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Career best for Williams
Barnards Green 1st XI visited Himbleton on Saturday in a vital WCL division 3 match.
Green skipper Rich Williams won the toss and asked the home side to bat first on a wicket with plenty of grass.
However, Himbleton got off to a good start with the opening pair adding 60 in reasonably quick time.
Ian Scullion then removed Clark with the aid of an acrobatic catch from Rich Williams at square leg and Rogers followed next ball, caught behind by Glendinning. Tim Williams replaced the luckless Duncan Bell and soon accounted for Iggulden with a yorker.
McCann and Oliver steadied the ship for a short time, both of them reaching the 20's. However, carefully set fields managed to frustrate the pair and both fell to Williams thanks to good catches from Scullion and Paul Drinkwater.
Wickets then began to fall regularly with Williams and Scullion enjoying some bounce out of the wicket. In the end Himbleton were dismissed for 132 in 37.1 overs.
Scullion finished with 3-36 and Williams posted career best figures of 7-50.
Phil Spencer (32) and Paul Drinkwater set off positively in reply with rain looming. Both found the boundary several times as they added 68 in 15 overs. Both were then caught in the same over attempting to increase the run rate.
Rich Williams (40no) and Kev Golder (23no) then came together and continued to bat positively. They added 67 in 11 overs with both looking in excellent form and making light work of the target.
Barnards Green thus took 20 vital points and after other teams near the top dropped points the Green are now back with a realistic chance of promotion.
Tomorrow (Saturday) the Green entertain Enville at North End Lane in another must win game.
Pace proves too hot
Put in to bat, the Green soon found themselves facing one of the quickest pace attacks seen at the Green this year. Young openers Marc Jones and Mat Brookes did well in the early overs until Jones nibbled at one and was caught off Swan. Lee Hooper followed shortly completely beaten for pace.
Brookes showed good application, but was undone by Swan going back instead of forward and lost his middle stump. Tim Price (30) then took on the attack and mixed aggression with some excellent legside shots and was well supported by the experienced Roy Mayo who held his end up well until he was bowled by Hayden with the score on 59.
Justin McMillan was extremely unlucky to be run out when Price crashed a ball straight back down the wicket only for the bowler to get his fingertips to the ball and divert it onto the stumps.
With Swan (3-4 off 6 overs) rested, Price was then LBW and at 65-6 things looked bleak and a skipper's innings was required. Robin Longmore (59) did not disappoint and ably supported by Marek Wajzer (8) his son Jamie (9) and Andy Lamb, the total managed respectability at 155.
In reply, Chaddesley Corbett were soon in trouble when Andy Lamb bowled both openers, but skipper Garbett (69no) steadied the ship. He should have gone early on but was dropped off the bowling of Emily Price.
Jamie Longmore re-discovered some form to bowl an excellent spell of 2-23 from his nine overs, but Chaddesley eased home with two overs to spare.
Many thanks to match sponsor Malvern Instruments. Next sunday is fete day at the Green but the seconds travel to Feckenham.
Weather has the last word
RAIN prevented Barnards Green 2nds from improving their league position on Saturday when they were well placed to overhaul Himbleton's total at North End lane.
Batting first, the visitors found it hard to make progress against some controlled bowling from Robbie Lewis and Matt Brookes.
Brookes soon bowled Benjamin with an in-swinger and Lewis had Pretty well caught by Goodman running backwards at mid-on.
When the bowling was changed Preece and Cordle saw the opportunity to increase the run rate, punishing any loose deliveries. Preece moved on to 42 before striking a long hop from Dick Brown straight to mid-wicket, where Jamie Longmore held another good catch. Robbie Lewis managed to cling on to a catch at long off at the second attempt to get rid of the dangerous Cordle for 61.
As the rain increased Matt Brookes claimed his second wicket before the players were forced from the field for more than an hour.
When the skies cleared temporarily James Curtis and Brian Hancock opened the innings for the Green needing to score 215 in 42 overs to secure victory.
After a slow start, with Alford bowling particularly well, both batsmen were striking the ball confidently, taking the score on to 74 in the 13th over .
Unfortunately, despite the players' efforts with tarpaulins, brushes and forks, the weather had the last word.
Many thanks to match sponsors Classic Interiors.
All reports are
Courtesy of the Malvern Gazette
BARNARDS Green Cricket Club holds its summer fete at car boot sale at the club on Sunday, July 28, between 2pm and 5pm.
Paddock the inspiration
Staffordshire batted first and had advanced to 25 without loss, before Liam Paddock came on to bowl his seamers. In the end they were bowled out for 90, Paddock finishing with figures of 6-2-10-4.
Worcestershire reached their target for the loss of just two wickets.
In March 2003 the youngsters are due to travel to South Africa to participate in a cricket festival in Johannesburg.
Any local companies or individuals wishing to help sponsor the trip in any way, can contact Liam's father, Steve Paddock on 07771 966054 for details.
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