28th May 2011 - Match Reports.

Barnards Green 1sts vs Wednesbury Avoncroft 1st XI vs BGCC 3rds.

A devastating eight over spell from Malvern Rambler old boy Jon Dovey ripped the heart out of the Wednesbury batting order and set up a fourth consecutive league victory for Barnards Green.
Continuing his good form with the coin Tim Williams had no hesitation on inserting the opposition with rain showers the forecast for the day. Unfortunately his bowlers could not initially match this form as Jarvis (44) and Owen (22) set up a useful opening partnership of fifty with McEwan in particular having issues with his radar.
McEwan(2-53) eventually struck the first blow bowling Owen and then trapped Baker LBW first ball, a close shout for LBW on his hat-trick ball was turned down and the reprieved batsman Patel made great use of this early fillip unleashing some booming drives down the ground. Smedley’s introduction severely stunted the run rate as he bowled 4 consecutive maidens at Jarvis who in an attempt to break the shackles was adjudged LBW sweeping, Hull who had struggled to 4 from 32 balls with a solitary scoring stroke was another Smedley (2-40) victim caught at the wicket by Binks.
At the other end Poole was removed from the attack and replaced by Jon Dovey who got the major breakthrough of the innings as the impressive Patel picked out cover fielder Harris to fall for a stylish 69. Dovey with his tail up continued to make the ball talk and blitzed the Wednesbury lower order with a highly impressive display of swing and seam bowling taking 5-20 from 8 overs with only Whistance(10) and Tonks(12) reaching double figures.
The visitors innings finishing on 201-9(55) and with a rain interruption of nearly an hour leaving the Green just 44 overs to bat.
Golder and Adam Dovey opened up hoping to give another solid start to the innings however Golder (11) and Dovey(5) joined Ford(1) back in the shed before the score had reached 60. McEwan was the fourth wicket to fall to an injudicious shot after striking a huge six the previous ball and it was left to the talented Harris and veteran Smedley to rebuild the innings.
Smedley was the ideal foil to the sublime Harris as he rotated the strike well in his 23 to allow Harris to turn on the style in an innings of 77 which was ended when he picked out the safe hands of Jarvis. Smedley who had looked in little trouble unfortunately holed out to a well hit slog sweep which fell into the lap of the deep fielder leaving the home side in a precarious position still needing nearly 50 to win with the run rate comfortable but by no means easy.
Enter evergreen  Jazzy Clarke who with his usual swashbuckling style stroked a cameo 24 not out from just 21 balls including three fours and a huge six to guide the home side to victory with twelve balls to spare.

BGCC 4ths vs Avoncroft 2nds.
Barnards Green 4ths played hosts to Avoncroft on Saturday, but on a cool blustery day they could not put in a match winning performance.  Invited to bat first, Avoncroft got off to a good start against some lacklustre bowling that was too short and saw regular boundaries posted.  Skipper Steve Hunt introduced young Georgia Hennessy who was the pick of the bowlers and soon had EVANS caught by a diving Julian Hall in the covers for 20, she then dismissed the other opener Taylor caught by keeper Mark Perkins for 23.  She finished the match with an excelent five wicket haul but got little support from her team mates both in the field and with the ball and Avoncroft finished on 232 for 8.
Avoncrofts opening attack of Cound and Elliot then showed the Green the areas that they should have bowled in and openers Chris Horne and Robin Longmore found runs hard to come by.  Horne played a superb off drive for six but then holed out to mid off for 11 and Longmore followed for 14 missing a straight one!  Perkins, Dean hall and Metcalf all fell for single figures, but a good partnership between Robbie Tyler 55 and Zak Hunt 16 brought some respectability to the score, but with the last wicket falling, the Green were well short of their target and had paid the penalty for some poor bowling and fielding.  Next week sees another tough game against league leaders Tenbury.  Thanks go to match day sponsor Inline Engineering Ltd





The restructuring of the league this season resulted in The Green travelling to yet another ground last visited many years ago. The picturesque Avoncroft ground was the venue for this division four encounter and after an explanation of the rules regarding trees forming part of the playing area Dick Brown again lost the toss.

