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Match Report.

Barnards Green U13s v Malvern


The visit of local rivals Malvern to Newland saw the U13s achieve their first victory of the season with a 41 run victory. Skipper Freeman won the toss and with a change of policy elected to bat first. Despite the early loss of Kerr the inform Bridges negotiated the opening burst to hit a flurry of boundaries, including a mighty six, he and the resolute James Herd built their team a platform from which they could attack. Bridges retired on 30 and Watling took up the mantle with some big shots, LeGros also took a liking to the bowlers as runs came at a swift rate. Watling perished for 18 but LeGros continued the run flow before retiring at 31. The latter batters struggled to maintain the rate with Howie going for 7 but Thom Coulshaw came out to play the most exquisite cut shot backward of point for four to register his first runs as the Green posted an impressive 113 runs.
Malvern found the Green bowlers in miserly form. Christopher Freeman was quickly learning as a Captain and was setting an excellent field to back up his bowlers; it took eight overs for Malvern to move into double figures, LeGros 2 overs for 3 runs and Kerr 4 overs for three runs kept a stranglehold. Rory Brittain with three good overs for 13 kept the pressure on the batters. With the rate well past 15 an over Freeman ensured all players had an opportunity to shine the match. With Malvern now chasing the match wickets fell regularly, Budd (3 11) took two in an over with Walwyn going for 17. Only Roskams with a lusty 22 gave the score any credibility and Freeman with 1 for 6 off three overs ensured his side completed a comfortable 41 run victory.
This was a much improved bowling and fielding performance with most members of the team now understanding the need to concentrate at all times in the field, excellent glove work from John Howie kept the extras column virtually blank during the twenty overs.