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BARNARDS GREEN v HIMBLETON
After heavy overnight rain the start was delayed by 45 minutes and the game was reduced to 44 overs .
Rich Williams again won the toss and with no hesitation asked Himbleton to bat on a wet wicket. Ian Scullion (2-12) bowled a superb opening spell, getting the ball to move appreciably both ways and was unlucky not to pick up more wickets.
The introduction of Judd Doughty (5-52) saw wickets start to fall at regular intervals. Paul Drinkwater took an excellent diving catch to hand Doughty his 5th wicket.
The Green fielded and bowled well, especially when reduced to 10 men due to a serious leg injury to T Clarke. Himbleton managed only 119-8 off their 44 overs.
Brian Hancock and Rich Williams got the Green off to a steady start before Williams was adjudged lbw with the score on 24. Hancock (22no) and the in-form Golder (22no) took the score to 58 before Hancock was struck on the jaw whilst at the non-strikers end after Golder had hit the ball powerfully back. Hancock was taken to hospital in an ambulance and the game's atmosphere was flattened.
However Golder and later Chris Hill (35no) with some aggressive strokes, saw the Green home to a fairly comfortable eight wicket win and 20 points.
Thanks go to this match sponsors Alfrick Stores.
Tomorrow (Saturday) the Green travel to Enville .
BARNARDS GREEN 3RD XI v
FECKENHAM 3RD XI
BARNARDS Green played hosts to Feckenham in this WCL 3rd Division Double 45 over match.
Skipper Jones won the important toss and put Feckenham into bat on a damp wicket. With runs hard to come by they were all out for 71.
Youngster Harris bowled well and got his first senior wicket and finished with 5-2-4-1 it was left to R Lewis to mop up the bottom order with excellent figures of 11-7-5-4 with the first five overs maidens!
The Green then reached 94-6 with Gregory making an fine 23 before R Lewis (7no) and R Longmore (11no) knocked off the final runs with Longmore hitting a six to finish the game with 12 overs left, the Green gaining 20 points.
Thanks go to the match sponsor N C Munford.
Saturday, May 25
1st XI v Enville (Away). Meet 12.20pm. R Williams (captain), P Drinkwater, J Clarke, T Clarke, T Williams, J Doherty, R A Brown, G Glendinning, K Golder, C Hill, I Scullion.
2nd XI v Enville (Home). Meet 1.15pm.
R W Brown (captain), T Price, P Spencer, K Middleton, D Bell, R Rogers, M Brookes, J Sherliker, L Hooper, J Curtis, A Wheeler.
3rd XI v Bewdley (Home - Newlands). Meet 1.15pm. M Jones (captain), R Lewis, H Gregory, P Harris, N Rogers, J Lewis, R Tyler, L Dyment, S Clarke, J Longmore, H Gregory.
Sunday, May 26
1st XI v Evesham (Away). Meet 12.45pm. K Ratcliffe, C Hill, R A Brown, J Clarke, K Golder, T Clarke, R Williams, R W Brown, J Doherty, J Curtis, A Lamb.
2nd XI v Belbroughton (Away). Meet 12.45pm. R Longmore, M Brookes, H Gregory, M Wajzer, L Hooper, J Wheeler, E Price, T Price, M Jones, J Longmore, Justin McMillan.
Curtis falls one short of century
HIMBLETON II v BARNARDS GREEN II
Bob Rogers opened his account with a six over fine leg but was soon dismissed for 11, followed quickly by Sherliker and Price. Alford was bowling particularly well, using the conditions to his advantage.
Bob Rogers takes a big step forward
Skipper Dick Brown joined James Curtis and the pair batted sensibly, putting on 84 for the fourth wicket before Brown skied the ball into the covers. Curtis was now batting confidently, blocking the good balls and dispatching anything short or overpitched to the boundary. Hooper scored a couple of boundaries before being bowled by Critchlow for 13.
Keith Middleton proved an effective partner for Curtis, who was now approaching the nervous nineties. Having checked his score, he knew when he reached 99 but lacked the confidence to hit through a ball from Preece, pushing it gently into the cover fielder's hands to end an excellent innings which included 10 4s and one 6. Middleton (48no) also did an fine job to see the Green to 260-6.
In reply, Himbleton soon fell behind the scoring rate required and lost wickets regularly. Only Critchlow (35) seemed interested in threatening the Green total as Matt Brookes caused problems for all the batsmen with his swing bowling. Skipper Preece held the innings together with a dogged knock of 84no in 51 overs as the Green failed to hold all their chances.
Green put the pressure on.
Young Tim Price did some excellent work behind the stumps to help Brookes to take 6-49 in a spell of 16 overs. Duncan Bell (1-26) and Andy Lamb (2-25) also bowled well but were unable to dismiss the last pair as Himbleton hung on for a draw.
Courtesy of the Malvern Gazette.