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16/8/02 - Brookes takes five wickets in win
BIRLINGHAM II v BARNARDS GREEN II
Skipper Dick Brown surprisingly chose to bat first and despite some unusual bounce and accurate bowling from D Spares, openers Brian Hancock and James Curtis made a steady start adding 40 for the first wicket before Curtis got a top edge to be dismissed in Pawsey's first over.
Simon Cooke played a rash stroke to be bowled by Sturt and Andy Wheeler departed soon after hitting three big sixes but Alex Lamb (21) pushed the ball round sensibly to add 40 runs with the patient Hancock.
The Green then collapsed suddenly as Dave Hill grabbed five wickets for 10 runs as the visitor slumped from 121-3 to 139 all out despite Hancock's excellent knock of 49.
The Green still believed they could win as the slow outfield substantially restricted scoring.
Skipper Dick Brown opened with Mattie Brookes and leg spinner John Sherliker and the ploy worked immediately as Hill was caught behind off Brookes and Bossenger was caught in the slips off the same bowler.
Sherliker clung on to a low return chance to reduce the home side to 15-3 and then held a gully catch to give Brookes his third wicket
Things did not improve for Birlingham as Brookes took his wicket tally to five, bowling Watkin with a real beauty. Gorman then shouldered arms to a googly which hit his middle stump and Birlingham were staring defeat in the face on 30-7.
Boskitt (16) did provide some resistance but was involved in two unnecessary run outs as his team was dismissed for just 58 in 26 overs to give the Green maximum points.
16/8/02 - Longmore's 4-41 sets up a Green victory
OLD ELIZABETHANS III v WORCESTER NOMADS III
Batting first on a damp wicket OE's found runs difficult to come by thanks to a tight opening spell from Andy Lamb and Liam Paddock. Lamb drew first blood having Walker lbw for three, Price and Nicholls then took control before the introduction of Jamie Longmore saw Price clean bowled for 20.
With Nicholls looking particularly dangerous, Rob Lewis was introduced into the attack and his first ball was a rank long hop, which Nicholls cracked through backward point only to see a diving Lamb pull off a remarkable catch. This brought about a collapse in the OE's batting and Longmore went on to claim 5-41 with Lewis picking up two further wickets and young Rob Tyler dismissing the dangerous Sprague with an excellent delivery well caught by keeper Nick Rogers. OE's were dismissed for 108 but on a rapidly deteriorating track, this was going to be a testing total.
The Green's reply was cautious but Lee Dyment and Dave Bayliss did remarkably well against the uneven bounce and, aided by some wayward bowling, took the score to 37 off 15 overs before Dyment fell lbw to the tenacious Neel.
Derek Goodman showed his class and as the score moved to 48 Bayliss was caught for a very useful 10. Rob Tyler then pushed a ball to silly mid off which he should have hit out of the ground, but Goodman found an able partner in Rob Lewis who pushed and nudged his way to 11 before being bowled around his legs by off spinner Neel.
Bob Rogers dropped anchor whilst Goodman sprayed the ball to all parts of the ground until he was undone by an unplayable shooter and departed for 40. With just four runs required, the experience of Andy Lamb came to the fore as he delicately guided the ball through the crowded slip area for four to give the Green victory by three wickets.
BARNARDS GREEN II v ASTWOOD BANK A
THE Green Second XI played a last minute friendly against an Astwood Bank mixed first and second XI on Sunday, courtesy of Newlands on a remarkably dry wicket after the recent heavy rains.
Batting first, the Green's openers Marc Jones and Mat Brookes looked at ease against the pace of first teamer Morris until Brookes was caught for five. Andy Harrison was soon into his stride but having hit Morris for six then found his stumps uprooted and he was quickly followed by Lee Hooper.
Dick Brown joined Marc Jones and these two added a useful 60 before Jones was bowled for 35. Roy Mayo (12), Richard Williams (14) and Jamie Longmore (10) all made significant contributions and, with Brown being bowled for 40, it was left to Marek Wajzer (22no) to find some form and take the Green to a respectable 182 off their 40 overs with tailender Emily Price cracking Tarantino to the boundary before falling to Freeman with an over to spare.
In reply, Astwood Bank were pegged back by an excellent spell from Jamie Longmore of eight overs five maidens for just nine runs and when Emily Price produced a peach to bowl Jessup for nine, things looked good for the Green.
However, some wayward bowling and poor fielding coupled with the experience of first teamer Evans who went on to make a fine century, Astwood Bank reached their target with an over to spare despite Andy Harrison picking up three wickets including a fine stumping by Richard Williams to dismiss Evans for 110.
Many thanks to match day sponsor David Whyman Map Sales and to Chris Genevere of Newlands CC for an excellent track.