18th June 2011 - Match Reports.

BGCC 1sts vs Tamworth.

BGCC 4ths vs Canon Frome.

A heavy deluge saved Barnards Green from a tricky session as their Birmingham League campaign hit its first major roadblock in the form of an impressive Tamworth outfit. Winning the toss and again taking an early wicket with Talbot dismissed for 14 by McEwan the Green sensed another strong start with the ball however an excellent innings by Burrows(71) who was excellently supported by Orton(30), Flower(30) and Maddox(23) led to the home side having to toil in an innings that suffered three rain breaks. McEwan was again in the wickets taking 4-60 and Smedley showed some form with his seventeen overs conceding just 52 for two wickets. Sloppy fielding including five dropped catches hurt the home side as the visitors posted 250. 
Despite a watchful start from Adam Dovey(23) none of the Green batsmen really got going. The first wicket fell on 25 with Golder dismissed for 9. The home side then proceeded to lose five wickets for just twenty runs when rain intervened with Poole and McEwan both on zero. With a break in the skies play was minutes from the resumption after a long delay when a fatal deluge hit North End Lane and rendering further play impossible. The Green’s emotions mixed at this point as with twenty five overs needed to constitute a game they would have faced a testing eleven over period needing over six runs an over for a winning draw but more likely a battle for survival. Next weekend the First Eleven travel to Cathedral City Lichfield for another tough fixture. With Brewood picking up points the Green slip to second in the table for the first time this season.

 

The Green fielded first and did a good enough job, bowling Canon Frome out and restricting them to just 150 runs. Once again an excellent all-round performance in the field particularly from youngsters Sam Daffin & Andy Banks and Adam Price returning to league cricket after a lengthy absence.On paper The Green had plenty of batting to chase down the total but, as everyone well knows, the game is not played on paper.
With the exception of Robin Longmore who smote 42 before holeing out at long off The Green's batting was woeful with four players getting ducks and only two players reaching double figures.Green skipper Steve Hunt was far from amused as his merry band trouped off wet, cold and humiliated and then had to suffer further misery taking down the sight screens in the pouring rain.Congratulations to Canon Frome. You applied yourself better than we did and deserved the victory.

Lessons will be learned from this one not least that cricket is a game played as much in the mind as on the pitch.

                             
Brockhampton vs BGCC 2nds.
Having begun the season well, Barnards Green second eleven were outclassed in all areas by a strong Brockhampton side on Saturday. Visiting skipper Judd Doughty won another toss and was pleased to ask his opposite number, Watkins, to bat first on a flat but slightly damp looking deck.
The Green nearly got off to the perfect start when James Scullion (12-2-58-1) encouraged the opener Critchard to drive loosely at the first ball of the game but was unlucky to see a dolly dropped at point by a player who shall remain nameless. Ryan Scullion (6-2-24-0) again bowled with pace and accuracy and nearly found the edge on a number of occasions. The home side made steady progress picking up ones and twos on their way to 38 before the first wicket fell to a sharp one-handed catch at slip by Doughty off James Scullion. Georgia Hennessy (6-0-22-0) replaced the younger Scullion and bowled an accurate spell where the batsmen played and missed with frustrating regularity. Hennessy also put in an excellent display in the field including pouching a catch. Lewis Hooper (13-1-56-3) and Tom Clack (13-2-66-1) bowled the mid-part of the innings and did a decent job of restricting the scoring opportunities whilst picking up wickets here and there, restricting the home side to a total of 237 for 6 in their 50 over allocation – a score which looked about par at the tea interval. It proved later to be an excellent score.
As expected both teams enjoyed a banquet of home-made cakes, hotdogs, cookies and sandwidges in what was an excellent tea, rated highly by even the fussiest of eaters (some players even took doggy bags back into the dressing room!)
The Green innings began very slowly, and very badly, as the Brockhampton opening pair of Price and Herbert bowled some very tight lines restricting Doughty (4) and Mark Hooper (6) and then Ashlea Brewer (1) and Steve Metcalfe (0) to single figure scores. From 14-4 Tom Clack was able to add to respectability to the score by punching 13 runs before being bowled by one that nipped back from Price. Tom Banks (14), fresh from his travels partnered Dan Metcalfe (20) as both looked to rebuild a crumbling innings. Both had their luck but both also played some excellent shots and frustrated the home side as they looked to finish off the game before the expected rain arrived. After playing two glorious straight drives Metcalfe perished, to the medium pace of Critchard. Banks followed suit, being bowled by the leg spin of Mokler. A bright and breezy 11 by Ryan Scullion was the only remaining highlight of the Green innings before Hooper (2) and James Scullion (1) were brushed aside. Hennessy was left stranded on (0*) following her mid week 132*.
Whilst the Green can take away plenty of areas to work on, they should learn from the bowling of Brockhampton – they bowled in dangerous areas and, supported by some excellent fielding, gave precious little away. The home side were a good bunch and fully deserved to pocket a full complement of 24 points from this fixture.