Barnards Green cricket Club Match Reports.





June 19th 2005

BGCC Sunday 2nds vs Stourbridge


A glorious hot and sunny Sunday afternoon welcomed Stourbridge 2nds to North End Lane to take on Barnards Green on a ground fit for a test match.  batting first, the Green soon lost opener Jones for 4, but Andy Wheeler decided running was not an option and regularly found the boundary for a whirlwind 21 before being given out LBW somewhat dubiously although as has been the story so far this season, the Green give plenty of their own players out this way, but get no such decisions in return.  At the other end, Tom Wells dropped anchor and allowed young Mat Higgs to strike an enterprising 56 for his maiden half century for the club, before he went for one blow too far and was bowled.  At 136 for 3 off just 21 overs the Green looked set for a good total, but when Dave Marshall became the 3rd LBW victim and skipper Marek Wajzer surrendered his wicket and Tom Wells perished for a valuable 41, the Green were suddenly in difficulties.  A cavalier 42 from the Peter Pan of cricket Dave Price and some lusty blows from Brian Bartlett (18) saw the Green to a total of 222 although they surrendered 9 of their overs.

 In reply, the experienced Bibble pushed the ball around the field picking up singles at will albeit with a slightly less fit partner in Day who preferred the boundary route before being brilliantly caught by Bartlett and two balls later keeper Marc Jones held on to a sharp chance to dismiss Willetts both off Andy Wheelers innocuous off cutters.  Youngster A.Bibble joined his father and played some excellent shots for a useful 23 before being run out by a direct hit from skipper Wajzer.  However, the Green were throwing the game away through extras which totalled 58 and although Bartlett bowled Starr for a useful 20, Stourbridge cruised home with 4 overs and 4 wickets to spare.  The pick of the Green bowlers was 14 year old James Scullion who bowled 9 overs 3 maidens for 35 and could easily have had a hatful of wickets, but ended up wicketless.  a definite star of the future for the Green.  Next week the Green travel to Evesham.  Many thanks to match day sponsor S.Harris heating.