Barnards Green cricket Club Match Reports.



19th July 2003


 vs Barnards Green 3rd XI

20th July 2003


vs Barnards Green Casuals




Saturday saw Barnards Green 3rds play Bewdley at Brintons on a wicket as varied in bounce as the British weather. Batting first, Bewdley got off to a steady start before Dave Knapper caught opener Malgem for 12 off Liam Paddock. Thereafter, despite some good bowling the Bewdley batsmen made the most of some big gaps and poor fielding and eventually reached 28 possibly a hundred more than they should have got. Patrick Jelley bowled a good line to pick up two wickets and Phil Harris, Emily Price and Liam Paddock all bowled well with little success.

In reply, Liam Paddock (18) and Dave Knapper (25) gave the Green a solid start before both fell in quick succession and then skipper Rob Lewis followed for a rare duck. Keith Middleton (39) steadied the ship despite giving the opposition some catching practice and was ably supported by Nick Rogers (29) and Jonathon Lewis (20) who had kept wicket very well. However, Bewdley were content to protect the boundary and as the Green players got themselves out it was left to Dave Bayliss and Phil Harris to see the Green home for a draw.


19th July 2003

Barnards Green Singles

vs Worcester Corinthians


Barnards Green singles regained the winning habit with a comprehensive four wicket victory over Worcester Corinthians.

Corinthians elected to bat first on the hard and true Newland surface. This decision would have backfired had the Green been able to accept three chances that came their way all off the luckless Brookes’ bowling. Brookes and Brown maintained a tidy line and length aided by a bit of swing that kept the batsmen in check. Once the shine had gone off the ball it was to be an afternoon of toil in the field for the Green. Turner and Kadoos started to up the rate until a brilliant piece of fielding by singles skipper Freeman which saw his direct hit of the stumps send Kadoos back to the pavilion. Turner found an ally in Hill and the pair built a platform for their side. Brookes bowled his twelve straight through for only 38 runs. Spiers was equally miserly but the wicket favoured the batters. Turner nudged past fifty in the 33rd over whilst Hill started to find the boundaries as Corinthians attempted to up the rate, with nine wickets in hand and ten overs remaining 250 was the minimum requirement. Just as Hill was starting to find the boundaries Spencer (1 – 59) had him well caught and the return of Brown put paid to any hopes Corinthians had of a formidable total. His second spell yielding three wickets for 29 runs as Corinthians faltered. Rob Turner continued his marathon knock and some lusty blows off Spencer in the final over saw him reach 95 not out but the Green were more than happy with a victory target of 219.

The singles set off in confident mood as Freeman and Yorke were quick to seize on anything, the scoreboard raced along at seven over until Freeman (22) dragged one onto to his own stumps. Yorke was in majestic form smacking the ball to all parts as the bowlers lost their line and length. Metcalfe (16) got in and then got out which White (15) then followed suit but such was Yorke’s dominance the score had reached 160 when the fourth wicket fell. Tolley joined Yorke and he soon into his stride with a series of legside and off drive drives that had the Corinthian fielders wilting. Yorke perished to Furas for a fine 88 with his side almost home. Brookes (13no) and Tolley continued to find the fence and with the scores level Tolley fell for 27. This brought Sam Spencer to the wicket and the youngster proceeded to play shot of the day when whipping the ball off his pads to the mid wicket boundary to leave Barnards Green victorious by 4 wickets.


19th July 2003


vs Barnards Green 1st XI

Last Saturday Barnards Green 1st XI visited second placed Belbroughton in a vital division 3 match.  Stand in skipper Tim Williams won the toss and asked Belbroughton to bat on what looked like a good batting track.  The Green started well with Williams and Scullion able to apply a stranglehold.  However they were unable to gain a breakthrough and it took the introduction of the hostile Churchill for the Green to get their first wicket.  Nightingale hooked a Churchill bouncer straight to the safe hands of Scullion at fine leg.  Dan Flynn kept the stranglehold tight throughout most of his spell and immediately took wickets.  The vital wicket came when Flynn clean bowled the increasingly dangerous Pardoe with a full toss for 44.  Flynn finished with 3-60.  Tim Clarke bowled the last eight overs from one end and not only managed to keep the scoring rate down but also picked up a wicket haul.  Clarke bowled accurately and with good variety and was backed up by some good catching from Smedley, Richards and Williams.  Some good late hitting took Belbroughton over 200 but the Green were very pleased with a good bowling and fielding performance which saw Belbroughton close on 211 for 9.

The Green got off to a flying with Flynn and Clarke hitting some early boundaries.  However wickets started to tumble and after 8 overs the Green were 40 for 2.  Tim Clarke and Drinkwater soon followed the openers back to the pavilion and he Green were in trouble at 65 for 4.  Chris Smedley and Rob Richards then compiled a superb partnership to get the Green back into the game.  Both played with a great deal of restraint and hit some superb boundaries.  Richards was in dominant form hitting some excellent shots through the V.  However he was first to go, 4 short of a well deserved 50.  Judd Doughty joined Smedley and the run rate was rising all the time.  Both found acceleration very difficult with Rob Hawk bowling extremely accurately.  However a change of bowling saw the opening quick bowlers return and provided just the pace that both batsmen were looking for.  Smedley accelerated past a superb 50 and Doughty started to find the boundary with some powerful drives.  With the Green needing over 8 runs an over Smedley hit several more boundaries before being caught going for a big hit.  His superb knock of 76 saw the Green within sight of victory.  Tim Williams joined Doughty with the equation reading 11 runs from 2 overs.  Tension rose when Williams missed his first two balls but then cut the next to the boundary.  Several singles later the Green were within sight of victory, needing 2 from 3 balls.  Williams turned for a second to long on and was run out, to leave the scores tied.  However Doughty was at the right end and when he smashed the last ball of the innings to the cover boundary the Green had secured a superb victory to take them to forth place and only 6 points off second placed Lye.  Doughty finished 34 not out, a brilliant knock under extreme pressure.  Tommorow the Green entertain Birlingham, looking to continue their good form since the half way point in the season.   



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Barnards Green Sunday Casuals travelled to Abberley for a friendly encounter, but unfortunately came across a wicket that was less than friendly. Abberley won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first whilst the wicket at least looked the part. Thirteen year old Phil Harris bowled an immaculate line and length and the openers could not get him away, in two spells he finished with figures of 1 for 17 off 7 overs. With the unpredictable bounce, driving was always going to be difficult and the introduction of Jamie Longmore saw the demise of opener Savery caught at fly slip. Thirteen year old debutant keeper Richard Tuck then took an excellent skier off the same bowler and Jamie then clean bowled Lythall to finish with figures of 3 for 41. Cook grafted away and was lucky to survive several times during an excellent spell from Emily Price and Barry Tuck bowled an immaculate spell conceding just 21 runs off his 8 overs. Abberley finished on 160 off their 40 overs.
With the track now deteriorating rapidly, chasing runs was never going to be easy. Father and son Barry and Richard Tuck opened and started positively taking the score to 26 before Barry was given out caught behind. Robin Longmore then joined the fray and crashed two boundaries before getting a ball that popped and was caught at short third man. Richard was the next to go for a very good 14 to round off a good day after a fine performance behind the stumps. The middle order then suffered as Massey took four wickets for 15 but the wicket by now had reduced the game to a near farce.
Marek Wajzer (10) and Jamie Longmore (11) gave some brief entertainment and the last wicket pair of Emily Price (8) and Rob Harker (11no) took the score to 99 before Emily was run out leaving the Green 61 runs short.

































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