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June/July/August 2011

Barnards Green under 11s vs Belbroughton under 11s. Barnards Green under 9s vs Worcester under 9s

Barnards Green under 11's played the fourth of their games in the regional finals of the under 11's trophy and visited Belbroughton on Sunday looking to retain their unbeaten record.  batting first Adam Dickenson and Ryan Smith opened the batting but Smith soon chipped a catch and departed for one closely followed by Harrison Smith who has been in good form this season.  Harvey Smedley regained some form and batted well until he was bowled for 4 and Dominic Weston was run out for 5 with Charlie Hickman bowled by Hughes for 4. Dan Helder did well to support Adam Dickenson who was holding the innings together with a well timed 31, but with Helder run out for 4 and Josh Dickenson out without scoring, the innings was starting to crumble.  Issac Oakley scored 2 and Milo Elmes hit a nice four before getting run out leaving Ben Sutton unbeaten but without scoring.  The innings closed on 92 thanks in the main to an excellent 31 from Adam Dickenson.  Although a below par score for the Green, they did not disappoint in the field and a great all round performance was just what manager Chris Smedley wanted to see.
Adam Dickenson and Harvey Smedley opened the attack and Smedley struck in his first over as he bowled his best spell of the season to finish with three wickets off his four overs for just 11 runs.  Adam also picked up 3 wickets off his four overs for just 14 runs and Ryan Smith chipped in with a wicket to finish with 1 for 11.  The eight year old spin twins of Ben Sutton and Josh Dickenson again bowled very well with the Belbroughton batsmen unable to fathom the leg spin of young Josh who conceded just 7 runs off his four overs.  At the end of their 20 overs Belbrougton had scored just 71 runs to leave the Green victorious by 21 runs to remain undefeated and with Himley conceding, they will now be through to the finals. A great performance considering some of the regulars were missing, but those who stepped into their shoes did themselves and the club great credit and left manager Chris Smedley a happy bunny.

Barnards Green Colts under 9's had their first game for the club on Sunday when they entertained Worcester Cricket Club at North End Lane. A good crowd of nervous parents and Grandparents looked more nervous than their sons who put in an excellent performance to win by 68 runs.  Put in to bat, the Green got off to a solid start through Will Tideswell and Ben Macintosh and despite losing one wicket to the accurate Blundell they took the score to 214 in their four overs.  Second pair Phil Banks and Frank Wajzer batted sensibly  taking the score to 232 and then Captain Ollie Russell who marshaled his team extremely well along with Edward Wajzer ran well between the wickets and moved the score on to 241 with Edward hitting the first four of the game. Pair 4 Josiah Gibson and Lewis Regan batted sensibly picking up singles and running well between the wickets and when the final pair came to the wicket the score was on 260.  Jack Sampson and Sam Green decided to put bat to ball and two excellent fours from Jack and some deft shots by Sam saw the Green to a total of 286 despite losing a wicket to Hirshfield off the last ball of the innings.
After a quick turn around, Worcester lost their first wicket in the second over when Jack Sampson picked up the first of his two wickets with a run out soon following.  Edward Wajzer found a good line and a beauty saw him bowl Smith.  Phil Banks then got in on the wicket taking action and picked up two wickets with consecutive balls and was unlucky not to complete his hat trick.  Lewis Regan then got in on the action taking the first of his two wickets and Sam Green chipped in to dismiss Wiggins.  Ben MacIntosh bowled the final over and was unlucky not to take a wicket as Worcester finished on a creditable 218 with the hard hitting Gibbs picking up a good boundary.  Josiah Gibson keeping wicket for the Green did an excellent job and took two good catches and this really was a good game of cricket between two young teams who played the game in the right spirit and showed that there is plenty of talent coming through in the area.
Thanks go to match day sponsors Inline Engineering Ltd and to the colts for providing a good mornings entertainment for all who watched. 

BGCC under 11s vs Rushwick

 BGCC Under 10s vs Nomads.

Barnards Green Under 11's played hosts to Rushwick at Newland recently and came away victorious by 20 runs.  Rushwick scored 290 but lost 6 wickets to give a net score of 260 with Lucas scoring a stylish 14 and B Williams and R Wilson six a piece. Whilst Harrison Smith took three wickets and Oli Campbell, Adam Dickenson and Ryan Smith took one each, although too many wides were bowled to increase Rushwicks score to a good total.  Charlie Hickman behind the stumps kept well and looks a good prospect for the future.
The Green opened with Campbell and Hickman who looked comfortable early on, but then B Bromage picked up three wickets in one over, but the pair recovered slightly to take the score to 205, it was however the next pair of Dominic Weston (25) and Ryan Smith (21) who took the game away from Rushwick as they put on 53 in their four overs with some excellent batting and running between the wickets. Adam Dickenson and Harrison Smith then played sensibly to take the score to 274 losing just one wicket and final pair Harvey Smedley and Dan Helder showed maturity in not giving wickets away and took the score to 280 to give the Green a comfortable victory, but Rushwick bowled and fielded well.
A good game between two young sides with plenty of talent who should produce some useful young cricketers.  Thanks to game sponsor Inline Engineering Ltd.

