28th April 2007 - Match reports.

Wormelow vs Barnards Green 1st XI 28/4/2007

Saturday saw the Green open their league campaign at the picturesque Wormelow Cricket Club who had gained promotion to Division two at the expense of the Green’s local rivals Colwall.
Visiting captain Chris Smedley lost the toss and the home captain surprisingly inserted the visitors on a dry and undulating deck that looked bound to deteriorate as the game progressed.
Early suggestions were that Wormelow had made the right decision however as openers Golder and Smedley struggled to come to terms with the slow nature of the pitch and in particular the accurate bowling of veteran Wilde. With Smedley struggling Golder decided to take the aerial route and managed this with massive success as the opening stand began to take shape. Smedley finally got off the mark in the 14th over by which time Golder had unleashed several punishing blows and started to make the scorers earn their money.
When Smedley was dismissed for a painstaking 29 off 75 balls a fantastic platform had been set with the score 122-1. Golder was joined by promising youngster Paul Whack who mixed stoic defence with some beautifully timed cuts and drives to lift the scoring rate to nearly 6 runs per over . Whack was dismissed for a useful 37 whilst Golder completed a quite brilliant century with yet another brutal stroke.
Golder brought up a superb 150 with a well timed drive however was unfortunately dismissed shortly afterwards for 151 just when the division record score of 184 set by former Green Great Daniel Raymond Flynn was in danger. A late run a ball cameo from Paul Drinkwater pushed the score ever closer to the magical 300 however late wickets meant that the Green had to be happy with a total of 297-7.
Scoring was slow when the Wormelow batsman commenced their ascent on the visitors total with overseas import Andrew Hoogstraten and home grown hero Kevin Downes bowling with great accuracy on a pitch that offered variable bounce and seam movement to the opening attack. Downes made the first breakthrough ripping through the defences of the opening batter and added a second scalp thanks to a sharp catch by Jez Clarke at fly slip.
Tim Williams took over from Downes and immediately settled into a rhythmical spell and returned to form with the fantastic figures of 2-18 from 8 overs. Smedley mixed his bowlers well in the search for 24 points and after 11 overs of spin from Clarke and Ford called upon the unlucky Hoogstraten to try and blast through the lower middle order. The big man from Mount Manganui, New Zealand did not disappoint and finished with figures of 3-23 off his 13 overs when he destroyed the stumps of Wilde to give Barnards Green their 1st league win of the season.
Only Shaw with 35 and Powell with 23 showed any real resistance in an innings that contained 7 ducks and skipper Smedley was delighted with the performance as well as the result.
The Green face Monmouth at North End Lane this Saturday with admission free to all.

BGCC 297-7 Golder 151, Whack 37, Waldron 4-71, Wilde 3-76
Wormelow 102 all out, Shaw 35, Powell 23, Hoogstraten 3-23, Downes 2-24,Williams 2-14



BGCC 2nd XI vs Worcester Nomads

Barnardsgreen entertained worcester nomads on the opening league game of the season, with the ground basking in sunshine and looking a picture, credit must be given to the hard work of groundsman roy mayo for all his preseason hard work.

Nomads won the toss and asked the green to make first use of what looked like a perfect batting wicket,the green lost scullion[jnr] in the first over which brought tim clarke in to join lewis hooper they proceeded to bat sensibly taking advantage of any loose balls , with the score on 63 clarke was caught at longoff after being decieved with the flight of lloyd for a classy 31.Tom clack struck 17 before he became lloyds second victim, hooper went for a patient 23 and roger thompson for 11, leaving the green 108 for 5 after 25 overs.The evergreen steve metcalfe was joined by skipper spencer who restored the innings direction by adding a 50 run partnership before spencer was bowled for a steady 16. with a reasonable total already assured metcalfe was given his head to cut loose, his innings went from being responsible to being one of mass destruction, his second fifty came off only 22 balls, he reached a magnificent hundred his first league century for the green, he was well supported by brookes 17 and scullion 9.Metcalfe innings of 109no contained three sixes and sixteen fours he had made sure the green posted a very defendable 263 off their 50 overs, Goodreds and Lloyd toiled away taking 4 wickets each but could not contain the destructive Metcalfe.
In reply Nomads struggled against the experienced Ian Scullion and the more aggressive sam spencer, their opening burst of eighteen overs reduced Nomads 67 for 3, scullion taking 3 for 18 and spencer unlucky to take a wicket conceding 38 of which 11 were very harsh wides as nomads hoped to increase their scoring.They were replaced by the swing of Matt Brookes and offspinner Lewis hooper, Brookes soon found his line and length and with the aid of unusual field placings to combat the excessive swing ,he was soon among the wickets taking 3 for 21,well supported by Hooper with 2 for 25. The greens fielding was of a high standard with good catches and two fine runouts by youngsters Clack and Scullion [jnr].Nomads were dismissed for 114 in the 33rd over leaving the green comfortable winners by 149 runs .
The green picket up 24 points and Nomads 4.
Once again thanks to Roy Mayo for produing a fine true wicket.