25th April 2009 - Match Reports.

Barnards Green 2nd XI vs Worcester Nomads

Barnards Green CC 1st XI vs Worcester Nomads CC 1st XI

On a bright but blustery Saturday B.G.C.C. second eleven travelled to Worcester Nomads to play their first league encounter of the season. Newly appointed captain Judd Doughty won the toss and asked Nomads to bat without hesitation. A fine spell of pace bowling by Sam Spencer was equally matched by a meagre spell of swing bowling by Matt Brookes. B.G.C.C. began to make in-roads into the Nomads batting at regular intervals despite an early onslaught by their openers. The Green held their nerve as well as their catches debutant Ashlea Brewer (3 catches & 1 stumping) going into the drinks break with the game evenly poised.  

The addition of veteran Paul Drinkwater (5-74) (the oldest in the side at 30),Tom Clack and James Scullian coupled with tight, athletic fielding, furthered the Green’s progress as Nomads were reduced to 201 all out in the 50th over.

 

In reply the Green began steadily before the loss of Mark Hooper trapped L.B.W. to one which nipped back towards the stumps. Paul Yorke departed soon after which brought Drinkwater to the crease to partner Doughty.  Drinkwater settled in well despite good bowling and began to forge a solid partnership (100) with his skipper before departing to a steepling catch at mid-off for 64. As the game became tight through the losses of Clack, Scullian, Brookes and Banks vice-captain Hooper (21) steadied the ship and under extreme pressure struck a monstrous six followed by a few expert nudges to guide the Green to a much deserved 20 point win. Well done team!

 

Shiffman fails to doctor a victory

WN 260-8 Watkins 103, O’Driscoll 50. Murphy 3-72, Smedley 3-77

BGCC 201-7 Binks 39, Clarke 38no, Paddock 34. Shiffman 5-32

 

With great anticipation the first match of the Worcestershire Cricket league season rolled into town with Barnards Green hosting local rivals Worcester Nomads. 

Upon winning the toss new Barnards Green skipper Tim Williams took the option to try and exert early pressure with Calgorie import Nick Murphy taking the new ball to the Nomads openers.

Unfortunately in the most helpful conditions of the day the home side seamers failed to make early inroads with both Murphy and his opening partner Williams struggling to find consistent lines and lengths.

 The introduction of spin to the attack in the form of Smedley and Ford initially put the brakes on the scoring rate but first the highly recognisable Rees and then his more circumspect partner Watkins bludgeoned several boundaries to up the rate once more. When Rees went for one agricultural swipe too many he was bowled by Smedley to give the Green a much needed breakthrough. 

The middle overs brought further frustration to the home side as they struggled to contain the visitors serving up numerous boundary balls and releasing any pressure built up by the generally excellent fielding.

 Smedley’s capture of Bowman caught and bowled gave a glimmer of hope to the home side but soon after O’Driscoll started to rebuild with Watkins who reached a well deserved half century with his sixth boundary of the innings. 

The reintroduction of Murphy to the attack gave him his 1st league wicket for the Green which was quickly followed by a further 2 scalps as he finished with 3-72. Smedley captured O’Driscoll with a quicker ball immediately after he had reached a half century to finish with 3-77. 

The innings however belonged to Watkins who fell tantalising close of carrying his bat when he was run out by Paddock for 103. The visitors finishing with an imposing total of 260. 

Despite an early flurry of boundaries from Golder and Williams Snr their wickets, Golder caught behind and Williams caught off Shiffman somewhat stalled the home sides reply as Paddock and Rhodes began to rebuild the innings. When Rhodes and Smedley both fell LBW to the line and length of Shiffman the Green found themselves in dire straights at 100-5.  

Just as the tide began to turn Paddock perished, palpably panicked by the climbing run rate for 34. This brought the aggressive Jeremy Clarke to the crease to join wicketkeeper Adam Binks who had timed the ball well without piercing the prowling Nomads fielders. 

Clarke got off the mark with a crisply struck boundary and Binks soon joined the party with a brace of boundaries of his own.

When it became clear that the Green could not reach the imposing total set by the visitors Rees turned to a number of bowling changes to try and conjure a wicket and stop the home side reaching the losing draw target of 196. 

Binks and Clarke had other ideas with Binks hoisting consecutive sixes off the bowling of Butterworth before perishing caught at short third man for a score of 39. Clarke steered the home side to 196 and then surpassed this landmark to pick up a batting bonus point with yet another boundary finishing with a commanding 38 not out.

 The Green will be disappointed with their performance but happy to salvage 9 points from the game. Visiting skipper Rees will be happy to open the seasons account with 15 points but disappointed not to be able to finish off the bowling performance started by Shiffman who finished with 5-32. 

Barnards Green 1st XI travel to Redditch this Saturday with the 2nd XI hosting Redditch 2nd XI at North End Lane.