Barnards Green cricket Club Match Reports.




2th August 2004



Barnards Green 2nd XI vs Rushwick

In their final game of the league season, the Green 2nds entertained Rushwick and rounded the season off with a resounding 54 run win at North End lane.  With skipper Dick Brown away in search of the sun, stand in skipper Brian Hancock took first knock and opened himself with the recuperating Jonno Boult who got off the mark with a six over square leg.  These two put on 69 in just 15 overs before Boult was yorked by Colley.  John Sherliker then made a solid 23 before being caught off Baker and Keith Middleton joined Hancock who was amassing a steady half century. These two were kept pegged back by some tight bowling from Baker and Hughes and when Baker removed Hancock for 58 in the 40th over with 163 on the board, the Green looked unlikely to reach 200.  However, Phil Spencer rolled back the years and took the bowling to pieces clubbing 55 not out including 13 fours off just 24 balls. Middleton gave good suport in his 31 before he was stumped and Cyril Dean halped to see the Green through to 227 off their 45 overs.
Blight and Bishop got Rushwick off to a solid start although 13 year old James Scullion troubled both batsmen at times and looks a great prospect. Sam Spencer then produced an inswinging yorker to dismiss Bishop and soon after bowled Holt for 5.  Blight and Baker set about rebuilding the innings and both moved into the 30's before Blight was bowled by Boult for 35 and Baker who had had some good fortune was comprehensively stumped by Graeme Glendinning off Sherliker having been deceived in the flight.  Champion, Wells and Williams all reached double figures but were unable to take charge and the father and son combination of Phil and Sam Spencer cleaned up the tail leaving Rushwick all out for 173 and young sam with 5 for 21 off 8 overs.  This could put the Green into second place in the league a commendable position for retiring skipper Dick Brown after nearly 10 years at the helm.  Thanks go to match day sponsor Colwall Travel.