Barnards Green cricket Club Match Reports.




29th May 2004


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Harborne vs Barnards Green 2nd XI


The Green began badly when Dick Brown lost the toss and had to bat on a damp track. With key players still en route from Worcestershire, he paired Rob Lewis with son Jon, and they made a steady 39 against the medium pace of Wilson and Jeffery. Suddenly the Lewises met in mid-pitch, halfway through an unwise second run, and Jon departed for 20. Hacking continued the theme and ran himself out for 1. Hancock, short of runs this year, battled cautiously and the two veterans accumulated four an over for an hour.


After drinks, Harborne broke the partnership by switching to spin, but at a high price. Montgomery’s 3 overs cost 25. Wood’s 3 cost 54. Lewis (97) pulled a long-hop to midwicket, and Hancock (36) chipped a return catch, but Wheeler smashed 71 in 7 overs while Goodman (7) offered cheerful advice. The Green heavy hitters were not finished, as Hill (20 no) and Glendinning (10 no) struck 30 from the last 3 overs. A peculiar feature of Hill’s innings was its telephone-number sequence of 5644, with the initial 5 runs for hitting a fielder’s helmet behind the keeper.


Facing 280, Harborne lost both openers to the inconsistent but dangerous Sam Spencer. Edmonds chopped on. James hit a violent six but his loose drive was splendidly caught low by Hancock in gully. Jones and Montgomery then built a useful right/left partnership, and skipper Brown saw the need for variety.


Hill replaced Spencer and struggled for a few overs to find a good line. Then he bowled Montgomery with a perfect breakback and had Jeffery well caught at slip by Brown, who had just persuaded Voss to lob a long hop to point. So at 107-5 Harborne settled for the draw. Brown rotated his attack but the pitch was now well-behaved and the ball was old. No further progress seemed likely.


But Wheeler again acted decisively, throwing down the stumps before Jones (76) could amble home. This run-out, the third unnecessary one in the game, led to more success. Hill persevered and just clipped Wilson’s off bail. Stu Fletcher, after a long luckless first spell, changed ends and bowled Arnold (14) and Georgeson. He beat the bat in the last over but Jones junior held his nerve and blocked for the draw.


The Green took unexpected bowling points and emerged not too downhearted after their sticky start. Solid efforts from Lewis and Hill, and above all the brief carnage of Wheeler’s innings, were the highlights. 



Barnards Green 279-6 (45 overs; R Lewis 97, A Wheeler 71; B Jones 2-15)


Harborne 162-9 (45 overs; B Jones 76; C Hill 3-28)


Match drawn



Barnards Green 1st XI vs Harborne

On Saturday Barnards Green 1st XI welcomed Harborne to North End Lane for this top of the table clash.  With Harborne 2 points clear of the Green it promised to be a good battle.  Chris Smedley won the toss for the Green and invited Harborne to bat.  Despite tight opening spells from Harrison and Williams they were unable to make an early breakthrough.  Harborne batted very cautiously and at drinks had advanced to only 70 for no wicket after 25 overs.  Clive Churchill then struck by bowling Law for 39, attempting to increase the score rate.  Clarke and Boult were able to maintain a reasonable grip on the batsmen despite the loss of no further wickets.  Harborne ended their innings on 216 for 1 after 50 overs. 

In reply the Green, through openers J Clarke and Drinkwater started very solidly.  Drinkwater was the first wicket to fall with the score on 56 in the 17th over, to a ball which kept slightly low.  Boult and Clarke increased the tempo; both playing shots all round the wicket.  Boundaries flowed regularly and Clarke went to his second fifty of the league season with a square cut for four.  Clarke then fell after striking the ball very cleanly straight to cover.  Clarke made 69 with 12 fours.  Tim Clarke joined Boult and the pair continued to dominate the Harborne attack.  Having reached 49 Jono Boult offered a simple catch to leave the Green 162 for 3.  Skipper Smedley joined Tim Clarke and hit 7 fours in 29 not out, and along with the impressive Clarke the pair confidently took the Green towards victory.  With 6 needed for victory Clarke lofted Mason into North End Lane to finish on 38 not out.  The Green reached their target with 8 overs to spare.  The Green are now 9 points clear at the top of the table with Harborne dropping to 3rd.  Next week the Green travel to Martley and will be looking to carry on their good form and maintain their momentum in an ever improving season.  Thanks to sponsors Stephen Watkins School of Pianoforte and Interkey.