Barnards Green under 11s vs Earlswood.
Barnards Green under 11's continued their excellent form as they beat Earlswood at North End Lane on Monday evening.  A disciplined bowling and fielding performance saw the Green dismiss their visitors for just 43 with 8 year old Ben Sutton leading the way with five wickets for just five runs of controlled left arm spin.  Ryan Smith picked up a hat trick to finish with 3 for 3 and Ollie Campbell wrapped up the innings  as Billy Dorrofield took one of five catches the team held onto with Harvey Smedley taking four catches including an excellent diving effort.  Adam Dickenson bowled with good pace and was unlucky not to get on the sheet and his brother 8 year old Josh Dickenson showed what a talented cricketer he too will become as he teased the opposition with an array of leg spin Googlies and flippers!  Charlie Hickman had a good game behind the stumps showing he too is a good prospect. In reply, 9 year old Issac Oakley looked classy with a good array of shots and was unlucky to hole out for 2 but Dominic Weston dispatched anything loose to the boundary for a hard hit 14 and Harrison Smith looks another excellent prospect with a stylish 8 before being adjudged caught behind.  A touch of panic then set in and Harvey Smedley was bowled and Ryan Smith ran himself out both without troubling the scorers, but the steady heads of Adam Dickenson 5no and Billy Dorrofield 6no saw the Green comfortably home for another fine win.  A great team performance with a team on display which in eight to ten years time will hopefully be playing first eleven cricket in the top reaches of the Birmingham League.
Thanks go to Sponsors Inline Engineering Ltd for their continued support.


 Barnards Green under 10's played local rivals Worcester Nomads in a pairs format game last week and came out victorious by 109 runs.  The Green batted first and the opening pair of Issac Oakley (28) and Milo Elmes put on 39 in their 4 overs to get the Green off to a flier.  Harvey Smedley (27) found his form and with partner Josh Dickenson put on 41 but did lose one wicket.  Nomads fought back and took two wickets from third pair Ollie Campbell (13) and Finn Chivers, but final pair Ben Green and Ben Sutton batted sensibly to see the Green to a very good net score of 309.  In reply, Nomads could not counter the accurate Green bowling and regularly lost wickets in their chase of the Green total with Harvey Smedley picking up three wickets and Campbell, Dickenson, Chivers, Oakley and Sutton all picking up one a piece.  Milo Elmes looked impressive behind the stumps and looks a real prospect for the future.  Worceser Nomads finished on a net score of 200 to leave a talented young Green side worthy winners.  Thanks go to colts match ball sponsor Inline Engineering Ltd.


