Barnards Green cricket Club Match Reports.





June 25th 2005

Harborne vs BGCC 2nd XI

Badsey vs BGCC Singles

On saturday the green seconds travelled to Harbourne.After two days of heavy rain and more looking immenent prospects of play did not look very good.Thanks to the valient work of the home groundsman play was only delayed until 3pm,the game being reduced to 37 overs per side.Skipper Spencer at last won a toss asking the home side to bat first on a very firm but damp pitch.Opening bowlers Sam Spencer and Phil Harris were encouraged by the extra bounce the pitch was providing Harris in particular bowling unplayable deliveries.Both were unlucky not to take more than one wicket.Opening batsman Adams rode his luck going the ariel route to the very short boundries after 12 overs Harbourne were 56 for 2.Lewis Hooper was introduced and immiedatley caused the batsmen problems,he had Adams well caught by Paddock for 52 then caught and bowled Sahi for 2.This brought Gear to the wicket ,normally playing in the Birmingham pemiere league he chose this game to make his comeback from injury.He proceeded to stroke the ball effortlessly to all parts of the ground.Captain Spencer chose to allow him the single and frustrate him,this worked and for a period of 10 overs the green only conceded 18 runs,Phil Harris then ranout Gear for 54 with a fine piece of fielding.The Harbourne innings petered out and after thier 37 overs they finished on 167 for 4, a better display of fielding by the young green side,Lewis Hooper bowled exceptionaly well to finish with figures of 2 for 40 off 11 overs.

After a very sparse tea Jon Lewis and Jason Brewer started the reply hungry for runs Lewis was severe on anything pitched up ,after 5 overs the opening pair had compiled 56 runs,first to go was Brewer caught pushing back a ball he should of given the full treatment,Lewis was second out for a well struck 41,this only brought together Mark Hooper and Liam Paddock who continued to put the home bowling to the sword.Hooper was in fine form striking the ball cleanly,Paddock was keen not to be over shadowed and struck numerous boundries in his 36no, the green reached their target in the 18th over with Mark Hooper 66no after another fine innings.Another 20 points for the green

BGCC 1st XI vs Harborne

Barnards Green 1st XI welcomed Harborne to a damp looking North End Lane on Saturday for a rain reduced Crusader Worcestershire County League division 2 clash.  Thanks to sterling work from groundsman Roy Mayo the game was able to go ahead despite heavy rain overnight.  The start time was put back 30 minutes to allow further drying time and Harborne won the toss and invited the Green to bat in a 46 over encounter.  The Greens opening batsmen Rich Williams and Gary Lewis again started well.  Williams in particular was severe on anything short and again passed an excellent 50.  Lewis soon followed him to 50 before falling to leave the Green 130 for 1.  Williams continued to accelerate but was eventually caught behind for 74.  Daniel Flynn watched several partners come and go as the Green looked to hoist their run rate.  Flynn, survived an early chance to register another unbeaten fifty (70no).  The Green closed on a respectable total of 249 for 5 off their 46 overs. 

In reply Harborne got off to a good start with Tim Williams and Chris Harrison failing to consistently put the ball in the right areas.  However Williams eventually struck, removing the opening batsman leg before.  Flynn then managed a superb direct hit run out to leave Harborne 50 for 2.  All the Greens bowlers struggled for consistency and lacked a real threat on a pitch offering movement to the bowlers.  However, the Green showed another superb fielding display and were able to keep Harborne down below the scoring rate required.  Williams returned to the attack to pick up 2 more wickets and effectively end the Harborne run chase.  However further loose bowling meant the Green never really closed the game out.  Some kamikaze running and Chris Harrison returning to take 2 quick wickets led to an exciting finish.  However, Harborne were able see the final overs through and closed on 215 for 7. 

