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 Barnards Green Cricket Club, (unofficial).








28/6/02 - Price and Brookes star

BARNARDS Green Seconds entertained Weoley Hill on Sunday on a ground fit for a county match.


Batting first the Green got off to a slow but assured start, with Marc Jones looking particularly comfortable before he missed a short ball and was out leg before for 15.

Roy Mayo followed shortly after for 12 and then youngsters Tim Price (85) and Mat Brookes (72) put on 110 in just 17 overs. Price was particularly harsh on anything over pitched or dropped short hitting several big sixes.

Brookes showed his good range of shots and worked the ball particularly well off his legs. Price was in sight of his first century for the club when he was brilliantly caught for 85, which brought Andy Wheeler to the wicket and he scored a rapid 23.

Brookes was needlessly run out backing up too far and the experience of Phil Spencer saw the Green through to 239 off their 40 overs.

In reply Weoley Hill were soon in trouble when opener MacGregor was well caught by keeper John Wheeler in the first over off Jamie Longmore.

Hansen and Luhar then took control before Ian Bryant bowled Hansen for 30, but Luhar and Pritchard started to dominate some lacklustre bowling, before the much needed introduction of wily spinner Roy Mayo who had instant success dismissing Luhar (37) with an excellent catch by Marek Wajzer.

With Phil Spencer joining the attack, the game swung back in favour of the Green and his return of 3-22 was the crucial element of the game as Weoley Hill capitulated finishing eight runs short with Mike Oakes picking up two wickets at the death.

The match was kindly sponsored by Hunts Stores.

On Sunday the Green are back in league action at Swindon.


28/6/02 - Knapper turns game with off spin

THE Green played host to Fladbury and were looking for a victory after two league defeats.


Skipper Jones won the toss and put Fladbury into bat. Openers Sudlow (20) and Wickerson (12) played aggressively before J Longmore (1-27) bowled Wickerson off his pads. Tyler (1-33) bowled a good line and was unlucky not to get more wickets. The introduction of P Knapper, playing his second game of senior cricket, did the job. Knapper bowling his dangerous off spin ripped through the Fladbury batting order.

Knapper finished with figures of 6-42 off 16 overs and was well supported by P Harris (1-7).

Fladbury set Green 150 to win.

The Green openers got off to a solid start with Jones (33) and Rogers (20) punishing anything short and wide to the boundary, before Rogers was caught and bowled. Jones soon followed with the score on 71 with a needless run out. Middleton (36) and Birch (21) got the Green closer to the total before they were both dismissed.

It was left to L Paddock (0no) and reliable J Longmore (8no) to see the Green home with 20 overs to spare.

Green gaining a good 20 points.

Thanks going to match sponsors Malvern Independence.

28/6/02 - Bowling and fielding is below par

BARNARDS Green visited second-placed Belbroughton in a crunch WCL Division Three match on Saturday.


On winning the toss Rich Williams put the home team into bat on an excellent batting surface. Dave Haywood immediately set about the Green's bowling with the exception of Ian Scullion who bowled an immaculate line and length in his opening spell of 1-20 off 11 overs.

Haywood survived a couple of chances on his way to an excellent century. Day also accelerated well to complete an unbeaten century.

Some excellent late hitting from Scriven enabled Belbroughton to reach 302-4 off their 50 overs.

Despite a below par bowling and fielding display the Green started their reply at great pace with Rich Williams (38) and Jez Clarke (11) reaching 37 off the first five overs.

However Clarke, Golder and Williams all fell reasonably quickly and when Drinkwater was adjudged leg before the Green had been pulled back to 87-4 after 19 overs.

Tim Clarke launched an attack on the Belbroughton bowlers, striking the ball very cleanly on his way to a quick fire 56.

The Green were now back in the run chase but when Clarke fell, followed shortly after by Hill and Hancock the draw seemed the best outcome.

The run rate was still in reach but the Green had lost too many wickets. T Williams (25) and Scullion (16no) saw the Green through for maximum batting points and a losing draw. The Green closed on 215-8 and seven points.

They can be pleased with their best batting performance of the season, but will be looking for a big improvement in their bowling and fielding tomorrow (Saturday) when they take on Highley at North End Lane.


28/6/02 - Green settle for draw as Hawk homes in

BELBROUGHTON were this week's visitors to North End Lane for the WCL match against Barnards Green Seconds.



Starting their innings in light drizzle, the visitors' Ross and Barrett were soon dismissed but Jessop played straight and confidently to establish a solid base.

He was joined by Gillis, who showed a liking for the cover boundary, racing to a half century and taking the score over the 100 mark. Jessop then went for a big shot over long on but lost his leg stump to the wily Robbie Lewis and Duncan Bell returned to the attack to bowl the bemused Littlestone for a duck.

Lee Hooper found more control in his second spell and bowled Gillis for 66 with a good straight ball delivered at a lively pace. Hawk continued the attack with some lofted shots before being well caught, low down, by Simon Clarke, to give Hooper his second wicket and Taylor was run out by the rapid reactions of Derek Goodman.

The last wicket pair of Raybould and Edwards added an extra 20 runs and the innings closed on 230-9, a total which included 44 extras!

The Green made a disastrous start when Hawk bowled Derek Goodman with the first ball of the innings and had John Sherliker caught behind in his second over.

Bowling with accuracy and variation Hawk also got the odd ball to turn sharply and troubled all of the batsmen. Simon Cooke and James Curtis managed to keep the score moving and the score reached 50 in the tenth over.

Hawk then struck again as Curtis (21) was unluckily bowled off his body and Tim Price failed to pick the ball which drifted to the off to be bowled for a duck. Cooke was now the Green's only hope of victory as he tried to break out of Hawk's stranglehold, hitting him for a four and a six in the same over but when he tried to repeat the shots he was bowled for a well made 69.

The experienced pair of Dick Brown and Robbie Lewis decided a draw was the only remaining option and they reached this target without any real problems, finishing on 180-5.

The difference between the two sides was Hawk who bowled 22 overs conceding only 36 runs and taking all five wickets in an excellent spell.


Courtesy of the Malvern Gazette.