Barnards Green cricket Club Match Reports.



††††††††††††††††††† 22ndJune 2003


Old Elizabethans


vs Barnards Green 3rd XI


On Sunday Barnardís Green 2nd XI traveled to Barnt Green. The ground and wicket were excellent and although the weather was to reduce the game to 40-overs a-side it did not spoil what was to be a very good game. On winning the toss stand-in captain Dick Brown chose to bat and Rogers (33) and Paddock (17) got the Green off to a solid start scoring at a good rate. The dismal of Paddock brought Knapper (59no) to the crease who would go on to hold the innings together. Wickets fell at regular intervals but the batsmen managed to keep a good run rate with Wheeler (20) finding the boundary with ease. When captain Dick Brown was trapped LBW by Jackson it left the score on 141-7 with 6 over to go. Rich Brown (19no) shared a useful partnership with Knapper to see the Green through to a competitive total of 181 off 40 overs.

In reply the Greenís openers Bartlet and young Phil Harris put pressure on the batsmen bowling an excellent line and length. Bartlet removed Botha (0) and the dangerous looking K. Rees (16) to put the Green on top. All the bowlers played their part with accurate bowling that was also backed up with some excellent fielding. As the batsmen tried to increase the run rate wickets started to fall with Paddock and Plant both picking up two wickets a piece. A late partnership by I. Jackson (33) and Boardman (33no) kept Barnt Green hopes alive but when I. Jackson was stumped by good work from Rogers the Green look good for the victory. A fine all round performance, especially from the younger members of the side, earned Barnardís Green a well deserved victory.









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