Barnards Green Cricket Club.Match Reports.



August 29th 2005

BGCC 2nd XI vs Nomads
Barnards Green entertained a strong Nomads side on bank holiday monday ,hoping to continue their twelve match winning run which has seen them move  top of the league .Once again the northend lane pitch was in first class order ,a terrific wicket and neatly groomed outfield all credit to groundsman Roy Mayo.Phil Spencer won the toss and asked Nomads to bat.The first wicket partnership of 111 off 25 overs put the visitors in prime position to make a substantial total,first wicket down was Flower bowled by Lewis Hooper for 41,Leach made a rapid 30 before being bowled by Spencer [snr].Humphries made 46 before he was Sam Spencers first victim with the score on 244.All this time C.Bland was steadily scoring runs and finally reached his century ,he ended up notout on 106.At the end of thier 50 overs Nomads had totalled 265 for 4. A special mention for Sam Spencer who opened the bowling and bowled at the end when Nomads were trying to score quickly he finished up with 2 for 35 off 11 overs and in the context of the innings was an exceptional bowling spell.The greens reply got off to a shakey start losing Jon Lewis for 4,this brought together Andy Middleton making a rare appearance and Tim Clarke fresh from his century for the singles on the previous saturday,Clarke was soon into his stride showing his powerful drives down the ground,Middleton on the otherhand was struggling to time the ball but continued to graft and rotate the strike for his partner ,this pair had added 140 for the second wicket when Clarke was out for a fluent 73,Middleton soon followed for a grafting 48 leaving the green 145 for 3 after 30 overs.This brought together the young pair of Liam Paddock and Phil Harris both these fifteen yearolds showed a maturity beyond their years ,they clinically put together a stand of  80 in 13 overs until Harris was out caught for 38.Despite losing Hooper and Spencer[snr] cheaply ,Paddock took control of the innings and brought up the winning runs in the 50th over,this left the green victors by 6 wickets in what was an excellent game played by two sporting teams on an excellent ground. Liam Paddock finished up 61no,and once again the green picked 20 points in their quest for league honours.THANKS GO TO MATCH DAY SPONSORS "CODS KITCHEN" OF BARNARDS GREEN