21st April 2007 - Match reports.

Colwall vs BGCC 1st XI



Saturday saw Barnards Green make the short trip across the Herefordshire border to meet local rivals Colwall at their picturesque Stowe Lane ground. Visiting skipper Chris Smedley lost the toss and the home side elected to make first use of a slow but true wicket.
The Green’s opening attack for Williams and Downes made good use of the new ball with Downes generating good pace and bounce off a recently remodeled run up. At the other end Willams mixed swing and seam to good effect to have the Colwall batters in early trouble.
After early strikes however Panniers and Wolfendale settled in to push the score on for the home side with some rusty fielding allowing several let off’s in the field. Both batsmen benefited from these lapses in the and it took the introduction of veterans Smedley and Metcalfe to stem the flow of runs with useful wickets; skipper Smedley accounting for the wicket of danger man Wolfendale(63) thanks to sharp catch behind the wicket by Adam Binks.
After Panniers departed the Colwall batting order fell away to the flight and guile of Smedley and the pace and swing of Metcalfe who finished with 3-65 and 4-35 respectively.
Following the interval openers Golder and Williams took to the pitch and were harsh on early loose offerings, Golder scoring 29 with all but one of his runs coming in boundaries. Whilst the healthy run rate continued so did the flow of wickets with several Green players playing loose strokes to be caught in the slip cordon, where Wolfendale showed his class with two superb grabs.
When Jez Clarke fell for a first ball duck the situation was dire as Tim Williams strode to the crease with the score 80-7. Williams and Green keeper Adam Binks pushed the score along with Binks in particular struggling to time the ball on a slow pitch. The pair nonetheless put on a valuable 76 before Williams fell to a good catch at extra cover.
After his heroics with the ball it was left again to Steve Metcalfe to try and replicate his performance this time wielding the willow and he showed his early intent with a superlative cover driven boundary.

With the rate increasing both players began to risk big shots with Metcalfe bludgeoning several boundaries including a Pietersenesque pull shot for six.
With 18 required off 7 balls Binks reached a patient half century however 14 off the final over was too big a task for the Green as they fell an agonizing 2 runs short of the Colwall total.

The Green travel to Wormlow for their 1st league game of the season and will be looking for a significant improvement with both the bat and their standard of fielding if they are to challenge for promotion back to division 1.

Colwall 215-9(45 overs) Panniers 64, Wolfendale 63, Metcalfe 4-35, Smedley 3-65, Downes 2-35

Barnards Green 213-8(45) Binks 55no, Williams Jnr 39, Metcalfe 31no, Clarke 3-38, Reuters 3-31