Barnards Green cricket Club Match Reports.




3rd July 2004


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Avoncroft vs Barnards Green 2nd XI

On a damp greentop at Avoncroft, Dick Brown’s delight at winning the toss was short-lived. A shambolic start, with Sam Spencer and Stu Fletcher unable to settle their line and length, allowed Dukes and Nicol an easy four runs an over. Chris Hill replaced Spencer but immediately conceded two boundaries and saw both openers dropped.

Fletcher and Hill then dragged the Green into the match, claiming a wicket each in a steady middle session, but Avoncroft were always well placed to charge. Townsend, Taylor and Carpenter made over 100 off the last 15 overs. Fletcher had bowled Jukes (53), long after a good stumping appeal was refused, and with 2 for 53 from 20 overs he was back in credit. Keeper Glendenning was blameless for the wild bowling, with yet again over 30 extras conceded. The target of 208 looked challenging, and the Green went uneasily to tea.

Brian Hancock and Derek Goodman (dropped first ball) forged an opening stand of 48 in 15 overs. For Avoncroft, Rodway was wild, Irish was steady, and neither was expensive. After Hancock was well caught by Weston, Goodman and Nick Rogers faced the crux of the match. The Green could not win without acceleration, but could easily collapse on a spiteful drying track.

Goodman (51) opened his shoulders for a clatter of boundaries, then chipped Weston to cover. Rogers, from the start, had swiped to leg or driven through cover with abandon. Bowled by a no ball, dropped at third man, he surged past 50, hit a final six, and was stumped next ball. At 157-3 in the 32nd over, the Green seemed favourites.

Now came the collapse. Middleton, who had wisely given Rogers the strike, played on to Weston. Hill, hoping to tap the medium pacers for safe runs, was dismayed to find Nicol firing accurate googlies from a tree-dark background, and he soon lost Hacking (a full toss lobbed to mid-on) and Brown (several wafts at Irish, followed by a fatal and vertical drive). Avoncroft dared to hope again. Glendenning, keen on revenge, joined Hill at 187-6 and they prodded for a couple of overs of singles and byes.

All results were possible before Hill gained the strike in the 44th over, struck Nicol for two fours, then lofted Irish over the infield. So after their dismal early effort the Green squeaked home with 3 balls left, thanks to sensible batting at the death and a not very sensible, but wonderfully effective, innings by Rogers.  

Avoncroft 207-4 (45 overs; Jukes 53, Townsend 37; Fletcher 2-53)

Barnards Green 208-6 (44.3 overs; Rogers 73, Goodman 51; Weston 3-47)


Barnards Green won by 4 wickets


Barnards Green 1st XI vs Avoncroft


Barnards Green entertained Avoncroft at Northend Lane on Saturday.Home skipper Chris Smedley won the toss once again and reluctantly asked the visitors to bat on yet another a superbly prepared track. Chris Harrison (4-19) and Tim Williams (3-57 off 21 overs) immediately made inroads in to the Avoncroft batting with the help of some good fielding in particular a top catch in the gully by old timer Richards, with only J Bird (62) making a major score against a fine all-round  fielding and bowling performance by the Green, they restricted Avoncroft to just 186.
In reply Jez Clarke (17) and Kev Golder (31) were quickly into their stride before Clarke was needlessly run out. This saw Chris Smedley(68 no) at the crease taking the score to 88 off 11 overs before Golder was bowled by Sach.(1-26). Tim Clarke (27no) then joined Smedley and together they knocked the Avoncroft score off in just 32 overs. Next week The Green travel to Worcester Domonies the only team this year to deny the green 20 points.


Barnards Green Singles vs Alvechurch and Hopwood


Barnards Green ‘singles’ cruised to a nine wicket win over basement side Alvechurch and Hopwood and moved into third place in the division.


In previous encounters between the sides Barnards Green had always struggled to force the win so on winning the toss skipper Freeman invited Alvechurch to have first use of the wicket. An early breakthrough from Brookes was the only success as Spink and Smith slowly built a total. Some lackluster Green fielding who proceeded to put down three chances offered to them aided their quest. After 23 overs drinks were taken with A&H on 84. It was the Green change bowlers that did the trick Clarke bowling Spink for an obdurate 36 and next over Brookes judging his catch to perfection to remove Smith for 43. The remaining batsmen all tried to push the scoring but found Clarke’s nagging accuracy too much as he picked up three more wickets whilst the pace of Hooper troubled everyone, including wicketkeeper White who was often seen sprawling down the legside. Hooper benefited from two wonder catches, a one handed grab by Leech and an instinctive slip catch from Wheeler. The Green restricted their opponents to 169 for 8 and tucked into tea with confidence.


The Green response was the usual crash bang from Leech who soon had the fielders scattered to all parts and Curtis utilised the deep set field to great effect as the pair raced to 35 off 6 overs. Leech went for 20 only to bring Andy Wheeler to the crease. He was immediately on the attack smacking balls 2, 3 and 4 to the boundary. He raced to his 50 as the Green scored at 9 an over; Curtis then scored his first fifty of the season with another punishing cover drive. Alvechurch tried bowler after bowler but each suffered the same fate as those before as the Green deployed ball finders all over the County. Another huge Wheeler six secured the win by nine wickets leaving himself on 80 not out and Curtis 53 not out. Twenty points that have seen the ‘singles’ leap into third place.


Barnards Green 3rd XI vs Old Hill


Saturday saw the Green 3rd XI visit Old Hill hoping to increase their lead at the top of the table. The team looked a bit sceptical as they eventually entered what could only be described as a small bowl shaped arena surrounded by scrap metal merchants.

The changing rooms were containers and the toilets were across the road in the pub, which reminded a few of the more experienced players of what things can be like in 3rd XI cricket.

On winning the toss Skipper Cyril Dean had no hesitation in fielding first on what was a damp and strange looking “bowed” track.

Rob Tyler and debutant Tim Streather opened the bowling and found the wicket slow, low ,almost dead at one end and even worse at the other.

Keeping the ball full and straight was called for and the Green were rewarded with regular wickets as the Old Hill batsmen tried to hit their way out of trouble.

The pick of The Green bowlers was Emily Price who bowled a superbly controlled spell in taking 3-35 off 10 overs. Young Joe Endacott, another debutant, excelled in the field in taking a great high catch in the deep and assisting in a run out with a pin-point throw.

From having Old Hill at 86-7 the Green got somewhat over-confident and lost their discipline with the ball in allowing too many 4 balls which the latter order duly accepted. Old Hill finished on 181, which was probably 60 more than they should have got, but The Green were still mildly confident.


Openers Lee Dyment and Lee Brookes got off to a solid start in putting on 28. Cyril Dean entered the fray and was immediately dropped but then started finding the boundry more regularly. With Brookes at the other end struggling to read the slow, low bounce but at least keeping his wicket intact the Green marched on keeping up with the run rate.

After Brookes was given out LBW off his box, Rob Lewis was beaten by a good ball, which brought young Tim Streather in.  Although bemused by the pitch, Tim played straight and correct in helping the Green keep the scoreboard ticking over. Dean eventually went for 57 in trying to hit over cover but with the score on 128-5 and the short boundry to make use of, the Green were still going for it. Shortly after, the Green had capitulated to 135 all out and lost their unbeaten record.

The bonus points picked up still enabled us to top the league by 9 points over 2nd and 27 over 3rd, but with the next two weeks being free weeks things are sure to change.