Barnards Green cricket Club Match Reports.



29th June 2003




vs Barnards Green Casuals


Stone near Kidderminster was the venue for Barnards Green Casuals on Sunday, for a friendly encounter on a hot and sunny day.  Skipper Robin Longmore chose to bowl first and this appeared a good decision as the early ball swung sharpely and Ian Bryant took advantage to dismiss both openers with just 11 on the board.  Stone then rallied as the bowling became somewhat eratic and too many wides helped Stone to keep the scoreboard ticking over.  As the total started to increase rapidly, Robin Longmore introduced himself to the attack with immediate effect as Blackledge tried to hit him out of the ground first ball and was plumb Lbw for 50.  The same player then dismissed Weiderman for 40 with a sharp piece of fielding and then he had two Stone players charging down the track only to be beaten in the flight to be well stumped by Jonathon Lewis.  At 150 for 7, the Green were in control, but when Stone skipper Glover was put down off Longmore, the Green were made to pay as he took the score to 222 off their 40 overs.  This miss was to prove decisive.  The Green finished with a flourish as Paul Jones rolled back the years to run out Murphy off the last ball of the innings.  Dave Price bowled a tidy spell finishing with 1 for 31.
The Green got off to a solid albeit slow start through Tom Wells and Paul MacDonald, but both perished in quick succession. Paul Julian(26) and Jonathon Lewis(14) made inroads into the total before they too found themselves back in the pavy and paul Jones was unlucky to be bowled off his pads.  This brought Dave Price and Robin Longmore to the wicket and a brisk partnership of 51 looked likely to take the game away from Stone before Longmore missed a full toss and was bowled for 20.  jamie Longmore (7) tried to support Price (43), but both players holed out going for big shots. Ian Bryant failed to trouble the scorers, but last pair Patrick Jelley(23) and Rob Harker put on 31 for the last wicket with Jelley playing some exqusite shots particularly off his legs.  the Green total fell 35 runs short, around the same number as Stone skipper scored after being dropped!




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