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 Barnards Green Cricket Club, (unofficial).








14/6/02 - Two 100's for Green

A WEEK of wet weather meant that the Green Seconds were asked to bat first on a damp wicket in this WCL Division Two match.


Opener Derek Goodman, however, soon declared his intentions with a perfectly timed straight six off Pausey's third ball and the score rose rapidly as his partner Simon Cooke pulled anything short to the leg side boundary.

Cooke was first to reach his half century but then holed out on the legside. John Sherliker joined Goodman at the crease and runs flowed more rapidly as he targeted the short boundary.

Goodman reached a well deserved century with a big six and Sherliker soon joined him before Goodman was unexpectedly caught behind off Hill, who got a ball to lift. This ended a second wicket partnership of 171 runs in just 22 overs and let skipper Dick Brown declare, leaving his bowlers 57 overs to claim maximum points.

In reply, Dave Hill opened his account with a six over cover, but he lost his partner Henning, who was bowled by Matt Brookes, and was then dismissed himself, bowled by Lee Hooper.

Justin Macmillan had Davies caught by Cooke and when Duncan Bell returned to the attack to clean bowl top scorer Gorman (28) and Watkins, the visitors realised they had no chance of victory. It was Rob Lewis who made sure of the 24 points by dismissing the last two batsmen with consecutive deliveries.

Match sponsors were Aldine Print.





Saturday, June 22

1st XI v Belbroughton (Away). Meet 12.15pm.

R Williams (capt), J Clarke, B Hancock, T Clarke, T Williams, P Drinkwater, R A Brown, G Glendinning (wkt), K Golder, C Hill, I Scullion.

2nd XI v Belbroughton (Home). Meet 1.20pm.

R W Brown (capt), T Price (wkt), S Cooke, L Hooper, D Goodman, P Yorke, D Bell, J Sherliker, P Knapper, J Curtis, R Lewis.

3rd XI v Fladbury (Home). Meet 1.15pm.

M Jones (capt), J Longmore, K Middleton, A Wheeler, R Birch (wkt), J Lewis, M Brookes, L Paddock, S Clarke, A Lamb, R Rogers, P Harris, R Tyler.

Sunday, June 23

1st XI v Stourbridge (Away). Meet 12.30pm.

K Ratcliffe, C Hill, R A Brown, L Hooper, K Golder, T Clarke, J Curtis, M Heaton, P Drinkwater, P Spencer, J Clarke.

2nd XI v TBA (Home). Meet 1.45pm.

R Longmore, T Price, R Birch, M Wajzer, J Longmore, J Wheeler, R Mayo, R Tyler, I Bryant, M Oakes, Justin McMillan, I Bryant, M Jones.


21/6/02 - Skipper Brown's spin finally turns the tide

THIS WCL Division Three Second XIs match saw Barnards Green Seconds snatch a winning draw and 17 points from the jaws of defeat at Alveley.


Batting first on a surface a good deal harder and faster than over the last few weeks, openers Lee Hooper and Mark Jones made an uncertain start against the accurate attack of Argent and Slater who dismissed both batsmen for low scores.

John Sherliker and Robbie Lewis (11) then added 42 runs without getting on top of the bowlers before Lewis was trapped lbw by the accurate West.

Sherliker went on to make 41 before hitting a ball straight to long off leaving Simon Cooke and Derek Goodman to build on the total.

Cooke was quick to pull anything short to the leg side boundary and reached his half century before holing out to Slater and Goodman (34) was caught behind trying to force the pace.

Tim Price (39no) immediately smashed his first ball over the mid-wicket boundary and continued to attack at every opportunity putting on 56 in the last eight overs with skipper Dick Brown (25no) who smote three extraordinary sixes over fine leg!

The total of 229 was worth around 40 runs more as the ball really would not run through the lush outfield.

Alveley opened their innings with West and V Jones, who both had to leave early and retired after ten overs with the score on 32 and Jones with 0!

Lee Hooper found a good rhythm and pace bowling Garrard for six but the other Green bowlers struggled to put the ball in the right place allowing Tudor and Shaw to build a promising partnership.

As chances went begging in the field, both batsmen started to increase the tempo of the innings and with 20 overs remaining, Alveley needed 110 to win the game.

Hooper found another good straight one to bowl Shaw for 37 but Garrard was now timing the ball well and found support from the left handed Pyke.

As the score mounted Alveley looked favourites to win the game and with just 33 needed off the last five overs the Green desperately needed wickets to stem the flow of runs.

It was Dick Brown's slow bowling that finally turned the tide as he had Tudor caught by Bell for 82 and bowled Pyke for 36.

The lower order batsmen had no answer to Hooper's pace as he claimed two further wickets in the final over of the match with Alveley finishing 12 runs short of the target with two wickets in hand.




Courtesy of the Malvern Gazette.