Avoncroft decided to bat first on a coarse surface which threatened to offer help to seam bowlers but short straight boundaries and the odd loose ball from Chris Hill and Brad Adams meant that openers Hare and Cox could get off to a solid start, trundling along at around four runs per over without too much difficulty. Hill, frugal as ever and the more costly Adams were replaced by the father and son attack of Ryan and Ian Scullion and in the 17th over Ryan picked up a much needed wicket, bowling  Cox for 20. Although the run rate was slow, Hare and Duffill progressed steadily taking Avoncroft onto 85 for 1 as drinks approached.

Skipper Brown, decided to take the pace out of the attack and Dave Price picked up the wicket of Duffill (10), with his second ball.and then accounted for James and Apperley in his next two overs. With wickets  in hand and twenty overs left Avoncroft needed to bat sensibly but appeared more intent on getting home to watch the football as a succession of batsmen threw away their wickets going for big shots. Jack Cullity (7-0-3-30) picked up the wickets of opener Hare (57), Whitehead (12) and Huxley (6) all caught off reckless shots twice finding the safe hands of Ryan Scullion and once those of Kev Ratcliffe whilst Carpenter for Avoncroft contrived to run himself out needlessly as Graham Baddeley threw down the stumps from mid on. Price (13-2-4-33) picked up his fourth wicket bowling Pittam for a duck before being replaced by Adams for a second spell. With the home side finally appreciating the need for a more controlled batting style and Adams being reintroduced to the attack Athey and Warren started to pick up boundaries and consolidate their position. With The Green unable to pick up their last wicket Avoncroft’s innings finished on 178 for 9 after the allotted 50 overs.

After a fine tea Chris Hill and Graham Baddeley started the visitors’ reply. From one end Athey bowled three successive maidens testing the defence of Hill whilst Baddeley picked up a succession of boundaries from the bowling of Apperley. With no singles forthcoming for either batsman it would be the 9th over before they swapped ends to face different bowlers but the result was the same. Both of the Green’s players produced a series of glorious shots through the covers and though Carpenter and James were introduced to the attack they were unable to stem the flow of runs as the score progressed to 105 of 23 overs with the openers still in place. Baddeley (62) eventually fell to Carpenter going for another mighty hit over the top of extra cover and finding the safe hands of James. Kev Ratcliffe strode to the middle and in Carpenter’s next over strode back to the pavilion without troubling the scorers. Roger Thompson opened his account with a big six off the bowling of James and was then caught off his next ball. Ryan Scullion joined Hill at the crease and would show what a talented young all-rounder he is as he demonstrated solid defence with an ability to punish anything short or over-pitched. With stubborn support from his partner Hill, Scullion carried the attack to Avoncroft and within the next ten overs The Green passed the required target with Scullion producing a huge six over long on. Hill finished on 66 not out and Scullion on 35 not out.
This was a comfortable win in the end for Barnards Green thanks partly to their own efforts and partly due to some careless batting by their hosts. Both teams are to be congratulated on a game played in the right spirit.

Evesham vs BGCC 2nds.
Having studied the recent form of our opponents for Saturday’s game none of us could believe that they’d succumb to yet another heavy defeat for the third week in succession. After been bowled out for consecutive scores of 60 and 50 we were sure Evesham CC would put in a decent performance against a fellow Worcestershire based club. Unfortunately we were wrong.
Winning the toss under leaden skies Green skipper Judd Doughty chose to bowl first having been informed by his opposite number Lewis that the home side were ‘very weak’ and only had three adults in their side. Matt Brookes bowled with great control and picked up 5 wickets whilst Tom Clack found the going tough into the wind. James Scullion also struggled with the wind but easily picked the remaining wickets to close the innings for Evesham on 41 for 8 (all out).
With the tea not even at the ground Doughty (9*) and Andy Wheeler (31*) knocked off the required runs with no trouble at all inside of 6 overs to record a most comprehensive victory. Wheeler, in his customary style belted the ball to all parts, especially straight, in a welcome return to form.
Bank Holiday Monday sees the Green put out another very strong side as we host a competitive Bromsgrove side.