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3rd September 2006 - Match report.

BGCC Oldies vs Colwall Oldies

With a paramedic on standby and the smell of embrocation filling the air at Barnards Green Cricket Club, it was clearly time for the return fixture between the over 40's of Barnards Green and Colwall.  The 2005 fixture saw a fairly comprehensive victory for Colwall on their home soil, but this year the Green were determined to take the game slightly more seriously and so team manager and nutritional advisor Martin Heaton had had his team prepare for the big occasion for several hours beforehand.  The Colwall team looked relaxed and even brought their own chef to look after their culinary needs.  Green captain Phil Spencer won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket lovingly prepared by groundsman Roy Mayo who had even chosen to play himself as the wicket looked so full of runs.  Phil elected to put in a pinch hitter to open in the guise of Robin Longmore who partnered the slightly more sedate Rob Lewis and Longmore got off to a flier with 18 runs coming off the first two overs before he chased a wide one and holed out in the covers off the enigmatic Ricky Lewis who, despite his age was still swinging his balls both ways. 
Jamie Drew then joined Rob Lewis and these two took the score to 71 when, in the 12th over Lewis was brilliantly caught by Alistair Smith off the bowling of Kim Berry.  Some may say this was the turning point of the game and that Alistair should have dropped the catch, but that may be a little harsh.  Roy Mayo looked in good touch, but mistimed a drive and was caught off Jeremy Leighton which brought Phil Spencer to the wicket to join Jamie Drew who had been quietly accumulating runs.
As Spencer began to step up a gear and decided running was not the order of the day after a hectic cricket tour to Cornwall, Colwall introduced their secret weapon in the form of Alistair Smith and despite being struck for four off his first two balls, he continued with his tantalising donkey drops and Spencer succumbed, holing out to Oliver at cow shot corner for a brisk 31.  Dick Brown came and went but when Ian Scullion strode to the wicket, Drew took charge and stepped up a gear striking the ball beautifully to all parts of the ground with several mighty sixes.  He passed his century in fine style and with Scullion joing the fun with a sound 43, both batsmen retired to make way for Green leg end David Creese who improved his average with a sound 1 not out and along with Marc Jones they took the final score to 241 off their 35 overs.
After a splendid lunch provided by one of the many Berrys on parade, Colwall resumed play in persuit of the Greens total.  Dave Creese and Dave Price opened the bowling and Colwall found runs difficult to come by with Creese easing back into his old routine of dropping the ball on a sixpence (not his of course).  However it was Price that struck the first blow removing both openers Neil Purser and yet another Berry with just 25 on the board.  Jeremy Leighton then showed his supreme class looking in no trouble at all as he eased passed his half century before being shot by a sniper and pulling up with a torn calf muscle to end his innings.  Berry and Oliver then tried to carry on the good work, but as the run rate increased the pressure mounted and both succumbed just short of their 50's.  John Berry was then well caught by Creese to give Marc Jones his 2nd wicket and Ricky Lewis was run out to bring Mat and Kim Berry together for a final salvo, although the Green were grateful to see the ever dangerous Smith still sat in the pavillion with his pads on.  Kim was particularly savage on the bowling attack with a final salvo towards the Greens target but at the end of their 35 overs Colwall were still 11 runs short giving the Green victory although the true victor was cricket itself still enjoyed by 22 players with a combined age of around 1100 years.
Colwall will undoubtedly be looking for revenge in the 2007 season when age concern will no doubt be in attendance drumming up membership.