Barnards Green Cricket Club.Match Reports.



August 27th 2005

BGCC 3rds vs Kidderminster Victoria
On yet another cloudy and cool 'summers' day the Green 3rds entertained top of the table Kidderminster Victoria who, having won the toss, invited the Green to bat.  The top three of Rob Lewis, Nick Rogers and Lee Brookes all perished to poor deliveries with even poorer shots, the latter two failing to trouble the scorers.  This left Dick Brown (34) and Chris Hill (59) to rebuild the innings, but having taken the score to 65 Brown fell to another soft dismissal giving a return catch to Amos on a ball that should have gone to the boundary.  It was ironic that Kidderminsters bowlers were bowling well, but taking wickets with bad balls.  Hill too was dropped off a long hop and was joined by Mark Perkins and a useful partnership took the score to 132 before Hill was well caught off Davis (4 for 39) with the score on 132 with just 8 overs left.  The tail end tried to force the pace with Perkins (26) Graeme Spiers (11) and Jamie Longmore (9no) leading the way, helping to take the score to 168 off their 45 overs.
A good start was needed by the Green in their bowling perforamnce and skipper Saddler becoming frustrated with the tight line of Spiers and Hill, he lobbed the ball to mid on, only for the catch to go down.  This became a bit of a pattern as near misses and half chances went begging, but the Greens fielding was far to lax.  Both openers found Hill extremely difficult to play and it soon became apparent that LBW appeals were a waste of time.  Jamie Longmore replaced Spiers and he too bowled an excellent line and several times wished the stumps had had another coat of varnish.  The first wicket fell at 86 when Jamie moved swiftly to run out the impressive bagley for 25 in what was a poor call by skipper Sadler.  Trickett was also run out by a direct throw from Hill, but that was to be the last success for the Green as KV passed their target with 8 wickets and five overs to spare.
Many thanks to Pheonix Heating for the match day sponsorship and despite this loss, the Green will remain in Divison 6 for next season after Old Hill were also defeated.

Bromyard vs BGCC 2nd XI
Barnards Green travelled to lowly Bromyard hoping for an easy victory as was the case in the reverse of this fixture.After winning the toss and deciding to bat the green struggled against the swinging ball and two paced wicket,they lost Lewis for 1, Brewer for 15 ,and Paddock for 6 leaving them struggling at 29 for 3 after 14 overs.Rob Middleton 23 and Phil Harris 7 briefly led the recovery when both these perished quickly followed by Hooper , Spencer  and Spencer [jnr].The green were in deep trouble ,Ian Scullion and Tom Clack then produced what turned out to be a match winning partnership the expierenced Scullion playing safley and punishing any loose deliveries and fourteen yearold Clack growing in confidence as his innings progressed these two added 58 for the ninth wicket until Scullion was out for a fine 54.Tom Clack ensured the green bowlers had something to bowl at by scoring a fine 26 not out enabling the green to finish on 189 for 9 after their 50 overs.Bromyard who were playing a vastly older side than when the two teams met earlier in the season were quickly put under pressure by the opening attack of Sam Spencer and Ian Scullion reducing them to 23 for 3 after 12 overs.This brought to the wicket Pursall who proceeded to find the boundry too often for the Green Skippers liking ,Bromyard now looked to be cruising to victory at 130 for 4 and plenty of overs left.Phil Harris turned the game by clean bowling the dangerous Pursall for a hard hit 55.This open the way for Lewis Hooper to mop up the tail again finishing with another 5 wicket haul at the cost of 44 runs.Bromyard who at onetime looked favourites to win the game finished up 146 allout.The green gained a maximum 24 points in this hard fought victory. A special mention for Tom Clack whos innings showed great maturity and was vital in ensuring the green had a decent total to defend.

Chainwire vs BGCC Singles
A magnificent century from Tim Clarke was not enough to force victory for the 'Singles', as they had to settle for the winning draw with Chainwire comfortably placed with seven wickets down.
A leisurely drive to Stourport and the team assembled in the Chainwire car park just as the bride and groom arrived in a horse and carriage. Ratters lost the toss, the changing room was a building site with a half finished boiler, which firstly interested Fluff but when it was known to be a water boiler interested Curts and the Green were having a bat. The early loss of Doughty quickly followed by Ratcliffe and then disastrously an injury to Curtis saw the Green at 26 for 2. Debutante Tim Clarke and old sage Steve Freeman set about building a score. Clarke happy to dispatch anything full whilst Freeman nudged the ball to gaps giving Clarke the majority of the strike. The score ticked at four an over and suddenly the change bowlers were very much to Clarke’s liking. He smashed his way past fifty and with fielders posted to all parts was happy to run the twos. The hundred came up in the 22nd over and Clarke went into overdrive, his next fifty came in 19 balls. Still Freeman played around Clarke scoring predominantly in singles as the score was taking the Green to maximum batting points. Clarke’s chanceless innings came to end with the score on 229, a stand of 203 runs, when a fine tumbling catch at deep square saw Clarke depart for magnificent 139. With three overs remaining the Green took the score past 250 with Beavan 14 not out and Freeman, absolutely knackered, on 46 not out. A fine knock given the circumstances.
With the wedding party having the best seats tea was taken in the side room whilst Curts looked at the boiler wiring.
Any hopes of running through the Chainwire batting was quickly dispelled as Churchill was struck to all parts, Brookes fared little better as the batters scored at just over four an over. Ratcliffe quickly turned to spin and Simon Clarke made the breakthrough having Stewart (29) caught in the covers by the juggling Curtis. Chainwire still scored freely as Ratcliffe rotated his bowlers. At drinks Chainwire looked favourites needing 140 runs off 23 overs with nine wickets in hand. Ratcliffe now made a double change and the rewards were instant. The dangerous Tovey had his off stump removed by Doughty and Brown then secured two quick wickets. Opener James remained and put away anything full as Chainwire were unsure as to what to do? The dangerous Mease was well held by James Scullion to give Doughty a second victim. Scullion, replacing Brown, secured the wicket of Beasley and with eight overs remaining the ‘Singles’ sniffed a half chance. Churchill and Brookes returned and James perished for 68 as he sought to secure the losing draw bonus points but this was the Green’s only success as Chainwire easily held out for the draw with the Green.