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Match reports 4th/5th May 2002

Easy win for Green Sunday XI

BARNARDS Green enjoyed an unexpectedly easy victory over Evesham at North End Lane on Sunday.

Having lost the toss in this 40 over contest skipper Kevin Ratcliffe, in charge of a weakened side due to late withdrawals, found his opening bowlers Rich Brown and Matt Brookes in fine form bowling an excellent line and length on a slow often unresponsive pitch.

Brown snapped up the wickets of Lewis, Horne and Savery, all clean bowled, before Dick Brown pouched a sharp slip chance to remove South African Irvine. Brookes gained due reward yorking Key before the excellent Clements and the edgy Jackson mounted a slight recovery.

Drinkwater and Lamb claimed a wicket each as they tightened the Green's grip but Clements was particularly severe on Tim Clarke until the Green spinner gained his revenge and cleaned up the tail to leave Evesham all out for 126 in 35.5 overs.

Given the low scores on this wicket so far this season the Green could be forgiven for approaching their target cautiously. However a loose first over, which realised 10 runs, set the pattern as first Jez Clarke and then Tim Clarke set about the visitor's bowling. Only Horne showed any control and was treated respectably as a result.

All other bowlers were clubbed with regularity as Jez Clarke (five 4s and four 6s) and Tim Clarke (five 4s and three 6s) overhauled the target in 23 overs without giving a chance.

No doubt next week's visit to Malvern CC will prove a tougher contest!

Green Sunday Seconds fall well short


ON Sunday Barnards Green 2nd XI took the trip over the river to play Worcester 2nd XI.

Electing to bat first Worcester got off to a solid start through Smith and Cook, before 12-year-old Liam Paddock had the latter well caught in the covers by Jamie Longmore. The arrival of Khalid saw the run rate increase but the introduction of debutante leg spinner Justin McMillan saw the demise of both Smith and Khalid.

Thereafter only Dunsdon (35no) and Lockwood (16) really troubled the scorer. Liam Paddock 3-34 and Justin McMillan 3-53 both bowled very well as Worcester were all out for 180.

In reply the Green had no answer to the lively pace of the attack and only John Wheeler (21), Harry Gregory (14) and Jamie Longmore (10) reached double figures. The Green finished 90 runs short.


BARNARDS GREEN CC Saturday, May 11

1st XI v Victoria & Blakely (Away). Meet 12.10pm. R Williams (Capt), J Clarke, B Hancock, T Clarke, T Williams, J Doherty, R A Brown, G Glendinning (WK), K Golder, C Hill, D Bell.

2nd XI v Victoria & Blakely (Home). Meet 1.20pm. R W Brown (Capt), T Price (WK), J Longmore, P Spencer, D Goodman, R Rogers, M Brookes, J Sherliker, M Oakes, J Curtis, R Lewis.

3rd XI v Belbroughton (Away). Meet 12.45pm. M Jones (Capt), R Longmore, H Gregory, P Harris, N Rogers (WK), K Deegan, L Dyment, S Clarke, H Gregory + 2 others.

Sunday, May 12

1st XI v Malvern CC (Away). Meet 1.45pm. K Ratcliffe, C Hill, R A Brown, T Williams, K Golder, T Clarke, R Williams, M Heaton, A Lamb, M Brookes, J Clarke.

2nd XI v Bloxwich (Home). Meet 2pm.D Goodman, H Gregory, M Wajzer, J Longmore, J Wheeler, R Mayo, T Pride, M Jones, R Brown Snr, Justin McMillan, J Curtis.


Junior sessions

BARNARDS Green Cricket Club start their junior sessions on Wednesday (April 24) evening at their North End Lane ground.

Young players up to the age of 14 years are invited to attend from 6.30-8pm. Contact Tim Williams on (01684) 310545.


Match Reports 4th/5th May 2002

Green's batting left in tatters


BARNARDS Green Cricket Club 1st XI started their bid for promotion in a tense low scoring match against Alvechurch on Saturday.

Green skipper Rich Williams won the toss and had no hesitation in inserting the opposition on a damp wicket. The Green's quartet of seam bowlers soon set to work with T Williams (2-19) removing both openers with the score on 23 after 14 overs. The luckless Scullion and Doughty kept scoring levels at around one an over.

The introduction of Rich Brown (4-10) and Tim Clarke (2-13) saw wickets start to tumble. Brown in particular did well, bowling just back of a length and at a slower pace. Hancock contributed a catch and a run out in a superb fielding and bowling display. Alvechurch closed on 95 all out.

J Clarke got the Green's reply off to a flyer with four off his first ball. However Alvechurch bowled and fielded superbly with Darren Reck (5-22) in particular using his experience in an excellent opening spell to leave the Green's batting in tatters. Only Drinkwater (29) contributed double figures. The Green were eventually all out for 79, 16 runs short of victory.

Thanks to match sponsor David Wyman Map Sales.

Tomorrow (Saturday) the Green will be looking for the first victory away to Victoria & Blakely.






THE Green seconds made a disappointing start to their league programme at Alvechurch on Saturday but, thanks mainly to the efforts of the younger players, managed to hold out for a losing draw.

Alvechurch batted first on a damp wicket and made slow but steady progress, losing the wickets of Payton, bowled by Mattie Brookes, and Mamaraj who was dismissed by an excellent low return catch by Jamie Longmore. Spavin and Wolstencroft then took the score on to over 100. It was Jamie Longmore who finally broke the partnership, dismissing both batsmen in succession, and Duncan Bell had Lea caught behind by the diving Tim Price. These wickets gave the Green some hope but M Reuben (snr) had other ideas, punishing any loose bowling with powerful blows to guide the home side to 218-6 off their 50 overs.

Keith Middleton and Derek Goodman made a good start, putting on 40 runs before M Reuben (snr) had them caught in successive overs and John Sherliker also perished trying to hit Evans over mid-on. Skipper Dick Brown (32) and Tim Price (12) showed a positive approach but with Evans claiming both wickets in an effective spell, the chances of victory were slipping away.

When Bob Rogers missed a straight one and Robbie Lewis became the third batsman to be caught trying to clear Wolstencroft at mid-on it was down to two of the younger players, Duncan Bell (17no) and Jamie Curtis (24), to stave off defeat.




Courtesy of the Malvern Gazette