Barnards Green cricket Club Match Reports.





April 24th  2005

Chaddesley vs BGCC 1st XI

BGCC 2nd XI vs Chaddesley

This was an unsatisfactory day’s cricket, with an exciting

The fond days of the Sunday RatPack have long since passed, and the fresh faced youthful, but still Rat-assisted team now going by that of ''Badboys
Chavs'' made the unavoidable trip to Chaddesley Corbett. As exhausts roared and alloy wheels span out of North End Lane on what had promised to be the warmest day this season we were greeted at Chaddesley with the usual howling wind and no sign of the big yellow thing in the sky!
With the opposition only fielding 9.25 men this was a toss to be won and subsequently Chaddesley decided to bat. With a familiar top 5 batting line up which was capable of amassing a score worthy of that of 11 men The Green set off tightly with Tim Williams and Colonel Sanders both bowling tightly and Williams in particular swinging the ball and moving it off the seam making it unplayable at times.
A suicidal run in the 2nd over saw the end of

N Fletcher much to Robbie Tyler's delight as ''he owes me 180 runs!!'' Skipper Golder switched the
bowlers round at regular intervals with Tyler himself picking up the wicket of the skipper thanks to safe hands Sanders. This rotation never really allowed the home batsmen to settle and brought about the end of Edwards off Brooke's first ball. S.Clarke and J. Clarke did a good job off slowing down the overs and speeding up the runs with only S.Clarke getting reward for his efforts, thanks to a catch in the covers by J Clarke. At this point Chaddesley looked in trouble with only 140 runs on the board after 30 overs. With K.Trusswell, the only contributing batsmen, reaching a trademark, patient 50 and then being caught by Sanders, it was left to opener Williams to come back on and remove the tail with minimum effort. 
All round this was a good first proper outing in the field as only one catch was put down and the home team were restricted to 163 all out in the 37th over.

With a batting line-up that would make Colonel’s van look unstable The Green settled down to tea in a confident mood,  The innings was opened by J.Lewis and P.Drinkwater who were both quick to
dispense the bad ball. John Lewis (18) batted well until he fell to Edwards’ slower ball which brought Kev Ratcliffe to the crease. Some thought he took a
single to backward point but  “ 'The scorebook says no! “. Golder then joined the in form Drinkwater with the score on 50 for 2 off 7 and they both took a
liking to the weakened attack before Golder fell mid 20's. This let T.Clarke join the party and as Drinkwater passed his second 50 of the year
Clarke(44) played Catch up !! Drinkwater stroked the ball in the Vee all day much to the fielders’ delight in his unbeaten 77 and Clarke finished the run chase with a trademark straight 6 which clattered in to the Club house window.
All in all a good friendly to get the season underway as everyone contributed. next week the Sunday 1st's play their last friendly away to rivals Worcester Taverners.



On Sunday Barnards Green 2nds entertained Chaddesley Corbett at North End Lane which looked a picture of excellence after a winter of hard work by Roy Mayo and his trusty mowers.  The Green managed to field a somewhat experienced team with an average age closer to 50 than the 20 of previous seasons with several players coming out of retirement early to help out as the junior soccer season drags on.  With the smell of embrocation hanging in the air and tubigrip to the fore, the Green were put in to bat on a slow damp wicket, but struggled to make any headway and the first eight batsmen all got themselves out to leave the Green on 55 for 8.  Derek Goodman and Dick Brown both managed to drag balls bag onto their stumps with the later being lucky to reach the ball in the first place.  Lee Dyment, John Sherliker, Marc Jones and Marek Wajzer all managed to hole out to bad balls and Dave Knapper was all at sea when he was clean bowled.  Bob Rogers had a brief flurry before lobbing a catch to long off as the bemused Chris Hill watched from the bowlers end.  He did however find an ally in Dave Price who after a shakey start, soon got to grips with the lack of pace in the wicket and worked the ball around to take the score to 90 before he was caught for an excellent 19.  Chris and Dave have some work to do on their running between the wickets, but this could be a partnership for the future.  HILL was then joined by tail end charlie Robin Longmore and between them they took the score to 137 with Hill hitting a flurry of boundaries and Longmore chipping in with 17 including a trademark 6 over midwicket.  With tea rapidly approaching Longmore missed a straight one trying to launch the ball into Malvern Link and HILL was left stranded on 42.

After an excellent tea lovingly prepared by Emily Price with home made scones the centre of attraction (not Emilys of course) the creaking bones of a somewhat ageing Green team took to the field.  Chaddesley made a solid start before John Sherliker got one to drop out of the clouds to outfox opener Fellows and this brought two further quick wickets for the impressive Hill who bowled a nagging line and length with Dick Brown taking a stunning slip catch to assist.  Hayden and Tom Bowden then put together a useful partnership and even the introduction of Dave Price could not shift them.  Longmore was introduced from the North End Lane, but a succession of dropped catches had his aching limbs feel even worse to say nothing of the effect on his bowling figures.  Haydens luck eventually failed him as Hill struck and then proceeded to go through the order, but Bowden road his luck ably helped by Green fielders throwing the ball over the boundary ropes and with the final over upon us and 5 runs required with the last two at the crease, Hayden hit a splendid 6 over midwicket to win the game with a ball to spare.   Chris Hill finishing with an impressive 7 for 25.  And so to the bar to talk about what might have been and who has the best embrication.