Barnards Green Under 11s vs Rushwick

Semi-Final competition.
Barnards Green under 11's entertained local rivals Rushwick in a semi final knockout on Wednesday evening after a rain interrupted match the previous week.  The green had beaten Rushwick twice earlier in the season but both had gone to the wire and in last weeks aborted game, Rushwick had had the upper hand when rain washed out play, so the Green were determined to put in a better performance this time around and they did not disappoint.  Having won the toss, Rushwick elected to bat first and the openers got off to a steady start against opening bowler and captain Bily Dorrofield.  The impressive Ryan Smith opened from the North End Lane end and had Groves caught and bowled off his second ball.  Warner showed his intent hitting Smith for a four off his second ball, but he too was caught and bowled by Smith in just his first over.  Dorrofield found a good length and when the dangerous Burgoyne pulled him high to midwicket, Smith took a superb catch and his third of the match to put Rushwick on the back foot at 9 for 3. 
Robb and G Francis batted sensibly picking up singles before Robb was run out by the ever alert Adam Dickenson for 3.  Francis and Williams sought to settle the ship, but Francis was needlessly run out for 15 after sharp work by Dorrofield.  Williams batted sensibly before he became the first of three catches for Dorrofield two off spinner Harrison Smith.  Lucas sought to push the score along and decided attack was the best form of defence punishing anything short for a fine 18 before he too was caught by Dorrofield off Sutton.  Eight year old spin twins left armer Ben Sutton 1 for 3 and wrist spinner Josh Dickenson 0 for 10 off 3 bowled beautifully and showed the depth of talent within the club as Jones and Bromage took Rushwicks score to a competitive 75 for 8 off their allotted overs.  Charlie Hickman kept tidily behind the stumps and Oliver Campbell, Dominic Weston, Dan Helder and Issac Oakley put in excellent fielding performances to produce a fine team performance. 
The Greens reply was solid with openers Adam Dickenson and Ryan Smith playing each ball on its merits against a very good Rushwick bowling attack.  Dickenson then got a peach from G Francis and was bowled for 7.  Harrison Smith joined Ryan and these two showed maturity beyond their years to pace their innings perfectly.  They ran well between the wickets and some of the cover drives drew gasps from the sizable crowd.  Rushwick stuck to their task bowling just four wides all innings and fielded solidly.  Ryan Smith then pulled a ball hard to mid wicket only to be brilliantly caught on the boundary by Jones for an excellent 20.  With twenty required at four an over, skipper Dorrofield dispatched the loose balls to the boundary as Harrison Smith continued in his elegant style to reach 31 not out as he hit the winning runs to see the Green through to the final on Sunday with two overs to spare. 
A great game of cricket between two teams who have some excellent young players and local cricket looks in good hands for the future.  Thanks go to match ball sponsor Julian Hall Gardening Services.

Barnards Green Under 11s vs Kidderminster Under 11s - FINAL.
Having qualified for the final stages of the Worcestershire under 11's knockout out trophy, Barnards Green won all five of their games to take them to the final against Kidderminster played on Sunday at Halesowen. Overnight and early morning rain put the game in doubt, but a decision was made to play the game on a dry wicket, but with a wet outfield.  The toss would prove important and unfortunately the Green lost the toss and unsurprisingly, Kidderminster chose to bat, leaving the Green bowlers to bowl wth a wet ball and a slippy outfield.  Unphased by this, the opening attack of skipper Billy Dorrofield and Ryan Smith bowled in good areas and some excellent fielding by the whole team restricted the opposition to just 9 runs off the first six overs with opener Hughes being run out after some smart work by Harrison Smith in the fourth over.  Reese Williams and skipper Beadsworth then set about building an innings and despatched the occasional bad ball to the boundary as the Green bowlers struggled with the slippy ball and they took the score to 82 before Beadsworth had to retire on 30.  Skipper Dorrofield alternated his bowlers with twin eight year old spinners Ben Sutton and Josh Dickenson causing the batsmen problems, particularly Dickenson with his Googlies, leg spinners and the occasional top spinner thrown in.  Harvey Smedley and Dominic Weston both bowled some excellent deliveries, but strayed when trying to bowl the faster deliveries and Charlie Hickman behind the stumps did a superb job with very few byes conceded and Olliver campbell showed what an accomplished cricketer he has become with another solid fielding performance.  The introduction of Adam Dickenson caused the opposition some trouble as he first had Liam Williams caught by Harrison Smith for 11 then bowled Billingham and Didmarsh to pick up three wickets in one over to finish with 3 for 9 off his two overs.  Skipper Dorrofield finished the innings with respectable figures of 0 for 11 off four tidy overs and Kidderminster made a respectable 97 off their allotted 20 overs as the sun came out and the ground started to dry out.
Adam Dickenson and Ryan Smith opened the Green innings against an accurate Kidderminster attack and moved the score on to 17 before Adam was bowled by Liam Williams.  Harrison Smith joined Ryan who played the shot of the match to pull Joshua Tidmarsh for six over the square leg boundary.  Ryan loked well set for another match winning innings until he uncharateristically charged down the track to Arron Dalton and was stumped by Beadsworth for 13.  Harrison and skipper Dorrofield tried to move the scoring along, but kept finding the fielders rather than the boundary and the run rate started to increase. Harrison was then run out for 25 with the score on 74 and Harvey Smedley joined the fray with a beautiful clip off his legs and these two took the score to 89  with Dorrofield playing a beautiful drive for four through mid off, before being bolwed going for  the big slog over mid wicket.  Harvey too was bowled going for a big shot as was Charlie Hickman and with balls running out, Issac oakley and Dominic Weston tried to find the boundaries but without success and the Green fell four runs short in a thrilling encounter.
A great game played by two talented teams which could have gone either way right up to the last ball of the game.  thanks go to all involved and to Colts sponsor Inline Engineering Ltd for their continued support of Colts cricket at Barnards Green Cricket Club which continues to thrive at all levels of the club.