The Green will be looking to improve their bowling performance but on a day when most other promotion rivals were rained off or lost points the Green again managed to extend their lead at the top of the league to 25 points.  Tomorrow the Green travel to Netherton for what promises to be a tough game, looking to again maintain their strong hold on the Division 2.

Thanks to match sponsors Classic Drives.

The ‘Singles’ trip to league newcomers Badsey saw them escape with a winning draw in a match they should have come closer to winning outright but were equally close to losing.

Badsey pulled out all of the stops to play the match, carpets were rolled on to the wicket in an effort to mop up surface water, these carpets were then rolled onto worn pitch ends for protection. As it was an hours play was lost and the match reduced to 40 overs aside. There seemed little point in skipper Ratcliffe tossing up (yet to win one this season) and yet again the opposition had first choice. The Green was batting.

New opening pairing of Freeman and Doughty knew that early survival was paramount if the team was to post a half decent score. They were watchful in defence as the low slow wet wicket made scoring difficult. Freeman played two crackling sweep shots to give the innings impetus followed by Doughty crashing successive drives through the offside to keep up a reasonable rate. Badsey rotated their bowlers but failed to trouble the opening pair who were building the innings nicely. Freeman severe on anything short and Doughty driving anything pitched up had the Captain scratching his head. He settled to allowing Freeman the single and opting to bowl the majority of balls at Doughty. Doughty now opened up as the wicket eased and peppered the boundaries with an array of fine attacking shots bringing up fifty with another fine drive. With the score on 98 he perished in the deep for 54. The impressive D Powell ended Metcalfe’s brief flurry and Freeman was then run ragged by Beavan as the Green looked to up the rate. Freeman passed his fifty but perished LBW to Powell when swinging across the line, as quick runs were needed. Beavan and Curtis were undone and it was left to a bludgeoning Rich Brown to wield his mighty blade to really press home the good start. Two mighty blows had the gathering wedding party in a nearby marquee dashing for cover. His 27 set the tone for the remaining five overs as White took the mantle with some aggressive pulling, despite his wrist strain, and his 28 saw the Green through to an improbable but impressive 203.

With the lure of wedding cake for tea but Freeman quaking when seeing the pig roast being set up and opting not to eat the apple presented to him. The Bride looked a babe, according to Perce, whilst Brooker wanted to know how he would recognise the Bride. As it was the invites didn’t stretch to the Cricketers and traditional fayre was supplied.

Whatever was in the tea didn’t do the Green catching any good what so ever.

Badsey replied with a shot a ball; Matt Brookes was dispatched to the fence twice in his first over but revenge followed in his second when Hardwick lofted a catch to Ratcliffe. Cowley came to the wicket and adopted a more orthodox approach but would have a trash at least once an over. The Green now proceeded to put down chance after chance after chance after chance after chance. Cowley benefited on each occasion as Badsey suddenly had their sights on victory. Ratcliffe rotated his bowlers but despite the chances the runs continued to flow. Hammon made serene if unspectacular progress. Despite the drops the ground fielding was holding up well and with the run rate hovering between six and seven an over, most fielders were posted far and wide. Rich Brown saw Cowley smack him for two enormous sixes that had the gathering guests scattering in all directions. Doughty came into the attack and immediately had Hammon (39) snapped up by Metcalfe and suddenly the Green had found their hands again. Brown (3 – 46) snatched two quick wickets and then dangerman Cowley launched another hit off Brown but this time Matt Brookes took off on the Long off boundary to take a magnificent two handed catch high above his head to see Cowley depart for 104. Westmacott struck four rapid boundaries but his attempts were ended with some good fielding from Spiers to run him out. Four overs thirty runs and four wickets proved too much for either side, the Green sniffed a glimmer when Doughty (3 – 42) snatched two in two balls but the remaining batters held out as Badsey finished on 184 for 8.


There is no truth in the rumour that seven Green players dropped their drinks in the Badsey clubhouse. Dave white has asked that it is his Birthday bash next Saturday to celebrate his forty years.