17th September 2011 - Match Reports.

Barnards Green CC 2nd XI vs Berkswell CC  

Well now, at approx. 08.31am, the 4th choice 2nd XI skipper was reminded of why he doesn’t particularly like the administration side of skippering when the first of the days drop-outs woke him from his hazy sleep to inform him of an illness.

Having secured 11 bodies he arrived at the ground to be told of another drop-out due to a football injury!

Not to worry, we mustered on and a call to the aforementioned illness drop out found that Clacky would rise from his sick-bed and at least provide a body in the field… how little he realised at the time.

Team sheet handed in showed representatives from all 4 XI’s

Having been informed by the opposition captain that they are extremely short with several players under 16 and only 10 men in total, the toss was won and we elected to bat on the grounds that our top 6 were all batsmen from the 1st’s or 2nd’s.

Battle cry given of …”They’re weak, only 10 men, we’re brilliant, track is rock hard…go fill your boots!”

Binksy doesn’t listen and gets bowled through the gate 2nd ball. After a brief stand of 30 with Elliot Hennesey, Jon Lewis (17) also gets bowled by the impressive Ehsen Mohammed on his way to 7-58.

Skipper Dean strides to the wicket and soon realises that tradition means absolutely nothing in League cricket as he is given out LBW first ball by a team-“mate”

Not to worry, Lewis Hooper comes in next and he’s on fire with the bat at the moment… Mohammed doesn’t care and up-roots his stumps first ball as well!

30-4…What the hell is going on?

The veteran for the day, Dick Brown comes in and plays in his usual positive fashion finding the boundary on several occasions including a beautiful flick off his legs for 6.

Tom Clack also played some fine drives to up the scoring but then succumbed to the leg-spin of Ostler.

When Elliot Hennesey finally fell for a well-crafted and well needed 41, it was left to Mark Perkins (30) and Georgia Hennesey (16) to get us to a competitive total of 174.

However, we had only batted for a shade under 40 overs, which would give Berkswell 60 overs to reply.

Brad Adams opening the bowling got the first break-through with a peach, albeit his only wicket to give him impressive figures of 7 overs 1-14.

Adbul Khan and the dangerous Berkswell Captain Matt Ginn, looked like taking the game away from the Green especially when Dean put one down at gully, a previously un-heard of occurrence!

Enter Georgia Hennesey who bowled an impeccable line in “the corridor” and induced a little tickle behind from Ginn which Binks gratefully accepted.

With the Green now sensing an opening, Lewis Hooper came back on for his second spell and with Tom Clack firing them out from the other end 114-3 became 129-8. Clacky showing that the basics of bowling straight can reap rewards as his 4-27 off 8.5 compiled of 3 bowled and 1 LBW, to take the Man of the match award.

With Hooper finishing on 3-57, the last wicket went down at 145 to give the Green victory and 24 points.

It must be noted that Berkswell played the game with a superb spirit and particularly in the spin department, showed a lot of promise with young Sam Ostler and even younger (13 I think) left arm spinner Ahmed Mohammed.

With news that the 1st team were pub-crawling their way back from Telford following a fantastic 250+ run triumph all that was left was to warm up the beer pumps in readiness for an evening of celebration and frivolity.

Many thanks to all who helped out today including young Sam Daffin drafted in at the last minute to make his 2nd team debut.

Special thanks to the catering team for another top tea and the leagues’ top scorer Anne Wilson without whom we would all struggle with rain breaks, overs per bowler etc.

Lastly, thanks also to our match day sponsors Bassets and Haribo!