16th July 2011 - Match Reports.

Barnards Green 3rd XI vs Alveley 1st XI Studley CC, Warks - 1st XI vs Barnards Green CC - 1st XI

The Green welcomed Alveley to Newland, determined to atone for their heavy defeat at the hands of the visitors in the first half of the season. Overnight covers had protected the pitch but with a damp outfield and conditions promising to improve, upon winning the toss stand-in skipper Kev Ratcliffe had no hesitation in asking Alveley to bat first.
Rodenhurst and Jones started cautiously but well for the visitors, determined to preserve wickets and see off the opening bowlers Chris Hill and Jack Cullity. Clive Churchill replaced Cullity but the match was in the 22nd over with Alveley in control on 62-0 before he picked up The Green’s first wicket with Ratcliffe catching Jones behind for a well-crafted 13. This brought to the crease Alveley’s dangerous overseas player Bent who had been so ruthless in the first match and from the start he and Rodenhurst tried to accelerate the run-rate. Attempts to keep Bent off-strike were partially successful but big hitting on a small ground brought him runs quickly. Roger Thompson eventually had Rodenhurst (44) trapped lbw and then when he bowled Bent for 45 The Green felt that they were back in the game. New batsman Smith went cheaply, Churchill bowling him for 9 and Dave Price took the first of his three wickets trapping Weaver for 19 and leaving Alveley 5 down for 140. With 15 overs still remaining the visitors again took the attack to The Green with their captain Turford, supported initially by Twigg (10) and then by R Taylor (15), hitting a succession of boundaries on his way to a not out score of 34. Price broke two partnerships, bowling Twigg and then having ATaylor brilliantly caught by Cullity at mid-off in the same over. Despite stern resistance from Turford, when Hill disposed of Mundie for 9 and Baddeley hung on to a catch to give Cullity the wicket of R Taylor, Alveley finished their innings on 215 off their allotted 50 overs with their hosts fairly confident of being able to chase this down.
Baddeley and Hill opened the batting with Baddeley perhaps needing to redeem himself somewhat after an average performance in the field. The disastrous run out of his opening partner for just 2 runs and some indecisive calling and running between the wicket did not inspire confidence but Baddeley was hitting the ball hard to all parts of the ground. Steve Alamutu (10) and Julian Hall (0)  were bowled by Turford and Bent respectively, and after 16 overs The Green were 3 down with just 38 on the board. With Adam Greaves unable to bat due to a recurrent injury Roger Thomson joined Baddeley and took the Alveley bowling attack apart, hitting 11 fours and 1 six before surrendering for 64 having taken the score to 141 in a partnership on over 100 with Baddeley. Dan Metcalfe failed to trouble the scorers seemingly having caught the run-out bug and leaving The Green still needing 64 runs for victory but Baddeley was still there and was now hitting sixes for fun including two huge blows which threatened the patrons in the nearby beer garden. Ratcliffe (14*) supported Baddeley (97*) to the end claiming the victory in the 46th over.
This was an excellent all-round team performance by The Green, demonstrating strength in depth and the requirement to have more than one potential match winner in a strong side.

Barnards Green made the shortest away journey of their season to kick off the second half of their first campaign in the Birmingham and District Premier Cricket League returning to North End Lane with another emphatic victory.McEwan struck two early blows dismissing Rose and veteran Miller to leave the home side 32-2 with Lewis looking fluent despite the lack of support. After a close appeal and a catch that fell just short of slip Lewis became flustered and was well caught by McEwan off Dovey for 26. Tom Poole(5-16) entered the attack to join his former Ramblers team mate and had an immediate and devastating effect as he ripped the heart out of the Studley batting line up in a hostile and accurate display of quick bowling capturing two wickets LBW and three caught behind by Ash Brewer who also combined with McEwan who took the final wicket of Rhodes(11), one of only two men to reach double figures.Studley closed on 78 all out and the players returned to the field for a 45 minute session before the scheduled tea break.

The visitors lost makeshift opener Binks for zero as Hooper and Harris scratched to 25 runs at the break. The dismissal of Harris to former IPL seamer Singh prompted a slight wobble as both Hennessy and Hooper also perished to accurate seam bowling for 3 and 16 respectively.
Liam Paddock provided solid support to McEwan at this point with the latter racing to 40 from 34 balls and propelling his side to victory inside 22 overs