Barnards Green Cricket Club.Match Reports.



August 20th 2005

Coombs Wood vs BGCC 2nd XI

Second placed Barnards Green travelled to third placed Coombswood hoping for another victory to keep in touch with local rivals and league leaders Malvern[ramblers].

After a picturesque journey through the black country The Green arrived with nine players. This was due to two members Paddy and Acid having county trials for football at Cheltenham. Rather than take two players from the thirds skipper Spencer gambled on the other nine players holding their own until the re-inforcements arrived.

Having won the toss he took to the field with nine players, opening bowlers Sam Spencer and Ian scullion exceeded his expectations. Spencer clean bowled the expierenced Whyte and Lawson and Scullion took two further wickets to leave the home side 47 for 4 after twenty overs when the two missing fielders arrived. Scullion bowled his longest spell of the season finishing with 4 for 23 off sixteen overs. Spencer, Hooper and Harris all took two wickets bowling out Coombswood in the 40th over for 122. This could have been a lot less had skipper Phil Spencer held onto a catch off Baker before he had scored. He went on to top score with 57. Another fine display in the field by a side enjoying its cricket and having an excellent team spirit.

The Green's reply was led by Jason Brewer and Derek Goodman. This pair put on 71 for the first wicket in just sixteen overs. When Goodman was caught for 27 Jon Lewis joined Brewer and together they took the score along to 113 until Lewis dragged a ball onto his stumps. This left Rob Middleton to hit the winning runs in the 23rd over. Brewer was undefeated on 59 a fine innings containing eleven fours and a six. Another 20 points for the green in a convincing victory. 

BGCC 1st XI vs Coombs Wood

 Barnards Green welcomed Coombs Wood to North End Lane last Saturday with the league season closing to an end and the situation at the top remaining tense. On winning the toss visiting captain Derham had no hesitation in asking the Green to bat. On a warm day and playing on a very hard track this decision looked a risky one. The Green made a solid start with Rich Williams and Kev Golder taking the score steadily along at 4 runs per over. Rich Williams however fell caught behind for 20. Daniel Flynn looked in good nick, but played the support role to the in form Golder as the Green charged on at 4.5 runs per over up to drinks. Flynn fell soon after for 39, caught on the boundary off the hostile Banks’ bowling. Golder soon followed, unluckily run out at the bowlers end for a splendid 74. Smedley played a cameo knock of 29 but it was left to the returning Gary Lewis to ensure the Green reached the 275 they were aiming for. Mark Hooper, Paul Drinkwater and Tim Clarke all provided good support but it was Lewis who played a particularly brutal knock with a number of sixes, even taking 18 off one over. The Green closed on 275 for 6, a good total but one with no guarantees as the wicket was proving particularly flat.
In reply Coombs Wood started solidly but Tim Williams and Dunc Bell pegged the scoring rate back to increase the pressure. Williams then struck twice in quick succession, bowling Burgoyne and then thanks to a smart catch from stand in keeper Kev Golder. The Green were never able to take wickets regularly but Flynn and Drinkwater with some thoughtful and sharp turning spin were able to make inroads into the Coombs line up. However after Kiwi Craig departed to a superb Drinkwater off break Coombs decided to shut up shop. The once again tedious Shoudry showed no aggressive intent and it proved beyond the Greens bowlers on a flat track to remove him, despite some strong leg before shouts.
Coombs closed on 168 for 6 and the Green took 14 points. A good all round performance from the Green means they are still 29 clear of Netherton in 3rd place and still on the tail of Bromyard, whom they play tomorrow (Saturday). Thanks to match sponsors A.K. Lewis Builders.

Barnards Green ‘Singles’ v Knighton on Teme
Apologies for the late report but your correspondent has been away and my deputy failed to file a copy! Plus Judd’s dad thinks Judd dreamt this innings!

The ’Singles’ played host to Knighton and secured 20 more points in their quest for divisional honours. The match will long be remembered for a magnificent maiden Judd Doughty century as the Green cruised to their victory target with 8 wickets and 16 overs to spare.
Kev Ratcliffe who is now winning the toss with uncanny regularity asked Knighton to make first use of the wicket. The Green got off to great start with Churchill (2 – 30) uprooting the off pole and then had Toms well caught by Beavan. From 4 for 2 Knighton elected for crease occupation and slow progress was being made, but wickets remained. Gash and Dallow added 140 runs in the next 35 overs as Ratcliffe rotated his bowlers but failed to get a breakthrough. The returning Doughty ended Gash’s innings for 41 and then Sanders had Dallow caught for 78. A late flurry saw Knighton post 180 as the Green’s bowlers had done a fine containing job.
With the ‘deputy’ Tea Ladies shopping at Matalan it was left to the players to set it all out and pour the drinks. On their return it was “Please don’t tell mum!” Blackmail is wonderful thing.
The Green response put the wicket in true perspective. Doughty opened with a flourish with three fours, not be outdone Ratcliffe achieved the same and the Green were motoring. Doughty manipulated the strike to great effect as he plundered runs all over the park. The pair had put on 73 until Ratcliffe skied a chance to mid wicket and departed for 14. It made little difference to Doughty who was now depositing balls in the adjoining fields as the scoreboard rocketed ever upwards. Knighton tried a variety of bowlers but all were put to the sword by Doughty. Rich Brown was now cracking the odd four (if he could get the strike) and as the winning post came into view Brown played three shots to a looping ball and was bowled for 26. Freeman entered the fray and leant on his bat as Doughty continued his innings. A sprinted single brought a whoop of delight from Judd as he reached the magical three figures, he then proceeded to smash the remaining fifteen runs to leave his victorious. His 115 not out contained 18 fours and three sixes. Meanwhile Freeman completed his best knock for while with 2 not out.