26th July 2008 - Match Reports.

Himbleton vs BGCC IVs Droitwich vs BGCC 2nd XI
 On one of the hottest days of the year so far, Barnards Green travelled to Himbleton for this Crusader Worcestershire Cricket League Division 4 South 2nd XI fixture. The Green were buoyed by recent positive results and spirits were lifted further with Skipper Brown winning the toss and electing to bat on a good looking pitch, bright sun shining and very short boundaries all round the ground. 

The recently formed opening partnership of Chris Horne and Andy Wheeler were again asked to open. Again Horne played the anchor role against some hostile bowling from regular Himbleton first team opening bowler McCann. Wheeler on the other hand, went on the offensive, firstly dispatching the variable length from Pinks and Pretty, before turning his aggression on McCann. Wheeler brought up his second hundred in 3 innings with his 12th six, Horne was removed by George Burt for 14 and then Wheeler was dismissed by Pretty for 105, his knocked also included 7 fours. 

With the score on 124 for 2 in 14 overs, the Green were again looking at a score of potentially 300. Cyril Dean (38), Ashlea Brewer (9) started to build innings, but it was Elliot Hennesy, who at 13 years old, who played the best knock for the Green, having hit 8 fours, he brought up his maiden senior fifty and looked very comfortable against all the bowlers, until McCann returned and having failed to bowl the young lad, converted his length to short, with one ball going past the youngsters head, the next ball hit him between the shoulders, obviously shaken Elliot bravely tried to carry on, but the pain was too much and he was forced to retire hurt having scored 54 

Steve Hunt (28) and Dave Price (10) raised the scoring rate in the final few overs, however with P Taylor picking up wickets and finishing with figures of 5 for 45 from 8 overs, the Green were all out for 292 in 42 overs. A very good total, but the Green knew they would have to bowl well to achieve a win. 

Following an excellent tea, the bowlers seemed to be putting the Green on track to another good win with Himbleton reduced to 85 for 4 from 22 overs. However this was when McCann walked to the crease and together with T Byrne (55 not out) put the Greens limited bowling resources to the sword! 

With Ian Alley having to leave the field for physio on a back injury, Wheeler being struck with dehydration and Hunt being pursued round the boundary by wild animals, the Green were searching high and low to try and find someone to bowl and pick up the priceless wicket of McCann 

In the end McCann was too good for all the bowlers and took Himbleton past the 293 target with 7 overs to spare. His 155 not out (including 21 fours and 9 sixes) was one of the most clean hitting innings the Green fourth team have seen in the last few years

The Green travelled to Droitwich on a glorious sunny day, the side which travelled only contained skipper Spencer who had played Droitwich earlier in the year, it was not the ideal scenario  to play the team one place ahead at the top of the table. Droitwich won the toss and batted, Tom Banks bowled two impressive spells of 6 overs taking 3 wickets, Jack Cullity and James Merley bowled impressive short spells with Merley taking two wickets in two balls including a stunning caught and bowled to dismiss the dangerous Thomas. Because of  the Greens hard work in the field  Droitwich were restricted to 249 for 7 of their allotted 50 overs. If the Green had their usual strong batting line up it would of been a job well done. In reply debutante Adam Croad made a workman like 33 showing signs that he would be a useful recruit to the club, James Curtis scored his 6th half century in 7 innings and Dave White held the tail together scoring 33 not out, the Green were all out for 181 , losing by 68 runs but gaining 6 points.The team which had a mixed look on paper did themselves proud, they stayed focused in the field and batted as well as could be expected. With the return of numerous players in the coming weeks it is hoped that results will start to improve