Barnards Green cricket Club Match Reports.






Match Report.

Barnards Green Under 13s vs Worcester


Barnards Green Under 13s put in another improved performance against Worcester, despite the 31 run defeat the boys were in with shout until the very end.


New Captain Christopher Freeman gathered the troops and emphasised the need for keen fielding and being in the correct positions as they took the field. Worcester got off to a flyer scoring 32 runs off the first two overs until Cluet holed out for 13. Watling had come in for plenty of stick but gained revenge when Stuart Puffet took a superb catch at deep square leg when racing round and diving full length to pluck the ball inches from the turf. Ellis continued to score freely and had to retire at 30 in the tenth over with the score on 88. The run rate slowed as the new batters struggled to break the ring of fielders and the more accurate bowling of Bridges and Hurd kept the runs down. Ellis with a fiery, if erratic, four over burst grabbed wickets in successive deliveries and Worcester closed on 139 for 7.


Despite the early loss of Hurd the Green batters showed application and determination as a very confident Worcester captain deployed many ‘close’ catchers. Bridges struck the ball to all parts and Aston Kerr once again showed good temperament and technique to score good runs. Worcester rotated the bowlers to no avail as Kerr and Bridges raced one another in an attempt to be the first player in the side to reach 30 and retire. Kerr perished two runs short of the target when Drysdale sneaked on under his bat but Bridges, who had now quietened the Worcester fielders and seen six men patrolling the boundary eased to his 30 and retired in the 12th over with the score on 71. Watling blasted away and brought the rate down to 40 off the last five overs but perished 20 going for another big hit. Some astute field placings and accurate bowling restricted the Green’s scoring opportunities and they muster 108 (their highest score to date) innings closed to lose by 31 runs.


This was a top effort boys both batting and bowling. Still lots of room for improvement in the fielding department, both in positional play, concentration and correct execution of fielding techniques.