. The innings was contained nicely by Clack (6-1-22) and Howie (3-33) as Droitwich completed their 41 overs for 220-5.

After yet another rain shower over the tea interval the Green went out to bat confident of chasing 220 to win in 41 overs. The openers Drinkwater (27) and Judd Doughty (18*) went out to face the new ball and when the skipper drove the first ball of the innings for four the run chase was well and truly on. Drinkwater played in his customary attacking style whilst Doughty was more watchful especially as the extras the away team conceded helped keep the run rate at or near the required level. As the next rain cloud covered the ground, in pitch black conditions, Drinkwater toe ended a catch high into the outfield which was smartly held. Tim Clarke faced his first two balls of the season and did well to hit the ball both times considering the gloom, before the players had to leave the field for the final time as the rain, then hail, fell from the sky.

Both teams will probably feel they had a good chance of winning this fixture and it is a shame the weather proved the only winner on a day when other’s across the league managed to get full games in.  The Green should take heart that we are now four games in, unbeaten and now second in the league behind Astwood Bank. We’re playing some good all round cricket at the moment and as captain I feel our game can improve further which is an exciting prospect. We play Astwood Bank on Tuesday night at home followed by Saturday and Monday fixtures next week fingers crossed our good form continues!

 

Colwall CC 1st XI vs Barnards Green CC 1st XI 

Colwall 84 all out Williams 2-25, Murphy2 -23 , Harris 3-9 , Smedley 3-21

BGCC 85-0 Golder 50*, Williams 28* 

Under leaden skies Barnards Green made the short trip to local rivals Colwall for the 4th round of the Worcestershire County League season. The home side’s close season posturing gave the visitors all the motivation they needed for the short journey and it was with massive disappointment that a heavy shower close to the scheduled start left both sides in the pavilion taking shelter. 

When play did get underway home skipper King showed his naivety at 1st division level. Upon winning the toss on a sporting wicket and with the game sure to be affected by rain he surprised all by electing to bat. Visiting skipper and opening bowler Tim Williams could barely disguise his delight as he led his charges onto the field in time for the delayed start at 2pm. 

Williams and Murphy started brightly finding swing in the air and bounce from the pitch with the new ball and both registered early maiden overs with Paddock and Harris electric in the field. 

Panniers who has carried Colwall in recent games was first to go caught Binks bowled Murphy for 8. Williams then got in on the act with a brace of wickets, Sharpe bowled for a duck and King brilliantly caught and bowled for 8. When Wheeler fell for yet another single figure score to Aussie import Murphy it was Bakewell who tried to restore some respectability to the score with several lusty blows including a huge six off Smedley. 

Smedley toiled momentarily without luck as Bakewell was dropped twice off his bowling however gained his just rewards when Clarke took  a sharp slip catch to dismiss Price and Ford followed shortly after playing on to a Smedley doosra. 

Bakewell finally holed out to Paddock off the bowling of Harris for a vicious 40 and two further Harris scalps closed the innings on 84. Harris mopping up the tail with 3-9, Smedley returning 3-21 and Williams and Murphy picking up two wickets a piece in an excellent opening spell. 

Even with a sporting wicket and the inevitable rain disruptions the visitors were delighted to wrap up the innings for such a low target but approached the tea break with some trepidation as dark clouds gathered in the vicinity. 

The Green’s regular opening pair of Golder and Williams Snr strode to the wicket to see off the new ball threat and set a platform to allow a victory for the visitors. Both started in circumspect fashion knowing that an early flurry of wickets could lead to dressing room jitters and a situation where rain could curtail the game before the 85 runs necessary were gathered. 

Several extras coupled with some crisp boundaries got the Green off to a solid start and excellent running added to this total as Smith bowled an economical but non threatening spell of 4 overs for 14. 

As the score reached a highly respectable 30-0 the weather started to close in and both Golder and Williams seized the initiative to propel the pursuit. Golder was particularly harsh on Griffiths who went at 5 an over and King who had a day to forget with his 3 overs costing 28 as he drove, bludgeoned and pulled his way to a fantastic 50 not out whilst Williams wielded his willow with wizardry and grace to finish 28 not out.  

The Green took a maximum 24 points from the game and propelled themselves to 3rd in the table. Colwall will take valuable lessons from the game and hope to avoid similar mistakes as they look to maintain their 1st division status.

 The Tansell’s Garage Barnards Green Man of the match was Phil Harris for his 3-9.