Barnards Green cricket Club Match Reports.




19th June 2004


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Barnards Green 3rd XI vs Enville


Barnards Green showed its strength in its youth section when on Saturday, four under 13's were called up for their debuts for the third eleven in a home encounter with an experienced Enville team.  Put in to bat, the Green got off to a solid start, before Nick Rogers pulled a long hop straight to mid wicket.  Young Harry Pleass then joined Rob Tyler and the score moved on to 57 before Tyler (21) was also caught.  Kevin Ratcliffe didn't trouble the scorers and Harry was then joined by another debutante Callum Campbell and both looked at ease in senior level cricket, before Callum went back to a good length ball and was bowled.  Pleass departed soon after for an excellent 10 and will be scoring many more runs for the club in the years to come.  Mark Perkins (34) and Bob Rogers (41) steadied the middle order taking the score to 147 and a cameo from Jamie Longmore (19) aided by a useful 7 from another debutant Mark Ratcliffe took the Green total to 189.

The opening attack of Jamie Longmore and 13 year old James Scullion on his debut had Enville struggling to keep the scoreboard moving and both were unlucky not to pick up early wickets.  Two excellent catches from the diving Bob Rogers and Jamie Longmore in the covers then saw the demise of both openers as Rob Tyler and Kevin Ratcliffe made the breakthroughs.  Ratcliffe picked up two further wickets and excellent ground fielding, particularly from the youngsters Campbell, Pleass, Scullion and Ratcliffe kept the score in check.  Dave Price picked up two important wickets and then Longmore and Scullion were brought back into the attack to see off the tail.  This they did in fine style both picking up two wickets with young James taking his first wickets in senior cricket, many more will undoubtedly follow as he finished with 2 for 28 off his 8 overs.  BGCC picked up 24 points which should take them to the top of the league and look forward to next weeks encounter with Worcester Nomads.  Grateful thanks to match day sponsor MSM/DRH.
n 1stX1 top of the Worcestershire 3rd division and in the semi finals of the 1st team knockout cup after beating 1st division Droitwich last week, Barnards Green evening league side travelled confidently to the final of the Worcestershire Carnival Cup to be played against Colwall at Ombersley CC on a superb Monday evening this week.
Skipper Tim Clarke won the toss and asked Colwall to first make use of the ideal track in this different 15, 6 ball over format. The green started steadily and kept the runs down to a minimum

Dave Powell played the ball on it's merit throughout the 15 overs (54)All green bowlers bowled well for little reward but the fielding really stood out to be the difference between the two teams, with support from the other colwall batsmen they managed to amass only 109.
Confident of knocking these off and with the first bit of silverware for a few years at arms reach the in form Kev Golder and Gary Lewis set about the Colwall Bowling attack in their usual fashion both hit the boundary
regularly in the first few overs before golder departed for 16 this brought Kiwi Boult in who scored an impressive 34 green then lost Lewis after a man of the match worthy 38, at this stage Clarke was just left to come in and knock the winning runs off with boult with 8 balls to spare.




Barnards Green 1st XI vs Oldswinford


Last Saturday Barnards Green 1st XI traveled to Oldswinford for a top of the table clash in the Worcester League division 3. With a pre match downpour and a pitch not easily distinguishable from the rest of the square Green skipper Chris Smedley had no hesitation in inviting the hosts to bat first, on winning the toss. Several balls flew head high early on and both batsmen were forced to take body blows. In the third over Jez Clarke showed good initiative in running the Oldswinford batsman out form slip. The Oldswinford batsmen all played positively with good effect, however Harrison, Williams and birthday boy Churchill all plugged away and wickets fell regularly to leave Oldswinford on 84 for 5 at drinks. The Oldswinford lower order played with good determination and hit regular boundaries despite some excellent bowling at the death from Boult and Tim Clarke. Oldswinford closed on 197 for 9, an above par score on a very difficult pitch with local knowledge proving very helpful.

In reply Chris Smedley promoted himself up to open alongside Jez Clarke. The pair set off very positively with Clarke in particular looking in excellent form with a number of eye pleasing boundaries on both sides of the wicket. Smedley survived a couple of early scares and gradually got into his stride. Clarke was then well caught at slip for 38 to leave the Green 57 for 1 after 13 overs. Jono Boult then joined Smedley and the pair continued to score at a good rate. Smedley then pulled a long hop to mid wicket where he was excellently caught for 34. Tim Clarke followed next ball caught and bowled to leave the Green 98 for 3. Rob Richards joined the in form Boult. Playing very watchfully but plundering anything short or full Boult completed his first Saturday 50 for the club. Richards played his usual positive game but was caught going over the top at mid on for 14. The Green had advanced to 140 for 4 at this point. Tim Williams joined Boult and the pair remained positive with a combination of regular boundaries and good running maintaining the run rate. The pair added 31 before Williams spooned up an easy catch to cover for 16 with the Green just 26 short. Boult, now with Doughty, continued to play superbly with the ball regularly passing his nose from a good length. The pair continued to score healthily and saw the Green home with 5 overs to spare. This was a hard earned victory and 20 points which sees the Green open up a 20 point gap at the top of the table. Rushwick, who are 3rd, 41 points behind visit the Green on Saturday.