30th August 2008 - Match Reports will appear here.
|Redditch vs BGCC 1st XI||BGCC 2nd XI vs Redditch|
Saturdays trip to Redditch proved to be a day of varying emotions and ultimately a return to winning ways for Barnards Greens 1st XI. After 6 hugely successful years, including 4 promotions skipper Chris Smedley choose this time to step aside as captain. This left long standing vice captain Tim Williams to step in for the final 2 games of the season. Williams was straight into action, winning the toss and inserting Redditch on what looked a decent but slow pitch.
Redditch got off to a flyer with Gailey hitting a number of short balls to the boundary. However in the space of 2 overs the situation changed greatly. Matt Shimell had Protherough caught easily by keeper Rich Williams with a perfect bouncer hitting the gloves. Then in the next over Tim Williams first trapped Southwick leg before and then bowled Gailey who had chosen to leave a ball which clipped the top of off stump.
Redditch never really recovered any real momentum after this despite some stubborn resistance. Andy Ford bowled very tightly and proved difficult to get away and he picked up 3 wickets, as did Tim Williams and Matt Shimell. The innings closed when Shimell, Rich Williams and Andy Ford combined to run out Redditch’s final batsman with the score on 166.
In reply the Green got off to a steady start with Rich Williams finding the boundary early on. Kev Golder having chanced his arm earlier fell cheaply when he was caught at mid off by skipper Protherough. From here the Greens fragile recent batting form again resurfaced with Rich Williams, Andy Ford, Liam Paddock, Tim Clarke and Mitch Fowles all falling cheaply to leave the Green in trouble at 44 for 6. Chris Smedley then joined Jez Clarke and the pair dug deep to move the Green to 70 when Smedley fell caught behind. Clarke, playing a number of attacking shots struck the ball sweetly and moved the Greens score to 97 with the help of Matt Shimell before he fell attempting another leg side boundary. With 70 runs still needed and only 2 wickets in hand the Green were facing another defeat. However, skipper Tim Williams and Matt Shimell started their partnership slowly and sensibly with the run rate still below 4 runs per over. Protherough shuffled his bowlers in search of a breakthrough but Shimell and Williams stayed calm and moved the required runs down to just 12 off 4 overs. Redditch turned to the experience of Steve Merry to get the vital wicket. However Williams (35*) twice struck him past mid off for 4 and in the next over from Merry cut the ball behind point for 2 to give the Green an unlikely victory. Shimell finished on an excellent 31no. With one game to go Barnards Green now lie in 5th place and a top half finish should be considered a good performance, despite a disappointing second half of the season.
The Green closes their 2008 league campaign with a trip to local rivals Worcester tomorrow.
On Saturday the Green entertained Redditch on one of the better "summer" days of the season, the pitch looked ideal for batting and the outfield short and very quick. The green won the toss and decided to bat first, openers Paul Drinkwater and Adam Croad vindicated the decision and race untroubled to 44, the departure of firstly Drinkwater and then Croad started a dramatic batting collapse by the green only Curtis 14 and Hooper 13 made double figures as the green crashed to an embarrassing 120 all out off only 33 overs. For Redditch Y Altar bowled an impressive spell of swing bowling taking 4 for 10 runs, but it was mainly down to a lacklustre batting performance by the home side.
After an early tea Redditch's reply put the home sides display into context, R Stokes and A Mukhtar raced onto 96 with out looking in any trouble ,all the green's bowlers failed to trouble either batsmen, the introduction of Elliot Henessy induced the openers to give up their wickets but the damage had been done and Redditch strolled to a comfortable 8 wicket victory in the 22nd over.
A very poor performance by the Green who did not even pick up a bonus point.
Many thanks to match day sponsor "S HARRIS HEATING LTD."
Fourths vs Dominies.
Early wickets for Jack Cullity, an exciting young prospect and Ian Alley, continuing his lively and consistent form, gave The Green hopes of an upset but 17 year old Dominies batsman Jones had other ideas as he set about punishing anything short or over-pitched on his way to yet another league century and it was soon evident that The Green would again be chasing a large total.
The efforts of Alex Wren and The Green’s leading wicket taker Dave Price to put a brake on Dominies free scoring resulted in them both picking up two wickets but a succession of fielding errors prevented them from dismissing Jones who paused only momentarily in his onslaught to accept the applause of both teams as he achieved 1000 runs for the season mid-way through his innings.
Dominies eventually finished their innings on 248 for 6 with Jones 125 not out.
Green skipper Dickus Brown, aware of the inexperience and lack of depth in his batting line up faced a dilemma after tea. Should he attempt to chase down the total or bat for a draw?
Veteran Keith Middleton and Mark Perkins
started tentatively but were untroubled by any of Dominies bowlers until the
15th Over when Middleton (26) was caught with The Green on 38.
In-form Cyril Dean (24) joined Perkins and took the total to 73 before he
too perished at the hands of Humphries. Alex Wren showed maturity during his
knock of 20 as The Green’s total built steadily but it was obvious that the
acceleration in the run rate necessary to reach Dominies’ total was not to
be forthcoming and Rich Wall (4 not out ) and Mark Perkins achieving his
maiden half-century for The Green ( 69 not out ) were content to earn a draw
for the home team as the innings ended on 162 for 3.
Thanks to all of Barnards Green’s sponsors for their generous support over the season and to Jack Wheeler, Chris Horne and “The Ratman” for preparing the grounds this year.