Barnards Green Singles vs Chainwire


Barnards Green ‘singles’ recorded their first outright win of the season with a comprehensive 144 run victory over Chainwire.


Skipper Freeman lost the toss and was asked to make first use of a damp and grassy wicket. The wicket lived up to early predictions as the ball leapt alarmingly. Leech played his usual belligerent best smashing the ball to all parts and knocking the bowlers out of their stride. When it was pitched up it went straight back past and if it was short it was clearing mid wicket. Curtis at the other end accumulated runs as the singles got off to a great start. Leech cleared the ropes to post his fifty as the singles scored at seven an over and with the score on 129 Leech was well caught on the boundary for an excellent 80, next over Curtis went for an accomplished 41. This brought Freeman and White together and pair proceeded to take the game away from Chainwire. Both watchful in defensive but savage on anything loose the pair continued the run rate, successive sixes from Freeman brought up his fifty and next over a blistering pull shot brought about White’s fifty. Chainwire brought back Williams as the singles went for even quicker runs; he was rewarded with three wickets as Freeman went for 57 and White for 59. The singles finished on 275 and the bowlers were raring to go on the unpredictable track.


Chainwire started in circumspect mood as Bell beat the bat and Brookes had the openers fishing outside off stump. Smith deposited Bell in the nearby field with two monster sixes leading Freeman to bring on Hooper. He immediately had Smith plumb in front for 23 and Brookes took three quick wickets to leave Chainwire reeling at 39 for 4. Hoopers’ radar was now locked onto to middle stump, as the Chainwire middle order had no answer to his pace and aggression. At 56 for 8 the game was over for Chainwire and Meese adopted a very aggressive approach and took a liking to Brookes, his last three overs went for 48 but his figures of 4 for 83 had gone a long way to securing victory. A ninth wicket stand of 71 held up proceedings but Hooper uprooted Hyams middle stump to give him 5 for 38 and Clarke snapped up last man Mudge to leave Barnards Green enjoying 24 points and Meese on 90 not out. Despite two lapses in the field this was a more than impressive all round performance by the singles.


Bewdley vs Barnards Green 3rd XI

On Saturday 29th May, the thirds travelled up to Brintons Park to play the high flying Bewdley.

Skipper Cyril Dean won the toss and inserted the opposition in the hope that the slightly damp wicket would dry out completely and get better.

Rob Tyler and Patrick Jelley opened the bowling and although Jelley found a good rhythm and kept the slips interested, Tyler frequently dropped short and was punished.

Jamie Longmore was introduced and managed to snare a wicket but at quite an expensive cost.

Skipper Dean turned to the father and son tandem of Dave and Adam Price and while Dave plugged away at one end, young Adam found superb bounce and turn in achieving 1-21 off his 6 overs.

The Bewdley batsmen all managed to find the short boundry quite regularly but the wily Robin Longmore poached 3 wickets for an impressive 27. Again Patrick Jelley was brought back to bowl at the death and yet again bowled superbly to finish with 2-30 off his 11 overs.

The Green were happy to be chasing 227 when a score of 250 plus looked to be the par score.

The reply was efficient with Lee Dyment and somewhat agricultural with Nick Rogers with these two getting us off to a sound platform before Dyment got a leading edge to go for 24.

Richard Birch went in next and played very straight and correct before going for 18 whilst  Rogers at the other end was happily slapping the ball to the boundry and frustrating the Bewdley bowlers.

Skipper Dean came back down to earth with a 0 which brought in Mark Perkins.

Mark happily nudged the ball around whilst Nick got to his maiden 100 finally finishing on a very tired 138.

With only single figures required required Perkins flicked a couple to the boundry and saw the Green home with 10 overs to spare to end on 25 not out.

A great 20 points collected against a previously 100 percent team we look forward to testing ourselves next week at home to Kidderminster Victoria.