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MATCH REPORTS

MATCH REPORTS

13/8/02 - Barnards Green finish on a high

THE Green went into this WCL division three match know knowing they were safe from relegation and a win would put them in third or fourth place.

BARNARDS GREEN v HIGHLEY

Rich Williams won the toss and elected to bat in blustery conditions on a bouncy lively looking pitch. The Green lost Brian Hancock early when a delivery rose sharply and hit him on the thumb and he was unable to continue. Rich Williams was trapped leg before first ball and the Green looked in all sorts of trouble.

Jeremy Clarke batted with new found confidence and started a counter attack against Highley's opening attack, striking shots all round the wicket. Kevin Golder provided excellent support and the pair took the score to 87 until Golder was run out by a direct hit. Chris Hill and Clarke continued to pile up the runs. Clarke later fell leg before for a fine 70.

Jack Wheeler then joined Hill and struck a quick fire 39 with one 6 and seven 4s. This provided the Green with the perfect injection of quick runs. Wickets then fell regularly but Chris Hill (60no) was able to see the Green through to a highly competitive 250-8.

Highley's reply started disastrously with Tim Williams removing three of the top four batsmen, including the very dangerous Humphries, thanks to a sharp Glendinning stumping.

Scullion, in the middle of another excellent spell, finally got his reward when Unit was given lbw. Highley then provided some resistance, but this was broken by the spin duo of Clarke and Hill who both picked up valuable wickets.

Williams then bowled Wall and Scullion picked up the last two wickets with only five balls to spare. Scullion finished with 3-37 and Williams 4-42.

The Green finished the season on a high with 24 points and two wins in succession.

 

30/8/02 - Green slip to defeat on wet wicket

THE weather intervened once more in this week's WCL match between the Green Seconds and Belbroughton, limiting it to 40 overs per side.

BELBROUGHTON II v BARNARDS GREEN II

G Ross made a bright start to the Belbroughton innings hitting a succession of boundaries behind square on the leg side as the bowlers struggled to find the line.

First change bowler Jamie Longmore drew him into a rash stroke to bowl him for 42 and then Phil Spencer used his experience to great effect, tempting T Oliver with a slower ball and then pushing the next one through much quicker to force a simple nick to keeper Rich Birch. P Ross accumulated runs steadily reaching 42 before smacking the ball to Jamie Longmore who took an excellent catch at long off.

In the scramble for quick runs in the last few overs the Green's fielding wilted under the pressure allowing Belbroughton to post a total of 188 in their 40 overs.

In reply the Green made an uncertain start as Matt Brookes flicked a simple catch to square leg and John Sherliker was run out after slipping on the wet wicket. Paul Yorke and Andy Wheeler each hit some confident boundaries but Raybould and Edwards used the conditions well to cause problems for both batsmen.

Three wickets then fell quickly as the unpredictable bounce induced false shots and Alex Lamb dropped his bat and watched bemused as the slip fielder threw down his wicket.

Phil Spencer (46) and Dick Brown (32) came together with the score on 56-5 and immediately showed that they still thought victory was within reach adding 80 runs in quick time.

Oliver took an excellent running catch to dismiss Spencer leaving Derek Goodman with the tail enders. Despite his efforts the Green ended up 27 runs short.

6/9/02

Green Vs St Johns Ladywood

On saturday, a mixed Barnards Green team entertained St Johns Ladywood from the Birmingham area on an excellent track at Newlands.  Electing to bat first, the Green got off to a steady start against some hostile bowling from opener Ali.  Paul Yorke decided to go on the offensive and played some glorious straight drives, before being caught for 19.  Dave Bayliss continued to graft but was then bowled for 10.  John Sherliker soon fell to the dangerous Khytab, but Rob Lewis (21) and Tim Price batted sensibly to build a total before Lewis fell to a simple catch.  Bob Rogers joined Tim and between them they started to find the boundaries that were required before Price perished for 38.  Bob got little support until the arrival of number 11 Jamie Longmore and between them they took the score to a respectable 205 off their allotted overs ROGERS finished on 71 no and Longmore on 14 no.
After an excellent tea in which the Green bowlers clearly over indulged, St Johns set about some wayward bowling and poor fielding.  John Sherliker had opener Jennings caught without scoring and Longmore was unlucky not to dismiss Palmer when he knocked the ball up to point, but the fielder was glued to the spot and didn't even get a hand to the ball.  Jennings went on to smack the ball to all parts of the ground to reach an undefeated 109 and so take St Johns to victory by 7 wickets.  Many thanks to match sponsor Pheonix Heating and to Chris Genevere for another excellent track.

Courtesy ot the Malvern Gazette

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