Barnards Green Cricket Club.Match Reports.



August 21st 2005

Droitwich vs BGCC Sunday 2nd XI
A ten man Green cruised to a six wicket victory at Droitwich in last weekend’s Sunday league fixture. The match was played on a hot sunny day with a gentle breeze billowing across the ground providing assistance for the bowlers. Droitwich won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first on a dusty, worn track. With Nick Rogers unaccountably not turning up, a ten man Green were left facing a potentially tough session in the field under the glaring early afternoon sun. The new ball attack of Anshuman and Scullion rose to the occasion with incisive opening spells. Anshuman (1 – 18) was in a particularly miserly mood, giving away just 18 runs in his nine over stint, and removing Garbett (17) with a superbly taken edge by keeper Robin Longmore.
The ‘pace’ duo of Ian Bryant (1 – 26) and Jamie Longmore (3 – 38) continued to apply the squeeze on the home side. Longmore Junior utilised the breeze to good effect, clean bowling the middle order of Hunt (18) and Smail (12). Most of the Droitwich batsmen did get a start, but with opener Davies top scoring at 35, none went on to amass a really big score. The batting side did not help themselves with the needless run-outs of Holiday (18) and Davis (12) to smart plays by Hill at long off and Wajzer at midwicket respectively. The tail was mopped up by Hill (1 – 26), Scullion (1 – 34) and the wily Dave Price (1 - 25), restricting Droitwich to a below par 174. This was a fine outfield effort from the ten man Green, the fielding was tight and disciplined throughout and no catches were spilled.
The Green’s reply was based on solid foundations with an opening partnership of 60 by Sherliker (35) in remission from retirement and Hill (29). Droitwich’s opening bowlers posed relatively few problems apart from an edge by Sherliker off Smith flying straight through the keeper’s hands. Once the batsmen had established themselves the ball started flying regularly to the boundary. Matters changed however in the 14th over when Hill attempted an extravagant over the top drive, but merely yorked himself to be castled by Davis (2 – 45). Sherliker was soon to follow caught and bowled by Hunt (2 – 44). The new pairing of Higgs (16) and Anshuman (20) continued to score freely with Higgs in particular hitting some fine pull shots. Both batsmen perished in similar circumstances attempting big shots to inappropriate balls. The resulting mishit skyers were gratefully snaffled-up by the Droitwich fielders.
The run chase was then taken-up with a gusto by Robin Longmore (53 no), who found the support bowlers much to his liking. A series of straight drives were despatched to long on and long off, and one massive six landed in the next field. He was joined in the latter stages of the Green innings by skipper Marek Wajzer (14 no) who batted circumspectly as the situation demanded. Wajzer smashed the winning runs in the 33rd over, leaving a decidedly shaky lower order with pad rash for the second week running. The Green’s fine run in the second half of the season continues with five wins from the last six games.