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Maximum points for the Green
ENVILLE v BARNARDS GREEN
For the first time this season Rich Williams lost the toss and the Green found themselves batting on a wet wicket and with a slow outfield due to a pre-match storm.
Jez Clarke fell early and Rich Williams (16) and Kev Golder (14) found scoring very difficult. When they both fell trying to increase the scoring rate the Green found themselves 38-3 after 20 overs.
Paul Drinkwater (34) and Tim Clarke (27) added 48 for the 4th wicket with some fine shots in an enterprising stand. Drinkwater picked up a foot injury and with the aid of a runner he and Chris Hill (24) began to put their skates on in a bid to increase the scoring tempo. Drinkwater fell with 10 overs left with the score on 123.
T Williams (37), Hill, then later Scullion and Doughty only managed one boundary in this time, but still managed to add 58 to close on a very competitive score of 178-8 in their 50 overs.
Enville started positively in reply but the Green did manage to pick up the early wicket of Smith superbly caught behind by Glendinning off T Williams (4-34). Ian Scullion (2-25) again bowled an excellent opening spell picking up the key wickets of Turner and Wheeler for 44. Rich Williams then accounted for the wicket of J Smith with a superb run out after a leg side dive from first slip and a direct hit.
At 54-4 the game was still in the balance but Doughty (2-30) then picked up two vital wickets including skipper Roberts. T Clarke (1-22) then had Spears caught and bowled with a well flighted delivery.
With 10 overs remaining Enville required seven runs an over with three wickets in hand. T Williams was reintroduced to the attack and immediately bowled Ralphs. T Clarke then took two catches off Williams to help him finish with four wickets and also complete an unusual feat of four catches in the innings.
Green ended up winning a hard fought match by 47 runs and take a maximum 24 points.
The Green now lie second in WCL Division Three and entertain Hereford City on Saturday (2pm).
Saturday, June 1
1st XI v Hereford (Home). Meet 1pm. R Williams (Capt), P Drinkwater, J Clarke, T Clarke, T Williams, J Doherty, R A Brown, G Glendinning, K Golder, C Hill, J Drew.
Sponsored by Clarke Roxburgh.
2nd XI v Hereford (Away). Meet 12.40pm. R W Brown (Capt), T Price, P Spencer, K Middleton, D Bell, A Middleton, M Brookes, J Sherliker, L Hooper, J Curtis, J Watson.
3rd XI v Worcester (Away). Meet 1pm. R Longmore (Capt), R Lewis, H Gregory, R Rogers, N Rogers, J Lewis, R Tyler, L Dyment, S Clarke, J Longmore, H Gregory.
Sunday, June 2
1st XI v TBA (Home). Meet TBA. K Ratcliffe, G Glendinning, S Clarke, J Clarke, K Golder, T Clarke, R Williams, R W Brown, J Doherty, M Heaton, A Lamb.
Sponsored by D W Stokes General Builder Powick.
2nd XI v Belbroughton (Away). Meet 12.45pm. R Longmore, T Williams, H Gregory, M Wajzer, L Hooper, J Wheeler, R Mayo, T Price, C Hill, J Longmore, Justin McMillan.
BARNARDS GREEN II v ENVILLE II
Batting first, the Green made another poor start, losing Keith Middleton and John Sherliker in the first few overs. The in-form James Curtis played sensibly again, punishing the bad ball and, with Andy Wheeler starting to hit the ball cleanly, the score mounted more rapidly reaching 125 in the 29th over.
Seam bowler Foxall troubled both batsmen with the angle of his delivery and finally made the breakthrough, bowling Curtis for 43. Andy Wheeler hit a number of boundaries off slow bowler King but then went back rather than forward and was bowled for 68.
Tim Price (39) timed the ball well to keep the score going but got little help from the other end as the Green collapsed. First, Bob Rogers skied a ball to cover and then Foxhall clean bowled Phil Spencer, Dick Brown and Lee Hooper in the space of four balls.
Price was also dismissed, swinging across a straight full toss from King so Duncan Bell and Matt Brookes were left to see out the overs. They batted sensibly but the innings ended on 191 in the 47th over when Bell was needlessly run out.
In reply, Matt Brookes soon made inroads into the Enville batting line-up, bowling Fish for four. Hodges and Foxhall put on 74 runs together but found it difficult to increase the tempo of the innings.
Duncan Bell bowled a tidy spell but a wicket did not fall until the 23rd over when Andy Wheeler had Hodges caught by Curtis with a full toss. Bell rejoined the attack to bowl Wilkinson for a duck but then twisted his ankle and was unable to continue bowling.
This exposed the lack of depth in the Green attack although skipper Dick Brown managed to entice three Enville batsmen into throwing their wickets away with a variety of poor shots. When Phil Spencer bowled Foxhall for a well made 42 it looked as though Enville might have lost too many wickets to threaten the target but tail enders M Branch (31no) and Powell (19no) took advantage of the gaps in the field after Andy Wheeler had to depart injured.
Powell finished the match in style with a six over midwicket to win a game in which the Green had failed to impose themselves.
Thanks go to the match sponsor A K Lewis Builders.
Courtesy of the Malvern Gazette.