Barnards Green cricket Club Match Reports.




25th April 2004

Chaddesley Corbett vs Barnards Green 2nds


On sunday Barnards Green 2nds travelled to Chaddesley Corbett on a warm and sunny afternoon.  On a pitch with variable bounce, a young Green attack in the form of Sam Spencer and Jamie Longmore made the openers struggle for their runs with Spencer bowling particularly well.  His one wicket off eight overs was not a true reflection of his excellent line and length.  A good catch by Kevin Golder in the covers also gave Jamie one wicket off his 8 overs.  The introduction of Dick Brown to the attack kept the opposition interested with a mixture of guile, long hops and full tosses, Dick picked up three wickets.  A brilliant run out by the ageless Robin Longmore saw the demise of the dangerous TAYLOR and the introduction of Kevin Golder, Dave Price and Phil Spencer saw the runs dry up and wickets tumble to leave Chaddesley all out for 99.

The Greens innings took on something of farcical proportions with at least four odd dismissals.  Lee Dyment was the first to go LBW closely followed by skipper Marc Jones.  Dick Brown fell over having left his crease and slipped in his plimsols to be run out when looking dangerous and impressive opener Kevin Golder (19) was caught off the back of his bat by a ball bowled about five feet down the legside.  Phil Spencer then had a long hop which he hit on the sixth bounce straight to mid off and at the fall of the ninth wicket, the Green had scored just62 runs.  As Jamie Longmore joined his dad at the crease, the game all but appeared over, however, the Longmores had other ideas and with father Robin punishing anything loose and pinching the strike, the score rattled up to 94 before Robin ((29) runs not age) creamed a half volley to cover only to see the fielder hang on to a stinging catch to see Chaddesley home to a 5 run victory.  Its a strange old game is cricket, but at least the somewhat ageing supporters were brought to life in the final few overs of an otherwise drab game.





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BARNARDS Green began their Sunday fixtures with a home game against Chaddesley Corbett.On winning the toss, the Green elected to bat on a warm afternoon. On a pitch with lower than normal bounce they made a steady start with openers Chris Hill and Simon Cooke putting on 40 for the first wicket. This brought the Green's latest New Zealander Jono Boult to the wicket to hit a quickfire 25 before becoming the victim of a smart stumping by Da Costa. Tim Williams and Kevin Ratcliffe fell cheaply but Tim Clarke (44) and Dave White took the total well past 100. Towards the end of the innings Duncan Bell (13no) and 14-year-old Phil Harris batted well. The innings closed on 173 all out. Pick of the bowlers being Evans, 3-13, and Perry with 4-14.

In reply Chaddesley lost S Boden to the first ball of the innings, caught at slip off Lee Hooper, and with Duncan Bell bowling tightly at the other end they posed problems for the top order.Hooper picked up three wickets, young Phil Harris came on and bowled five overs for 16. Boult picked up three wickets at the other end. Tim Williams and Tim Clarke came on and used their experience bowling in evening league to keep runs to a minimum. The vocal support on the boundary sensed victory as Boult picked up a further two wickets and Tim Clarke a well deserved wicket, aided by a brilliant catch from Hooper. Barnards Green won by 14 runs.