24th July 2011 - Match Reports.

Redditch  vs BGCC Sunday 2nds  
Barnards Green Sunday 2nds travelled to Redditch for a scheduled league game and batted first on a good looking track with a boundary on one side  that was further than many people go on holiday.  the Green took first knock and openers Rich Wall (12) and Zak Hunt (6) got off to s low but sure start against a steady opening attack of Ali and Ali.  Hunt was the first to depart with the score on 17 which brought Elliott Hennessy to the wicket and when Wall depart a few overs later Nick Pett joined Hennessey at the wicket.  Both made a cautious start against a tight Redditch attack, but then Hennessy opened his shoulders and started to pepper the boundaries and Pett dispatched anything loose to the boundary.  Having put on 122 for the third wicket, Hennessy then departed for 88 offering a return catch to Davis and Pett and Adam Price then took the score to 177 before Pett was caught for 60.  Only Adam Price (11) and 14 year old Sam Daffin offered any real resistance thereafter and the innings petered out in the last over on 195 when at one stage 220 looked a par score.
Redditch started well with Zak Hunt unable to find his length and the ball was dispatched regularly to the boundary.  Ryan Scullion did however find a good line and length and soon clean bowled Robson for 2 and then caught Freeman off Pett and Davis off Pete Daffin.  At 30 for 3 Redditch were in some difficulty although opener Forbes looked in little trouble and with Hedley they took the score on to 90 before forbes was bowled for a fine 56 by Pett whose eight overs cost just 11 runs.  Jamie Longmore was introduced but he could only find the edge of the batsman's bats and the balls raced to the unprotected boundary something that was to prove costly to the Green when they had Redditch on the rack.  Scullion was reintroduced to the attack, but when the first of two catches went down, the Green were making things hard for themselves.  Hennessey generated some pace off a shortened run and finished with three wickets, but again unprotected boundaries were to prove costly and with seven runs required off the last over with eight wickets down the crowd were on the edge of their seats as young H Ali edged them home with two balls to spare. A good game but the Green need to be more savy with field placings and catches need to be taken for another win to see them move up the league table.  One big plus for the Green is the wicket keeping of 13 year old Jack Dickenson who kept superbly and looks a real find for the future.